They had only been dating for three days when Yu Lau asked Fannie Cheung to marry him. Thinking he was joking, Fannie ignored him. So Yu persisted. For the next several days, he asked again every night.
"I think it was after the fifth or sixth time that I said yes, thinking that he couldn't be serious," Fannie said. "But he cried the moment I said yes. So I was like, uh-oh!"
Public relations officer Fannie and Yu, a chef, tied the knot on November 10. They are planning to hold a banquet next June to celebrate their marriage with friends and relatives.
Three months after Yu popped the question - without offering a ring - he took Fannie and her family to Po Toi O in Sai Kung for a seafood dinner to celebrate her birthday. He gave her mother a handbag as a gift to thank her for bringing Fannie into the world.
After Yu drove the family home, and had Fannie to himself, he took out a ring and potted flowers (he knew Fannie found bouquets more wasteful than romantic). Then, still in the car, Yu asked Fannie again to marry him, this time in all earnestness.
In a case of bad timing, a security guard, suspicious that they had been parked outside the building too long, knocked on the window. "It was hilarious," Fannie said. "I didn't think too much but took the ring and put it on."
"I took that as a yes," Yu said.
The couple met in 2010 when they were introduced by friends.
"My best friend ran into her boyfriend and Yu while waiting for me in Times Square. So she decided on my behalf that we would join them for dinner. It was quite a coincidence how we met," Fannie said.
Although she turned up late because of work commitments, Yu was instantly smitten by Fannie's smile.
"It was the first time we met and Fannie scolded me at the dinner table for not ordering enough food for everyone," Yu said. "But it was also the reason she left a very strong impression on me."
As a chef, Yu works long hours so could only meet Fannie for dinner near midnight. The first time they went out they had spam and egg noodles at a cha chaan teng near Fannie's home.
"The food was horrible. They were probably the worst noodles I've had in my whole life, but also the most memorable," Yu said. "I was so nervous and excited at the same time."
After that first date, Yu asked Fannie out almost every night, and she was quick to pick up on the signals.
"I don't think I could ever find someone else who'd love me as unconditionally as Yu does," Fannie said. "He showed his love for me so much that he also took care of all my other family members. That's when I knew he could be the one."
Yu knew Fannie was his dream girl from the day they met. "We have a similar mindset and understand each other," Yu said. "Although she hates it whenever I say this, I love her because she's funny and her eyes are so big and sparkly. No matter how tired or stressed out I am at work, I forget all about it when I look into her innocent, cute eyes."