A Nautical Wedding at the Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston, Texas

Kate Barger (21 and a dental assistant) and Andy Stone (21 and an agricultural equipment salesman) met through Kate’s sisters boyfriend while Kate was

Kate Barger (21 and a dental assistant) and Andy Stone (21 and an agricultural equipment salesman) met through Kate’s sisters boyfriend while Kate was in the middle of moving from San Antonio to New Orleans. When Andy came to New Orleans to visit Kate, he took her across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway on his motorcycle to a campsite with a small creek where they enjoyed a picnic lunch and realized they were sitting next to their future. Exactly one year later, Andy brought Kate back to that creek and got down on one knee. With Kate’s family based in Louisiana and Andy’s in Texas, the couple chose to be married in Galveston, Texas aboard the 1877 tall ship Elissa, one of the oldest ships still sailing today. “The ship was just the right size to hold our family for the ceremony, and the dock was the perfect place for the reception,” says Kate. Growing up, Andy was a youth crew member on the ship for many years, so it had a lot of sentimental value to him. To match the nautical setting and the magnificence of the Elissa, the wedding color palette was navy and ivory. The bride and groom surprised everyone by adding a pop of red to their wardrobe to stand apart. Upon returning to the dock, guests enjoyed a buffet-style dinner and three tier wedding cake followed by dancing. “There was a little bit of us in the entire wedding, but my favorite element was having a New Orleans-style Second Line at our reception,” says the bride. She and her friends hand-stamped the couple’s initials on white handkerchiefs for guests to wave around during the Second Line and keep as a personalized wedding favor.

1877 Tall Ship Elissa Wedding Ceremony Location
Kate’s engagement ring features a princess cut diamond in the center with a pear cut sapphire on either side. Andy sold his 1971 Delta 88 Oldsmobile and his beloved motorcycle to get Kate the perfect ring.
Kate and Andy surprised everyone by adding a pop of red to their wardrobe for a nautical-inspired look.
Kate wore a creamy off-white wedding dress with beaded, embroidered vines. “It was a very practical dress because it was so lightweight and comfortable,” she says.
Kate saw her BHLDN gown online and knew it was “the one.” “The creamy off-white gave it a vintage look, and the beaded, embroidered vines were the most beautiful thing I had ever seen,” says Kate.
The bridesmaids chose their own knee length navy dresses. “Their dresses captured my love for simple elegance, and they all loved what they wore!” says the bride.
“I love baby’s breath, and I love how they look by themselves,” says the bride. Having simple, baby’s breath bouquets made the floral DIY both easy and affordable.
To be dressy casual and comfortable in the Texas heat, the groomsmen wore navy pants and white shirts with matching navy suspenders.
Wedding Ceremony Aboard 1877 Tall Ship Elissa
Ivory Three Tier Wedding Cake with Baby's Breath
First Dance on Dock at Texas Seaport Museum
“There was a little bit of us in the entire wedding, but my favorite element was having a New Orleans-style Second Line at our reception,” says the bride. She and her friends hand-stamped the couple’s initials on white handkerchiefs for guests to wave around during the Second Line and keep as a personalized wedding favor.