But while most odd wedding photos – especially in the Instagram age – are just reflective of a couple’s quirky taste, Tay and Cheng are both very serious about their choice. Both the bride and groom work in the funeral business.
I stumbled on these eccentrically astounding pre-wedding photographs, which some were taken inside a coffin on July 12, 2015 and I was left with no option than to muse pensively on the inspiration behind it.
It is apparently a – till death do us part – reminder for the Singaporean couple, Jenny Tay and her fiancé, Darren Cheng, as they both posed sitting on the coffin and even snuggled up inside of it.
Straitstimes reported that the undertaker couple lived their lives inextricably linked to their profession so they decided to have pre-wedding photos featuring a casket as a prop in a series of pictures taken for their wedding in October, 2015.
This shocking exhibition left many uneasy and cowered, however, the couple, who seemed not to be swayed by the different reactions it received, said that the rationale behind their decision was that “they are dead serious about their profession and their wedding”.
“What was most surprising was when there were negative comments, especially the type where people raise taboos, we had angels who stepped up to defend us,” Tay wrote, “saying that we were professional undertakers, saying that this shoot was not in anyway morbid but beautiful, etc.”
They are 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.