Couple Hold Halloween-Themed Wedding And It Looked Wild
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You might decorate your house with cobwebs and carved pumpkins, and you might even dress up each year for a ghoulish Halloween party, but would you theme your wedding around the creepy holiday? We know one couple that did.
Halloween-mad couple, Alexis and Jeff Peabody, took their obsession to the next level by working the holiday into their big day.
The nuptials were the exact opposite of the traditional big white wedding, with skeletons popping out of makeshift graves, a seating plan laid out like a cemetery and vows taken in front of a ghoulish graveyard backdrop.
And looking their best on their wedding day meant dressing up as Frankenstein's monster and his bride, before tying the knot in front of 180 costume-clad guests.
Alexis, 36, and Jeff, 39, even hired a professional costume make up artist to transform their family and friends into demons, witches, Draculas and mummies.
They handed out potion bottles and adorned the walls with classic horror movie posters - all adding to the chilling ambience that made their day so unique.
Alexis and Jeff, from Detroit, Michigan, US, met through mutual friends in 2010 and the pair went to the cinema on their first date to watch the horror movie Halloween.
They discovered early on that they shared a love for the spooky holiday, which in their opinion is better than Christmas.
Every year they decorate their garden, hand out sweets to trick-or-treaters and get dressed up.
But, it wasn't until they realised they'd booked their wedding by coincidence, on Friday 13th October, 2017, that they realised it was a seriously spooky date.
They decided it was the perfect excuse to throw a Halloween themed wedding.
"Friday 13th is an iconic horror movie, one of our favourites," Jeff said.
"We hadn't planned to have a Halloween themed wedding, but this felt like a sign - and we'd always wanted to throw a huge Halloween party so we thought why not tie the two together?
"We both love Halloween, so when we saw there was a Friday the 13th in October, we knew it was a no-brainer and had to have a Halloween-themed wedding!"
The couple hired a professional make-up artist, who worked with the wedding party to give them all classic horror movie themed looks.
They started their makeovers at 7.30am, and spent a total of six hours in make-up - making them an hour late for the wedding!
Her bridesmaids were dressed as the Creature from The Black Lagoon and The Mummy and the groomsmen were Dracula and The Wolfman.
Alexis' dad walked her down the aisle as the Phantom of the Opera, and the couple were married by Dr Frankenstein. Who else?
The professional make-up artist was the biggest expense of the whole day, costing over £2,000 - but the happy couple says it was "worth every penny".
They received rave reviews from guests too, who said it was "the best wedding they'd ever been to".
Jeff, a print production manager, said: "Despite my wife being dressed as a monster, I've never seen her looking more beautiful!"
"It was the perfect day."
Alexis, a cleaner, added: "We've learned from being together that we love Halloween a lot more than most people.
"For one night of the year, you can be whoever you want to be and just have fun - what's not to like?"
"Our families loved getting made-up for the ceremony," Alexis said. "It was great seeing the transformations."
The rest of the ceremony, held in Pontiac, Michigan, was DIY, with the venue dressed from head to toe in Halloween-themed decorations.
Alexis and Jeff decorated it all themselves to cut costs - but no corners were cut on the creativity.
'Zomboys and Ghouls' signs hung above the toilets, and handmade packets of 'Boo-Hoo' tissues were available for guests to wipe their tears.
The 'Boo-ffet' table was labelled with 'gorederves and vampitizers' and warned that the food was poisoned - despite being a delicious array of cupcakes and canapes.
And in the evening, ghoulish guests took to the dance floor for a night of dancing - even performing the 'Monster Mash'!
"Instead of people clinking their glasses for the speeches and to get us to kiss, we made them howl like werewolves," Alexis said.
"It was so fun having a chorus of costume-clad guests howling at us - the atmosphere was electric!"
"The best part is that everything can be used to decorate our home and garden for future Halloweens to come".
The couple love that every time they pull the decorations out of the loft, it will remind them of their unique big day.
The newlyweds said the laid back feel of the day is what made it 'so amazing'.
"It was like we threw a huge Halloween party for everyone we know and love," added Alexis.
"It was great to see our friends and family in costume, and we loved it even more when they told us that it was the best wedding they'd ever been to."
News of the party travelled fast too, as people from other weddings in the venue even swung by because they'd heard how great it was.
The couple already have plans for their next big bash too - on their five year anniversary. When Friday 13th October comes around again, they hope to throw a party just as legendary as their wedding day.
This couple are really creepin' it real.