Edison mayor marries
By LALITA ALOOR
AMUTHAN, From the Web, July 6, 2009
A yearlong "across the pond romance''
culminated in a summer wedding for Mayor Jun Choi, who tied the knot with
London-based Lisa Lee last month.
"She's my best friend, soul mate and confidante,'' gushed the usually reticent
mayor in a recent phone interview Thursday.
The couple were married in a legal ceremony June 23 on Ellis Island, "because
it's a New Jersey address.''
Mayor Jun Choi with his new wife, Lisa Lee.
Photos: Jun Choi
Mayor Jun Choi with his new wife pass the Statue of Liberty.
Photos: Jun Choi
A religious ceremony was later held
at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York along with a traditional
Korean wedding ceremony at the University Club in New York.
"They were not big affairs, shared with family and very close friends,'' Choi
The wedding came in the wake of a June 2 loss for the one-term mayor in the
township's Democratic primary election.
"She's my tremendous supporter,'' Choi said of his new wife.
The couple were introduced by mutual friends last July and soon engaged in a
long-distance romance that included multiple daily phone calls and e-mails, Choi
In December, he proposed at the Edison Memorial Tower in Menlo Park.
"On this historic site where the electric light bulb was invented, you are the
light of my life,'' he recalls saying, before asking for her hand in marriage.
"I've always been an idealistic romantic,'' Choi said Thursday, adding that it
is an aspect of him known to very few people.
He said he was, however, cynical about finding true love and pursuing a career
in public service at the same time … "until I met Lisa.''
Lee, who grew up in Long Island, New York, is a director at Bank of America
Merrill Lynch in London. She studied international relations at Stanford
University and has a master's degree in business administration from Harvard
She was traveling back to Europe on Thursday and could not be reached.
Choi said that by the end of the year, or sooner, Lee will move back to Edison.
Describing the wedding ceremony, Choi said, a traditional Korean ceremony is all
about "a joining of the families,'' and includes many symbolic presentations.
He recalled one of the rituals involving tossing dates and chestnuts … which
symbolize girls and boys … at the couple. What they catch will symbolize
how many children they will have.
"We were predicted to have 15 children,'' Choi said, with a smile.
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