HGTV designers are the experts in making just about anything look beautiful—and this HGTV star groom lived up to just that. Atlanta-based interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, of HGTV Dream Home and HGTV Urban Oasis, married his boyfriend of 12 years, costume designer Hollis Smith, in a breathtaking wedding in Antarctica on an actual iceberg.
The couple were planning on making the trip in honor of Flynn's 40th birthday, and the decorator decided to take advantage of the stunning backdrop while they were there. “It wasn’t until just eight months before the actual embarkation that I asked him if he would be up for bucking the idea of a traditional wedding and instead seeing if our excursion company, Swoop Antarctica, would facilitate having a crew member from the polar specialists officiate for us somewhere on the continent,” Flynn told People.
Flynn and Smith decided they would tie the knot during their vacation but chose to not reveal the news to family or friends, fearing their plans might change due to weather or unexpected travel problems. “I wanted no expectations whatsoever in the event we never got there,” Flynn said. “The travel agencies are very transparent that there is always a chance that if the conditions are not perfect, you may not be able to leave Punta Arenas, Chile, for Antarctica at all. If there is too much risk, no ship or aircraft will take the chance.”
The two decided to risk the weather anyway, choosing to fly to their destination rather than sail. The two enjoyed a vacation of kayaking among humpback whales and leopard seals before changing into their tuxes and heading to a nearby iceberg to exchange their vows, which were officiated by their expedition leader. Rustic White Photography captured the gorgeous ceremony on camera, and the results are simply breathtaking.
“We hired one of the top wedding planners and floral experts in the country to do our reception, which will be at our home in Atlanta with an icy blue, jet black, and ultrawhite color scheme, along with gigantic eight-foot photos from our Antarctic experience all over as backdrops,” Flynn said. “It’s like bringing a piece of the seventh continent home!”