Cayleigh & Dave's theatrical Pirate boat wedding #Real Weddings: Global#boat#brides in glasses#colored crinoline#europe#fingerprint tree#geeky#movies#photo booth#pirates#secular#tattooed bride#theater#uk#video games September 19 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Ahoy thar mateys! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day, so we've got a pirate-y weddin' t' get you in t' spirit! Photos by Ryan Brady The offbeat bride: Cayleigh, Course Administrator (and Tribesmaid) Her offbeat partner: Dave, Accounting Technician Date and location of wedding: The HMS Warrior, Portsmouth, England — July 28, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We got married on a boat in the historical dockyards in Portsmouth, picked because it was decked out with canons, cutlasses, and blunderbusses, which appealed to our pirate side. We gave everyone invited to the ceremony an eyepatch, which went down very well with our young pageboy and the young-at-heart. I picked a short, polka-dot dress with green petticoats and a green sash, and gave my bridemaids the instructions to buy any green dress they would wear again. To tie them all together, we made Mario fire flowers out of foam and silk flowers, and they each had a Zelda-style heart headpiece. In fact, I was able to commission a special one for my sister, who had Link's heart container with half a heart missing at her request. (Apparently she ran into a zombie on the way to the wedding). My nails and fascinator both said "POW!" as we're big Batman fans, and our cake toppers were Batman and Wonder Woman. We both studied film at university, so we stuffed as many film references in as we could. The table plan was made to look a bit like film credits, the table settings looked like film cells, and the table numbers were actually named after our favourite films, with the head table being It's a Wonderful Life. We attached balloons to a little house for the the card box, to look like the house from Up. Our first dance was "Life's a Happy Song" from the Muppets' movie, and our last dance was "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" by KISS from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. Dave wanted a wedding on a boat, Krispy Kreme doughnuts instead of a cake, and a hog roast. I knew I wanted great invitations, an iPod DJ, and as many people as possible to attend. Luckily, a hog roast is a FANTASTIC way to feed 180 people for fairly cheap, so we just booked out a hall and plonked everything in. We also had a photo booth which ended up being a great alternative to dancing. Because our reception was held in a theatre, we were able to put the photo booth on the stage. Tell us about the ceremony: In England, if you have a civil ceremony, you are not allowed any religious connotations at all, which is something I only found out when I became engaged. Whilst this didn't really bother agnostic Dave or atheist me, it did mean that we couldn't sing any hymns, which is normally our favourite bit of church ceremonies. We were able to get around it by singing a short and cheerful secular song. We picked the theme from Home and Away, which is an Australian soap opera. We did a very basic song sheet which had the date on one side, and the lyrics and an eye patch on the other. For the readings, we had "Foxtrot From a Play" by W. H. Auden, and "Us Two" by A.A. Milne. They were read by Dave's brother, who is an actor, and his mum, who is a LAMDA teacher. The Auden poem had everyone laughing, and the Milne poem caused a few sniffles, admittedly mainly from me. Our biggest challenge: I love the internet, but at times Facebook can be the devil. Our biggest challenge involved a Facebook feud between my sister and a guest's boyfriend. It got so bad that my parents asked if we could not invite the partner to avoid confrontation. Although they were right, I was a little annoyed that I couldn't invite who I wanted because of Facebook misunderstandings. My favorite moment: Walking down the aisle and seeing so many happy family and friends, and finally Dave, was completely awesome. As soon as I saw Dave, nothing else mattered and the rest of the ceremony was actually pretty dream-like. I was so concerned beforehand that I would cry from start to finish, but I was just so happy to see him I was grinning like an idiot, apart from a few pretty emotional moments. Then I was grinning and crying at the same time. The other very meaningful moment of the wedding wasn't one I was expecting. My sister had secretly gotten in contact with many of our friends and family to sing along to "It Must Be Love" by Madness (one of my favourite bands), and edited it together into a video to be played at the reception. I bawled my eyes out from the second it started to a good minute afterwards. 