Couple weds in penguin exhibit at Kansas City zoo

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) -- Many couples celebrate their lasting love on Valentine's Day, but one area couple committed their love in a new unique way. This couple has been getting ready for their wedding day for some time, but some of the guests were already dressed in their black and white tuxedos.

The couple got married in the penguin exhibit at the Kansas City zoo. More than 50 penguins looked on as the couple made quite the memory.

The zoo hosted a contest last month 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.

"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 and very unique."

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

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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.

"I was really excited that the penguins were so friendly, and they came right up to us," Christina said with a smile.

Zoo staffers were also excited to offer the opportunity for the unique way to wed.

"We do take people in there on occasion, but we've never had a party like this in there before," Director of Living Conditions Sean Putney said.

The newlyweds said they already plan to visit next year on their first anniversary.

And while it was the first penguin wedding at the zoo, the staff said it certainly won't be the last.

If you too would like to party with the penguins, check out the Kansas City zoo's Wild Parties website.

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A Magellanic penguin arrives to shore at El Pedral penguin colony near Punta Ninfas, some 75 Km east of Puerto Madryn in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Argentina on October 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 19, 2015 shows a colony of Brunnich Guillemot seabirds in the Spitbergen province of the Svalbard archipelago, in the Arctic Ocean. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
In a picture taken through a window an African penguin eats a fish at Zoom Torino, a zoological park in Cumiana near Turin, on April 22, 2015. Zoom Torino is a new immersive zoological park, where animals can be seen without bars or cages, only natural barriers ensure the visit. AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
A Magellanic penguin is seen at El Pedral penguin colony near Punta Ninfas, some 75 Km east of Puerto Madryn in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Argentina on October 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
A couple o Magellan penguins guard their nest on a shore of Caleta Valdes, some 70 Km west of Puerto Piramides in Peninsula Valdes, Patagonian province of Chubut, Argentina on September 29, 2015. The Valdes Peninsula, an important nature reserve, is in the World Heritage list of the UNESCO since 1999. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
A zookeeper poses for pictures as she counts penguins during a photocall at London Zoo on August 26, 2015, to promote the zoo's annual weigh-in event. With more than 17,000 animals to weigh, the exercise is carried out on a regular basis by zookeepers as a way of keeping track of every animals health and wellbeing. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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