Wedding Party Bridal Show Results

The results are in–the Wedding Party Bridal Show this Sunday was a hit!  It was much smaller than the Bridal Bazaar at the San Diego Convention Center but was classy and intimate.  Vendors filled two floors of the Omni Hotel with chic booths and giveaways.

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Warren and I met with many brides and I even met one woman who was getting married in Portland, Oregon at the Crystal Ballroom, which happens to be where I had my Senior Prom.  Small world.  It is always fun finding the random connections we have with strangers.  We also offered a Sweetheart Sail giveaway for a few lucky people.

There were two fashion shows on the roof.  Glamorous gals worked their magic on the pool-top runway as guests looked on from the sides.  Each wedding gown awed the crowd as the models stopped and posed for pictures.  My favorite was an off-white lace gown with a corset top.

Other memorable moments included taking silly pictures in The Foto Box, admiring the exotic flowers from Third Bloom, and of course, cake samples.

Thanks for a fun day!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Wedding Party Bridal Show

The San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show is this Sunday, February 26th from 12pm-5pm at the Omni Hotel San Diego.  There will be two fashion shows and booths for every wedding service you could ask for.  We will have a booth complete with flowers and a special Sweetheart Sail Giveaway—so brides and grooms, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, and friends, be sure to swing by.

What should you expect?  This year’s theme is “Dream Wedding.”  So get your imaginations running—if you can dream it, someone can make it happen.

For a sneak peak of what’s to come—visit and check out some of the videos and testimonials.

Hope to see you there!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Valentine’s Wedding on the Californian

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, Kristen & David tied the knot on Valentine’s Day at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.  Aboard the tall ship Californian, the two said “I do” during their dockside wedding ceremony at 2:14pm on 2/14.  Romantic?  I think so.

The 40 guests were seated on deck in white chairs with white ribbons with the ceremony taking place on the bow.  The ship was elegantly decorated with white roses and the wedding beautifully coordinated by Sharon Cole of A Dream Wedding.  I was surprised at how much space was available.  We could have easily seated 60 guests at a dockside wedding.

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This was not your average wedding.  Following the ceremony the newlyweds and their guests headed out to sea for a 2 ½ hour sail with Captain Chris Welton.  The bride, groom, and guests rolled up their sleeves and joined the crew in sailing the ship—tuxedos and all.

Congratulations to the happy couple and we wish you all the happiness in the world!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Happy Valentine’s Day San Diego

Hello sweethearts!  I hope this year is treating you well so far.  Being that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day–regardless of whether you have someone to celebrate with or not–I figured I would share some thoughts.

First of all, googly-eyed love-birds and solitary cynics alike can appreciate the value of love.  Now, not everyone has to buy into the red and pink wonderland of chocolates and greeting cards, but most people can say they have someone in their life that they love.

Personally, I love my sisters more than anyone in the world, so on this pseudo-holiday, I will send them some embarrassing public display of my affection.  Do people still send singing telegrams?  That could work.

What are you planning on doing for those you care about?  This past weekend at the Maritime Museum, we hosted a Sweetheart Sail around the San Diego Bay.  Couples climbed aboard for a three hour scenic tour of the bay, while enjoying champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.  Sounds romantic to me.

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If you need some ideas, my advice is–think outside of the box.  I love the idea of going sailing or enjoying an adventure together.  Unfortunately our Sweetheart Sail has come and gone, but if you missed it, you can join in the fun next year.

This year I will be participating in a poetry slam night in lieu of traditional Valentine’s activities.  Regardless of what you do, have fun, and remember–flowers are always appreciated (unless your sweetheart is allergic)!

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Boating With Red Hats

When I was a child I used to imagine what it would be like to be older.  My best friend Sara and I used to dream of all of the crazy things we would do when we were grandmothers.  Mostly we imagined the two of us playing tricks on younger people and laughing for hours.  We had plans to set tiny creatures loose and watch people scream, to eat as much ice cream as we could manage, and to take up some silly style of dance we were too embarrassed to try early-on in life.  All in all, we imagined spending time together and having fun.

Recently I followed a tour for the Red Hat Society here at the Maritime Museum.  Since I am training to become a docent, I am required to shadow three tours guided by official museum docents along with other training courses.  I had heard of the Red Hat Society before and have admired their wild outfits on many occasions but I did not know what they were all about.  Listening to the playful banter between two women, I felt comfortable asking.

A lovely woman with shiny silver hair adorned with a red hat (of course), magenta lipstick, and a wicked sparkling purple sweater filled me in on the details.  The Red Hat Society is an international organization for women generally over 50 years old (though younger women can also join) where women can join groups or “chapters” and spend time doing fun activities with their friends.  They are a supportive community created to empower women and provide a place to play!

I could not help but smile.  It seemed that many more women shared in my childhood dream of enjoying all of the years life had to offer.  After talking a bit more and exploring some of the exhibits on the Berkeley, we boarded the Pilot boat for a tour of the San Diego Bay.  There is nothing like being out on the water and seeing new sights to make you feel like a kid again.  With the wind in our hair, and the San Diego sun on our backs, we were all smiles.

Captain John guided us smoothly through the water as we learned facts on the US Navy, Coronado, the Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, the Midway, and even saw some sea lions playing nearby.

After exploring the bay for 45 minutes, we descended the steep staircase into the American submarine, the USS Dolphin.  There, I learned that submarines do not need to be pressurized like airplanes.  I was shocked!  I was also fascinated to learn that oxygen and CO2 have to be provided and extracted respectively for longer journeys undersea.  We all took turns using the periscope and asking lots of questions.  As the tour came to a close, we waved our goodbyes and the group headed off to lunch.

Thanks for a great morning ladies!  Keep having fun!

Fair Winds,

Erica Geary