'The exact moment my dad realised he'd been wearing an eyepatch on his head during all the family photos.' My funniest moment: Before the ceremony, the registry people failed to make clear that we would need to write down our "declatory words" in addition to our vows. When the time came, the officiant asked us to read the words from our cards, and we started to read our vows. We were very quickly interrupted, and when asked if we had the right cards, Dave started pulling at his collar, I started patting down my non-existent pockets, and neither of us made eye contact with the officiant. Luckily, we were allowed to just repeat her, and the vows bit went off without a hitch. My funniest bit of the reception was seeing Dave's brother stage diving onto one lone Scotsman in a kilt, who was then super proud he'd caught him. To be fair, it was awesome. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? I'm the eternal optimist and also very lazy, so my motto throughout the wedding was "It'll be fine," or "I'll wing it." This did mean that at the end of the night, something I thought would turn out okay turned into a teeny tiny disaster. Where I live in Portsmouth, taxis are absolutely everywhere, so I assumed it would be the same in Petersfield, which is where we held the reception. Unfortunately they are far more scarce there, so it meant that at 12:30 on our wedding night, Dave and I walked the 30 minute journey from the hall to the hotel where we were staying. There was a very surreal moment where we walked through a petrol station in our finest gear and passed a guy walking his dog, obviously trying not to look at us. It wasn't all bad though, as although we were cream crackered, it gave us just that extra time to chat about the day, hold hands, and enjoy what had happened to us. Still, I wish I'd booked a taxi in advance. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Ryan Brady Dress: The "Isabelle" from Butterfly Vintage POW! Fascinator and bridemaids' headbands: Etsy seller JanineBasil Nails: Me and JD's Nail Art (These were actually my friend's nails, but I loved them so much! It was really sweet of her to do her nails like this.) Hog Roast: Botley Hog Reception venue: Petersfield Town Council Photo booth: Wonder Scene Movie posters: Amazon Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=photos%2F83461141%40N04%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=photos%2F83461141%40N04%2Fshow%2F&set_id=83461141@N04&jump_to=" width="800" height="500"> Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Use SnapTime to collect all of your guests' photos after your wedding NEXT Easy woodsy table numbers and place cards Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] Thanks for featuring us! The best bit is, Dave and I have been going out four years to the day. It be a memorable anniversary! 3 agree Reply Yup, singing the Home & Away theme tune at your wedding wins the internet. And it's now stuck in my head for the rest of the day 3 agree Reply It was awesome to do! I would heartily recommend a good sing song Nearly everyone knew the words too ^_^ Reply Yargh! Congratulations. An utterly awesome wedding. 1 agrees Reply Many thanks! Reply Cream crackered is my new favorite. 6 agree Reply "I love the Internet, but at times Facebook can be the devil." You are so right about that. I've lost quite a few friends already because somehow Facebook causes some people to be totally catty to others, especially when it comes to who's getting married or who's having a baby. It's almost like a contest to see who gets married/pregnant first. Reply It can be quite upsetting, but I guess my main piece of advice would be try to avoid joining in if you can. It can be hard sometimes though, especially if you feel you're not defending family if you don't say anything, but things can be so easily twisted on FB it's just not worth involving yourself 1 agrees Reply It was a beautiful wedding. I like that your petticoats and sash were a color you love AND that you had your bridesmaids pick a dress they would wear again. The tattoo on your left upper arm looks REALLY familiar. Is it from "Where the Wild Things are?? " Reply It's actually a big smiley Totoro! I have Delirium from the Sandman comic spinoff 'Little Endless' on the other arm, they're nice colourful ones that fit in with our colourful wedding Reply It all looks absolutely stunning! Congratulations to the pair of you. Also, Krispy Kremes…..genius!! Reply Thank you! It was a great day. Krispy Kremes go down a treat! Reply Where did you get the petticoat!!! This is exactly what I want with my tea length dress!!!!! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via email No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.