Love Comes Softly
Bride-to-be Kim Raymond dishes out about her romance with fiancé and soulmate Keith Foo and her exciting countdown to her big day at the end of the year
We get to know bride-to-be Kim Raymond who shares with us the details of her wedding preparations
If you are browsing through Kim Raymond’s Instagram profile, chances are you will encounter cute pictures of her and her fiancé, actor Keith Foo. From affectionate shots during shared car rides to snaps of their workouts together in matching outfits, their love for each other is evident for all to see. Yet, when I mentioned what a lovely couple they made in their pictures together, Kim blushed. “Despite what people think, we are both not romantic in nature,” says this sweet, slender fashion plate. According to Kim, there was no formal proposal. The couple chose to get married when they realised they were ready to take the next step together. “We just talked things over and decided we should get engaged. That was that!” In the age of dramatic gestures, their down-to-earth approach to tying the knot was like a breath of fresh air.
Tell me about your first meeting with Keith. Please share how and when this fateful moment came about.
We have actually been friends for 12 years now. We were close friends before and he moved to Indonesia for work in between, so we lost contact. When he came back two years ago, we crossed paths again and that’s how we started dating.
Why is he special?
He is a down-to-earth and kind-hearted person. We have learnt to be more patient and grounded after we got together and we do so by reminding each other of where we were 10 years ago.
How long have you been together?
We have been together for two years now.
How did you know Keith was the one for you?
I think, for me it happened on the day I realised that Keith was the exact person that my father has always said he had envisioned me marrying.
From your experience, what is the key to a happy, healthy and fulfilling relationship?
We try not to make a big deal about things because when we do, often things become what they are not. Another important factor is trust, of course.
How are the wedding preparations getting on at this stage?
To be honest, we have not been rushing into making any decisions; we are just taking it one day at a time. I think eventually, things will come together beautifully. We are still deciding on wedding planners. Wedding planning involves so much decision making! It really leaves my mind boggled all the time.
So when will the big day be? Is there any significance to the date in particular?
It will be somewhere at the end of December this year. There was no particular reason for us to pick the date. We are both quite busy this year and we thought that the end of the year would best suit both our schedules.
What are the events we can look forward to for the wedding celebrations?
We plan to have a joint bachelor and bachelorette party since we are already registered and legally married (laughs). We definitely will have a church and tea ceremony but the dates have not been decided. One wedding will be in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, which is where Keith is from where else the other will be at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.
How do you and Keith split the decisionmaking between yourselves?
So far, Keith has left the decision-making to me but I share with him my ideas and ask for his opinion because I want it to be our day and not just mine!
How are the designs of the wedding dresses coming along?
I haven’t decided on everything yet but I know I want Alia Bastamam to design one of my dresses. She is one of my closest friends so it has been easy and relaxing working with her. Whenever we meet for drinks, we share our ideas on the wedding. It’s only recently that I finally decided what I want so it is now in the works!
DOWN-TO-EARTH Kim is taking things one day at a time when it comes to planning her wedding. She is pictured here with friend and designer Alia Bastamam