Only in America can you get married free of charge by exchanging vows in a chocolate-filled kiddie pool. Six couples in total said "I do" to the chocolate wedding with a cool, smooth, cocoa-rich liquid splashing up against their bare ankles. It's all part of an ongoing publicity stunt at a NYC dessert restaurant called Serendipity 3. We love it!
However, there is one big catch: Since it was really all for publicity for the restaurant, the couples had to agree to wed in the public eye, complete with journalists and photographers documenting the entire event. The first couple did it over a decade ago, and just this year renewed their vows in the chocolate pool for their 15th anniversary.
It all started when Joe Calderone, the restaurant's chef, went in for a facial at a spa owned by Cleo Gakshteyn and her boyfriend David. Joe told them that he was looking for a couple to marry on Valentine's Day in a pool of chocolate for the NYC dessert restaurant where he worked. On a whim, Cleo proposed to David on the spot, and they became the first lucky couple to take the plunge! Since then, five other couples have done the same, making it a bit of a Valentine's Day tradition for this unique dessert joint frequented by celebrities and movie stars...think named like Kardashian-West, Warhol, Kennedy, and Marilyn Monroe.
We can see why. From this Instagram post, the place looks like it serves up some incredible sweets:
As fate would have it, quirky Cleo and David were the perfect couple to start this trend. David, clad in a gothic tuxedo, top hat, and white makeup, joined Cleo in her black crypt-style gown and veil in the tub of chocolate as flashbulbs went off all around them. They began the tradition in that pool of chocolate fifteen years ago. Last Valentine's day marked their 15th anniversary, with a vow renewal in the chocolate tub that started it all!
As for the chocolate, it's actually one of Serendipity 3's signature menu items. Dubbed a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, the confection is a rich and ice-cold chocolate drink. We wonder if it feels good on the feet, or if it makes brides and grooms shiver to stand ankle-deep in it? Either way, we hope the tradition continues for years to come. If we're lucky, we might get to see Cleo and David's 30th anniversary in the tub fifteen years from now!