Lesbian couple set their wedding dresses on fire in breathtaking ceremony

Lesbian couple sets wedding dresses on fire (Michael Huang of Cukini Studio)

Lesbian brides have performed a memorable stunt at their wedding, setting fire to their dresses at the ceremony.

Performers April Jennifer Choi and Bethany Byrnes have been together for seven years and got married on October 13 in Iowa. The couple are no strangers to professionally playing with fire—they have both modelled and assisted ‘fire-trashing’ dress stunts for years as part of their job.

The couple are proud of their pyrokinetic ability to control one—and arguably the most spectacular—of the four main elements. “What we enjoy the most about performing with fire is feeling like a firebender from Avatar: The Last Air-Bender,” Choi tells PinkNews.

April Jennifer Choi and Bethany Byrnes got married on October 13, 2018. (Michael Huang of Cukini Studios)

The brides are not new to pulling amazing stunts. Choi is a multiple Guinness World Record holder for her precision whipping skills, and, along with Byrnes, was awarded a world record last year for “most straws crack whipped from the mouth in one minute.”

The pair were excited to perform in front of their wedding guests, many of whom were fire performers themselves, so they made sure to pick dresses made for the occasion—with detachables train to ensure they could hop out of them.

The stunt was only possible thanks to the performers’ experience and the team of experts and medics that were on hand in case something went wrong. Choi wanted to publicly thank Olive Marie at Harmonic Thread for providing the protective layers, as well as the safety team headed by Master Pokes, including Joe Spanier and Adriana Coyne, who were respectively her fire and her fuel safety, and Avalon Woodard and Jenn Piatak, who looked after her wife’s fire and fuel safety.

The pictures by photographer Michael Huang of Cukini Studios immortalising the moment show the two brides facing one another as the trains catch fire.


The lesbian couple are both professional fire performers. (Michael Huang of Cukini Studios)

Recalling the thoughts that were running through her head as the flames engulfed the dress, Choi says: “I was just running through if we missed anything. Are we posed correctly? Are the slits adequate? Is Beth okay? Is she nervous? Is the fire climbing correctly? Is there any way I can comfort her better?”

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