Rachel Wee & Ken Chen: On Love And Marriage

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February 9, 2018 | BY Elizabeth Lee

A friend playing matchmaker and a surprise proposal in Seoul later, Rachel Wee and Ken Chen are set to tie the knot in 2019. Here's the story of how they met and fell in love.

It's a Sunday afternoon when we're wrapping up our shoot with Rachel Wee and Ken Chen. Rachel, a pharmacist, has to leave soon for work, but when asked about Ken, her entire face lights up and she graciously (and cheekily) recounts how they first met.

The second daughter of beauty mogul Jean Yip and Mervin Wee, first met her beau about two years ago through a mutual friend, who promised to matchmake her with someone 'really eligible'. The 30-year-old was single then, and thought, "why not?". And the rest, they say, is history.

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Ahead of their wedding, we sit down with the couple to talk love and what they are looking forward to most in marriage. 

Ken wears Tank Américaine watch in leather and steel and small Love bracelet in white gold, all by Cartier; cotton printed shirt, wool sweater and nylon pants, all by Prada; Rachel wears Les Oiseaux Libérés earrings in white gold with diamonds, emeralds and onyx, Les Oiseaux Libérés necklace in white gold with diamonds, emeralds and onyx and Les Oiseaux Libérés ring in white gold with diamonds, emeralds and onyx, small Love bracelet in white gold with diamonds, Essential Lines bracelet in white gold with diamonds and Panthère de Cartier clutch bag in black calfskin with gold finish all by Cartier; knit turtleneck, stylist's own; knit wool toga top and printed cotton skirt, both by Prada; suede mesh boots, by Christian Dior

Hi Rachel and Ken, congrats on your engagement! Tell us about the proposal.
Rachel Wee (RW) I've always wanted to dress up in traditional Korean outfits and take photos in the palace, and that's when Ken got down on one knee and surprised me with a proposal!

Ken Chen (KC) I knew in July last year that I wanted to pop the question, so I took Rachel's parents out for a meal and asked for their blessing. We were going on a trip to Korea in November for a friend's wedding, and that was going to be our only trip at the end of the year, so her friends told me that Rachel suspected that something was going to happen. To throw her off the scent, I asked her to go on a trip with me to Bali.

RW I didn't buy that! It was too obvious [laughs].

KC I got really "angry" when she wanted to shorten our Bali trip from four days to two, and we quarrelled about it. After that, Rachel was really sorry and told me that I didn't need to feel pressured to propose by the end of 2017. In the end, I popped the question in Korea, and I think I managed to pull off the surprise!  

"I think love is putting the other person first, above your needs and wants. It's about giving and compromising." - Rachel Wee

Ken wears Love bracelet in pink gold and Juste un Clou bracelet in pink gold, both by Cartier; embroidered denim jacket, by Sandro; cotton linen shirt, by Ermenegildo Zegna; silk tie, stylist's own; Rachel wears Panthère de Cartier earrings in yellow gold with diamonds, tsavorite garnets and onyx, Love necklace in pink gold with diamonds, (right hand) Etincelle de Cartier ring in white gold with diamonds, Etincelle de Cartier ring in pink gold with diamonds, small Love bracelet, in white gold with diamonds, medium Panthère de Cartier watch in pink gold with diamonds, Love bracelet in pink gold, Love bracelet in pink gold (chain) and Essential Lines bracelet in white gold with diamonds, all by Cartier; wool beret, stylist's own; plaid cotton blazer, silk lace camisole and denim jeans, all by Sandro

What do you love most about each other?
RW I love that he's very responsible, and he handles stress very well—something I don't think I do too well in—so I feel in areas where I lack, he complements me. He works in banking so his hours are long, but even when he's tired from work, he's still willing to listen and give me good advice.

KC I like that she is very caring, and she's always bubbly and cheerful. She's also very responsible, understanding, and it's a bonus that she gets along well with my friends.

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What's the sweetest thing he/she has done for you?
RW Hmm… the proposal was definitely the sweetest, and there was one day while I was at work and craving for fried rice, so he surprised me with it.

KC Once when I wasn't feeling well and was working late, Rachel brought porridge and Chinese medicine she had brewed to my office. 

"[Love is] caring for each other, being together with each other and doing things together. To love is to start something and do it to the end with your partner." - Ken Chen

Rachel wears Reflection de Cartier earrings in white gold with diamonds, (right hand) Reflection de Cartier ring in white gold with diamonds, (left hand) small Love bracelet in white gold with diamonds, Essential Lines bracelet in white gold with diamonds, Etincelle de Cartier ring in white gold with diamonds, Etincelle de Cartier ring in platinum with diamonds and Etincelle de Cartier wedding band in white gold with diamonds, all by Cartier; Wool hat, by Ruslan Baginskiy; striped cashmere turtleneck sweater and Capra goat leather dress with braiding and fringe, both by Christian Dior; Ken wears large Tank Américaine watch, in steel and leather; small Love Bracelet in white gold, all by Cartier; cotton printed shirt, striped cotton shirt and cotton drawstring pants, all by Prada

How's the wedding planning coming along?
RW We've actually booked our wedding locations already! The theme is a secret for now, but we'll be doing a traditional tea ceremony, church wedding and dinner at The Ritz Carlton, Singapore. Ken is very meticulous, so while I've been the one to look for wedding vendors, he's the one who would do the calculations and keep the budget.

What are you looking forward most in married life?
RW Simple things like cooking or doing household chores together. We don’t get to spend too much time together because I work on weekends while he works on weekdays, so I think that would make me happy.

KC I'm definitely looking forward to living together. We've been dating for about two years and I usually see her two to three times a week, so I can't wait to spend every day with her. It's also the next stage in our relationship, so we'll be looking forward to starting a family.

RW I think my mum wants more grandchildren as soon as possible... [laughs]

KC I know Rachel wants kids before she turns 35, and we've agreed that having three kids would make a nice, happy family. 

RW So... that means three kids in five years?! 

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What is love to you?
RW I think love is putting the other person first, above your needs and wants. It's about giving and compromising. 

KC Caring for each other, being together with each other and doing things together. To love is to start something and do it to the end with your partner. 

Rachel wears Panthère de Cartier bracelet in yellow gold with toile de moire, tsavorite garnets, and onyx (worn as choker), Panthère de Cartier necklace in yellow gold with emeralds, onyx and diamonds, (left hand) Panthère de Cartier bracelet in yellow gold with tsavorite garnets and onyx, small Love ring in pink gold with diamonds, Love ring in pink gold, (right hand) and Juste un Clou bracelet in pink gold, all by Cartier; Cotton shirt and silk brocade bralet, both by Prada; Ken wears Panthère de Cartier brooch in white gold with emerald, onyx and diamond and Drive de Cartier extra-flat watch in pink gold and leather, both by Cartier; wool tuxedo with silk lapel and cotton shirt, both by Dior Homme

Digital Editor: Elizabeth Lee
Styling: Cheryl Chan
Photography: Joel Lim
Makeup: Keith Bryant Lee using Marc Beauty
Hair: Andrea Claire using Keune Hair Cosmetics and Dyson Hair
Photography Assistance: Amos Abel Yong
All watches and jewellery: Cartier

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