If fitness is an important part of your life, you’re likely hoping that your other half will also be as into working out as you are. After all, working out as a couple comes with lots of benefits: it builds the connection the two of you have with each other, builds a sense of camaraderie and, yes, it also makes for a steamier sex life.
So when you do finally meet your swolemate, what better way for the two of you to tie the knot than with a ceremony inspired by your favorite way to stay fit? That’s exactly what these couples did. While most wedding planning involves a white dress, a sit-down dinner and dancing, these couples had something a bit different in mind. Read on for the most inventive fitness-themed wedding ceremonies to ever happen, from Nama-saying yes (sorry, had to) to saying “I Do” at a mud run.
Alix & André
“My husband and I got married at our yoga studio in Chicago. We hired our yoga teacher to teach us a yoga class, and then we had a ceremony, with just us and one friend who took photographs. Our studio has super high ceilings and hardwood throughout, and the sunlight was shining through on a very warm January day. The teacher we hired actually taught a group of judges at the courthouse downtown and asked one of them to officiate the ceremony. It was the first time he married a couple in his socks! It was perfect.”
Krissie & Paul
“The moment Paul and I met, we knew there was something special between us. Immediately, we found out we both had a love of running obstacle course races and working out. It wasn’t long after our first date that we ran our first Mud Run together. We had the time of our lives! When the time came for our wedding, we knew we wanted something unique, which incorporated everything we held dear to our hearts. The moment the decision to say our vows at our favorite obstacle race (Monster Challenge) was made, our MudRunFun family came together to give us our perfect day. In a matter of minutes, we had a volunteer officiant, cake, decorations and approval by the race director. The day was everything we hoped it would be and more. Our families came to the wedding and even surprised us by running with us as a married couple. We were not only able to seal our love, but we were able to introduce obstacle course racing to the people in our lives and give them some awesome memories to take home. The day was perfect, and an added bonus was that it was on Halloween!”
Christina & Oliver
“Oliver and I were set up on a blind date by our wonderful friends. For that first date, we met in the gym where Oliver worked. Since the first week of our relationship, we’ve enjoyed working out together. We’ve completed multiple partner competitions and obstacle course races together. We always have a great time encouraging one another and watching each other achieve new personal records. We are both actively involved and employed in the fitness industry, and believe that fitness is a core pillar of a happy, healthy, long life. Sharing our individual experiences and helping others to reach their health and wellness goals means a great deal to both of us. We went to the Reebok Crossfit Games for a vacation in 2015. We had already booked our flights, hotel, purchased tickets, etc. for 2016, when we got the news that we won a Reebok-sponsored wedding at the 2016 games. We decided to enter the contest because our trip to the games in 2015 was the best vacation we had ever taken together. We had a blast. We got engaged in June 2016 and thought, ‘Wow, getting married in our favorite place, at our favorite sporting event? Why not?'”