Tanya & Gavin's wet and windy ship wedding!

October 17 |

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The offbeat bride: Tanya, Nursery Teacher

Her offbeat partner: Gavin, Technical Officer

Location & date of wedding: HMS Warrior – Portsmouth, England on March 24th, 2008

What made our wedding offbeat: We had been together for a while and decided to do the wedding thing our way. We wanted a small ceremony and we weren't tied to any religious buildings, so after a quick search we decided on a ship.

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Although I eventually decided on the off-white dress angle, I bought a dress on Ebay and modified it as much as I could! I decided on artificial flowers that we could make a month ahead, and I used the leftover fabric from the dress to make the favors.

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I did my own hair and makeup as I like the way I do it! We sent handmade itineraries to guests ahead of time detailing the area, and we managed to squeeze in a visit to the Mary Rose after the ceremony. In the evening we ate in a tiny restaurant, no first dance and homemade cakes!

Our biggest challenge: Family and Friends! Guests were not comfortable with the fact that our day did not have the traditional format and despite being informed, still grumbled.

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My favorite moment: Finding out that despite my worrying (I am super organized and despite many relaxation techniques still worried on the day) everybody had a really good time.

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My offbeat advice: Don't ask the best man if he wants to do the speeches after the meal, just get them over and done with!

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn:

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  1. Very cool wedding! The pictures look great too! Congrats to you both!!

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  2. This is fantastic! The ship, the dress, the photos, everything is just gorgeous!

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  3. Gorgeous! Does anyone know what designer the dress is? (other than Tanya's hand, as she said!)

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  4. I saw the first picture and KNEW it was the warrior… im from Portsmouth and was taken there os school trips many times, and what a wonderful idea, and your dress and coat are beautiful. Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing x

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  5. Amazing day and a fantastic venue. Little bit of a shame about the weather but it seems to work with the ship.

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  6. Lovely Wedding and venue. We looked at Warrior for the wedding too, just couldn't drag our family and friends that far down the country.

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  7. AH! How cute are you two on that ship?!? This wedding is so English it's lovely! That trench and umbrella makes it perfect.

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