Tara and Ryan Munro’s wedding on June 29, 2013, marked personal history in the making. So, it was particularly fitting that history played a significant role in their wedding reception at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
“I’m doing my master’s thesis on 19th-century whaling in New Bedford so I’m at the museum a lot,” says Tara. “Initially, I didn’t know they held weddings there. When I found out they did, it just felt right. The museum has so much character and is so interactive. I wanted to stay true to the history of the place. I really wanted to honor that.”
“Tara was a do-it-yourself bride and had a spectacular wedding,” says Elizabeth Lynch, special events coordinator at the museum. “The whaling museum is a beautiful, unique venue and she really embraced its theme and incorporated it into her wedding with subtle touches.”
Those touches began with the invitations, which were embossed with a ghost stamp whale tail and a harpoon on the reply cards. The envelopes were lined with an old map. Escort cards on the tables featured a historically significant word on the front, and on the back Tara wrote the word’s meaning, history and interpretation. Her aunt pencil-sketched a ship, which was displayed on a table alongside the seating chart and escort cards. A ship’s wheel and replicas of 19th-century ship bells continued the museum’s theme. Even the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses – “ocean” – referenced nautical history.
During cocktail hour, held in the Bourne Building, which showcases an 89-foot model of the Lagoda whaling ship, guests were free to roam the entire museum. Everyone moved into the Jacobs Family Gallery for dinner and dancing, where several of Tara’s favorite moments took place.
“My dance with my father was really special,” she says. “He’s not a big dancer usually, but he had fun with it. Ryan dancing with his mother was touching, too. I know it meant a lot to her.”
Story by Lenore Cullen Barnes
Photography: No Eye Has Seen
Additional Vendors: Bridal Gown: Christos Bridal // Veil: Amsale // Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors // Bride’s Jewelry and Bridesmaid’s Earrings: Tina Lang Creations // Groom’s Tuxedo: Astor & Black // Bridesmaids: L’Elite Boston // Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Hair + Makeup: Orlanda’s International Day Spa & Hair // Wedding Bands + Engagement Ring: Barmakian Jewelers // Invitations + Paper Products: Goosefish Press // Favors: The Itty Bitty Bakeshop // Ceremony Music: Stephanie Wingfield and Quartet // Reception Music: Beat Train Productions // Ceremony: New Life Pentecostal Church, Acushnet, MA // Transportation: Robin’s Limousines // Rehearsal Dinner: Waterfront Grille