Several months ago, Heather Kanillopoolos of Heather Kanillopoolos Photography approached W.E.D, Inc. about doing a photo shoot. A THEMED photo shoot. An out-of-the-box, nerd-lovin’, unique photo shoot.
We were so excited, and jumped in with both ray guns blazing!
After months of getting some of the absolute BEST vendors involved and sourcing for décor items at seemingly every thrift shop, antique store, and garage sale within a 50-mile radius, we all gathered together on a cold April day to create a steam-filled, copper-gilded, gear-driven dream of a Steam Punk Wedding.
And below are the results of all of our crazy machinations.
Thank you to all of these amazing people and businesses who contributed to the photo shoot:
Photos: Heather Kanilopoolos Photography
Video: Andy Owen of Owen Video
Venue: Old Town Marquee
Steampunk Cake: Tasty Layers
Decor and Planning: W.E.D, Inc.
Hair & makeup: Tammy Kosnik & Katie Eccleton of Nicole’s Salon and Day Spa
“Bride” and “Groom” modeling: Andrea Kerbuski & Travis Boak
Cameo Appearances (“wedding guests”): Capitol Steam members Jason R. Heinrich & Amy Dawson
Our amazing models were the perfect symbols of the weddings of yore. A traditional headpiece wouldn’t do – goggles were the must-have accessory for this wedding. Even the groom was accessorized with custom goggles and a gear-copper-chain boutonniere, all created by Matt Schultheiss with W.E.D, Inc.
Those smiles are pure vintage charm!
The “wedding” took place at the gorgeous Old Town Marquee in historic Old Town Lansing. Old Town Marquee has a wonderful staff, beautiful brick walls, and multiple spaces for staging different functions within an event.
Rhonda with Tasty Layers created the sugar-glossed, corseted, dirigible-driven fantasy of a cake. Truly the most beautiful cake I have personally ever seen!
W.E.D, Inc. created several custom pieces, including this truly original escort card device dubbed “The Contraption.” The escort cards are attached to the chains via magnets, and the name of the guest is printed very small within the outline of the table number – so small that the guests must view the escort cards through a magnifying glass in order to see their names! A hand crank on the side allows the guests to turn the gears to line up escort cards within the borders of the lens. Thanks so much to Jason and Amy with Capitol Steam for providing an authentic Steam Punk feel with their very presence and amazing costumes!
The Head Table featured a backdrop of clocks, vintage mirrors, and chains draped like architectural jewelry. The table was adorned with clocks, a pistol, vintage books, flowers, candles, and a custom linen with leather straps drawn up as if to reveal the petticoats underneath.
The guest table featured a custom centerpiece sculpture of mirror, brass, a pocketwatch, clocks, gears, candles, a compass, and a steaming teapot. A vintage post office box drawer front served as a table number.
You can’t have just any old Sweets Table for a Steam Punk Wedding! We created an original “Victorian Vices Table” – complete with absinthe and other spirits in beautiful cut glass containers, tasty nibbles, Steam Punk playing cards, and cigars.
If you’re going to push the boundaries, why not push them all the way into the street?
So if you are looking to do a Steam Punk, Sci-Fi, Game of Thrones, Halloween, or any sort of Themed Wedding or Event, be sure to contact any of the vendors listed here – we would all love to be part of your Unique Day!