A Vow Renewal Inside a Bathtub of Frozen Hot Chocolate

For our Race for the Rock scavenger hunt, we chose the famed romantic restaurant, Serendipity 3, as our last location. After the finalists sipped their Frrrozen Hot Chocolates and revealed their prizes, we got to talking about how the restaurant has become such a popular spot for proposals and weddings ever since the 2001 movie Serendipity came out. The owner and founder, Stephen Bruce, even got ordained as a minister so that he could perform weddings himself! But we were pretty surprised when we heard about a popular trend there of getting married in a bathtub filled with their famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate — and we knew we had to find out more. 

Fifteen years ago, Cleo and David Gakshteyn became one of the first couples to exchange vows while standing in frozen hot chocolate; Serendipity 3 had been one of their favorite date-night spots, so when they heard that the restaurant was looking for a couple to marry in chocolate, they knew it was the perfect fit. The bride got in the spirit with a chocolate wedding dress by Vera Wang paired with a "Chocolate Diamond" Harry Winston ring. 

serendipity chocolate wedding

After the ceremony, the groom sipped some Frrrozen Hot Chocolate out of a Stuart Weitzman "Cinderella" shoe. 

serendipity chocolate wedding

This past Valentine's Day, the couple decided to renew their vows in the same way. 

serendipity frrrozen hot chocolate vow renewal

This time, the bride chose a hot pink dress to fit with the holiday theme. She carried a bouquet of chocolate-inspired flowers by Plaza Flowers New York.

serendipity frrrozen hot chocolate vow renewal

serendipity frrrozen hot chocolate vow renewal

After exchanging vows, they cut into a chocolate wedding cake by City Sweets. 

serendipity frrrozen hot chocolate vow renewal

The bride dazzled in 60 carats of diamonds borrowed from Euphoria New York Jewelers. And after polishing off their frozen hot chocolate, they continued the celebration in the honeymoon suite at Chatwal Hotel.

serendipity frrrozen hot chocolate vow renewal

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—Kristen Klein


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