The Story (of the PIRATE wedding!)
Maggie was a fan of David’s work before she fell in love with David himself – she will be the first to admit that she was a ‘fan girl.’ David writes an online comic strip and Maggie started reading it when she was still living in California. They met in person and the rest is history: they had their first official date on a September 19, Maggie moved across the country to Columbus, David proposed to Maggie on September 19, 2008 and they were married on September 19, 2009. Why is September 19 such an important date to note for this couple? Because it is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Maggie worked for Pixar when she lived in Cali and David is obviously a pretty creative guy as well. When Maggie and I first met and she showed me all the different details for their Pirate themed wedding, I was blown away. So much thought went into every single detail and nuance that I was thrilled to be involved. I am not usually a theme wedding person but this one promised to be a ton of fun and it certainly was!
The guests got their first inkling that Maggie and David were not doing a traditional wedding from the invitations – Maggie created scrolls written in pirate-ease, burned the edges and spritzed them with olive oil to resemble old documents – seriously time consuming and the result was pretty darn cool! These were mailed to the guests in bottles and asked the guests to “Arrrr”SVP. A great way to clue in guests to the theme of the wedding.
Maggie and David had their first glimpse at the Statehouse before the wedding. The bride’s gown was white with gold accents and she wore a tri-corner hat while her girls wore black corsets and burgundy skirts. The groom wore a waist coat, tri-corner hat and sword as did his groomsmen. Yes, the groom and all his guys wore real swords! Shockingly the state troopers at the Statehouse never even questioned the swords even when the bridal party was walking around inside – the only time they got upset with the bridal party was when they climbed on top of the canons at the corners of the Statehouse for pictures. Guess they weren’t worried about 5 pirates taking over state government.
The ceremony was held on the Santa Maria – a working 15th century ship docked at Batelle Park in downtown Columbus. Being that the wedding was held on Talk like a Pirate Day, there was a pirate troop that took over the ship for the weekend. While most of them went off to plunder the city (okay, they really just headed to R bar to drink) several of them joined us for the wedding – one actually objected to the union but was quickly dispensed with (shot) and dragged away by the others. The wedding itself was performed mainly in pirate speak by the bride’s uncle and the union was capped off by actual canon fire from the pirate troop as well. David created the ceremony program in comic strip style introducing each of the bridal party members. It was incredibly unique and really cool – how many programs have you seen that were hand drawn by the groom?
From the Santa Maria, the wedding moved to The Claddaugh in Powell. This particular location has a room with stone walls, wrought iron chandeliers and stained glass windows – it really gives off a gothic vibe and fit the pirate theme perfectly! The staff of the Claddaugh even dressed up in pirate garb as did almost all the wedding guests! The tables were dressed with simple arrangements of treasure chests and pewter goblets along with lanterns and rum barrels. Maggie and David’s ‘Captain’s Table’ was dressed with a ship’s wheel with garlands underneath a pirate flag. The TVs in the area all had old black and white pirate movies playing on them to help set the mood. Maggie and David were led into the reception by a bagpiper who actually just happened to be hanging out in the bar area of the restaurant – excellent timing!
One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the Maid of Honor’s toast – she said that she loved David because he made Maggie smile quite often and as anyone who knows her knows, her smile is one of the greatest things in the world. I think that face is quite evident from the pictures. The couple and their guests danced the night away (to non-pirate music) and a jolly time was had by all.
It was a truly unique wedding and one that I had a lot of fun being part of – thanks to Maggie and David for allowing me to be part of their fleet for the day!
Planner: Emilie Duncan Event Planning
Photographer: Fenstermacher Photography
Florist: Manor House Flowers
Ceremony Site: The Santa Maria
Reception Site: The Claddaugh
Cake: Alice’s Piece of Cake
Reception Music: Team DJ
Click here to see lots of pirate pictures!