My Big Fat Cruise Ship Wedding

My Big Fat Cruise Ship Wedding

Nothing is more romantic than nautical nuptials.

By Fran Golden

I’m walking in my Badgley Mischka wedding gown through the elegant Piazza atrium aboard Regal Princess. My fiancé, David, and Gavin MacLeod (yes, The Love Boat captain) are waiting for my arrival. And my escort/son, who happens to be a comedian, decides it would be fun to launch us into a pratfall. …

My weird pre-wedding nightmare is interrupted by a call from my always-calm wedding coordinator, Michelle Pyke, of Royal Ocean Events, a company based near Vancouver that handles weddings for several cruise lines including Princess Cruises. Pyke assures me there will me no pratfalls but rather a dream wedding at sea.

And so it begins.

A Proposal, A Plan

The idea started innocently enough. David and I had begun our romantic relationship salsa dancing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. It just made sense to us that we tie the knot on the water. It wasn’t the first marriage for either of us, so we were thinking of a small, destination affair. We loved the idea of being surrounded by friends and family for a few days of….

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