Amber & Michael’s Intimate and Intricate Victorian Steampunk Wedding
Welcome to another week of creative wedding inspiration, dear friends! Today I’m delighted to share an intimate and gorgeous celebration that took place at the Mayors Mansion Inn in Tennessee whose historic atmosphere lent an elegant old-timey charm to the Victorian Steampunk-inspired event. Amber & Michael met online and discovered a shared love for steampunk, literature, and travel throughout the time they dated. While planning their wedding, they combined those interests and incorporated them into their day. DIY / handmade elements – like the birdcage veil and hats which Amber made herself — added a personal touch that made the event even more special, and the portraits by the railway and trains at the Chattanooga Choo Choo especially conveyed the vintage steam engine travel theme perfectly. You’ll see for yourself in a bit. 🙂
We have Melody Hood of Innamorata Photography to thank for the lovely photos. Please enjoy!
Turning you over now to lovely couple Amber & Michael who are here to share how they made their wedding uniquely their own:
We both feel lucky to have found someone who enjoys playing as much as we do. While we chose very different careers before we met (she’s an attorney, he’s a scientist), we connect through word games and exploring new ideas together. We can judge who’s winning each day by who made the other laugh the most — so everyone wins. We also enjoy surprising each other. This has led to some great costume ideas for vacation photos, much to the delight of passersby, and really inspired us to have fun with wedding planning. Mike is particularly pleased with our wedding “Expedition Poses” in which we paired top hats and steam engine travel for wonderful pictures.
We chose to have an intimate wedding, so that everyone could relax and enjoy the day – especially us! Neither of us is devoted to tradition for the sake of tradition, so we picked the events and moments that were meaningful to us, and found a way to incorporate fun with the rest of our planning. What’s funny is what a traditional Victorian wedding we ended up having: a small wedding with our closest family and friends in the formal parlor!
The perfect match of our theme and our venue was pure luck. We picked the Mayor’s Mansion Inn because it was beautiful, it would be decorated elegantly for the holidays (no decorating budget needed!), and it had the perfect number of bedrooms for our family and friends to stay in one place. We were delighted when we saw how beautifully the historic house and our wedding clothes complimented each other in the pictures.
We met online, using screen names that reflected some of our interests: steampunk for him, birds for her. As we dated, we shared those interests through literature, travel, and outings. When it came time to plan our wedding, we had fun with it by incorporating some of those elements that had helped intertwine us throughout our relationship. Between the clothes, the hats, the cake, and small accents like gears and peacock feathers, we found a way to put our personal touch on the wedding, tying it in to the journey that had led us here. For an added bit of playfulness, we didn’t tell anyone about the theme, but rather let them catch on as the event unfolded.
We both know what is important to our own happiness. That keeps us centered and allows us to spend our time and emotions where it really counts. That approach helped us enjoy our wedding without getting bogged down in unnecessary planning. We hope the same approach to life will ensure many years of happiness to come.
Thank you Melody for sending your beautiful images my way, and congratulations Amber & Michael! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂
Photographer: Melody Hood of Innamorata Photography
Locations: The Mayor’s Mansion Inn, The Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Flowers: Candler Park Flower Mart
Cake: Lisa Mae Cakes
Dress: Liz Fields
Groom’s Clothes: The Gentleman’s Emporium
Hats, birdcage veil: handmade by the bride
Image submission via Two Bright Lights