A Halloween-mad couple took their obsession to the next level – by making it the theme of their wedding.
Alexis, 36, and Jeff Peabody, 39, dressed as Frankenstein’s monster and his bride when they tied the knot in front of 180 costume-clad guests.
They hired a professional costume make up artist to transform their family and friends and got married in front of a ghoulish graveyard backdrop.
There were skeletons popping from makeshift graves and a seating chart was laid out as a cemetery.
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.
They said their family and friends said it was the ‘best wedding they’d ever been to’.
Jeff, a print production manager, from Detroit, Michigan, US, 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!”
Cleaner Alexis and Jeff met through mutual friends in 2010 and the pair went to the cinema on their first date to watch the horror movie Halloween.
They quickly discovered their shared love for the spooky holiday, which in their opinion is ‘much better than Christmas’.
Every year, they celebrate by decorating their garden, handing out sweets to the trick-or-treating kids on their street, and most importantly getting dressed up.
They tied the knot on Friday October 13, 2017 – and when they realised the spooky date coincidence, they chose the Halloween theme.
“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.
Her bridesmaids were The Creature from The Black Lagoon and The Mummy and the groomsmen were Dracula and Wolfman.
Alexis’ dad walked her down the aisle as the Phantom of the Opera, and the couple were married by none other than Dr Frankenstein himself.
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’.
“Our families loved getting made-up for the ceremony,” Alexis said.
“It was great seeing the transformations.”
They started their makeovers at 7.30am, and spent a total of six hours in make-up – making them an hour late for their own wedding.
The rest of the ceremony, held in Pontiac, Michigan, was DIY, with the venue dressed from head to toe in Halloween themed decoration.
Alexis and Jeff decorated it all themselves to cut costs – but no corners were cut on the creativity.
“The best part is that everything can be used to decorate our home and garden for future Halloweens to come,” Alexis said.
“We can look back as we get them out of the loft every year and think back to our wedding day which is pretty special.”
‘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.
After the ceremony and evening meal, all of the 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 newlyweds said the laid back feel of the day was what made it ‘so amazing’.
“We loved how laid back and nontraditional it was,” they said.
“It was like we threw a huge Halloween party for everyone we know and love!
“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.
“People from the other weddings in the venue ended up coming into ours because they heard how great it was.
“I don’t think we’ll ever live it down!”
They plan to throw another huge party on their five-year anniversary when Friday 13th October comes around again, which promises to be just as legendary at their wedding day.