Building A Rock-Solid Relationship: Rachel Wee & Ken Chen


July 2, 2018 | BY Karishma Tulsidas

The keys to a long-lasting, healthy relationship are shared values and a shared vision for the future, says this soon-to-be-married couple

Opposites may attract, but when it comes to the fundamentals, most couples will tell you that sharing similar values and a common outlook on the future is paramount. Both Rachel Wee and Ken Chen, who are tying the knot in January 2019, concur. In fact, Ken reveals that he knew that Rachel was the one when he realised that the two had similar values, and “the same idea of what the future will hold, and what we need to do together to achieve that”. It might seem odd, but this was what the couple discussed very early on during their first few dates. That way, says Rachel, “you know what to expect from the other person and this erases a lot of misunderstandings”.

It was a common friend who introduced the couple in 2015. Both were apprehensive before the first meeting: the scion of the Jean Yip Group reveals that when she saw his photo on Facebook, she assumed he’d be a playboy because of his good looks, while Ken had just never clicked with the other girls his friend had introduced him to. As fate would have it, they were both instantly attracted to one another. 

This attraction soon grew into love after a few dates, and Ken finally proposed in Rachel’s favourite city, Seoul, in 2017. The associate director at Standard Chartered Bank started planning the proposal three months beforehand and managed to keep Rachel in the dark—in fact, he even staged an argument with her to throw her off the scent when she mentioned wedding plans one day. Ken recounts, “Both of us were dressed up in the Korean traditional hanbok and entered the Gyeongbokgung Palace to tour the place and take photos. I got the help of some friends, whom she didn’t know would be there, to dress up in hanbok as well and to help out with some logistics for the proposal. When we arrived at the planned spot, I popped the question and from her expression I knew she definitely did not expect it. It was a wonderful feeling.”

Ken even planned a second proposal back in their rented apartment in Seoul, with balloons and flowers. Says Rachel, “It really touched me because Ken is quite a practical kind of guy, but I think he made so much effort with the finest details because he knew I would have wanted a proposal like that.”

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Words and Coordination Karishma Tulsidas
Photography Elvina Farkas
Styling Cheryl Chan
Hair Ash Loi using Keune Hair Cosmetics
Make-up Grego/Indigo Artisans using IT Cosmetics and Sephora Colours
Photographer’s assistant Lucas Milone
Stylist’s Assistant Mila Osman

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