It looks like nuptials with elaborate themes, particularly ones that are on the grisly side, might be the rising new wedding trend. First, there was that Texas couple that had a murder-themed engagement shoot in June. And on July 23, NFL player DeAngelo Williams married his bride, Risalyn, in a Walking Dead themed ceremony at the Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee.
“I’m a huge Walking Dead fan,” Williams said in a video shot by ESPN. “I wanted to do engagement photos of us being chased by zombies and we didn’t have time because it was during season and we didn’t have the opportunity.”
So, instead, Williams got professional makeup artists to transform the entire wedding party into zombies. His bride was super into the idea. The bridesmaids not so much. “He really had to convince the bridesmaids, and then he said they had to do it because they’re bridesmaids,” Risalyn said.
As much as it was about living out his fantasy, the concept was also designed to make his wedding a little more … unique and memorable than the traditional affair.
“Everybody goes through weddings. They walk down the aisle. It’s over with,” he said. “[The zombie wedding] is a time for us to laugh and point and say, ‘Ha, you look goofy.’ It gives us a chance to step outside our comfort zone and put on our acting skills, whether we possess them or not.”
Of course, Williams didn’t forget what was most important about this special day. “What makes it even more magical is not only did I become a walker, I became a husband.”