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It’s showtime! Couple marry in ‘Beetlejuice’-themed Bushwick wedding

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I’m tellin’ ya, honey, she meant nothin’ to me: Luis Latorre and Ryoko Sasaki fianlly had their dream “Beetlejuice” wedding after a 10-year engagement.
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I was gonna do it once and that was it: Married couples renew their vows during a screening of “Beetlejuice” at the House of Yes in Bushwick.
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This house is so big: The House of Yes is a venue for aerial performance, which allowed for some flying stunts.
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Haunted houses aren’t easy to come by: BBQ Films’ Gabriel Rhoads says he first picked House of Yes as a venue, then realized it would be the perfect venue for a “Beetlejuice” screening.
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Are you ‘Night of the Living Dead’ under there?: Actors dressed as “Beetlejuice” characters, interacting with guests and performing scene.
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Maybe we should try that Beetle guy: Guests also watched the actual movie amidst all the other festivities.

It made their millenniums!

Two long-time fiancees tied the knot in a strange and unusual “Beetlejuice”-themed ceremony in Bushwick on Sunday, during a screening and shindig inspired by the film’s would-be wedding scene. The Tim Burton-loving lovebirds say they learned about the event just a few weeks ago, and realized it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for their dream wedding.

“It was destiny,” said Luis Latorre, who finally walked down the aisle with his new wife Ryoko Sasaki after proposing to her 10 years ago. “I’d been jokingly planning a Tim Burton wedding with my brother, and by chance they put on this event.”

The newlyweds joined hundreds of other fans of the 1988 gothic comedy at circus venue the House of Yes for the gala organized by BBQ Films — an outfit that turns screenings of cult films into immersive parties, where attendees take part in scenes alongside costumed characters.

The organizers had been offering married couples the chance to renew their vows at the bash in the spirit of the wacko wedding between Beetlejuice and gothic teen Lydia Deetz, but say they were more than happy to accommodate Latorre and Sasaki’s last-minute request to get hitched for the first time, as it was right in the spirit of the event. Plus, the actor playing the title character happened to be an ordained officiant.

“When we decided to do ‘Beelejuice,’ we decided to do it for the love,” said BBQ Films founder Gabriel Rhoads, who has previously turned a Williamsburg warehouse into the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” headquarters, and music store Rough Trade into the titular “Empire Records” for previous events.

Latorre and Sasaki — former New Yorkers who now live in Pennsylvania with their 2-year-old daughter, 10 dogs, and a pig — also did their own part to help make the experience as authentic as possible, recruiting contestants from the Syfy network’s competitive prosthetic makeup artist series “Face Off” to transform them into the film’s main characters.

The couple did deviate slightly from the source material, however — they dressed as the characters from the ’80s cartoon spinoff of the movie, so they wouldn’t clash with the actors. And of course they actually got hitched, while in the film a giant worm devours Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice before he can put a ring on Winona Ryder’s finger.

Rhoads says he has more over-the-top screening parties planned for Brooklyn venues later this year, and eventually hopes to work with movie studios to help them create similar events that get audiences back in the cinema instead of waiting for films to hit Netflix.

“We believe this is a real artform,” he said. “Our philosophy has always been that seeing movies in the cinema is a beautiful experience, a social experience. We bring movies back to their roots.”

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon me, please, but are we to believe that this Luis character proposed to his wife 10 years ago? Maybe I'm a little tired today (I switched back to Sanka) but doesn't that seem like kind of a long time. There must be more to this story than meets the eye. I don't want to be the one to say this, and this is only the opinion of one man here (John Wasserman) but I just don't see this as being a very good idea at all. This was a public event, and so I have to say that, even though the drawings are quite nice, I don't agree with this article.
Thanks for reading.
John Wasserman
March 21, 2016, 2:26 pm
Ruth Brown (Brooklyn Paper) says:
I wouldn't say there is more than meets the eye. As told to me: He proposed 10 years ago and they had a vague dream of a Halloweenish/Tim Burton themed wedding but never really organized one, then this came long and it seemed like a "now or never" opportunity.
March 21, 2016, 3:37 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Who's being naïve, Ruth (if you'll pardon the expression)? If you don't mind one man's opinion, it just seems a little, well "suspicious" that they wouldn't have created this for themselves within the 10 long years of being engaged, and then trot upon this event willy-nilly at the last minute.
John Wasserman
March 22, 2016, 11:46 am
Angela Chatterton says:
Such a unique wedding idea! Nowadays to make their wedding memorable and special couples are findings different and unique ways. After reading the post above, I came to know about Beetlejuice wedding which sounds something unique. I also remember one of my friends wedding which took place at the wedding venue south Florida (http://theaddisonofbocaraton.com) courtyard featuring a 100 year old banyan tree which made her wedding special and unforgettable.
March 11, 2017, 12:56 am

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