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Ming-Yi Chuang and Alan Smith

The New York Times

Ming-Yi Chuang and Alan Smith


NEW YORK, JAN. 9 The bride wore a Chinese dress at the potluck reception in the church basement, and friends performed. More Photos »
Published: January 28, 2010

MING-YI CHUANG was a bank examiner, not an actress, but she met her future husband while starring in a four-minute film about breaking up — with a kumquat

One night in January 2008, Ms. Chuang, now 31, went with friends to a monthly series of film screenings in TriBeCa called Iron Mule. Titles and subjects of short comedies are decided by shouts from the audience, members of which are also eligible, through drawings, to be cast in films.

Ms. Chuang submitted her name that night, and after the audience voiced its approval for a movie about a kumquat, she was selected as the sole human member of the cast.

A few days later she met the film’s director and writer, Alan McIntyre Smith, now 34. He was 15 minutes late and scowling when he arrived. “He was very upset that he was late because he considered it unprofessional,” she said. “But I liked him right away. He had a very positive vibe, and the e-mail he sent me was so professional.”

Ms. Chuang, who grew up in Taiwan and Ridgewood, N.J., had been a classical pianist since she was a schoolgirl. (She had even played on a long-forgotten Steinway hidden away at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she is now a project manager.)

So Mr. Smith, a Notre Dame graduate who makes his living as a cinematographer, wrote his script around her at the keyboard. She had found an apartment — with a grand piano — near Columbus Circle for the movie; they went there and she played for him for the first time.

“I was just blown away by her piano playing and her personality combined,” he said. “She seemed very nuanced, and I wanted to get to know her better.”

In the movie’s opening scene, she’s playing Chopin. And as the kumquat reflects longingly, in a hazy montage, on a romance that cannot be mended, she plays the march from “The Love for Three Oranges” by Prokofiev. After six hours of shooting, Mr. Smith took Ms. Chuang and a member of the crew to dinner. She had admired a photo that he had taken, and that night he gave her a copy.

“I decided he liked me but he was shy,” she said.

Mr. Smith, one of six children of the architect Thomas Gordon Smith, grew up in California, Illinois and South Bend, Ind., where his father was the chairman of the Notre Dame architecture school, and had been devoted to film since he got a video camera in middle school.

“There’s a lot of ego in the business and he’s very generous, very patient,” said Robert Bonella, who has done lighting on Mr. Smith’s projects, which include music videos and commercials as well as features.

Mr. Smith took Ms. Chuang to a screening of their movie.

After watching scenes of herself bathed in soft light with a series of close-ups of her smile, Ms. Chuang told Yumi Cho, who has known Ms. Chuang since they were both at Barnard College, that she thought he might have a crush on her. “When I asked her why, she said, ‘Because he made me look so good.’ ”

Even so, she still did not know if their get-together at the screening had actually been a real date, so she staged a Chinese New Year dumpling party as an excuse to see him again. Yet in the bustle of the party, she barely spoke to him.

“I became shy,” Ms. Chuang said. “I don’t really know why.” She added that she also realized that he was becoming “someone I could fall madly in love with.”

She called him the next day and he invited her to his apartment for a dinner of moussaka, based on his mother’s recipe.

They began dating, but Ms. Chuang said that when she described Mr. Smith — and his line of work — to her parents, they did not approve. Her father, a retired senior vice president of the Central Bank of Taiwan, and her mother considered the life of a filmmaker too unstable financially.

“From spring 2008 to fall I didn’t tell them I was seeing Alan,” she said, adding that she finally broke down in tears and told the truth.

“I know a lot of artsy, flaky people,” she added. “Alan was not like that. He’s very stable and self-motivated.”

Mr. Smith said in an e-mail message that when he “learned of her parents’ disapproval, I was disheartened and hurt. But she stuck with me, which gave me strength.

“I knew I could win them over if they gave me a chance,” he added.

They eventually agreed to meet him, and soon changed their minds about him, Ms. Chuang said.

The couple made a sequel, “Kumquat II: Avocado,” (the hero bests its green rival for Ms. Chuang’s affections), and early last year he proposed on Victoria Peak in Hong Kong.

Mr. Smith said he knew he wanted to marry Ms. Chuang after she “proved, over and over, how dedicated she was to us and to me and my career, and to me being the best person I can be. I feel the same way.”

They were married on Jan. 9 at the Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue, and the Rev. George Rutler, a Roman Catholic priest who has known the bridegroom since he was a boy, performed the ceremony.

They wanted to invite 170 people to their wedding, so that meant being creative without spending too much. Ms. Chuang found her wedding dress on Craigslist, and the reception was a potluck supper in the church basement. Friends from film crews and finance helped string rose-colored Japanese lanterns between a series of arches.

Some of them described the bride and bridegroom as having complementary personalities.

“Alan is very patient with her,” said Chiung-Yi Chung, a friend of the bride. “He has a very calming effect on her.”

The bride played piano with a friend on violin. Another friend, Emily Halpern, sang “L’amerò, sarò costante” from “Il Re Pastore,” the Mozart opera. She also baked the cupcakes. Still other friends did a standup routine.

Mr. Smith’s mother, Marika Wilson Smith, evoking Dante in her toast, said, “Alan has found his Beatrice.”

The films were shown, too; even the kumquat played a feature role, adorning the tables.

“This tiny little thing changed my life in such a major way,” Mr. Smith said.

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