Couple Has a Coffin Themed Wedding

Couple Has a Coffin Themed Wedding
Sun 12-07-2015

Ms Jenny Tay, 29, and her fiance Darren Cheng, 30, have opted for a casket as a prop in a series of pictures taken for their wedding in October.

Their reason? They are dead serious about their profession and their wedding. Both are in the funeral trade. "Our business is very much a part of our lives," said Ms Tay, managing director of Direct Funeral Services. "When couples take wedding pictures, many of them think of something significant and meaningful to them - their favourite cafe, the place where they first met.

The Buddhist added: "Both of us are very passionate about our jobs, so I thought, why not?"

Ms Tay is the daughter of Mr Roland Tay, 70, a colourful undertaker well-known for arranging free funerals for murder victims, the poor and the destitute.

Her husband-to-be was initially taken aback by the idea of coffin-themed wedding pictures but came around quickly. "I am not superstitious and it makes sense," said Mr Cheng, a free-thinker and the company's operations and business development director.

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"In some cultures and religions, death means life and rebirth," added the former counsellor, who has a master's degree in counselling from Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology.

Mr Cheng has also written a book for children, Where Did Grandpa Go, to help them understand what happens when loved ones pass on.

A former account executive with a Japanese advertising firm, Ms Tay knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding album. "The pictures have to be tasteful and not morbid," said the business and marketing graduate from the University of New South Wales. She added that she would not be displaying the pictures at the wedding reception.

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She sounded out photographer Joel Lim, a commercial lensman who recently shot campaigns for Ion Orchard and Lane Crawford, a department store in Hong Kong.

Mr Lim said: "When she told me about it, I thought it was different, very cool. That's the reason I took the project. I'm a fashion and commercial photographer, and I'm always on the lookout for interesting projects."

Planning took about three months. He said: "There were questions about the colour of coffins; they also wanted to incorporate the idea of death. The challenge was to make the pictures look good without being too morbid."

Source: Straits Times