ATLANTA (February 21, 2016) – Georgia Aquarium hosted its first underwater wedding today in one of the world’s largest aquatic habitats. The bride and groom, Crystal Reynolds (née Sheffield) and Justin Reynolds, exchanged vows in the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager Built by Home Depot among four whale sharks, four manta rays, and thousands of other marine animals. As the ceremony was performed, family and friends of the couple watched in the gallery through one of the world’s largest viewing windows.

The couple, avid divers, chose Georgia Aquarium as the location for their unique wedding ceremony after visiting the Aquarium and discovering that guests can dive with whale sharks and manta rays.

“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,” said Crystal Reynolds about why they chose to get married underwater.

In addition to their vows, the couple shared their first dance underwater. After returning to dry land, the new Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds were introduced to family, friends, and Aquarium guests in the atrium before heading to a private reception in the Oceans Ballroom.

To learn more about Crystal and Justin’s love story, visit Georgia Aquarium’s blog, here. Downloadable photos and video of the underwater ceremony can be found here.

Georgia Aquarium boasts 23,000 square feet of event space with its Oceans Ballroom, and on-site catering by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Numerous events, including weddings, are hosted at the Aquarium every year. For more information on events please click here.



Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit