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Romantic Steampunk Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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Christina Carroll

Here at Ruffled, we’re always going to love a bit of steampunk inspiration (some of you may remember this steampunk inspired wedding from last year, one of our all-time favorites). Photographer Christina Carroll put together this shoot with real-life married couple Candace and Michael, who pulled off both indoor and outdoor styling for some fantastic new ideas!

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purple steampunk invitations

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industrial inspired wedding ideas

steampunk bridal ideas

steampunk place settings

steampunk bridal shoots

industrial inspired wedding ideas

outdoor steampunk weddings

steampunk bridal ideas

outdoor steampunk receptions

industrial inspired wedding ideas

steampunk bridal ideas

steampunk bridal ideas

steampunk dessert tables

steampunk dessert ideas


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Christina Carroll / Shoot Location: Eastside Showroom / Wedding Flowers: Zuzu’s Petals / Wedding Gown: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Theresa of Jose Luis Salon / Desserts: Iffy’s Sweets and Treats / Rentals: Vintique Rentals / Stationery: The Stationery Bakery

Victorian Steampunk Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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Brace yourself, everyone — we have a real wedding that’s going to completely blow you away. This Victorian affair has every single detail nailed to perfection, right down to the reception tables sprinkled with images of Steampunk cult icons. Images are from the always amazing Braedon Flynn!


victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography

From the bride, Kate: Jacob and I are both artists. When we started sketching out ideas for the wedding, we new we wanted our guests to feel like they were in another world. That being said, we also needed the wedding to be everything that is truly “us.” After a few months of brainstorming with our designer, Tricia Fountaine, Jacob said “It’s like a steampunk Zeppelin crash-landed in a fairy forest.” It became clear that Steampunk was the perfect avenue to create an elegant, fantastical and imaginative wedding. Steampunk merges the idea of Victorian art and fashion with a science fiction flare. Ray-guns and cowboys, Steam Engines and Airships, Gibson Girl and Princess Leia.

victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography

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victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography

It was important to us that our family felt like they were at a big reunion. Everything was casual, from the hay bales in the ceremony to the picnic benches in the reception. We even had blankets in baskets placed all over the ranch.

victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography
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victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography

We decided on rich browns, deep reds, and other colours of autumn to accent the coppers and blacks. Copper is a huge part in steampunk design, and was also everywhere in our wedding. Tricia Fountaine and I did most of the work. We scoured junkyards, flea markets and strange stores to find everything. Some of my favourite memories from the wedding are all the small details we added to everything to really bring the look of the world together.

victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography
victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography
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victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography

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victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography
steampunk victorian wedding pink and purple from braedon flynn photographysteampunk victorian wedding pink and purple from braedon flynn photography

victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? You can always find your perfect dress. There are so many amazing resources out there, there’s no reason to ever settle for less than perfect. This goes for any vendor, really. Flexibility and creativity are key to keeping from a melt down. But if something really seems to be fighting you and you feel like you have to make too many compromises, look for another way! Find the path of least resistance and run with it. At the end of the day, as long as you marry the person you set out to marry, then your wedding was a success. Stay present. Take pictures of the PROCESS, not just the outcome.


Steampunk chic wedding

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burgundy red wedding tables
victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography

victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography
dia de los muertos dead wedding cake topper
vintage wedding group shot
victorian steampunk wedding from braedon flynn photography

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Songs:
Groom’s Processional: “Throne Room” theme from Star Wars
Bride’s Processional: “Hysteric (acoustic),” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Hand Fasting Ceremony: Instrumental theme from The Princess Bride
Recessional: “Today,” Smashing Pumpkins
Reception Entrance: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
First Dance: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes – performed by bride’s Uncle and cousin

Wedding Vendors (Santa Barbara, CA):

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Braedon Photography / Event Designer and Wedding Flowers: Tricia Fountaine / Wedding Planner: Tonya Szele / Wedding Dress: Made by bride / Corset: Isabella Corsetry / Skirt: Sisters of the Moon / Wedding Veil: made by bride / Organza Flowers and Adornments: made by bride, from Miss Tak / Bride’s Shoes: Cole Haan “Whitley Knit Boot” / Rings: Wexford Jewelers / Bride’s Hair: Jeff Weeks of Salon Benardo Makeup: Jamie Muniz (polishedaplomb@gmail.com) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Laura Scoby at bootlegink and Fan Plus Friend / Groom’s Suit: Gentleman’s Emporium / Music: Malia from Music by Bonnie / Wedding Caterer: Jamie Andersen from Live Oak Grill / Cupcakes: Kevin of Enjoy Cupcakes / Wedding Invitations: made by bride and groom / Wedding Videographer: Mike Goulding / Transportation: Santa Barbara Airbus / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Officiant: Nancy Little Moon of Blessing in Paradise

Steampunk Wedding in Point Reyes Station

Bohemian Weddings

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Our Wednesday just got that much better with this wedding shot by Noa of Feather Love Photography. We’re not even sure where to begin. Maybe I can start by saying that the bride’s style is just beyond – Savannah wore a Reem Acra gown for the ceremony and a vintage pink dress for the reception. Or I could mention that their steampunk inspiration is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Each bridesmaid wore a different pair of tights too! Simply put, this wedding is fun, offbeat and incredibly stylish. The groomsmen, including actor Richmond Arquette, had equally amazing ensembles. Tons of images in the gallery!

