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Daredevil bride and groom light themselves on fire at wedding ceremony

Published Thursday, May. 19th, 2022

Photos in cover taken from @djrusspowell

They say that “love is friendship set on fire,” and it’s never been more true!  



Ambyr Bambyr and Gabe Jessop took their red-hot romance to the next level earlier this month when they lit themselves on fire at the end of their wedding ceremony – to the delight (and stunned shrieks) of guests. 


Some guests compared the spectacle to a scene from The Hunger Games, and Russel Powell, who captured the moment on video, said that their “grand exit makes sparklers look boring.” 





A post shared by Destination Wedding DJ (@djrusspowell)


The two professional stunt people chose the daring cinematic unity ritual to honor their unusual love story, having first met while performing stunts on a movie set. (Needless to say, there was an instant spark between them.)


They hired a team of professionals to help them safely burst into flames shortly after taking their wedding vows. The couple changed into special clothing – a fire-resistant white robe and dark suit – and the couple’s hair and skin were covered in a layer of protective anti-burn gel to prevent accidental injuries. 


Ambyr raised her flaming bouquet in the air triumphantly as they ran hand-in-hand down the aisle to make the blazing exit. At the end of the exciting recession, the couple knelt down and the safety team extinguished the flames. 


(But nothing can extinguish their love! Congrats Ambyr and Gabe!)



Get the full scoop in Jack Beresford’s article for Newsweek. 




What is the recession at a wedding ceremony? 

The recession, or ‘wedding exit,’ marks the end of the wedding ceremony. This is where everybody leaves, or "recedes" from the room. Most often, the newly married couple will leave first, followed by the wedding party (bridesmaids and groomsmen), the wedding guests, and then the wedding officiant -- this is a traditional recessional order.

Like a wedding procession, the recession can be as creative as the couple wants it to be – incorporating live music, theatrical skits, and even pyrotechnics. 

Learn more about The Parts of a Wedding Ceremony.




Want a firey wedding of your own? 

Plan & Officiate a Beltane Inspired Wedding


A Beltane pagan wedding ceremony with a large bonfire and the Green Man


Learn how to plan or officiate a Beltane wedding ceremony or handfasting, with a bonfire ritual and words inspired by ancient Celtic Pagan practices and the spirit of the Spring season.






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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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