Lily Kwong is an American model, fashion cross-pollinator, and landscape designer best known for her works of helping brands become more environmentally friendly. Kwong met Nick Kroll in 2018 via dating app Raya, and their relationship later translated into a life-long commitment, as they exchanged marriage vows in November 2020. They welcomed a son, Jeffrey Kroll, in January 2021.
You must have heard about Nick Kroll, Lily Kwong’s husband, but even if you haven’t, you might be familiar with some of his movies like Date Night, Get Him to the Greek, and A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Even though Nick is mostly famous for his comical acting, he has quite an impressive catalog of serious movies to his name, like the 2018 historical war movie, Operation Finale, and the 2016 romantic drama, Loving.
Kroll is also an accomplished screenwriter and is the mastermind behind hit shows like Kroll Show, The Oh, Hello Show, and his own popular Netflix animated series, Big Mouth. We have seen the lovebirds show lots of affection for each other online and it’s obvious they adore each other very much. The two artists have been together for almost four years and things look like they couldn’t get any rosier for the eccentric couple.
Lily Kwong Is A Native of San Francisco, California
Lily Kwong is the daughter of an Asian man named Joe Kwong, and a German-American woman named Christine Kwong. She was born on 29 May 1988 in San Francisco, California, and was raised along with her brother, Huck Kwong. Huck is currently a project manager who manages new artists for artistic brands, mostly music record labels. Her family is a very artistic one; her mother was very skilled at all sorts of handcrafts like painting, collating, and weaving.
Lily’s love for landscape design was heavily influenced by her childhood environment. Growing up, she liked to spend a lot of time in the open, surrounded by nature, and would spend hours hiding in the trees, in nearby bushes. The village in the Marin County where she grew up was an extraordinarily beautiful place and she grew up surrounded by Redwood trees. She especially enjoyed hiking in the forests or driving to the beach with her friends.
Lily wasn’t completely feral. She was passionate about photography and creative writing. She attended the Urban School of San Francisco where her Arts teacher, Chris McCall, discovered her passion for photography. With his encouragement, she attended the San Francisco Arts Institute and later applied for an internship at the renowned Fraenkel Gallery.
Soon, she was discovered by a modeling scout, and by the age of 18, was introduced into the world of high-class fashion and modeling. Because of her love for scenery and nature, she decided to ditch modeling for a career that would allow her to stay close to mother nature. She ended up studying Urban Studies at the University of Columbia.
She Makes A Living As A Landscape Designer
Lily Kwong is a landscape designer. In ordinary terms, she transforms outdoor scenes into eco-friendly sites through agricultural architecture. She is the founder of Studio Lily Kwong. She has referred to herself as an urban ‘edenist’. Prior to landscape designing, Lily had worked with renowned fashion brands like Tiffany and Co. and Altuzarra.
When she was in New York, she worked with her cousin, Joseph Altuzarra, creative director of the world-famous Altuzarra fashion line. A lot of people assumed she was going to keep up with the momentum and become the next Bella Hadid but Lily had other plans. While working as a brand strategist for a fashion company, she finally made up her mind to ditch modeling and after her graduation, she moved to the considerably smaller city of Miami to work with an urban design firm as a project designer.
She began to build her work portfolio by offering to renovate her friend’s backyards for free. Her big break came at a dinner event with a Los Angeles-based artist. She was hired to do a garden room for his 150,000 square foot art gallery after she showed him pictures of her work. After that, she worked with St Germain at the High Line and created a plant-based maze stretched over a quarter of a mile long from 14th to 18th street.
These days, she focuses on traditional landscapes and floral art pieces. She was part of the team that created the installation at the Shou Sugi Ban House retreat center. So far, Lily has collaborated with major brands like Maiyet and H&M. She also writes articles for high-end magazines like Vogue, Style.com, The Last Magazine, and GQ.
Lily Kwong competed in the British Vogue’s Talent Contest for Writers in 2007. In 2018, she was featured in China’s Forbes magazine. Kwong was also featured in Vogue’s 120th-anniversary issue as one of the top 120 most important fashion influencers. Looking at all she has achieved, we can see why Kwong has earned herself a place as one of the most progressive and environmentally conservative artists of the 21st century.
Lily Kwong Met Her Husband In A Most Unexpected Place
Kroll and Kwong met each other on the popular dating app, Raya, in 2018. Because both of them are very successful artists, their jam-packed work schedules didn’t leave much space for either of them to nurture romantic relationships. Kroll’s last serious relationship had been with fellow actress and comedian, Amy Poehler, and even that ended as far back as 2015.
The relationship began as a long-distance, non-committal one because at the time, Lily lived in New York while Nick lived in Los Angeles. After a while, they decided to meet up in New York and slowly progressed to being lovers when they discovered they liked each other. Both of them kept their relationship very low key and if not for Nick’s Instagram shout-out to Lily when she took part in the Art Basel Miami in December two years ago, the relationship would have continued to be top-secret.
How Long Has Lily and Nick Been Married?
In a moment of clarity, the two lovers decided to finally stop hiding and get married in a beautiful, quiet wedding ceremony on the 19th of November in 2020. Meanwhile, before then, Nick had already proposed to Lily. A week after their wedding, the comedian posted a Polaroid snapshot on his Instagram where they held hands while standing on a cliff overlooking the water.
He went further to express his undying gratitude to his new wife, to the admiration of their friends and fans. In the photo, Kwong wore a lacy white gown designed by Peter Hidalgo and Rushka Bergman – the personal stylist of late pop singer Michael Jackson, while Kroll sported a simple but classic tuxedo.
The ceremony was attended by just the couple and the priest who wedded them. They have been together since then and so far, they seem to be perfectly happy and content with each other, while cleverly keeping their relationship away from the eye of the public.
The Couple Have a Son Together
Lily birthed a baby boy on the 21st of January, 2021, just two months after her wedding to Nick Kroll. In October of the previous year, she announced her pregnancy with a picture of herself cradling her belly. In their usual style, they announced the arrival of their baby a month after his birth, welcoming him to the world. There is no information about the son’s name yet but his birthday is in two months’ time. This lovely family definitely has a lot of celebrations coming up soon.