Steve and I arrived early in the evening on friday night. After our site recce, we headed to Jonker Street for food! I was super excited about walking the night market and photographing it as I’ve never had the chance to. More on Jonker St in my next post =)

Jody & Kelly live in the UK. Jody is Chinese-Peranakan and Kelly is British. It was a traditional Peranakan Baba-Nyonya customary wedding in the day and western style at night. They followed closely to the customary ceremonies and both wore traditional wedding gowns embroidered with gold trimmings. The couple got ready at the Holiday Inn and made their way to Jody’s family house. The couple was greeted by two lion dancers as they arrived and Kelly had to walk in a certain way, swaying from left to right and gently pausing after each step. She was also not allowed to smile as in the olden days, it would seem as though the bride was too eager to marry into the family. They performed the sohjah, a Peranakan custom whereby the couple kneels three times to show respect to their elders. The sohjah was followed by the traditional Chinese tea ceremony and a lion dance performance. I was very excited about the lion dance performance as I’ve always liked watching them flutter their furry long eye lashes and moving in beat with the roaring drums…

This troop was amazing! The second lion, the pink one, performed some pretty wicked stunts, prancing from pole to pole and in a few instances, “flying” from one end to another! They also walked on rope! It was certainly very impressive!

Kelly’s shoes for the dinner reception…

Some portrait shots…

The dinner reception was held at the Holiday Inn…

There were some technical problems with the spot light and the music but it made a romantic mood shot!

Halfway through the dinner, people started to dance and the party took off from there!

This tying-your-tie-on-your-head-rambo-style is a thing among Jody and his friends since college days in UK. Soon enough, everyone had that style going! Even Jody’s dad and uncle!!!

The party REALLY took off when one of his friends went up on stage to sing “Summer of 69”. This is Jody’s song – as the song goes… “Jimmy quit and Jody got married!”. Check out Jody’s ROCKSTAR uncle in the foreground!

Everyone was so spontaneous and sporting, we were having so much fun covering the party, watching everyone dance the night away! It was definitely one of my best wedding parties I’ve ever shot!

Congrats to Jody & Kelly and thank you so much for having us! We had loads of fun! Happy Honeymooning in Bali!


  1. Pauline Wong
    October 16, 2008

    wow! the ceremony is very interesting!

  2. Allen
    October 17, 2008

    I see what u mean – it does look like GREAT FUN!!!

  3. Colleen
    October 19, 2008

    How wonderful to see these photographs, it all looks absolutely stunning

    What a wonderful opportunity for you all

    We wish you all the happiness in the world

    Colleen & Eric

  4. Pauline Wong
    October 20, 2008

    Hey Allen, how are you? Long time no speak/see….=)

  5. Kelly (wife of Jody!)
    October 22, 2008

    Well, we had a great time. Thank you so much to Steve and Fiona for capturing all of the moments brilliantly. The photos are just a small selection of the excellent shots taken! There are so many great shots….can’t wait to see our album.
    Anyway, thanks so much for being excellent photographers….we thoroughly recommend you!
    Kelly x
    P.S. I thoroughly recommend the traditional ceremony….keep the tradition alive!


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