Miami couple gets married beside iconic Christ of the Deep statue

Underwater wedding commemorates 50th anniversary of Florida Keys statue

Andy Newman

Kimberly Triolet and Jorge Rodriguez got married Tuesday beside the "Christ of the Deep" statue in the Florida Keys.

KEY LARGO, Fla. - A Miami couple tied the knot Tuesday beside an iconic underwater statue off the Florida Keys.

Kimberly Triolet and Jorge Rodriguez got married beside the Christ of the Deep statue, positioned in 25 feet of water about 5 miles off Key Largo.

A notary public used an underwater slate for the exchange of vows during the wedding ceremony, witnessed by friends and other divers aboard a boat from Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort in Key Largo.

Their wedding marked the 50th anniversary of the Christ statue, which was submerged Aug. 25, 1965.

"To be able to get married at the Christ statue on the 50th anniversary is amazing, and we'll for sure be coming back for our 50th anniversary to dive it again," Triolet said. "Picture(s) cannot just describe how pretty it is, and it's something definitely that should be on everybody's bucket list to see."

The 9-foot-tall bronze Christ statue became a symbol for John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park -- the first underwater park in the United States. It is a replica of the Christ of the Abyss, submerged off the coast of Italy.

Visitors from around the world flock to the Keys to see the barnacle-covered Christ statue.


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