Point Reyes steampunk wedding
steampunk wedding
Point Reyes steampunk wedding

Point Reyes steampunk wedding

Point Reyes steampunk wedding

Point Reyes steampunk wedding

Point Reyes steampunk wedding

Point Reyes steampunk wedding


Feather Love Photography. We’re not even sure where to begin. Maybe I can start by saying that the bride’s style is just beyond – Savannah wore a Reem Acra gown for the ceremony and a vintage pink dress for the reception. Or I could mention that their steampunk inspiration is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Each bridesmaid wore a different pair of tights too! Simply put, this wedding is fun, offbeat and incredibly stylish. The groomsmen, including actor Richmond Arquette, had equally amazing ensembles. Tons of images in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

We wanted our wedding to represent our personalities and to be as much about our community as it was about the two of us. We started with an eclectic ‘steam punk/bohemian’ vibe and let things evolve naturally and chaotically from there.

My biggest piece of advice is, take care of yourself and your partner amongst all of the details and personal and family minutiae that are bound to come up during wedding planning. Your wedding day is very important but it’s one day in hopefully a long lifetime of incredible days. Don’t freak out over the tiny details but do make sure you have people to look after you and your partner on the day.

Wedding Songs:

Processional: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
First Dance: a waltz composed by Ben Tolliday

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Point Reyes Station, CA):

Venue: Toby’s Feed Barn / Photographer: Feather Love Photography / Event Designers: Traci Goudie and Patrick Hubik from Bird Machine Bird / Florist: Ixia / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra / Reception Dress: vintage purchased at Tavin / Jewlery: Sarah White Jewelry and hand made earrings by Andrea Lazarin / Make up: Angela from Maria Lee Makeup / Groom’s suit: The Archive in San Francisco / Groomsmen Attire: Barneys and All Saints / Band: Erik Hoffman / Caterer: Osteria Stellina / Wedding invitations: We printed inside cards from The Story People / Videographer: Luke Goodman

Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap Ups

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Another week of incredible weddings deserves another spotlight of amazing Blue Label wedding vendors! We thought we’d pull a little bit of inspiration from the steampunk genre to show you how you can incorporate this trend from your invitations right down to your wedding venue:

local wedding vendors

local wedding vendors

local wedding vendors

That bride’s headpiece is simply perfect!

In case you missed any of this week’s awesome features, here they are…

Hollywood Regency Wedding in Palm Springs, CA
A romantic wedding workshop from Jen Huang Photography
Vintage rock ‘n’ roll Australian Wedding from Steven Elmer
A dusty pink rustic wedding in California
Chic ranch wedding in San Diego with one killer cake
Vintage carnival-inspired organic wedding from Kariz-Matik
Arizona temple wedding with a dress handmade by the bride’s mother
Sweet Minnesota fusion wedding from Geneoh Photography

We look forward to seeing you Monday as summer continues to creep on in!

DIY Steampunk Cake Topper

DIY Projects

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Opening our DIY Contest is Sarah G., with the cutest DIY steampunk cake topper! The theme of our contest is “Found Tucked Away and Used Today”, where participants must reuse an old item in a do-it-yourself project. The winner will receive $500, and the second place winner a $100 gift certificate to Wendy Mink Jewelry!

Sarah upcycled her mom’s vintage cake topper to adapt to their quirky personalities:
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple

What you’ll need:

– a base (either someone’s old cake topper, wooden box, or anything your imagination come’s up with – you could even use something like this)
– craft paint from Michaels or any craft store
– paint brushes
– hot glue and hot glue gun
– wooden pieces (found at any craft store, usually in the model building section)
– gear scrapbooking pieces (from Michaels or any craft store)
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple
DIY do-it-yourself steampunk vintage cake topper robot wedding couple

Instructions:

Step 1: Find a base for the caketopper. I used the base from my mom’s old cake topper. I removed the old tulle, fake flowers and little figurines (with her permission of course) and painted over the yellowed plastic with a base of silver paint.

Step 2: I started to “antique” the base by dry brushing tiny bits of black paint over the silver. The swirling in the hearts reminded me on wrought iron so I tried to imitate that as much as possible. The little spheres reminded me of lightbulbs so using a creamy-yellow I painted them to resemble light bulbs. Working with what you have is always a challenge, but if you take a moment to look at what you have things start to reveal themselves.

Step 3: Using small wooden pieces you can find at any craft store or hobby shop I constructed 2 small robot figurines by hot-gluing the pieces together.

Step 4: Paint robot figurines to your liking and hot-glue to the completed (and dried) base.

Step 5: To make the caketopper a bit more “mechanical” (because my fiancee is an engineer and likes all things mechanical) I found some clock gears, usually used for scrapbooking, and added them. Make sure everything is secure and dried.

A little more from Sarah:
This is definitely a piece I will keep after the wedding. It means a lot because it contains a piece of my parents wedding and all the love I put into our wedding. Plus it’s neat and quirky, just like us!

To enter your DIY Contest, email me at amanda @ ruffledblog.com or click here for details. Last day to submit your project is March 25, so hurry!