Sifan Bo Liu and William Lee Sankey Jr. were married June 30 at Queen of All Saints Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. The Rev. Joseph A. Ceriello, a Roman Catholic priest, performed the ceremony.
The couple graduated from Yale, she cum laude. They also received degrees from Harvard, he an M.B.A., she a Master in Public Administration that was part of a dual degree program in which she also received an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
In January 2019, Ms. Liu, 30, who goes by Susan, is to begin working as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.
She is the daughter of Huimin Wang of Toronto and Sen Liu of Beijing. The bride’s father is the manager of administration, including human resources, technical support for customers and logistics at Pason Pharmaceuticals in Beijing. Her mother is a pathology technologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Mr. Sankey, 31, is a founder of Northspyre, a real estate project management software company in Brooklyn. Until 2017, he was a real estate development manager, overseeing large-scale residential and commercial projects in New York City at Madison Realty Capital in Manhattan. He is on the board of the Supply Education Group in San Francisco and Nairobi, Kenya, which develops schools in East Africa.
He is the son of Regina Nelson Sankey and William Sankey Sr., both of Montgomery, Ala. The groom’s mother retired as a social work program specialist there for the state of Alabama. His father retired as the owner of FreshCraft Cabinets and Casework, a cabinet maker, also in Montgomery.
Ms. Liu and Mr. Sankey briefly met in 2012 on a corner in Manhattan when Mr. Sankey was with a college friend who recognized Ms. Liu. After that meeting Mr. Sankey gave her a Facebook poke, a way of getting attention, but she was in Malawi for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and never saw it. Two years later, when Mr. Sankey heard she was living a few blocks from him in Park Slope, Brooklyn, he messaged her on Facebook with greater success, and they soon met at a local bar.