Thought your seaside wedding was unique? Well, these adventurous newlyweds have you beat! Crystal and Justin Reynolds' recent walk down the aisle was more like a swim, as they exchanged vows underwater at the Georgia Aquarium over the weekend. Who needs a bridal party when you've got manta rays, whale sharks, and dozens of fish by your side?
Their love story began on the online dating site Plenty of Fish and their wedding included, well, plenty of fish! As avid divers, Crystal and Justin wanted to find a way to incorporate their love of the ocean into their nuptials. But a coastal ceremony or beachy reception just wasn't daring enough for these two. Instead, they opted to tie the knot as the world's largest species of shark swam by to wish them best wishes. Talk about taking the plunge!
After serving as the venue for countless weddings, this was Georgia Aquarium's first underwater ceremony, taking place in their 6.3 million-gallon tank. "We never thought we would get married in an aquarium, but it mixes our love for diving and for one another. It's something we love doing together," Crystal explained on the aquarium's blog.
On the big day, the bride donned a traditional white lace wedding dress (over her wetsuit, of course) and the pair floated down to the bottom of the tank to exchange their sea-centric vows. "I don't need to mull it over — we are manta be together," and "I conch wait to make it a fish shell," were among the couple's pun-soaked promises! The aquarium's expert dive team remained nearby just in case a whale shark decided to object.
After saying their "I dos," the newlyweds shared their first wedded dance underwater, twirling to Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" in front of their wedding guests (and a 100 or so aquarium visitors!).
Afterwards the newly-dubbed Mr and Mrs. Reynolds dried off and headed to their above seal-level reception in the aquarium's ballroom. Somehow, we don't think fish was served at this wedding party...