Niagara-on-the-Lake couple wed in spooky ceremony

By Sarah Ferguson, Fort Erie Times

Not many couples have Jack Skellington as a guest at their wedding.

But Hannah Horning, 26, and Corey Bourton, 25, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, couldn’t have been happier to have the spine-chilling guest at their Oct. 31 wedding.

The couple met almost three years ago and have “been inseparable ever since,” Horning said. They began planning their big day six weeks ago, and decided they wanted an unconventional wedding.

Horning walked down a pumpkin-lined isle Friday at Elope Niagara’s Little Log Chapel in Stevensville and said ‘I do’ to Bourton in an intimate Nightmare Before Christmas-themed ceremony.

“We thought why not. I love the Nightmare Before Christmas and we even have a dog named Zero. We’re definitely a non-traditional couple,” Horning said.

The bride wouldn’t change a thing about her spooky wedding day.

“You can do whatever you want and you can have as much fun as you want. It doesn’t have to be a cookie cutter wedding.”

“You don’t have to spend $20,000 or $30,000 to get married and have a beautiful wedding,” Bourton said. “Our wedding is intimate and that’s what we wanted.”

Horning handpicked every detail of her wedding, including her Jack Skellington shoes, a black and purple cape, matching earrings for bride and groom and bouquet and boutonniere.

Horning said she was happy to celebrate her marriage in her hometown.

“My family is here and this (Fort Erie) is where I grew up,” she said.

The newlyweds celebrated their nuptials with a small dinner with their parents in Niagara Falls following the ceremony. 

Kim Cartmell and her business partner Kathy White began offering themed weddings at Elope Niagara at 3787 Switch Rd. two years ago. 

“It’s just a lot of fun. People come up with all sorts of themes and we can help them make their dreams come true,” Cartmell said.

The Little Log Chapel is open year-round and couples can have Halloween, Valentine’s Day, or even Christmas inspired ceremonies.

For more information about the Little Log Chapel visit online at


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