A Nautical Wedding Aboard NYC’s Most Eco-Friendly Yacht

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We did it! Shin and I tied the knot last month surrounded by our favorite people aboard the Hornblower Hybrid yacht, an eco-friendly vessel powered by solar panels, wind turbines and hydrogen fuel cells. Our nautical wedding was studded with marine-inspired touches swathed in a palette of cream, blush, peach and blueberry. Read on for a closer look at all of the design details. Anchors aweigh!

Photography by William Chang Photography

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hornblower hybrid, hornblower cruises, yacht wedding, nautical wedding, nautical party decor, boat wedding, nautical wedding decor, navy bridesmaids dresses, boat party decorI designed some simple programs with a nautical knot motif, printed them on glassine bags, and stuffed them with lavender and eco-confetti. Check out my DIY tutorial here to make your own confetti programs.

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Nautical Wedding Hornblower Hybrid Yacht NYCThe aisle on the skydeck of the Hybrid was a bit of a tight squeeze! So of course I chose a dress with a 6-ft diameter.

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I hope these photos from my nautical wedding can serve as inspiration for you if you’re planning a boat party of your own!

Photography by William Chang Photography

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