Photo: Greg Lecoeur
Here's a wedding venue you've probably never thought of — the ocean!
Not so for French world-champion free-diver Pierre Frolla, who wed Mara Demurtas in an underwater ceremony last July 4, in Monaco. The small European country, which is home to some of the world's wealthiest individuals, is no stranger to stunts — the famed Casino de Monte-Carlo has served as the set for James Bond films like "Casino Royale" — but stunt this was not. The underwater affair was followed up by a civil ceremony the next weekend, as French law dictates that couples must be wed by a local official for the marriage to be considered legal.
The seaside event did have one very notable guest in attendance: Prince Albert II, son of Rainier III and Grace Kelly (possibly the most beautiful bride in history), who is a friend of the groom. While the crown prince opted for snorkeling gear, instead of a scuba tank, the majority of the 60-some guests were fully submerged for the ceremony, which took place in the water off Larvotto beach and included a red carpet on the ocean floor.
If this sounds up your alley, good news: it's now possible to arrange your own underwater wedding in Monaco (or proposal — they even hide the ring in a shell). The cost to do so isn't cheap (6,500 euros, including taxes), but includes everything you need for the two to three hour ceremony: boat transfer and diving equipment for the couple, 22 guests, certified staff, and (fake) priest, as well as music, a Champagne toast, appetizers, and a video to commemorate the event.
Still not convinced? Take Frolla's word for it: "It was the most beautiful day of my life. I highly recommend everyone get married 40 feet underwater!"