May 27, 2018
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At Standish couple’s zombie-themed wedding, ’til death do us part’ takes on new meaning

Contributed photo | BDN
Contributed photo | BDN
Members of the Charlie and Pam King wedding party, dressed in their zombie pirate and “goddess of darkness” attire, pose at the entrance of a cemetery for a wedding photo — (from left) Justice King, son of the groom; Paul Sabatino, groomsman; Chrys Towne, son of the bride; Jason Tenney, best man; Charlie King, groom; Izzy Tenney, son of Jessica and Jason Tenney; Pam King, bride; Jessica Tenney, maid of honor; Rhonda Cyr, bridesmaid; Susan Wheaton, bridesmaid; and Toni Marie Towne, daughter of the bride.
By Lisa Wilcox, Aroostook Republican & News

SACO, Maine — It’s not something you’re likely to see on the cover of a bridal magazine any time soon, but when Pam Towne and Charlie King got married, they certainly made a fashion statement. The twosome exchanged their vows this past Halloween dressed as a zombie pirate and “goddess of darkness.”

“Charlie and I love Halloween and thought it would be a great theme for our special day,” Pam commented about their unique wedding held at the Elks Club in Saco.

Originally from Caribou, Pam’s maiden name is Theriault. She and Charlie now live in Standish and Pam has lived in the southern part of the state for about 20 years.

Pam met Charlie, who is originally from Portland, in June 2004, and they started planning for their ghoulish wedding in September 2011 after the couple’s best friends, Jessica and Jason Tenney of Watertown, New York, got married.

The Kings met the Tenneys, who served as their “best zombie” and “goddess of honor,” on Halloween of 2006, scoring another point for the Kings’ decision to get married on All Hallow’s Eve.

The majority of the attire for the bridal party and groomsmen was found online. Pam said it wasn’t too difficult to put together and met minimal resistance from those involved.

“At first I got a lot of, ‘What are you doing?’ and ‘Why would you do that?’ But once we started putting ideas together and making them happen, it just came together. I’d email or send picture texts to the girls to get their opinions on things and we’d either keep it or move on to something else,” Pam commented about the planning process.

Pam got a lot of help from Jessica Tenney and bridesmaid Rhonda Cyr, also originally from Caribou. Pam and Charlie planned everything together and created the table toppers and chair covers for the head table, which were made to look like different ghost faces. Pam commented that because they worked on the wedding for over a year, it saved a lot of the stress in putting together a themed wedding.

Approximately 140 guests attended the wedding.

Because it was Halloween, children present at the wedding were given the opportunity to trick-or-treat from table to table where cauldrons of candy and goodie bags were waiting for them. Pantry Cafe of Biddeford catered the wedding, and The Burning Moose of Waterboro served as DJ.

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