Ali & Rich Got Hitched!

The most easygoing couple award goes to…Ali and Rich!

Ali and Rich got hitched this weekend here on the Berkeley ferryboat amongst family and friends.   The ceremony took place on the west deck at 4pm.

Ali & Rich

Lighthearted, silly, and obviously in love, Ali and Rich were a delight this Saturday at their wedding.

West Deck with Groomsmen

“Two of my favorite people getting married—it’s going to be awesome,” said Andrew.

Berkeley Ferryboat Tables

This was my first nautical themed wedding and I have to say, I liked it!  The light blue and white fit right in with the relaxed atmosphere the bride and groom wanted.  There was also a candy table, which was a fun touch, and great jams by Sunset Mobile Music.

“It’s crazy how usually these kinds of events are so uptight, but being a part of the group of people surrounding these two is great.  This is one of the most original weddings I’ve been to,” said Best Man, Jon.

Wedding Speeches

During the ceremony, family had an opportunity to say a few words of encouragement (which was something new that I liked).  Ali’s cousin read some kind words of advice and loving guidance in Spanish.  Then Rich’s grandma said a few words.

Wedding Speech from Grandma

“Grandpa and I love you very much and are so proud of you,” said Grandma Schubarth among other things.

Gene Gay's Speech

The officiant, Barry, said, “They both wanted a short and casual ceremony with no surprises.”  Then he introduced the surprise: the groom’s father, who read a short poem.  Rich and his father hugged at the end, so I figured it was an acceptable surprise.

Ceremony Shot

There were lots of laughs and lots of tears throughout the ceremony but Ali and Rich were all smiles as they were introduced as husband and wife.

Surprise Wedding Party

After the ceremony the wedding party went over to the HMS Surprise to take photos.  They are a gorgeous couple!

Ali & Rich Pointing

“I’m just really happy my sister has found someone that makes her so happy and laugh all the time.  I wish them the best from here on out!” said Jimmy.

Congratulations you two!  There are tons more photos up on Facebook if you want to check them out.

Fair winds,

Erica Geary

Wednesday Weddings!

Bride and Groom



James Davis

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The Maritime Museum of San Diego Announces Wednesday Weddings!

SAN DIEGO – April 10, 2012 The Maritime Museum of San Diego, a San Diego nonprofit that serves as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and presenting our rich maritime heritage and historic connections with the Pacific world, announces Wednesday Weddings.  Special wedding ceremonies are now available every Wednesday from 12pm-6pm by appointment.

With the costs of weddings soaring, The Maritime Museum of San Diego offers a non-traditional route to brides and grooms.  Every Wednesday, the museum offers $400 wedding ceremonies.  They include: an ideal waterfront location on any ship at the museum, a private ceremony officiated by Reverend Powers, an immediate marriage license, and photo opportunities on any boat.

The couple and a witness or two are welcome aboard any Wednesday of their choosing.  Keep it simple by cutting costs and stress to make the big day an intimate and romantic affair.  After all, a wedding should be about the two getting married.  Keeping costs down on the wedding means more money to spend enjoying a honeymoon, a house, or an adventure with that special someone.

“We created Wednesday Weddings for the couple on a budget that wants something personal and private.  Come on down and elope to the San Diego Bay!” said Office Manager and Event Coordinator, Warren Potts.

About The Maritime Museum of San Diego
The purpose of the Maritime Museum of San Diego ( is to preserve the traditional knowledge, skills, and folk culture of the enterprise of the sea, provide a safe repository for material culture, and to illustrate how the maritime enterprise has touched and continues to influence our daily lives through innovative and engaging educational programs, exhibits, publications, and cultural events.

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

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