A couple of divers marry in an underwater wedding with sharks as guests
Lisa Huggins and Christopher Jackson were married in one of the UK’s first underwater weddings at the Bear Grylls Adventure Center in Marston Green, Birmingham
A scuba-loving couple were surrounded by sharks as they married in one of the UK’s first underwater weddings.
Lisa Huggins and Christopher Jackson were married in the 864,000 liter tropical oceanarium at the Bear Grylls Adventure Center in Marston Green, Birmingham.
The Jackson’s, who live in Derbyshire and have been together for five years, decided to become husband and wife as part of their diving trip.
In addition to eight guests, they said their wishes in front of black tip sharks, pufferfish and stingrays.
The 38-year-old bride told the PA news agency: ‘We were going to get married in Cyprus, then with Covid we couldn’t travel, then with the guest restrictions it really put an end to it all. .
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“So for us that was a really good way, we could cut the numbers down and do something that we like.
“We trained to be divers together, so it’s kind of a journey that we started together… so getting married was just another part of that journey for us, our diving journey.”
Mr Jackson, 43, said the couple needed to be imaginative after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted their plans.
“With Covid, we couldn’t get married because we were locked out and so on,” he said.
“Then we contacted these guys here about an underwater item because we’re both divers and they said, ‘Yeah, we’d love to do that’ – so here we are today. “
Lisa’s 14-year-old daughter Elise, who is learning to scuba dive, joined them in the tank as a bridesmaid.
Marc Bell, CEO of the center, said: “We are delighted to have organized Chris and Lisa’s special day.
“To be a part of such an important occasion that these adventurers will remember all their lives is a true honor.”
The wedding was not an official ceremony and the couple married legally at the Chesterfield Registry Office with two witnesses.
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