Scuba-diving couple tie the knot in underwater wedding with sharks as guests

Lisa Huggins and Christopher Jackson tied the knot in in one of the UK’s first underwater weddings at the Bear Grylls Adventure centre in Marston Green, Birmingham

Couple get married in underwater tropical tank

A scuba-diving loving couple were surrounded with sharks while they got married in one of the UK’s first underwater weddings.

Lisa Huggins and Christopher Jackson tied the knot in the 864,000-litre tropical oceanarium at the Bear Grylls Adventure centre in Marston Green, Birmingham.

The Jacksons, who live in Derbyshire and have been together for five years, decided to become husband and wife as part of their diving journey.

As well as eight guests they took their vows in front of blacktip reef sharks, puffer fish 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, and then with guest restrictions it put a halt to everything really.

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Lisa Huggins and Christopher Jackson tying the knot



“So, for us, this was a good way really, we could keep the numbers down and do something that we love.

“We trained to be scuba divers together so it’s sort of a journey that we started on together… so getting married was just another part of that journey for us, our diving journey.”

Mr Jackson, 43, said the couple had to be imaginative after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted their plans.

Both are keen scuba divers



“With Covid, we couldn’t get married because we were in lockdown and so on,” he said.

“Then we contacted these guys here about an underwater feature because we’re both scuba 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.

The couple before their underwater wedding ceremony



Marc Bell, the centre’s general manager, said: “We are thrilled have hosted Chris and Lisa’s special day.

“To be a part of such an important occasion for these adventurers to remember for the rest of their lives is a real honour.”

The wedding was not an official ceremony and the couple legally got married at Chesterfield’s register office with two witnesses.

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