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Tommy Curbow and his bride Debbie Harville. Kyle Creasy oversees the wedding.
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Tommy Curbow and his bride Debbie Harville. Kyle Creasy oversees the wedding.

Fright night wedding vows
Mom, daughter wed 'vampires' in Halloween ceremony

By Nancy Glasscock 340-2443

Two Decatur vampires met their brides on Halloween night for a double wedding ceremony featuring glow sticks, a motorcycle-riding Jesus and Freddy Krueger.

Stephanie Lynn Arnold, 22, and her mother, Debbie Lynn Harville, 38, both in costume as vampire brides, married Peter Daniel Brauchle, 26, and William Thomas "Tommy" Curbow, 31, respectively.

About 50 guests, some in costume, attended the ceremony in the backyard of Peter Brauchle's father, Frank Brauchle.

Surrounded by emissions from a fog machine, the couples walked down an aisle designated by outdoor torches to a bamboo canopy. Kyle Creasy, dressed in black as a motorcycle-riding Jesus, officiated the back-to-back ceremonies.

A flower girl tossing glow sticks was accompanied by a ringbearer disguised as Freddy Krueger during the ceremony for Brauchle and Arnold. Arnold walked down the aisle to "Hocus Pocus" by Marilyn Manson.

Harville walked down the aisle as "The Search is Over" by Survivor played.

A favorite holiday

Harville said she and her daughter chose Halloween as their wedding date because the holiday has always been a family favorite. The holiday is also a favorite of her new husband, she said.

"Halloween is Tommy's favorite holiday, over Christmas, over everything," Harville said. "He's always wanted to get married on Halloween."

Arnold, however, waited until Wednesday to get married because she had been "procrastinating," her mother said. She and Brauchle have been friends for about five years but didn't start dating until July.

"He's been in love with her for years," Harville said. "It's just really sweet, and I think it's just as cool as anything."

While Arnold and Brauchle's relationship took years to develop, Harville and Curbow were married less than three months after they met at Sports Zone. The two met at a party about three years ago, and were reacquainted at Sports Zone when Curbow approached Harville and asked for a light, Harville said.

She said she was immediately interested.

"When I got home, I said, 'I've met a very nice man,' " she said.

When friends learned the wedding was scheduled for Halloween, they thought the idea was "awesome," Arnold said.

Harville, however, said some family members weren't as accepting.

"They thought it was an evil wedding," she said. "I said, 'No, we're not sacrificing chickens.' "

Frank Brauchle said he supported having the ceremony on Halloween.

"I'm not looking at it as any kind of sacrilege or anything," he said. "Halloween is a fun holiday and they thought it would be great. When's the last time you heard of a double wedding?"

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