Tanya & Gavin's wet and windy ship wedding! #Real Weddings: Global#boat#budgeting#diy wedding#flowers#handmade#museum#outdoor#uk Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Oct 17 2008) Offbeat Editors 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. 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. 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. 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. 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: PREVIOUS Why put a ring on it? Go for a wedding anklet NEXT Christie (aka RedDress) says "just a moment, dear!" Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] Very cool wedding! The pictures look great too! Congrats to you both!! Reply This is fantastic! The ship, the dress, the photos, everything is just gorgeous! Reply Thanks! It was a great day. Reply Gorgeous! Does anyone know what designer the dress is? (other than Tanya's hand, as she said!) Reply Very classy! Reply 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 Reply Amazing day and a fantastic venue. Little bit of a shame about the weather but it seems to work with the ship. Reply 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. Reply AH! How cute are you two on that ship?!? This wedding is so English it's lovely! That trench and umbrella makes it perfect. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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.