Weddings of the year
In our annual feature, we take a peek inside the celebrations of four couples
I do, I do, I do
High school sweethearts got married at a courthouse before celebrating with their families at back-to-back weddings with Cambodian and Filipino traditions
By Leigh McDonald
The couple: Pauline Koy (maiden name Sipin), 27, was born in San Juan in the Philippines and moved to Montgomery County with her family when she was 12. Steven Koy, 27, was born and raised in Silver Spring. They graduated from John F. Kennedy High School and live in Silver Spring. Pauline is an architectural designer at NIKA Solutions in Rockville. Steven is a special education paraeducator for Montgomery County Public Schools.
How they met: In true early-2000s fashion, Steven first laid eyes on Pauline on Myspace. She was included on a mutual friend’s “Top 8”—a ranking of close friends on a social media profile. They were 15-year-old sophomores in high school. “I thought, huh, she’s cute,” he says. A mutual friend introduced them, and they hung out with friends at a neighborhood community center near their high school. Then they saw a horror movie, One Missed Call, at a movie theater in Silver Spring.
Making it official: Steven asked Pauline to be his girlfriend just before winter break, but Pauline turned him down. “I was a little bit bummed,” Steven says. Pauline says it was just bad timing: “We weren’t going to see each other at all over the break.” Even after the rejection, Steven continued to court Pauline over AOL Instant Messenger. “We were always talking,” Steven says. After the break, Steven asked her out again. This time she said yes.
High school sweethearts: The couple dated throughout high school. They wrote each other love letters. “We weren’t really big gift-givers,” Pauline says. “We just wrote each other letters. That was basically our gift for Christmas, Valentine’s or our anniversary.” They went to senior prom together in 2010—Pauline wore a satin sage dress and Steven wore a matching bowtie. The shade of green would become their wedding color eight years later. After graduation, they attended Montgomery College for two years before transferring to separate schools in Baltimore. Pauline studied architecture at Morgan State University, and Steven studied health administration at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
The civil ceremony: Steven and Pauline didn’t have a traditional proposal. “We just kind of talked about it,” Pauline says. They had been dating for 10 years. On Oct. 16, 2018, a Tuesday afternoon, they married at the Rockville courthouse with close friends and immediate family in attendance. “We just thought we’d do something quick and easy,” Pauline says.