Orlando always ranks as one of the top spots for honeymoons in the United States but it’s also a great place for a unique wedding. While many weddings focus on a certain fairy tale castle one recent wedding had a much more chilly focus.
SeaWorld Orlando’s new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin attraction played wedding chapel when two actual Antarctica explores used the 32-degree penguin habitat to say their vows. This might be the only Orlando wedding where snow boots were required.
The couple met in the real Antarctica in 2012 while doing research for the New Zealand government. The bride, Susanne Grieve, now teaches conservation, preservation and archaeology courses at East Carolina University. The groom, Jeff Rawson, is still a part of the New Zealand government research group, focusing on climate studies and ice core sampling, and had just returned from Antarctica.
“Antarctica is such a beautiful and intense environment. When you experience that with someone, the bond you create is rare. Having our wedding here at SeaWorld in this realm that so perfectly captures the essence of the continent brought me right back to the day Jeff and I met,” said the bride, Susanne Grieve. “Having our wedding at SeaWorld’s Antarctica really represented the place we built our relationship. It was so fascinating to see the elements the designers replicated from this continent only a handful of people would ever typically be able to experience.”
The best part of the wedding was the impressive tuxedos that the 250 wedding guests had, a colony of king, Adélie, gentoo and rockhopper penguins.
If you want to stay warm and watch the fun penguins check out their AnimalVision cam.