Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and this time last year I shared a week’s worth of love stories featuring some of our Seeple. I’ve teamed up with Columbia Alumni Association again to bring you even more SIPA-centered love connections. Sadly, we’ve come to the last SIPA Love Stories post of the year. But it’s a good one—well, they’re all great—as the couple actually met on Valentine’s Day and it includes some lovely wedding photos, too:

Miki & Dyanna's Wedding at New York's City Hall and Ravel Hotel Penthouse in Long Island CIty. May 22nd, 2015

Miki & Dyanna’s Wedding at New York’s City Hall and Ravel Hotel Penthouse in Long Island CIty. May 22nd, 2015


Dyanna & Miki’s love story

I am a SIPA-CBS ’15 and my wife, Miki Duruz is Mailman MPH ’14. We met on Valentine’s Day in 2013 at a “LGBT Intergraduate School Speed Dating Mixer.” She will tell you that she was forced to go by friends and that it was the lamest thing she had ever heard of. I was pumped when I heard about the event and remember telling the organizer to “tell all the girls!” (that I would be there).

We met early in the event near the “bar” area. I extended my hand to greet her and (very geekily) introduced myself as “from the business school.” She, of course, rolled her eyes and said she studied public health. I asked if her name was Japanese, and she asked me what I knew about Japan. It was a fun conversation, so I followed her around to the various stations (it was not the kind of speed dating you have seen on television). She was a little shy too, but I had won over her friend who invited me to an after party. The next two years were filled with study dates in Lehman, bites at Mel’s, and weekends writing theses.

We got married the day after my SIPA graduation in May of 2015 at City Hall and celebrated with our closest family and friends (many from Columbia!). We just know this email will ensure our names end up in a special alumni fundraising list, but we don’t mind. We’ll always have fond memories of our time on campus.

With love,

Dyanna & Miki