Tying the knot: romantic weddings, receptions and honeymoons at sea

With unobstructed sea views, attentive crew and state-of-the-art amenities, getting married on a superyacht seems like a no-brainer. Whether chartering or setting sail on a private yacht, a superyacht also grants brides and grooms privacy and luxury – the perfect solution for royalty, celebrities and big names wanting to enjoy their big day out of the spotlight. As Valentine's Day approaches, BOAT takes the opportunity to reflect on some of the most iconic romantic weddings, receptions and honeymoons on the water...

Christina O: the marriage of Jackie O and Aristotle Onassis

It seems only fitting that the Former First Lady of the United States and Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis would celebrate their nuptials on board Christina O in 1968after all, it belonged to Onassis. Once a vessel built for the Canadian Navy, the yacht was sold off at the end of WWII and bought in 1954 by the visionary. The 99-metre yacht is named after Onassis's daughter, Christina, while the O references his wife's new nickname, Jackie O. The luxury yacht was frequented by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelley, and Frank Sinatra in her heyday, and continues as a popular charter yacht today. Interestingly, the yacht's bar (known as Ari's Bar) served as the first meeting place for John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill.

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Canadian Vickers   99.15 m •   1943

"We did it": Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz on Christina O

Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz join the roster of celebrities who've enjoyed celebrations on the legendary Christina O. The German supermodel took to Instagram to post an image of the duo sharing a kiss on the superyacht, captioning it, "We did it. Mr.&Mrs. Kaulitz". Stood beneath a canopy of white and pink flowers, Klum was dressed in a billowing embroidered gown to match Kaulitz in his sharp white suit. The posts continued throughout the week, showing the newlyweds at the famous lemon restaurant in Capri (Restaurant da Paolino Capri) and, later, a video of them taking limoncello shots.

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Canadian Vickers   99.15 m •   1943

Princess Grace and Prince Rainier on their honeymoon cruise

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In 1956, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier celebrated their wedding on board Deo Juvante II -  the couple famously sailed into Monaco harbour, where the entire principality greeted them. The newlyweds then celebrated their honeymoon by cruising the coast of Corsica and Sardinia. The yacht was formerly owned by Aristotle Onassis, who bought her as HMS Noir, renamed her Arion and added her to his charter fleet (alongside the infamous Christina O). A couple of years later, Onassis gifted the yacht to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace as a wedding gift. In 2011, the yacht was once again renamed Grace in a nod to her Hollywood associations.

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Camper & Nicholsons   44.81 m •   1928

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Pharrell Williams' wedding reception on Never Say Never

In October 2013, singer Pharrell Williams wed his bride, model Helen Lasichanh, before boarding the 37-metre Oceanfast yacht Never Say Never for their wedding reception. The couple have chosen to keep their relationship mostly out of the public eye, so the charter yacht was the perfect private space to celebrate with other big names in the industry, including Usher, Busta Rhymes, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, who were all rumoured to be there. The yacht's exterior is designed by Jon Bannenberg Ltd., while the interior is the work of Eric Johnson and Jon Bannenberg Ltd.

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Oceanfast   37.18 m •   1985

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker calm their pre-ceremony nerves

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker gave the public a lesson in la dolce vita, spending time on board the 65-metre Codecasa yacht Regina d'Italia in the days around their wedding. Translating as "Queen of Italy", the superyacht is reportedly owned by the Italian design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the powerhouse responsible for designing the Kardashian's wedding dress. While the ceremony was held onshore, the yacht was anchored off the Italian seaside town of Portofino. The A-lister and Blink-182 drummer were spotted jumping from the 33.5-metre silver and white Riva 110 Dolce Vita just an hour before their wedding, supposedly to calm their nerves.

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Codecasa   65 m •   2019

Neil Young and Daryl Hannah on W.N. Ragland

Singer Neil Young and his girlfriend, American actress Daryl Hannah, made it official onboard during a small ceremony in August 2018. Young reportedly owns the 31-metre schooner W.N. Ragland, which is where the husband-and-wife's intimate ceremony took place against a backdrop of the beautiful San Juan Islands.

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Hansen O   30.78 m •   1913

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