The steampunk theme is introduced to guests via the design of a local paper artisan.
The custom invitation proclaims the February 22nd wedding with a stylized heart shape background composed of gears in hues of yellows, oranges, and blues, printed on an antiqued paper.
The theme is further illustrated by incorporating faded stamps of a pocket watch and dainty lace day boots watermarked with a vintage clock. Tucked inside the handstamped mailing is the response card, "ticket," and boarding pass for the wedding festivities
Floral with metallic accents
Floral features metallic accents.
Rich colors add to the Victorian vibe.
The bride carried a natural, hand-tied bouquet of white hydrangea, scabiosa pods, fiddlehead ferns, tan Sahara roses, gold-painted succulents, black agonis, folded leaves, eucalyptus, purple dahlias, ranunculus, and black-centered white anemone with a handle treatment of wrapped ivory satin ribbon with wire and gears throughout.
The groom’s boutonnière features a black- centered white anemone, a peacock feather, fiddlehead fern, and gold eucalyptus wrapped with ivory satin ribbon and featuring a wire overlay accented with gears.
For the groomsmen, boutonnières are a stylish collection of spotted birds of prey feathers and gold-sparkled succulents with the same metal coil, each featuring its own signature flower that correlated with the bridesmaid they escorted down the aisle.
With gears a classic steampunk motif, the wedding party wears custom clockwork cufflinks.
The dapper men, who wear vests from a theatrical costume rental house.
Pocket watch gift
Each groomsman received a pocket watch as a gift.
Women in hats
Many guests sported hats and fascinators.
Lowertown Event Center
The reception took place at downtown Saint Paul’s Lowertown Event Center, built in 1889.
The historic Romanesque style five-story brick building has been re-imagined as an event center in the 21st century and features many whimsical touches, with its brick and limestone walls, exposed wood beam ceilings, and steel columns. The landmark has been brought back to life with rich carpeting, vintage chairs and davenport settings throughout, making it ideal for the steampunk subgenre of "Industrialization meets Victorian" romance.
Rich color palette accented with metallics
A view of the reception.
The color palette consists of metallurgical elements in antique golds, coppers and aged steel grays, along with peacock colors of deep purples, plum and teal.
A clockwork gear gobo silhouette is projected onto the rescued-wood plank wall overlooking the dance floor.
Steampunk table setting
Table cards play host to the same heart-shaped compilation of gears and vintage images seen on the invitations.
Table numbers are displayed in framed parchment hosting blueprint-style sketches of various vintage icons, such as a flying dirigible and a phonograph.
Metallic, oversize clockwork cut-outs are embedded in the floral arrangement with sprigs of curly willow, local fauna, peacock feathers and plum-colored florals.
Steampunk color palette
Dinner tables host a myriad of hurricane globes, mercury glass vases, and gold-sparkled glass milk bottles filled with lit candles to cast a romantic glow in the rustic room.
Pops of dramatic color are repeated in the linen, with eggplant colored napkins, each delicately bound with coiled gold wiring that spun out like the wiry leftover of sprung clock gears.
Gold, indigo, and cobalt blue uplighting set the tone in the midst of the urban chic retreat.
Floral in metallic vessel
Floral in metallic vessel.
The photo booth invites guests to dress up with feathers, parasols and masks.
Steampunk wedding cake
The wedding cake is frosted in smooth buttercream, adorned with a climbing tower of Isomalt clockwork gears and metallic finishes.
The cake is displayed in its own picturesque private nook with a chandelier sparkling above and an oversized brass accented mirror behind to highlight the gear design that encircles the cake.
Steampunk cake pops
Guests are treated to cake pops bearing steampunk motifs.