Love | Elizabeth Bo Hughes & Steve Fong

Posted: July 08, 2007

Married

June 1 at St. Helena Church in Blue Bell, with the Rev. Joseph Nicolo presiding. Two hundred and thirty guests gathered at PineCrest Country Club in Lansdale for the reception.

They met

Steve first spotted Lyz outside Temple University's Anderson Hall in 2001. In Old City three years later, he recognized her at the Continental, approached, and asked if she had attended Temple. They struck up a conversation, but Lyz had recently ended a serious relationship, and wasn't looking to dive right in again. But Steve was persistent: he walked her to her car and they exchanged numbers. "When I shut my door, he called," and asked her out for the following night. They met at Penang in Chinatown, then had drinks in West Philly.

He asked

December 15, 2005, in the bedroom of their new home, while family members, friends, and the crew of HGTV's My First Place looked on. Steve had seen the show, which helps first-time homebuyers decorate a room, and Lyz applied online shortly before their October closing, a date chosen by Steve's mother's fortune-teller.

HGTV came to North Wales to film two months later. On "reveal day," Steve told producers he wanted to propose. With cameras rolling, Steve got down on one knee and pulled out a green (Steve's lucky color, according to the fortune-teller) ring box from Washington Crossing jewelry designer Diana Vincent. The segment aired a year later, on December 18, 2006.

9 to 5

Lyz, 24, grew up in Swarthmore after her adoption from South Korea. She's a program coordinator for Appalachian Hope and attends graduate school at Rosemont College. Steve, 29, who is Chinese, grew up in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia. He's a technical service analyst for Chrysler Financial in Horsham.

Making a home

The newlyweds live in North Wales.

First steps

To "At Last," by Etta James.

Doing it their way

The fortune-teller, of course, chose the fortuitous date of June 1 and the celebrations began at his parents' home in Somerton, with a tea ceremony. Steve and Lyz, in a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress and jacket, poured tea for their parents.

The bride changed into a silk charmeuse dress with embroidered white lace and an ivory sash by Priscilla of Boston. Four bridesmaids wore champagne BCBG with a brown ruched sash. Honor attendant Charlie Layton, a graphic artist whom Lyz has known since first grade, designed the vintage poster-style programs and menus.

At the reception - a vision of pink and chocolate brown - the newlyweds lit an Irish unity candle, a nod to Lyz's parents' heritage. The bride then donned her third and final ensemble: a Chinese red dress with gold embroidery and a Mandarin-style halter neckline. At dessert, guests picked their favorites from a candy buffet: chocolate-covered almonds and cherries, jelly beans, rock candy, gummies, and chocolate peanut butter hearts.

Not a dry eye

Charlie handed out tissues at the altar when Lyz's bridesmaids all started crying.

Bloopers

Before the wedding, Lyz teased Steve that he would try to put her wedding band on the wrong finger. On the big day, however, "I started to put his ring on his pinky," she laughs.

Lyz says

"Bargain-shop when you can and spread out the many purchases. That day, keep the focus on each other." Steve adds: "Don't drink too much."

The honeymoon

A week's stay at the Royal Hideaway Playacar in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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