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

Malaysia Tatler Wedding - - CON­TENTS - WORDS LILY ONG PHO­TOG­RA­PHY IS­MADI MO­HAM­MAD

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

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