Elegant Weddings on the Star

Post-Bridal Bazaar buzz is that brides want to see more of what their weddings would look like here at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.  Well, the wait is over.  McGuire Photography has taken some of the most captivating photos I have seen of weddings in quite some time.  Some are soft and romantic while others are silly and sweet.  I love the antique filter on a few of them.

This wedding is aboard the world’s oldest active sailing ship, the Star of India, which is one of the venues we offer for wedding ceremonies and receptions.  Her upper deck can seat up to 80 people for ceremonies and seating can be adjusted to accommodate the wishes of the bride and groom.  Whether you want to face the bay at sunset or tie the knot in front of the helm, our team of event planners is here to help create an experience and setting unique to you.

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Below the upper deck, the main cabin offers chambers for the bridal party to prepare before the ceremony and also makes for classic photos.  The intimacy and beauty of the captain’s quarters create an ambiance of class and romance.

The masts and sails above create an unforgettable backdrop for the ceremony.  Take a look and let us know if there is something else you would like to see.

Fair Winds,

Erica Geary

Bridal Bazaar

Hello again brides!  As promised, I attended the Bridal Bazaar this Sunday and was amazed by all of the possibilities for venues, flowers, music, gowns, photographers, and especially cakes (which I did have the pleasure of sampling).  My favorite was a strawberry cake from Flour Power Custom Cakery.

Hundreds of brides, mothers, and friends filled the San Diego Convention Center with excitement and chatter as the day began.  I spotted more grooms than expected but they were still far outnumbered by brides.  Music filled the air from the booths of multiple DJs and musicians and there was a live fashion show modeling the hottest new wedding gowns.  It was wonderful meeting many of you and sharing in your exciting time.  I hope we can help you through your planning process and make your day incredible!

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If you talked to us at the Bridal Bazaar make sure to come stop by for a tour of our ships.  We can show you our different venues and would love to work with you to meet your wants and needs!  Remember to mention the $500 off promo from our flyers to save big on the ship rental fee.

Fair Winds,

Erica Geary

Thinking Like a Bride

Hello brides!  With the Bridal Bazaar approaching this Sunday, January 29th, I have been asking myself–what would I want to know if I were a bride?  I would have so many questions about venues, COST, guests, catering, decorations, music, and much more.  Most importantly though, I would want to get married somewhere that felt like “me.”  The venue would have to be unique, beautiful, and fit my vision for my wedding.

As I prepare to meet many of you brides this weekend I thought I would put together some photos so you can get an idea of what your magical day could look like here at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.  We offer multiple ships available for waterfront wedding ceremonies and receptions on the San Diego Bay.  Each offers a unique experience and unparalleled beauty.  Now do they fit your vision?  Take a look!

For starters, the 1898 Berkeley ferryboat offers turn-of-the-century charm and beautiful backlit stained glass windows that illuminate the upper deck and make for an elegant setting.  McGuire Photography has brilliantly captured many of our weddings on multiple vessels.  Here are just a few photos to give you a taste of our location.  I promise to share more after the Bridal Bazaar.

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The Star of India is another option for weddings and ceremonies.  Though she holds fewer people, her experience is one of adventure and romance, as she is the world’s oldest active sailing ship.  Themed weddings are particularly fun aboard the Star with her majestic sails and picturesque views.

Come stop by this weekend and say hello.  We can tell you more about our venues and have a special gift for you brides.  Hope to see you there!

Fair Winds,

Erica Geary

Pirates Meet Paradise at NACE Meeting

What do pirates have to do with paradise?  Apparently they go together quite well.  Tuesday night, NACE hosted a meeting aboard the Berkeley, complete with Capt’n Jack, a Loren Smith Productions pirate band, great music provided by Sunset Mobile Music, and an assortment of delicacies.  To compliment the pirate festivities, a tour of the Cook-Melville-Gauguin Three Voyages to Paradise exhibit transported guests to the South Pacific.

As the evening progressed, members of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) mingled and enjoyed the ambiance.  The upper deck of the Berkeley was filled with friendly smiles and laughter.  I had the privilege of meeting many fascinating people including bakers, caterers, photographers, a DJ, a florist, a magician, and all kinds of special event professionals.  

Flowers and set-up provided by Lois Mathews Design and kool. party rentals completed the festive decor for the evening.  The crowd grew hungry, and instead of mutinying, was satiated by the concoctions of Continental Catering.  They provided an elegant Pirate Buffet complete with a Spanish Galleon Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup station, a Barbossa Braised Beef Short Rib Pot Roast station, a Pirate’s Potato Pillage station, a Root Beer Floats-a-Boat dessert station that could be made with root beer or Stone Brewing Co. beer, and other delicious appetizers and coffee.  I thought the grilled cheese was to die for and the floats were pretty tasty as well.     

Grove Pastry Shop provided delectable desserts, tempting even the most devout of dieters.All in all it was a fantastic evening.  Thank you to everyone who was involved!  A special thank you to Emilio Azevedo for the photos!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

2012 New Year, New Blog!

2012 has arrived!  As I kick off the new year I cannot help but be filled with anticipation for all the events 2012 has in store.  For the past seven years, I have made it a personal goal to live to greet the year 2012 mainly out of curiosity for the Mayan calendar.  Having achieved my goal, I wait in expectation to see the events of the year unfold.

As I plan my year I have been asking myself what it is I wish to accomplish.  My goals involve writing, building my community, spending more time with friends and family, and learning a new language.  What is on the horizon for you San Diego?  A big birthday bash or a wedding maybe?

If your plans  happen to include an  exciting event but you don’t know where to host it look no further.  The Maritime Museum of San Diego would love to assist you with your new event for the new year.  The Event Venues department provides services for a wide array of private events including: weddings, corporate events, pirate birthday parties, sailing charters, and more.

I’ll be following some of our big events for the year and making sure to keep everyone posted on the details!  Looking forward to a great year San Diego.

http://www.sdmaritime.org/private-events/

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Event Venues

Maritime Museum of San Diego