These days we've all seen our share of innovative ways to tie the knot. People have done it underwater, on a glacier, nude, and bungee jumping. But this one is pretty new to us. April Choi and Bethany Byrnes decided to really light up the night when they had their wedding dresses set on fire after saying "I do."
A video of the moment can be seen below.
Brides celebrate marriage by burning their dresses | SWNS TV www.youtube.com
The pair are both variety performers who count fire-eating as one of their special skills.
"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."And her wife Bethany added:
"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."
Of course, don't try this at home. One of the perks of being variety performers is that April and Bethany had friends who specialized in pyrotechnics and fire safety attending the wedding.
Some were a little skeptical of the stunt.
@people Don’t you know the air was FILLED...with the smell of diesel fuel AND romance.— SWillis-Koontz (@SWillis-Koontz)1540495703.0
@nypost That's incredibly stupid— 𝔎𝔞𝔱𝔥𝔯𝔶𝔫 (@𝔎𝔞𝔱𝔥𝔯𝔶𝔫)1540519790.0
But there were those who were here for it.
@nypost https://t.co/jREhSj8Fxo— carneinsideyou (@carneinsideyou)1540512114.0
@L1ttleR3d Wait was that the brides that had their dresses burning? If so that is AMAZING and so COOL— SupernovaStyleNews (@SupernovaStyleNews)1540407055.0
Burning love! https://t.co/YKr0kBWMDt— Women's Rights News (@Women's Rights News)1540497608.0
Of course, some had concerns about safety.
@DailyMail Please kids, do NOT try this!— carmel (@carmel)1540467957.0
@DailyMail https://t.co/3Dt5SsMugB— Devin"Parrots"Money (@Devin"Parrots"Money)1540383769.0
But the pair seem pretty experienced.
Wow! Just wow. This takes fire eating to a whole new level. Master Pokes, Bethany Byrnes, Jon Brown, Avalon... http://t.co/jqB9xQr7U9— April Jennifer Choi (@April Jennifer Choi)1437324388.0
Three things I love: Fire Staffs, Short Leather Skirts and Bethany Byrnes http://t.co/aMQdpIa8Nu— April Jennifer Choi (@April Jennifer Choi)1420471677.0
We wish April and Bethany the best!