Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 24, 2013

The Wedding dead

Zombie-themed ceremony suits horror aficionados

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — Horror fans Frankie McDowell and fiancee Paige Moore wanted to do something fun and different for their wedding day.

“We just didn’t want to do the traditional thing and we wanted to have fun with it,” said McDowell, 20, a member of the Boyd County High School class of 2011.

“We both like zombies and it is close to Halloween. We both play zombie games all the time,” McDowell said, citing the “Call of Duty: Black Ops” video game as a favorite for both, explaining they had no trouble agreeing upon a zombie theme for the nuptials.

McDowell said he met Moore after they began exchanging messages on Facebook and she made an undercover visit to the fast-food restaurant where he was working at the time.

“She came to Arby’s and creeped on me,” he said, explaining she did not tell him she was the girl he had been trading online notes with. “I saw her and went out and talked to her. I just thought she was the most beautiful thing ever.”

McDowell said friends and family in Kentucky have embraced the plan for a living-dead wedding, although the concept isn’t as popular with Moore’s family in West Virginia.

“Everyone in Kentucky thinks it is a cool idea, but everyone in West Virginia in her family doesn’t want us to do it. Her dad is real biblical and stuff and he doesn’t like it, but it’s what we want,” McDowell said.

Moore, 18, who grew up in Louisiana and lived in Alaska before recently moving to Kenova, said she and McDowell had no problem deciding the nature of their nontraditional union.

“It was pretty easy because I’ve always liked zombies and gory stuff,” she said.

The groom-to-be’s mother, Angel McDowell, said she has been working with the owners of JJ’s Halloween Outlet at the Kyova Mall to get an appropriate tux and gown and even a zombie-theme dress for the bride-to-be’s grandmother ready for Saturday’s ceremony. Approximately 100 guests are expected at the wedding at Armco Park, she said, later noting she has no problem with the unusual nature of the wedding.

“Actually I thought it was pretty neat,” she said, explaining she and husband Michael McDowell had a cowboy theme wedding. McDowell said she counseled the couple away from a zombie wedding in the spring, and reminded them they can benefit on their tax returns of they tie the knot this year.

“They both love Halloween and horror movies, so I said go for it,” McDowell said. “I’m kind of in the theory that your wedding should be fun. Hopefully you only do it once.”

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.