Marilynn Katatsky had waited years for this day, but she never dreamed she'd say her wedding vows wearing a PFD.
Engaged since 2003, Katatsky, 62, and Rick Kaufmann, 67, were married June 4 aboard Patriot Games, their 2007 EdgeWater 245CC. The ceremony took place on Spa Creek near the Annapolis (Md.) Yacht Club.
Family, close friends and neighbors followed the wedding boat aboard a friend's fully dressed Grand Banks 45 Eastbay, White Eagle.
"My good friend and the commander for the [Maryland Natural Resources] Police Academy, Lt. Joe Offer, happens to be an ordained minister, so he married us," says Kaufmann, a sergeant in the Maryland NRP and senior boating instructor at the NRP Academy.
Offer wore a PFD under his robes during the ceremony. The bride and groom wore inflatable PFDs.
"I was going to wear boat shoes as well, but my friends told me they didn't look good with the nice white suit I bought," Katatsky says. "But the PFDs were a must, as Rick always says, ‘Boats float, you don't.' "