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  • September 21, 2020

“We were both certain that we found something special, and felt very committed to making it work across the distance,” Ms. Fugger said.

“It was very apparent for me at that point,” said Mr. Gowri Sanker, who is a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Manhattan. Trying to sort out his visa had been mentally and emotionally draining, and he realized how grateful he was to have Ms. Fugger by his side. “The companionship and the support that I had from Erica was really special to me, and I could feel that it was making a difference to my life at that point.”

In the spring of 2019, Mr. Gowri Sanker’s company brought him back to the United States and helped him secure a visa. He moved to Jersey City, N.J., and Ms. Fugger joined him in late summer.

In the fall of 2019, the couple took a trip to India to visit Mr. Gowri Sanker’s family and attend Mr. Khandate’s wedding. Mr. Gowri Sanker wanted to surprise Ms. Fugger on the trip by asking her to marry him, but his plan didn’t stay a secret for long. On their first night in Chennai, Mr. Gowri Sanker’s mother took Ms. Fugger aside to ask, hypothetically, what she would say if Mr. Gowri Sanker were to ask her to marry him.

“I always joke that Vish’s mom is actually the one who proposed to me,” Ms. Fugger said.

The couple planned to marry March 20 at New York City Hall, followed by celebrations in India in November and in the United States the next summer, but changed their plans because of the coronavirus. They were married Aug. 21 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. The bride’s brother, Scott Fugger, a Universal Life minister, officiated.

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