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Dinosaur-obsessed woman gets the bridal shower of her dreams

Many of us went through a dinosaur-loving period in our childhood, easily encouraged when those seemingly mythical creatures are all over kids?€? clothing, furniture, books, and toys. One bride-to-be in Washington, D.C., never outgrew that phase of her life, and though grown-up Jurassic decor doesn?€?t come standard from typical wedding vendors, she just had the perfect dinosaur-themed bridal shower.

?€?I?€?ve been obsessed with dinosaurs for pretty much my whole life,?€? Katelyn Machnica tells??Yahoo Style via email. ?€?I was a stegosaurus for my first Halloween, and I started wearing out a VHS tape of Jurassic Park when I was about 6. Even when my fianc?? proposed, he did so with dinosaurs.?€?

Machnica?€?s future sister-in-law, Andrea, picked up on that cue ?€‘± ?€?She just gets me,?€? Machnica said ?€‘± and she helped turn the shower into a party that would make Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg proud.

Machnica wore a stegosaurus-print apron from Ankara Streets. There were dinosaur cookie trays, cookies, and banners hung over succulent centerpieces. Naturally, they served food from a spot called Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (along with more traditional mimosas). But the highlight had to be the various dinosaur brides and grooms that Andrea decorated, complete with miniature duct-tape flowers that are just like the ones Machnica made to use at her wedding.

Katelyn Machnica (second from right) with her man of honor, mother, and future sister-in-law. (Photo courtesy of Katelyn Machnica)

?€?My man of honor even made a shower game called ?€?Dino Doppelg?‘θngers,?€? where guests had to guess which dinosaur I assigned to our family and bridal party members,?€? she tells??Yahoo.

When Machnica shared a photo of her??dino doppelg?‘θnger on Reddit, she inspired others to rethink their own wedding and party themes.

Photo courtesy Katelyn Machnica

?€?This is the best weddit post I have ever seen,?€? RedLovesPeaches wrote.

A few others shared what they?€?d done to express their love for those overgrown lizards.

?€?I had a dinosaur element in my wedding!?€? wrote alongstrangetrip, adding a link to this hilarious video on Instagram. ?€?I used the T-Rex costume for my first look while both our parties wore dinosaur masks.?€?

Another couple made headlines in 2013 when they let their photographer make it look like their wedding had been attacked by a hungry Tyrannosaurus.

Machnica says she?€?ll have a dinosaur cake topper and an inflatable costume for the photo booth at her wedding, which will take place in October in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y.

?€?I am ALL about doing what makes you happy for your wedding!?€? she wrote on Reddit. ?€?And I?€?m very lucky to have family and in-laws that are so on board.?€?

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