Hinako & Reflection in Napa, CA
Hinako was at The Sunburnt Cow in New York City to watch her friend deejay when that friend introduced her to Reflection. They talked briefly, then ended up at the same bar later that night, but nothing came of it. A couple of months later, Hinako went to see her friend deejay at the same place, surprised to realize Reflection had changed restaurants and worked there. After the kitchen closed, he bought Hinako a drink and the two started casually dating after that. When Reflection asked Hinako to be his girlfriend, it felt very high school, but she thought it was cute and said yes.
The Bride Hinako Sugioka, 41, a marketing consultant
The Groom Reflection Israel, 28, a chef
The Date August 30
After about four years together, Reflection popped the question while the two were out at their favorite local bar. They didn’t want a long engagement, so they tied the knot at City Hall three months later and planned a reception to take place five months after that in Napa, an easy spot for their guests who’d be coming from Seattle and Japan.
- Jaimie Dalessio