TAUNTON — You may now kiss the Queen.
After 13 years of living under the same roof with different last names, a local couple finally tied the knot Friday night and became legally hitched.
The fact that Diane Festa, now known as Diane Festa-Emond, and Robert Emond waited so long to get married, by itself, is not extremely rare or odd.
But the fashion in which they, and their guests, presented themselves was atypical.
All the guests were asked to dress in Halloween costumes. The couple, meanwhile, dressed themselves up as a fictitious king and queen of unknown origin.
“We just decided to have a royal wedding,” Festa-Emond said. “I’m pretty sure it’s the first (in the city).”
The Taunton couple celebrated their nuptials in the Tiki Room, which is the private-function room of the BaHa Brothers Sandbar Grill at 64 Weir St.
Emond and Festa-Emond have a son Anthony, 12, who is now a seventh grade student at Coyle and Cassidy High School and Middle School.
Festa-Emond says Anthony, who dressed as a prince and gave his mother away at the ceremony, has been urging his mom and dad to take the final plunge.
“He’s been dying to have the same last name as his mother,” she said.
Both Festa-Emond and Emond were previously married.
The couple, who dated in high school but didn’t reunite until 16 years later, said they finally decided a month and a half ago to become a legally wedded couple.
“We just said ‘We’re going to do this now,’” said Emond, 45, who drives a truck for Carra Construction out of Middleboro.
Festa-Emond, 46, says she rented her regal outfit, which cost just over $100, from Boston Costume in Cambridge. She said she ordered her crown two days before via Amazon Prime.
Emond said he paid $75 for his plush duds at a seasonal Halloween store at the Silver City Galleria mall. His mother did all the necessary alterations.
Festa-Emond, 46, used to drive a handicap van for H&L Bloom Bus in Taunton. But for the past two years she’s worked as an independent Avon sales representative.
“I am amazing!” she said with enthusiasm.
Her sister, Cynthia Festa, performed the wedding ceremony. Notwithstanding her Superwoman costume, Festa-Emond said her sister is now a licensed minister.
As many as 90 guests showed up. Of those, Festa-Emond said, about 20 percent didn’t come in costumes.
“They’re going to the dungeon,” she said with a straight face.
“Everyone is allowed in our kingdom!” Emond proclaimed, a few minutes before strutting out from a back room past tables full of guests — with the lilting sounds of “King of Kings” by Motorhead playing on a sound system, courtesy of local disc jockey Lou Perreira.
For the entrance of Emond’s queen, Perreira played “Together Forever,” which was known as the wedding theme of the late wrestler Randy Savage and his then wife Miss Elizabeth.
The bride’s parents, Antonio and Mary Jo Festa, attended, as did Emond’s mother and stepfather Cynthia and James Blais. Emond’s father Robert is deceased.
Before she made her entrance, Emond, standing on a small stage at the opposite end of the room, described his bride as his “best friend and confidante” and “the one who rules the kingdom.”
Festa-Emond said she immediately decided the Baha Brothers function room was where she wanted her wedding.
A friend had previously sent photos of her parents’ 50th marriage anniversary party held there a year ago, and Festa-Emond was impressed with what she saw.
“The Sandbar became magical at our wedding,” she later said.
Festa-Emond also said she wants it known that contrary to some social network chatter the business is not on its way out.
“It started to piss me off. It’s a beautiful room, and it’s not closing. Cheryl said no way,” Festa-Emond said, referring to Cheryl Dineen who books events at the Tiki Room.
The baked stuffed chicken and steak tips were catered and cooked in-house at Baha Brothers Sandbar Grill.
The wedding cake and cupcakes were baked and provided by The Cake Diner in Raynham.