Over the years, we’ve covered some pretty unique wedding stunts–like a dad’s jaw-dropping reveal during his father-of-the-bride speech, a Target-themed photo shoot, a spectacular first dance, and of, course, this surprising double wedding. And, while we definitely keep those shockers close to our hearts, we think we’ve just come across another wedding stunt that rivals them all!
It happened earlier this month in Iowa when brides April Choi and Bethany Byrnes chose to set their wedding dresses on fire–while still wearing them! The incredible wedding surprise took place right at the end of the ceremony, when the officiator typically says, “You may now kiss the bride.” In this instance, though, he replaced that common phrase with: “You may now light the brides.”
It was then that members of the wedding party took torches to the brides’ ultra-long trains. As the material went up in flames, the newlyweds kept their faces pressed up against one another, as the heat approached their backs. Lucky for them, though, both brides are professional fire performers who specialize in these fiery stunts. Once the flames got a little too close for comfort, each bride ditched her fiery train and helped to extinguish what was left.
How’s that for a memorable wedding?!
Bride Bethany Byrnes told news station SWNS about what it was like to wear the fiery garment in front of all of her family and friends. “It was such an adrenaline rush when the dresses went up in flames,” Byrnes said “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.”
Fortunately for everyone involved, the stunt was, in fact, very safe. Both brides were wearing fireproof leggings under their gowns and roughly one-quarter of the attendees were experienced in fire performance.
To see the incredible, fiery footage for yourself, be sure to watch the video below!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this “hot” wedding stunt! Does the idea of doing this scare you? Are you a fire performer? Did you manage to pull off a cool stunt at your wedding?