Manchester couple have wedding in funeral home on Friday the 13th

Most people wouldn't dream of having funeral home nuptials, but for Jessica and Gary Landis, a "Halloween-themed" wedding at the undertaker's on Friday the 13th seemed right.

“We were never traditional anyway," Jessica Landis said.

The Manchester Township couple, both "horror fanatics," tied the knot at Diehl Funeral Home in Mount Wolf on Friday, Oct. 13.

Their "blood-spattered" invitations “definitely got some jaws dropping," she said, adding that the 100 or so guests were advised to dress for a funeral (“Because our single lives our dying").

Instead of the typical wedding march, she walked down the aisle — wearing a black veil — to Gothic music, which she described as "darker and creepier."

The guest tables were named after famous horror movies.

Jessica Landis said she's a fan of more recent "Paranormal" movies, while Gary Landis was a fan of the classics such as "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

Cory Landis, the younger brother of the groom and best man, said the theme was fitting for the couple.

He said the couple love horror and “spooky” things, adding that Halloween is their favorite time of the year.

“It just worked out perfectly that Friday the 13th happened to be in October,” Cory Landis said.

Brandy Martz, of Hellam Township, went all out for the wedding. Wearing a T-shirt with “13” on it, and a glow-in-the-dark skirt featuring skeletons, she fit the theme.

“This is right up my alley,” she said.

Like Cory Landis, Martz wasn’t surprised at the theme.

“She absolutely loves horror,” Martz said.

Jess Anderson waits for the doors to open before walking down the aisle to marry Gary Landis at Diehl Funeral Home in Mount Wolf on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 . John A. Pavoncello photo

Funeral home: Owner Mike Gladfelter said Friday’s wedding was the first in Diehl Funeral Home's 122 years of existence.

But, he said, the process of holding a wedding isn’t too different from a funeral.

“Doing funerals, they’re the celebration of life ... and it’s really kind of similar,” Glatfelter said. “They’re celebrating the beginning of their life together.”

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