Put a Little Steam into Your Nuptials

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by Alli Woods Frederick  of  Kisses & Chaos

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the union of stunning steampunk style and the classic tradition known as the wedding. If you look at traditional bridal magazines and find yourself yawning at page after page of white dresses, shabby chic & indie DIY décor, debates on whether celadon or hot pink is the hottest trend in accent colors and bored to tears with the photos that look like they were shot in the 1960’s and have been sitting around in someone’s attic for the past 50 years then do I have something for you. Have you considered a steampunk inspired wedding?

Kate & Jacob

Photographer:  Braedon Photography

For those of you who are unfamiliar, steampunk, which began as a literary movement, has now turned into a full-blown subculture complete with music, conventions, and a highly unique aesthetic. I suppose the best way to describe it is if goth grew up, had a tryst with sci-fi and then time-traveled back to the Victorian era to raise their lovechild. Confused? Have you seen Back To The Future III? *(spoiler alert)* You know at the end when Doc comes back to the future in the flying steam locomotive with his wife and his children Jules & Verne? The mix of high-tech with low-tech all wrapped up with a neo-victorian bow? That is steampunk…an updated, edgy classic with ray guns, goggles, bustles and braces.

Think that sounds too over the top for a wedding? Think again. Here are some awesome ideas for adding some steampunk style to your special day.

Steampunk Invitations

|  1:  Steamside by Royal Steamline  |  2:  RSVP’s by Poptasticbride   |  3:  Two Ring Circus by Royal Steamline   |  4:  Calliope by Royal Steamline   |

Décor & Delights

|  1:  Custom Guest Book by Shabby Scrap  |  2:  Edible Candy Gears by Andie Specialty Sweets   |  3:  Candy Buffet Bags by Clementine Weddings  |  4:   Earth Laughs In Flowers by Funky Junky Art 

  |   5:  Bicycle Freewheel Tealight Holders by Julien Jaborska   |  6:   Mr. Darcy & Ms. Lizzy Earl Grey Latte Flavored Lollipops by  Andie Specialty Sweets  

|  7:  Flowers Are Loves Truest Language by Funky Junky Art  |

Accessories for the Steamy Couple

|  1:  10 Wedding Bow Ties by Cyberoptix   |   2:  One of a Kind Women’s Spats by J. Souza   |   3:  Gent’s Spats in Black Canvas by faitavec   |  4:  The Patience Top Hat by  Topsy Turvy Design

   |   5:  The Charlie Boutonniere by Gilded Shadows    |   6:  Spinning Propeller Cufflinks by Tempus Fugit  

|  7:   One of a Kind Steampunk Necklace by Hopscotch Couture  |

Not enough steampunk for you?  Want some more inspiration?  Check out the steamy board I created on pinterest for ideas that range from the subtle to the extreme.  Until next time!

Kisses & Chaos,

Alli Woods Frederick

About the author:

    Alli Woods Frederick is an artist, photographer, writer, reiki master, intuitive & zombie slayer extraordinaire who blogs at KissesAndChaos.com.  She is also the art editor for All Things Girl Magazine.  Her feline companion, Mischa the Wonder Cat, is currently being considered for sainthood.  She has a deep and abiding love of fancy dress, Bruce Campbell, Bob Hope, Adam Ant, the 1930′s & tea parties.   She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with ghosts, shoes, zombies, the deep south, England and glitter, though not necessarily in that order.  Her photography has been featured in F-Stop Magazine and All Things Girl and her writing has been featured on HelloGiggles.com, The Goods, Kind Over Matter and in The Radical Uprise Issue #021: Grow/Create. Her photography has been exhibited at Springbox Gallery in Portland, Oregon.  To view more of her photographic/artistic work visit AlliWoodsFrederick.com.