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