A Nice Day for a Fright Wedding

So much for the traditional white dress and suit and tie.

A handful of Halloween-loving brides and grooms came to the County Administration Center Thursday decked out in black corsets, veils covered in plastic spiders and skeleton-shaped earrings.

Why not celebrate their Big Day in ghoulish attire?

There was a story behind every ensemble.

Newlyweds Rachel and Jesse Serrano of Lemon Grove said they chose Halloween to tie the knot because it’s their favorite holiday. Rachel went online and found a form-fitting black corset dress. She paired it with a Nightmare Before Christmas movie-themed necklace, skeleton earrings and a veil decorated with plastic spiders.

Bride Beth Simpson had always loved the Mexican holiday, El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). So she and groom Spencer Fuchs, both of East County, got married with their faces painted like the sugar skulls used to celebrate the holiday, in white, black, and bright blue and pink colors. They wore Converse All-Star shoes in matching pink and blue.

Meanwhile, Andrea and Eric Taylor of Del Mar said the dark holiday is especially significant to them because a year ago to the day they had made their relationship official.

“We’ve always wanted to get married on Halloween,” she said.

Andrea wore special, custom-made heels with the words “Eric/Andrea” and a Nightmare Before Christmas character decorated in sequins. Other flourishes included an antique spider-themed brooch on her bouquet and a black diamond ring on her finger.

“My whole entire wardrobe is black,” she said.

Getting married on the scariest day of the year made perfect sense.


Andrea and Eric Taylor

Andrea Taylor’s custom made shoes


Mackie Washburn and Donnie Larson


Rachel and Jesse Serrano and children.


Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk staff (l-r) Jennifer Pechan, Gloria Avila and Naime Bajrami got into the Halloween spirit.


Michele Clock is a group communications officer with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact