Jack Neo overwhelmed with emotions as his only daughter gets married

11 September 2016 / 1 month 1 week ago

Photos: Jack Neo's Facebook

Joanne Soh
The New Paper
Sep 11, 2016

It was a bittersweet day for Jack Neo.

The local film-maker experienced a mixed bag of emotions when he walked his daughter, Ethel, 25, down the aisle yesterday.

He was over the moon, yet he could not shake off the sense of sadness.

"Different feelings and memories came flooding back when we were doing the slow march into the church sanctuary," the 56-year-old told The New Paper on Sunday over the phone.

"I didn't expect this day would come so soon."

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The ceremony was held at Bedok Methodist Church.

Neo has three other children, sons aged 22, 17 and 12.

He admitted that it was initially hard to accept that his only girl is now a married woman.

He said: "It was the part of the (wedding) ceremony where I had to hand her over to the pastor, that really hit me hard.

"Reality finally sank in when they were pronounced 'man and wife' and she was introduced as Mrs Lau.

"She is no longer Miss Neo... She is not mine any more."

Neo said the days leading up to the wedding were rough as he was overwhelmed by emotions.

His wife, Irene, is handling the emotion better than him, he said while laughing.

Neo said: "Maybe it is because talks about marriage have been going on for years.

"When a video of her growing up - from baby to adulthood - was screened, it was a test of self-control.

"I called the video, A Movie: 25 Years In The Making."

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In his thank-you speech, Mr Peter Lau, 31, told Neo: "I grew up watching (the long-running variety show) Gao Xiao Xing Dong (Comedy Nite), Liang Popo and Liang Ximei... and I can't believe that you are now my father- in-law."

Neo said the couple had agreed to wait for Ethel to get some working experience before exchanging vows. She has her own online business, while the groom is a training manager at Golden Village.

They will be having their wedding dinner in December. Neo is thankful that his son-in-law is someone he can entrust Ethel to.

"They have been dating for seven years, so we knew very well what kind of person he is," he said.

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