July 11, 2013
A couple who met scuba-diving celebrated their wedding with an underwater blessing at Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks.
Mark and Tina Higgins, from Wheaton Aston in Staffordshire, literally took the plunge in the aquarium giant 3.8-million-litre Caribbean Reef display which is home to three-metre-long sharks and stingrays.
The couple wrote ‘I do’ on special waterproof boards to exchange their vows, while an invited audience looked on via a giant acrylic viewing window.
To complete the theme, Tina wore a wetsuit made with flesh coloured arms and shoulders, which was white from chest down to make it look strapless, along with a net skirt, veil and tiara.
“We wanted to do something different, enjoyable and memorable. As we met Scuba diving and still dived regularly it seemed apt to include it in our wedding,” said Tina.
“We got married at our local registry office on Friday morning with our family there. We then all travelled up to Blue Planet along with 100 family and friends.
“The wedding was exactly as we hoped we both had a wonderful time and we’d like to thank everyone at the aquarium for making our dream day come true,” she added.
The couple first met in 2001 when Mark decided to learn to dive and Tina was one of the instructors. They got together in 2007 and had been planning the wedding since getting engaged in 2011.
Blue Planet Aquarium’s Rebecca Collins said: “It was an unforgettable evening and everything went really smoothly.
“As well and Tina and Mark, the blessing was actually given jointly by Tina’s sister Elaine and one of Mark’s workmates – who were both wearing dog collars!
“I’m not sure what the sharks and rays made of it all but for the couple, their guests and the aquarium staff who were there it was something none of us will ever forget,” she added.