They had a pink pirate wedding on Gasparilla morning
Gay Hartman’s vision of a pirate wedding may not be what you would expect from someone who lives the pirate lifestyle nearly year-round.
To the London transplant, a pirate’s life is not only rough beards, eye patches and hooks — it’s a lot of pink.
“I want it to look like a Pepto Bismol bottle threw up on it,” the bride-to-be said about the pirate ship float that would serve as her wedding venue Saturday morning during Gasparilla.
Hartman’s wedding would not be the first Gasparilla wedding — far from it. In fact, there was another one that morning. But her Krewe of the Black Pearl pirate ship’s float decor?
That’s what she said would make her wedding stand out.
“There have been Gasparilla weddings before, but there has never been a pink Gasparilla wedding,” she said.
The wedding party arrived to the float staging area around 11 a.m. ready for Hartman to exchange vows with fellow pirate John Kelso. The couple met on an online dating site just over a year ago.
The Wench of Honor and Bride Wenches clutched a Captain Morgan bouquet. Everyone was decked out in Hartman’s signature color.
It’s obvious why she goes by “Forever Pink.”
Kelso stood aboard the float awaiting his bride. The float — No. 70 in the parade — was decked out in pink bows, feathers flowers and, of course, beads.
“I'm very happy. I’m very excited,” said Kelso, in his last minutes as a single man .
“Gay and John wanted their wedding to be shared with their krewe, you guys ‘arrrgh’ their family,” the wedding officiator said to the krewe standing below.
Immediately after exchanging “I do’s” the pirates began their chant:
“Black Pearl, Black Pearl, argh!”
--Claudia Guerrero, Times correspondent