There's Romance in the Air on Tall Ship Elissa
A Bride At Sea Older, wiser, and with saltier blood than most, a ship captain’s daughter planned her dream wedding alongside her childhood friend (both seen in a cloud-gray Vivienne gown and a Delilah gown with ivory...
by Jake Kilroy

A Bride At Sea

Older, wiser, and with saltier blood than most, a ship captain’s daughter planned her dream wedding alongside her childhood friend (both seen in a cloud-gray Vivienne gown and a Delilah gown with ivory overlay and antique slip). The two worked together to weave in all the elements that would honor the bride’s favorite memories of grand horizons while on the ship at sea. They chose the most perfect and unique venue setting imagineable, The 1877 Tall Ship Elissa 



The Perfect Touch

Romantic floral touches tiptoe throughout the ship, offering the colors of a sunset dunking itself in the sparkling ocean. Yawning floral arrangements by Maxit Flower Design​ wrap themselves around the helm of the ship while gorgeous calligraphy by Nib and Pixel, reads, “Take me to the ocean; Let me sail the open sea. To breathe the warm & salty air, and dream of things to be.”



History Meets Romance

Subtle touches count for a lot when history already presents itself as decor. Tables were draped in silk chiffon to sway in the breeze while coral plates featured mother-of-pearl adorned place settings of fine crystal and sterling. Simple and elegant, especially with ribbon from Silk and Willow winding its way through. Topping it off, guests could find their table assignments by reading the calligraphy on the ship’s sails.



One of a Kind

The 1877 Tall Ship Elissa is the only one of her kind in the world still seaworthy and sailing. It’s special by itself and downright magical with guests aboard. It’s the perfect spot for anyone with adventure in their heart. All celebrations are welcome: weddings, birthdays, you name it. String bistro lights across the dock and light the ship with chandeliers for an ambience at twilight that would make the darkest cynic a hopeful romantic.



A Glowing Port Town

Don’t bother rolling into Galveston between May to August. Tourists pour onto the coast of Texas in droves during the summer, and you’d be lucky to find yourself not rubbing sweaty arms against another, somehow sweatier person. But the local secret is that right before and immediately afterward, the town is a coastal sanctuary. Whether it’s dreamlike springtime in March and April or the cool, calming months of October and November, everything falls into place. The island weather is sublime, and the local charm of one of the oldest seaports comes to life.



Historic hotels and rustic restaurants sprinkle themselves throughout, while unique tours and adventures are available at every turn. And it’s a major cruise ship port to boot. While you’re there, be sure to visit Pier 21 for a great selection of eateries located just off the notable Strand shopping district.



Venue: The 1877 Tall Ship Elissa. Photography & Design:Koby & Terilyn Brown. Florals: Maria MaxitHair: Jenni Reed. Makeup: Christen Hobbs. Bakery: Cakes by Julia. Jewelry/Accessories/Cake Stand: BHLDN.

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Koby Brown
Galveston, Texas, United States
International wedding photographer, Koby Brown, lives in a happy little place on a barrier island off the coast of Texas. He travels around the world to capture his client's stories. Brown’s photography has been featured globally in publications; including the cover of People Magazine, and editorials in Cosmo, Glamour, Rolling Stone, Good Housekeeping, The Knot, the New York Times, and more. - Website

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