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First Underwater Wedding Takes Place off Greece’s Alonissos

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The mayor of Alonissos took diving lessons to officiate the civil wedding. Credit: Video screenshot/Visit Alonissos

The first underwater civil wedding ceremony, held in the enchanting deeps of the sea surrounding the island of Alonissos, took place on Monday with the island’s mayor, Petros Vafinis, officiating.

The couple Petros and Myrto exchanged vows in the island’s blue-green waters in the presence of their two maids of honor, the President of the Tourism Committee Maria Agallou who organized the wedding ceremony, and three diving instructors provided voluntarily by the Triton Dive Centre.

The underwater wedding was live-streamed on a screen at the beach

Special waterproof cards were used throughout the entire ceremony in order to fully adhere to the procedures of a civil marriage ceremony and the words said by the newlyweds, who also briefly removed their masks when the ceremony was complete for their first kiss as a married couple.

The wedding was recorded using an underwater video camera and transmitted live on a large screen placed on the beach for guests while it was also possible to follow along on a cell phone.

“It is impossible to describe the feelings that flood you in the depths during the wedding,” the Alonissos mayor said after the ceremony. “In the ideal conditions of peace offered by underwater nature, time stops and this moment belongs exclusively to the couple.”

Vafinis, who obtained a diving diploma so that he could execute underwater weddings, issued an invitation to couples on St. Valentine’s Day to organize such weddings. He aims to make this a new market for Greece and the island.

Alonissos is an international diving destination

Alonissos is an international diving destination chosen by hundreds of scuba divers around the world each year with occupancy rates at one hundred percent in August and bookings steadily continuing until the first ten days of October, Vafinis added.

The many sun-soaked beaches, traditional villages, and ancient sites make Alonissos a perfect destination for families, nature lovers, and those fascinated by Greece’s history.

Known for its breathtaking landscapes, where lush, green forests graze the shores of blue-green, crystal-clear waters, Alonissos is also home to one of the largest populations of the critically-endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus Monachus).

The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal, MOm, tasked with researching and helping to protect the precious seal population, has its headquarters along the Patitiri waterfront.

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