Swept Away – The Making Of A Sea Captain’s Bride
As a young girl I watched a movie titled “The Ghost and Mrs Muir”, A young Richard Harrison and the gorgeous Gene Tiereny played the unforgettable characters of the crusty ghost, Captain Gregg and his earthly love, Mrs Muir. Although they could not be together at this time, I always knew they were destined only for each other and that he would wait for her. Such a love could not be denied and would endure through eternity. He was waiting for her when she breathed her last and arm and arm they strolled into the great here after together. I still sigh over it after all these years. When later they made it into a tv series, I was just as enthralled by the modern corset skirts sets as well. To be loved in such a way is something of what dreams are made of.
If you are a bride who has fallen for a seafaring man, captain or a seaman in the navy, or if you and your fiance simply love old movies and wish to play the part of a Captain and his bride, then let me give you some fabulous tips on how to make your wedding an earthly event you and he will never forget.
The location of your wedding is very important because it provides atmosphere for your wedding. Have you ever considered getting married on a cruise ship? You could transform a ballroom and have the captain, decked out in full uniform marry you at sea. What fun! Of course you could spring for a beach cove wedding or get married on your groom’s yacht if he owns one. But have you considered finding an old house perched on a cliff over looking the sea. Slinking down a winding staircase to stand next to your own beloved would be an unforgettable experience for both of you.
If you’ve decided on a location for your nuptials it’s now time to decorate and transform your venue into a sea captain’s hideaway. Send out invitations made up to look like treasure maps. Hang netting along the walls of your venue interspersed with shells, starfish and coral. Find an old chest, fill to over flowing with gold coins, fake jewels and pearls, throw in a few bolts of silk. Next, set up tables laid with white linen table cloths, use lots of drippy candles, and coral or sea shells as place card holders.Set up special seats of honor for the bride and groom. Depending on wether your wedding is modern or historical ask your guests to dress accordingly.
Bridal Party Attire:
Of course the groom should dress in his captain’s or navy uniform. If this is a historical wedding have him dress up as a pirate or old world captain, This costume might include a tricorn hat adorned with a bold red plume, white linen shirt and black boots. Groomsmen should dress as seamen. Brides should dress in whatever wedding gown she fancys although if historical, select a corseted gown with puffy sleeves edged with lace and billowing skirt. Remember Princess Diana’s wedding gown? Weave colorful flowers in the bride’s hair. Bridesmaids should dress in the same way but not as spectacular.
Reception and Feast:
A Sea Captain’s feast should be fit for a king! Serve food in pewter plates with silver goblets. A seafarer’s feast should include lots of fresh fruit, mangoes, oranges, melons, papayas. Serve rum, cocktails, whiskey, beer, margaritas to name just a few. The main course might include, lobster, shrimp, swordfish, steaks and Teriyaki chicken. Pair with potatoes, rice, poi and fresh salads. Finally, leave your guests gasping with delight when they view your wedding cake, made to look like a magnificent ship, complete with billowing sails. Just make sure it’s delicious.