Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Steam Punk Faerie wedding!!!!!

Be warned...  TONS of pictures coming up!!!
Finally I have photos of the Steam Punk/Faerie/Victorian wedding to show you!  It was one of the most fun and magical weddings I have had the privilege of being a part of!  The bride found me through the faeries (the faerie wedding that I did) and wrote me the loveliest of emails.  They wanted a beautiful steam punk and faerie wedding and were hoping I would be able to do it.  I had to think about it for...  oh about...  2 seconds!  The groom when asked to described the feel of the wedding said "Imagine if a Zeppelin crashed landed in a faerie forest".  Isn't that great!  I had just decided to do a steam punk photo shoot as the style had been rattling around in my imagination for awhile so I was definitely all in and super excited about it!  The universe really does provide you what you ask for... it was meant to be.  Both the bride and groom are amazing artists and so we collaborated quite a bit with them making many of the things we used.   We had so many fun meetings and back and forth emails.  I actually got depressed after the wedding was over!  Only the bride and groom are supposed to have a post wedding let down!  Not me and especially after I have been doing this for 12 years!!!  I was very attached to this magical wedding!
So now let me give you our lovely couple...
By the way the extremely gorgeous photos are from Braedon Flynn, one of my all time favorite photographers! 

As I said they are both wonderful artists.  The bride actually made her own dress!
Then I wove into her skirt birds nest for a faerie element.
Isn't she beautiful!
Our groom...
Goodness I wish men dressed like this more often.  He just looks so handsome and dapper!
Here is the wedding party.
Here is one of the bride's maids.  

The bride's bouquet had bird's nests tucked in along with old skeleton keys and other found bits. 

 Hanging from it were several vintage spoons that her grandmother had collected along with a key from my grandmother and a few other fun bits.

  Along the ribbon wrapped stems I attached gears and buttons.  
Another lovely bride's maid

The grooms boutonniere as well as all the boutonnieres had fun bits attached such as feathers, keys, mini watch gears, and all were bound with ribbons and shiny copper, brass and silver wire.

The rest of the boutonnieres.
One of the groom's men.
Here is the photographer's co shooter and brother bringing in the bouquets.  Isn't he handsome?! 

All the guests with the exception of maybe 4 people came in costume.
Here is yours truly with Tonya of Soigne Productions the coordinator.  Bet you haven't seen a coordinator like that before?!
Here I am again with my most cool jacket on.
Look at this adorable guest...
The entire guest line up!

The ceremony had quite a bit of faerie touches, much more than steam punk.  That style came in for the reception.  

The vow site was at the base of a 200 year old Sycamore tree.  

I had several Asian carpets both at the altar and down the aisle.  I made this huge organic branch chandelier that was embellished with flowers and crystals.  Also in the tree branches over the guests heads we hung lots of vintage stained glass windows.
Here you can see the candles hanging off the chandelier.
One of the stain glass windows.

We staked into the ground an old barn door and then draped it with vintage lace.  Of course I had to hang a set of faerie wings up too.  And definitely lots of flowers.
Here is one of her bride's maids getting all choked up.  By the way, this lady was super cool, yet another artist!  Everybody was just really fun!
Here is the bride's dad walking her down the aisle.  Doesn't that make you tear up.  Her parents were just precious.  I want to adopt them... or vise versa.  Just loved them!
We also hung flower filled bird cages in the trees.

The entrance to the aisle had a fun wooden program-sign the bride made.
On the other side of the aisle entrance I placed another flower filled bird cage and the bride's faerie dolls.

The aisle decorations were a fun eclectic combination of bits of lace, fringe trim, tassels, and crystal chains all woven into dried honey suckle vine.  Where it attached to the pews and hay bales I added vintage silver, nests and moss baskets all filled with flowers.

A vintage purse filled with flowers.
Here you can see the aisle garland.
My BFF Nancy Little Moon was the most awesome officiant and quickly reduced me to tears with the story of their love, quotes from Tolkien, and the sound track to The Princess Bride.

The ring bearer's "pillow" was a steam punked, faerie nest.
I wove in bits of lace, watch gears and old keys.

One of the bridesmaids with the groom's men just after the ceremony.
The receptions was very steam punk.  I learned how to solder copper pipes and then made the copy of one of Leonardo De Vinci's wings to hang from the rafters.
Here is a closer view.
The bride and groom and I came up with the idea of large old fashioned clock faces to 
hang on the back wall.

The entrance to the barn was set up with all kinds of cool period decor.
The bride drew caricatures of departed family members and had a central sign that said "Wish you were here"  These drawings were amazing.  I understand from her mother that she just "banged" them out...  Wow!
The tables were named after authors either from the Victorian era or contemporary Gothic/fantasy writers or film people.  The cards that the guest's table assignments were written on were created by the bride and groom and then I hung them on an old wine bottle drying rack.
There were fun touches like the pens to sign the "guest book" were quills or beautiful Italian glass with vintage ink wells.

Some beautiful old English riding boots filled with flowers.

Some of the centerpieces and the table names.

The author of one of my favorite stories...  Stardust

A vintage ladies hat box filled with flowers.
Another hat box.
Glass cloche covered flowers.

Vintage silver containers.

Antique oil lamps

The head table had a wonderful mixture of items.  I had soldered together copper pipe "candelabras" and then laced flowers all through them.
They also had a Dia de Los Muertos kind of thing going on with a skeleton bride and groom.
We had white Peacock feathers.
Up close of my copper "candelabras"

The napkin rings were pieces of copper pipe (yes I did get a bit obsessed with pipes )
with assorted bits like watch parts, gears, broaches, etc glued on.  I also ordered from a wonderful etsy artist, gear "chargers" which I placed under each plate.

We had tons of details all over the barn like black "Victorian" faerie wings

I didn't get a great picture of this feature but it was so cool.  I made an Edison light bulb fixture that had descending hanging bulbs with the top of the cords sandwiched between two old pieces of barn wood.  This framed the entrance area of barn from the inside.

Statues dressed for the occasion...  well partially dressed that is.

Rather punked out statues.

One of the lounges complete with vintage parlor furniture and steamer trunks.

We had a great mad scientist-steam punk bar which my husband and I built.  We had Absinth
 among other lethal drinks.

The bride and groom and her parents have dogs which became the subject of a couple of paintings that the groom did.  He is an astounding artist!
Here is Abby who became "Abby-sinth" for the night.

And Mortimer became "Mor-tini"

We had a beautiful candy bar in apothecary jars

An antique clock among the sweets.

We also had Enjoy Cupcakes show up with their vintage trailer and set up a beautiful spread of the most luscious cupcakes.
Some of which I put on antique tire rims.
Here I pulled my 67 British Morris Minor up to the cupcake trailer just for giggles.

We even had a pool table by the bar!

Isn't this a GREAT picture!
The barn in full party mode.
All in all it was a great "steamy" party!!!
Thank you for hanging in to the bitter end.  I know there were lots of pics but I just couldn't eliminate any!  Believe it or not you still haven't seen all the details...  there were just so many!
Blessing to all!