Julie and Angelo's underwater wedding

Updated Oct 17 2019

02_AngeloandJulieBoatThe offbeat bride: Julie McAlee, Technical Writer (and Offbeat Bride lab rat!)

My offbeat groom: Angelo McAlee, Lifeguard Supervisor and Divemaster

Location & date of wedding: Underwater at Dry Rocks Reef, Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida

What made our wedding offbeat: The most obvious thing that was offbeat about our wedding was that it was underwater. We met in a dive class, and after all of the diving we had done together, it seemed like the thing that expressed something very important to us both.

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Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was the fact that none of the parents involved dive, and none of them liked the idea that we were getting married underwater. We rented a glass-bottomed boat and had part of the wedding onboard, then put on our dive gear and descended to finish the ceremony underwater. Having a glass-bottomed boat allowed us to give access to some of our friends and family who otherwise would have felt excluded, while we got to keep our sense of individuality.

The Kiss
The Kiss

My favorite moment: After being so stubborn that we would have an underwater wedding, I have to admit that my favorite moment from the wedding was actually being at the reception with our friends and family gathered around. When the wedding was going on and everything was busy, I didn't get to really enjoy having everyone together like that. It was only when we had a lull during the reception that I was overwhelmed that everyone had come to be there for us… even though most of them were seasick during the wedding!

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My offbeat advice: If it's important to you, then stick to it. People don't always react well initially when they hear about a wedding that is outside what they consider a "regular" wedding. Those are the same people who said to us later how great they thought it was that we did something so unique and special.

Tell me all about your offbeat wedding!

  1. I would have actually paid to shoot your wedding! I am a diver myself, and a wedding photographer. My two favorite things rolled into one. You guys take the cake for the coolest wedding…

  2. My girlfriend and I are thinking about having an underwater wedding. I think its great and a great location. We live in SW Fla and would love to do it here.

  3. I'm planning an underwater wedding in about a year & a half. We've chosen JP State Park, but I'm not finding much info online. Julie & Angelo… I, too am interested in the glass bottom boat for alternative guests. Can you send me some info?

  4. Wow, remember this story from the OBB book, came here from fb. Old school offbeat on facey, love it 🙂

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