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April Pignataro and Michael Curry were lowered in a steel cage into the tank to exchange their wedding vows at Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, N.Y., on Sunday.
She wore a white wet suit; he wore a black one.
The experienced divers spoke their vows into radio headgear transmitted to a minister outside the tank. About 75 guests watched from behind glass.
The 120,000-gallon tank is part of the Lost City of Atlantis shark exhibit. It includes sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, moray eels and a massive Queensland grouper.
When searching for a setting for their special day, both Pignataro and Curry were drawn to the Long Island Aquarium. Johanna Zucaro, a spokesperson for Atlantis Marine World, said the Long Island destination hosts more traditional weddings every weekend.
The bride’s father, Philip Pignataro said, “While looking at the place, they were excited. They wanted to be a little different.”
Robert Lanieri, Director of Food Services at Atlantis, remembers the discussion he had with the couple.
“When April and Michael told us they were looking for something different, I knew immediately they would love our Shark Dive wedding,” explained Director of Food Services, Robert Lanieri.
Both Pignataro and Curry said the concept of a shark tank wedding thrilled them.
“We both love the ocean we love the water ... and yes, the idea of an underwater wedding, not to mention one surrounded by sharks at an Aquarium, is different and unique, but that is also exactly who we are,” Pignataro told NBCNewYork.
The AP and WNBC contributed to this report.