Newlyweds Mike Cutler and Krissy Petrarca Cutler put on the fins, buoyancy control device, regulator and mask. Holding hands, the two stepped off the boat for a memorable dive at Molasses Reef on May 14.
Wearing a veil and wetsuit, Petrarca Cutler swam to Mike Cutler to exchange wedding vows beneath the Florida Keys waters. They were joined by 30 others on the dive boat who shared the special occasion with the Cutlers. Three snorkeled while the rest were underneath the surface watching the ceremony.
An underwater wedding seemed fitting. The two met on a dive boat roughly three years ago. They’ve been together for a year-and-a-half. They’re dive instructors and both work for Pirates Cove Watersports at Reefhouse Resort & Marina at MM 103.8 in Key Largo.
“We both love diving and Molasses is our favorite,” Petrarca Cutler said. “We have this tattoo with Molasses Reef and divers holding hands.”
Petrarca Cutler, 35, from Rhode Island, has called the Keys home for the last four years. In addition to being an open water instructor, she serves as director of conservation for Pirates Cove Watersports. Mike Cutler, 53, from the southern California and Arizona areas, has been in the Keys on and off for more than 10 years.
A reception was held at Blackwater Siren where they enjoyed tacos and wedding cake. The summer season will keep the two busy on the water. Come the fall, they plan to travel to various places, from Egypt to Peru.
“We’re adventurers,” Petrarca Cutler said. “I always said I was never going to get a house or get married. We got a house and I got married.”