SINGAPORE – It is a beautifully shot wedding photo. The setting is verdant, an open field with old gnarled trees and lush foliage. The gorgeous bride is in a stunning burgundy taffeta gown, the handsome groom in a crisp white dress shirt.

But wait, is that a white coffin they are sitting in? In another shot, the tuxedo-clad groom is sitting on the same white coffin while, next to him, his bride oozes sexiness in a lacey white gown.

Many people will cringe and cower but 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 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?”

Tay is the daughter of 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.

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