These brides set fire to their wedding dresses after walking down the aisle

These brides set fire to their wedding dresses after walking down the aisle

Just when you thought you'd seen everything at a wedding, someone manages to go and set fire to the happy couple.

Yes, this is the moment two adrenaline junkie brides set their dresses on FIRE after walking down the aisle.

April Choi, 32, and Bethany Byrnes, 28, enlisted guests from their wedding parties to torch the gowns while they were still wearing them.

Don't worry though, as although the dramatic footage shows flames engulfing their dresses, the garments were specially altered to make the trains detachable

Picture: Sherry Schons / SWNS

The same-sex couple - who are both variety entertainers and boast fire-eating and breathing among their talents - pulled off the stunt during their wedding on 13 October.

They organised the day in reverse, starting off with their reception in the afternoon before saying their vows at sundown, at Camp Tanager in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, USA.

Picture: Michael Huang / SWNS

When darkness fell, the brides - who wore different gowns to say their vows - went outside and held hands as their stunt dresses were doused with fuel.

They went up in flames seconds later, after two guests set them alight with torches upon on the cue: "You may now light the brides."

April a dance instructor, performer and engineer from Peoria, Illinois 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.

Bethany, a performer and comms specialist, 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.

Despite critics on social media saying the stunt looked unsafe, the newlyweds, who bought their gowns from a thrift store, say they took various safety precautions.

Because so many of their friends work in the entertainment industry, their guests included eight fire performers and a certified pyrotechnic. Safety first, folks!

There was also a medic in the crowd, and the couple took other steps to ensure the stunt was safe including wetting the ground and having fire extinguishers on hand.

To ensure their skin wouldn't burn, the brides - who began dating in 2013 and got engaged in 2016 - wore cotton leggings to protect their legs and tied back their hair.

Picture: Sherry Schons / SWNS

They also attached slow-burning duck cloth canvas to the trains of the dresses, which had been cut off and sewn back on to ensure they could tear away easily.

Every single thing we could think of that could possibly go wrong, we had contingency plans.

I'm ecstatic with the photos. I wasn't sure how it would work out, but it worked out beautifully.


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