Lit Wedding: Daredevil brides set their beautiful dresses on fire in dramatic stunt during wedding ceremony
April Choi and Bethany Byrnes wanted to do something dramatic for their special day so they enlisted guests from their wedding parties to set fire to their gowns.
Two brides stunned the guests present at their wedding as they set their white dresses on fire after walking down the aisle. The same-sex couple was wearing the dresses while it was on fire and posed for pictures in their burning wedding gowns.
The brides from Iowa — 32-year-old April Choi and 28-year-old Bethany Byrnes — wanted to do something dramatic for their special day so they enlisted guests from their wedding parties to set fire to their gowns, a few moments after they exchanged their vows. Reports state that the brides' gowns were specially made with detachable trains.
A video clip of the duo showed their dresses engulfed in flame as they eventually cast off the trains seconds before the fire gets too close to them. Both Choi and Byrnes are variety entertainers and include fire-eating and breathing among their talents.
Reports state that the couple had organized the day — October 13 — in reverse as they started off with their reception in the afternoon before they said their vows at sunset at Camp Tanager, Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
Adrenaline junkie brides set their wedding dresses on FIRE https://t.co/ySt18JBYnX— Cherry Dunn (@MKMMACherry) October 25, 2018
A footage of the ceremony shows two guests lighting their gowns on fire with torches after the cue: "You may now light the brides."
Choi, while talking to the Daily Mail, said: "A person from my wedding party lit my dress and one from Bethany’s wedding party lit hers. We tried to get them to match evenly but mine ran up first and Bethany’s took a while but it slowly burnt up the skirt.”
"I think Bethany managed eight seconds in hers and mine was 12 seconds before I had to drop it. I have never seen two brides do something like this. I don’t know many same-sex marriages first of all. I don’t know of any other person who has actually burnt their wedding dress at the wedding. I don’t think I will ever forget it and nor will anybody else who attended the wedding, especially our parents who were greatly concerned for our safety. They were very very nervous," she added.
While Byrnes, who is a performer and comms specialist, said: "I was super nervous. I have done fire performance for fun and professionally, but as I watched the fuel being poured on April’s dress I couldn’t help but think it was a ton of fuel to be wearing. It was such an adrenaline rush when the dresses went up in flames.”
“You just have to repeat in your head that it’s fine, you’ve done this before and all of the safety has been figured out. It really is safe. You just have to feel the heat on your back and judge from experience when you need to ditch. I love the photos so much. They’re glorious. Watching the flames creep up your wife’s gown is not something you can ever forget," Byrnes added.