Megan & Oliver’s DIY Detail-Rich Victorian Steampunk Wedding
Hello Poptastic Bride readers! I’m back from my week-long break and while I enjoyed my little vacay (more on that tomorrow), I did miss my posting duties here and boy do I have a feast-for-the-eyes wedding feature to share with you today. If Google stats are to be believed, a lot of you guys looove steampunk-themed weddings so I’m delighted to present Megan and Oliver’s fab Victorian celebration, filled with such creative hand-crafted details — from the bouquets & decor to the food (a wedding pie, haystacks, popcorn cookies!) — that reflected the two of them to a T. If you’re planning a steampunk wedding, trust me, you wouldn’t want to miss this.
We have photographer Cathie Berry-Green of BG Productions (see their previously featured work) to thank for this wonderful feature and here she is with some info about the day:
Anyone who know us knows we LOVE Steampunk! Al and I would totally dress that way all the time if we could! We were thrilled when Megan and Oliver contacted us when they saw a steampunk stylized shoot we had organized featured on a wedding blog. We knew we were an instant match. We met with them in person about 6 months before their big day to go over all their details. When the day finally arrived we were so excited because it was gorgeous out- and with folks in all those Victorian clothes, we knew that would be so much better for them.
The couple made a lot of things themselves with the help of their family and friends. They spent a year collecting all kinds of steampunk items to use as decorations. The day couldn’t have been more awesome and they did such a wonderful job carrying out their theme while still keeping it a beautiful and elegant wedding! And I just LOVED that the families all dressed up too!! I also thought their friend did an amazing job with the invitations. Stephanie Ashford doesn’t have a website up yet but I hope she does soon!
The floral arrangements by Lauren Keeton (bridesmaids’ bouquets, which are made out of beads, as well as the corsages and boutonnieres — I’m really excited about all of these! They turned out really amazing. They showcase the lighter, more Victorian side of steampunk.)
I so love Megan’s spiderweb dress! And isn’t that bead bouquet beautiful? More awesome details are on their way…
Like Cathie, I too love how this steampunk wedding focused on the classic, more Victorian side making it less “hardcore” and more friendly for the uninitiated. It also allowed sweet moments, such as the photo above, to shine through in a pretty outdoor setting.
From this point on, it would be best to let the lovely bride tell you all about the two of them and their wedding herself so… over to you Megan!
Oliver and I met as freshmen at college where, although we were neighbors, we didn’t interact for an entire semester. One of our first encounters was when I invited everyone on the floor to watch a movie in my dorm room. I failed to explain that the movie, The Tenth Kingdom, is actually a ten-hour mini series. As Oliver puts it, “Megan helpfully made sure that I caught each of the 5 million fairy tale references throughout the film, because she thought maybe bedtime stories were different in Britain.”
Other important tidbits about us: I am a public health advocate and Oliver is working on his PhD in Neuroscience. We’ve been together for five and a half years! Oliver popped the question while we were camping with his family. On the last day of our trip, we were out for a run and had stopped on a hillside overlooking the lake to rest. He proposed while we were recovering for the second half of our run – turns out, he’d had the ring the entire weekend and was just waiting for the right moment to propose!
Oliver and I both love steampunk! For me, I love science fiction and I love the Victorian era — so steampunk combines two of my favorite things. It is all sort of a blur, but one day – one of us jokingly made a comment that we should have a steampunk wedding. After Oliver proposed, we decided — why not? We wanted a fun wedding that represented who we are, and we’re huge science fiction fans and we’re not very traditional, so a steampunk wedding was a perfect fit. We encouraged everyone to dress according to the theme and we were incredibly surprised by the amount of effort that so many of our guests put in. Oliver’s dad even had a moving jet-pack.
Making sure the wedding represented who we are was incredibly important to us both. We wrote our own ceremony and vows, which was a new experience for most of our guests.
Much of our wedding was a DIY effort. For a card collection box, we bought some wooden letters from the craft store and spray painted them, and then hung them up from an old suitcase of my great grandma’s. Oliver and I also designed our own programs in Photoshop.
We were also fortunate to have talented close friends design some of the integral aspects of our wedding. My matron of honor, Lauren Keeton, put together all of the phenomenal floral arrangements, bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. Instead of flowers, the bridesmaids bouquets were made of beads threaded onto wire. And our gorgeous save the dates and invitations were designed by one of my close friends and bridesmaids, Stephanie Ashford.
We made each and every one of the 110 napkin rings ourselves, with the help of friends and family.
Our wedding favors, over 400 steampunk coasters, were crafted by my mother. She made many of our other decorations as well, including a steampunk airship, lace lanterns, and decorative papier mâché balloon arrangements.
We’re both pescetarians, so our menu was also pescetarian. We wanted our guests to see that a meatless meal could be both delicious and filling. Many of our guests were initially skeptical, but after dinner they were raving about the food. Our caterer, Spilled Milk Catering, worked closely with us to design a meal that fit both our needs and our budget.
Even our dessert table and cocktails were DIY. In the days leading up to the wedding, we made popcorn cookies (from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook), cheesecake shooters, espresso toffee, meringues, coconut haystacks, and chocolate cupcakes with lavender icing.
Much to our mothers’ chagrin, we had a homemade peach pie instead of a cake – because we both prefer pie. We also had a “his” and “hers” signature cocktail that fit the Victorian theme.
At times, doing so much of the work ourselves was a bit overwhelming – but it was absolutely worth it. Our goal was to throw a celebration that was uniquely us and an amazing experience for our guests. It was incredibly rewarding to see our guests having such a great time.
Do not let other people dictate your wedding. You only get to do it once and “because it’s tradition” should never be a justification for including something in your wedding that you don’t absolutely want. Most importantly, on the actual day – ENJOY YOURSELVES. Having a talented (and experienced) photographer definitely helps make that possible. Cathie and Al were proactive in getting photos, and did so seamlessly, and so we were able to put our trust in them and not have to worry about whether our wedding was being thoroughly captured. And between the ceremony and dinner, we had a receiving line to ensure we spoke with each guest at least once. That meant once the dance floor was open, we could get our groove on!
And as a bonus, here’s the wedding in short film form:
Megan and Oliver Short Film from Flat World Media Productions on Vimeo.
Huge thanks Cathie for sending their beautiful captures of this gorgeous wedding my way, and congratulations Megan and Oliver! Thank you for giving us a peek into your special day, here’s to a happy forever.
Photography / Videography: Al and Cathie Berry-Green of BG Productions
Event venue: Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Save the dates & invitations: Stephanie Ashford
Floral arrangements, corsages, bridesmaid bouquets, and boutonnieres: Lauren Keeton
Wedding Dress: “I Thee Web” by Eva Franco – purchased on ModCloth
Bride’s belt: AnansiTheSpider
Bride’s steampunk hair clip: Lily Mairi
Catering: Spilled Milk Catering
Bartending: Mixology Bartending Services
DJ: JD the DJ
Grooms’ coat: Gentleman’s Emporium
Hair & Make-Up: Creative Images Hair & Make-Up Artistry
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: alternative wedding venues, DIY weddings, first look, geeky wedding themes, handmade weddings, non-flower bouquets, non-traditional weddings, steampunk weddings