For their first dance as a married couple, they grooved to Benny Goodman’s version of Swing, Swing, Swing, the song to which they had first danced together at school. They were accompanied by Kelly’s students from Yip’s Children’s Choral and Performing Arts Centre, which was founded by Kelly’s family and was where she practically grew up.
Dance, music and drama play an important part in their lives. Even Kingston’s proposal to Kelly was tied to her love for the performing arts. Kelly had been playing the role of Beauty in the centre’s “professional amateur” reproduction of Beauty and the Beast and, after the last bow, Kingston surprised her (and the entire audience and cast) by dancing onto the stage and singing Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. “I really don’t remember much of it, until I was already down on one knee,” says Kingston. “I basically blacked out in the middle because of nerves.” Kelly smiles, “All our performers were crying—perhaps more than I was!” Despite coming from different backgrounds and choosing unrelated vocations, the couple’s temperaments are quite aligned. Muses Kingston, “To be honest, it’s been very steady with us.” Kelly agrees: “Yeah, we don’t really argue. We are tolerant, patient and easygoing. You need to be flexible for a relationship to work; it also happens that our personalities work well together. I feel like we sometimes don’t even have to try, so we are very blessed.”
Kelly is an award-winning interior designer and head of her own eponymous design firm. She has worked on various residential and hospitality projects, including the Casa Real Hotel in Macau. Kingston is the scion of the Chu family, which founded the Kingston Financial Group, a Hong Kong-based, publicly listed company. His mother acquired the Sincere Watch Group and its Franck Muller operations in Asia (excluding Japan) in a US$162 million deal in 2012.
Two years ago, the couple collaborated on the Franck Muller maison in Hong Kong, with Kelly as design consultant. “It was the first time we sat in a professional capacity together. It was easy,” Kingston recalls. “She gave a lot of input in the overall aesthetics and visual merchandising.”
Kelly adds, “Kingston is a very fair person. Just because I was his girlfriend at that time didn’t mean he would immediately do what I said. He listens to his other directors and respects their opinion before coming up with his own. That’s something I admire about him. He can clearly see what’s right and what’s wrong. Even if there’s no right or wrong answer, he will dissect the situation and be fair to everyone.”
When the couple are not working, they bow to their wanderlust. “Travelling is great for a relationship as you discover new things