Setting Sail with a Navy-Blue Yacht StarShip Wedding

Our Special Moments Event team loved working with Grace and Sal on their Tampa wedding aboard the Yacht StarShip II.

The wedding was beautiful and filled with laughter and lots of love.

bride and groom walking arm in arm after their first look


Mimosas and Confetti

The ladies’ day began with hair and makeup, breakfast, Champagne, and some confetti. One of our favorite details of the day was Grace’s shoes. When getting married on a moving ship, flat shoes are probably a good idea, but these shoes were next level.

makeup artist applying blush to a beautiful bride

sparkling flat bridal shoes for her wedding aboard the Yacht Starship in Tampa

brid mand bridal party enjoying mimosas and confetti at the Marriott Water Street in Tampa

beautiful tulle wedding gown hanging in front of a painting of a blue sky

We love the classic look Grace selected. From the strapless wedding gown to the way she wore her hair and the beautiful white bridal bouquet with a kiss of color.

beautiful bride in a strapless wedding gown holding white and peach bridal bouquet

Meanwhile, Sal and the guys were getting ready. Handsome navy-blue three-piece suits with neckties and a simple boutonniere. How cute are the penguin socks?

flatly photo of a grooms wedding accessories including penguin socks

two groomsmen helping groom with finishing touches to his navy blue suit


Their First Look

Grace had some time for a few bridal portraits and photos with her parents and her wedding party.

adorable bride blowing kisses at the camera

The couple chose to have a first look at the hotel before heading over to the yacht for their wedding ceremony.

bride walking up behind her groom for their first look at the Marriott Water Street Tampa

bride and groom holding hands after their first look


Setting Sail

Onboard the Yacht StarShip II, all of the details were in place for the arrival of the wedding party and guests. Did you know that the Coast Guard requires a complete manifest of wedding guests four days before you set sail?

The yacht StarShip II docked for a Tampa wedding

One of the great details included in the day was color-coded bracelets for wedding guests. Green – meaning okay with hugs and high fives. Yellow – okay with talking but not touching, and Red – gonna wave from six feet. Additionally, personal bottles of hand sanitizer and masks were made available to wedding guests.

Writs bands for Yacht Starship wedding that identify wedding guests comfort level with contact during COVID-19

The upper deck was set with white garden chairs along with swags of white flowers.

view of wedding ceremony preparations on the Yacht StarShip's upper deck

With everyone in place, Grace, escorted by her father, made her way down the aisle. Grace and Sal exchanged wedding vows with the Tampa skyline in the background and sealed them with a kiss before heading off for some private time on a lower deck.

bride walking down the aisle with her father at her Yacht StarShip wedding

bride and groom exchanging wedding vows on the upper deck of the Yacht StarShip in Tampa

Newlyweds recessional in a flutter of ribbon wands on the upper deck of the Yacht StarShip in Tampa


Below Deck: Tampa

While wedding guests enjoyed cocktails and lite bites, everything was ready for dinner and dancing below deck. If you are hosting a wedding reception on a moving ship, low floral centerpieces work best. Tables were covered with crisp white linen with matching covers on the chairs. Navy blue napkin rolls with silverware completed the look.

table with white linen, white chair covers and blue napkins on the Yacht StarShip

delicate bubble bolts of white flowers on the Yacht StarShip

Following introductions, guests enjoyed a delicious dinner and several toasts before the newlyweds cut their three-tiered, red velvet chocolate chip wedding cake.

bride and groom cutting their three tiered white wedding cake by A Piece of Cake and Desserts in Tampa

The evening continued with the couple’s first dance to ‘Change Your Name’ by Brett Young, dances with their parents, and an evening under the stars sailing across Tampa Bay.

Congratulations, Grace, and Sal. We wish you fair winds and following seas!

bride and groom on the bow of the Yacht StarShip in Tampa

The Tampa Wedding Team

Tampa Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Tampa Wedding Venue: Yacht StarShip

Hotel Accommodations: Marriott Water Street Tampa

Hair and Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Floral Design: Apple Blossom Floral Designs

Photography: Lifelong Photography Studio

Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake & Desserts



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