‘Back to school’ wedding

A SCHOOL bus with nine ‘schoolboys’ in St Xavier’s Institution (SXI) uniforms made heads turn as it journeyed from Tanjung Bungah to Minden Heights in Penang.

They were groomsmen of Adrian Tan, who himself was leading the way in a car to chip san leong (fetching the bride in Cantonese) at the bride’s home in Minden Heights.

“We want to bring back the good times and unforgettable memories of school days.

“As adults, many a time we wish that we could relive days when we were younger,” said the 29-year old ex-Xaverian who used to take school bus himself.

Best man Roland Wong, 31, said he was totally taken by surprise.

“I only got to know about it the morning itself as we were preparing at Tan’s home in Tanjung Bungah.

“He did tell us that we were going to be wearing some special costumes but we never thought it would be school uniforms.

“Nevertheless, we are more than happy to wear anything to make the wedding day a great and memorable occasion,” said Wong, who had known Tan for 13 years.

Maid of honour Wong Tze Fen, 29, said all the bridesmaids, who waited in the bride’s house, also bought new sets of school uniforms for the occasion.

Upon arrival, Tan and his groomsmen were made to go through several obstacles including eating chillies, eating wasabi-laced crackers and performing feats of strength as customary of chip san leong ceremony.

Tan and his bride Jocelyn Siew, who met each other almost 15 years ago in church, later proceeded to Tan’s parents’ home in Sungai Ara for a tea ceremony.

This was followed by a garden wedding ceremony at the Hard Rock Hotel in Batu Ferringhi.

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