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Alaskan Couple Gets Married In a River While Wearing Waders (VIDEO)

Travelers Today       By    Karen Fredrickson

Updated: Aug 07, 2013 10:25 AM EDT

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A couple got married in the Buskin River in Alaska.(Photo : Flickr)

A couple in Alaska decided to have a unique wedding, getting married in the water rather than in a church, according to ABC.

Kadie Walsh, 30, Of Kodiak Island, Alaska and Dake Schmidt, 43, got married on Saturday while wearing waders in the Buskin River in Alaska. The water temperature was only approximately 40 degrees.

"Fishing is our life and our livelihood," Walsh said. "It didn't make any sense to do it any other way.

"We're non-traditional people," Walsh continued. "We just approached it the way we wanted to."

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The bridesmaids wore socks and leggings under their hip waders during the water ceremony. They wore purple dresses that covered the layers.

"Men look better in chest waders and women look sexier in hip waders," Walsh said. "A lot of my friends came in from out of state and aren't used to fishing as much as I am and wading in rivers, so I let them choose their own dresses."

During the ceremony, the bridesmaids and groomsmen carried fishing poles, which they used to create an archway for the couple during their vows.

"We were in the water for about 10 to 15 minutes," Walsh said. "For two or three days prior to the wedding it was absolutely horrible weather.

"We were just hoping, and I just trusted on this faith it was going to clear," Walsh continued. "And it did, it cleared for exactly the time we needed, and then got crappy again."

The coupler even involved wildlife in the ceremony, using freshly caught king salmon as the ring bearers.

"Our rings were carried in the mouths of two king salmon," Walsh said. "We had the rings in a Ziploc bag and the bag was wired into the fish's mouth.

"It was kind of a leap of faith hoping they didn't drop into the river," Walsh added.

The rings arrived safely and the ceremony went off perfectly.

Video of the couple's proposal.

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