Couple gets hitched in penguin exhibit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Many couples get hitched on Valentine's Day, but a couple in Kansas City committed their love in a new unique way.

Christina Schneider and Steve Sharp got married Sunday on the ice at Helzberg Penguin Plaza exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo with more than 50 penguins in attendance, FOX 4 reported.

The zoo hosted a contest in January to find the perfect couple to wed inside the penguin display on Valentine's Day. Then-bride-to-be Christina wrote an essay on her unique love story with her fiancé Steve, and the zoo chose them, FOX 4 reported.

"It's indicative of who we are, we just think it speaks to our relationship very well," Christina said. "We weaved traditional pieces into it, so it's a good combination of being traditional and just really memorable."

"We didn't want a cookie cutter wedding," Steve said.

The couple was thrilled to share their vows with friends and family from inside the exhibit, and the penguins who call the enclosure home were welcoming hosts.

The San Diego Zoo hosts over 50 weddings each year, but they don't do them in exhibits.

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