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Eclectic weddings are individual, distinctive, and often a singular moment for the bride to the focus of the fanfare, especially if she’s starring in a steampunk wedding! Our first blog about steampunk discussed some of the basics: literature, Victorian-era fashion, and the finest craftsmanship in metals, leathers, and fabrics. Today I am lucky to share gorgeous dress created by seamstress Lisa Sauter with photography by Ian Danziger.
Our steampunk bride’s unique dress is made from many different fabrics in metallics of jewel tones. When blended together they reflect all the varying colors in a peacock feather.
In fact, peacock feathers are found in our bride’s fascinator. Many different styles are available so steampunk wedding parties have several from which to choose.
Peacock feathers are exotic and reminiscent of some Victorian society’s love of things ‘Oriental’. According to enthusiasts peacocks are native to southern Asia and Malaysia.
These colorful birds were “kept for centuries by people first in China and then in Europe and America. The Phoenicians brought the peacock to Egypt more than three thousand years ago. Historical records indicate that Solomon kept several peacock species, among other pheasants, with the India Blue being his favorite peacock.”
Peafowl were extensively raised by the Romans and in medieval Europe, explains Laurie M. Johnson, editor of Gamebird.com. This look can be found today in current artisans.
The deep blue colors in the feathers are reflected in many other steampunk accessories. Steampunk embraces science and nature quite often, which is sure to enhance the eclectic bride, groom and wedding party. Don’t shy away from butterflies or even eye balls!
Our bride is obviously setting fashion trends ahead of her time, since PANTONE’s color selections for spring and fall 2013 include her signature hues.
“With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette, while yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall.”
“Try pairing both with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and relaxed fall look,” see PANTONE link below.
The bride’s dark black hair is stunning, however, many brides may want to add classic braids for the appearance of length. Again, looking to our fashion trends for 2013, we can turn to elegant deeper shades.
Last, but certainly not least, are a few more steampunk wedding details, but these are for the tables! First, the ‘key’ to a good start is to be sure family and friends find each other and mingle at your events. This is easily accomplished with personalized key placecards.
Another definite ‘keeper’ is this pillow box – perfect for tea, poems, or even gift cards!
I am so very grateful to Ian Danziger for his generosity, information on the seamstress, and hope his work is as inspiring to you as it has been for me!
Seamstress who created the dress, Lisa Sauter:
Photographer, Ian Danziger:
Peacock historical information, Laurie M. Johnson
Color trends by PANTONE:
Check out this gorgous Peacock themed WedEclectic treasury created by SteampunkWedding!
Veils come in soooo many styles that finding a comprehensive list is near impossible. Especially if you want to see some edgy or nontraditional looks. Here is a guide from Wed Eclectic for your veil needs.
So you are planning on donning a veil for your wedding day. What style do you choose??? Are you a lover of the romantic, a fearless modern bride that wants to rock the trends not yet started, or something in between?
Veils can be made of several different materials; Russian veiling, English merrywidow, French veiling (not made anymore but can be found in vintage stock), silk, lace, and tulle.
First of all length:
Birdcage… a short veil perfect for a modern bride.
- – 9, 12 or 18 inches. Two layered, bandeau, or whole birdcage.
Shoulder Length… stylish and a touch edgy with a vintage romantic feel.
Elbow Length… classic with a spirted twist.
Fingertip Length… a classic.
Waltz Length (sometimes called ballet)… hits at the back of the knees for a sweet look.
Chapel…long and flowing to the edge of your dress train. Ideal for romance.
Cathedral…very very long trailing far past the edge of your dress line. Uber romantic: the stuff of fairy tales and royal weddings.
Okay you’ve decided which length to choose but what about embellishments??? Crystals? Lace? Dots?
Okay so far we’ve been playing it safe and sticking with beautiful veils. BUT, what if you’ve already seen all of your dear friends wear those and UGH it’s just not for you????
>I found this team on Etsy.com, when one of your kind members added my shoes to a treasury and I was blown away and absolutely charmed.Not a minute after I wanted to be part of this wonderful group of designers, artists and people like me who understand the “Offbeat Bride”.
I look forward to meeting Glenda (from Midnight Boudoir ) in person, as she will be coming down in January to Florida to visit family. I admire her store and I can’t wait to wear one of her exotic hair pieces…I guess we both love Peacocks!
This super sparkling glitter and gold encrusted cake topper is from Etsy’s own ScatteredStardust. Don’tcha know she’s from Minnesota. The cool weather is obviously making her work indoors more. These letters take her more than 10 hours each to complete. Amazing. A total steal at $50.00. I know, I know the whole peacock thing is starting to play out a bit…but I love this piece so much I just don’t care. I think that any jewel toned wedding would be complimented. I can so see taking this home after all of the pomp and circumstance is over and framing it in a shadow box along with a photo of the wedding cake.