You know that saying, ‘there’s something about a man in uniform’? Are you a fan of beach weddings? Well, then have I got the wedding for you! This beach themed military wedding of Seamus and Blaire brought fun for all and best of all a chocolate wedding cake. Yup, you heard me a CHOCOLATE wedding cake (check out those cake toppers also)! So let’s give this couple the proper salute with photos by Mark Dickinson Photography.
Tell us how you met…
Seamus and I met on a cruise! We actually met within hours of boarding the ship. He thought I looked cute and decided to get my dad into conversation. My dad took the bait and soon both of my parents were talking to him and his parents. At some point my mom mentioned what time we might be at breakfast. Seamus went down the next morning and walked around for 30 mins until he found us. He pretended to be looking for a seat and my mom saw him and told him to sit down with us. My mom actually suggested we hang out during the cruise so that I would have some time away from my parents. Thanks mom! I met his whole family – his parents, sisters, his sister’s husbands and their kids.
Now for the proposal… details!
Seamus is really romantic. He proposed a year to the day we had met. He was living in Texas and I was in New Jersey. My dad picked him up from the airport while I was at work. After asking for permission from my father, Seamus and my parents figured out how to get me in front of the Christmas tree. When I got home from work they said we needed to take some pictures in front of the Christmas tree for Seamus’ parents. I never even sat down when I got home. After a couple of photos, Seamus got down on one knee in front of the tree and my parents. They secretly got the whole thing on video.
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
Our wedding was small – 63 people to get exact. Even this small I felt like I didn’t get to spend enough time with everyone.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Our wedding was an evening wedding that took place outside in Tampa, FL at the Rusty Pelican.. We were married in a gazebo next to the water. Shortly after the ceremony there was an intense thunderstorm. Luckily we were able to take photos outside before the downpour. The rain wound up being a blessing. The thunderstorm made our favorite picture possible – “The Lightning Shot.” The night also included fun Minute To Win It Games, some scotch and cigars, and an impromptu lap dance/strip tease.
Was there a specific theme or style?
The wedding was a military beach themed wedding. We were married in a gazebo right on the water.
What inspired the theme or style?
I have always loved Florida and the water. I was really sad when a new job caused me to move back to New Jersey. I always saw myself getting married on the beach. Luckily when I met Seamus he was more than happy to get married in Florida on the beach. He grew up in Tampa so there wasn’t much arm-twisting involved. The wedding was also a military wedding. Military is on both sides. Seamus’ dad and both of his brother-in-laws are Army Medic Paratroopers and my father, my dad’s brother, and my brother are Marines and my mom’s brother is a retired Army Ranger.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
My wedding dress was from Cosmobella – its been nicknamed the greek goddess dress. It was simple and elegant with only one shoulder. I only had a maid of honor and she wore a Calvin Klein dress that matched perfectly with the style of my dress and the Army Dress Blues Seamus and the best man wore.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
The most unique thing about our wedding has to be the “minute to win it” games. The best man Chris, Seamus’s brother-in-law, first brought up the idea of doing “Minute to Win It” games at our wedding before Seamus and I were even engaged. Both of us were totally on board. Before the games started, Seamus knighted Chris as the MC of the games. Chris planned and organized all the games. Our other unique twist was a chocolate frosted wedding cake with a one of a kind cake topper.
Did you DIY any of the details?
The Florida wedding was planned while I still lived in New Jersey and was in the process of moving to Texas so there wasn’t a lot of time for DIY. My parents helped put together invitations that I designed and ordered off of The Green Kangaroo.
What was the most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was when Seamus took off my garter. When the music started he started to give me a lap dance and it turned into a partial strip tease! There are so many pictures with my surprise and hysterical laughter. The whole thing was fantastic.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The Rusty Pelican did a great job on the food. The main course was Surf and Turf. I give Seamus the credit for the desert – chocolate wedding cake! My only requirement was that I was able to eat the cake. That requirement is harder than one would think because I’m allergic to corn – corn syrup, corn starch, corn oil, corn anything! Frosting is really hard to make without corn syrup or corn starch. Several bakeries were not up to the challenge. Frosting’s Etc stepped up and made a delicious cake. Seamus loves chocolate and wanted a chocolate wedding cake with chocolate frosting. The wedding cake topper was very unique. Both Seamus and I enjoy shooting. The topper was “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” but a close family friend in California took the time and detail to paint the topper to match Seamus and I, including turning the tux into Army dress blues with metals.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
The DJ did a great job with the music. To be honest I didn’t give him much direction with the music. Everyone was up dancing at least at one point.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
The only thing I would change would be having a dress rehearsal of hair and make-up. I can’t really complain because I still looked good but the hair wasn’t what I had envisioned and the make-up wasn’t quite me.
Venue: The Rusty Pelican | Photographer: Mark Dickinson Photography | Invitations: The Green Kangaroo | Hair and make up: Michele Renee The Studio | Cake: Frostings etc. | Flowers: Arlene Floral Designer | Hotel: Bay Harbor Hotel | DJ: Hardy & Co DJ & Up-Lighting