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Steampunk Week: Stunner Thursday: Accessories

If you’ve been following the blog this week, you’ll find a bunch of great Steampunk inspiration and bits and bobs for your own Steampunk themed wedding. Steampunk is the marriage of Victorian aesthetic and science fiction such as literature by Jules Verne. For today’s post, I have some great Steampunk accessories to show you, even for the menfolk! I hope you enjoy and stay tuned tomorrow for fabulous Steampunk wedding favorites from Etsy.

Steampunk Bridal Accessories

The Steampunk Bride’s Wedding Gown, part 1

The Steampunk Bride’s Wedding Gown, part 1

Hair accessory

Steampunk Bride


Solid border

Steampunk shoes


Victorian boots

Heel boots

High heel shoes

Gothic boots

Ballet flat shoes

Victorian shoes

Victorian shoes

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Steampunk Week: Wedding Wednesday: Inspiration

On today’s Wedding Wednesday, I got a bit creative with the layout of the inspiration board. I’m curious as to what you all think. Do you like this sort of a format or do you prefer the formats I’ve used in the past? Leave me a comment with your opinion or drop me a line: bellememorieco@gmail.com.

For today’s inspiration, I found some seriously cool bridal accessories and an amazing dirigible cake. Seriously, those shoes just about make me swoon! If you’re considering a Steampunk wedding, consider a loft/warehouse type venue. It will give your fete a bit of an industrial feel and will put a big exclamation point on your Steampunk design. How about a wishing tree made of metal branches and tags in the shape of cogs, washers, bolts, etc. for your guests to write their well wishes for you and your love? For the groom? Think Victorian ascots and cutaway coats or go literal with a bespoke Steampunk design (stay tuned for Friday’s Favorites for some great designs on this front). Keep your color palette neutral and ad bits of metallic accents for an authentic Steampunk vibe. Most of all? Have fun with this them and make it yours! I hope you enjoy the set.


Steampunk Week: Monday’s Finding: Masculine Steampunk…Elevated by Prada

How was your weekend all? Mine was nice and quiet as I begin on a memory book of my Dad for his memorial and on fabric flowers for my own wedding. The memory book is presenting itself to be a bit emotional and humorous all at the same time. My favorite page I created is that of the love between my mom (who passed just last year) and dad. There are a plethora of pics of them doing the whole PDA kissing thing. So, I picked three or four just to add a bit of humor to the project. My parents were together 49 years and their love for each other was evident throughout all of those years. Enough about me, let’s start Steampunk week with a gorgeous collection from Prada.

For Fall/Winter 2013, Prada has jumped on the Steampunk trend with a well executed passion. This men’s collection is gorgeous from head to toe and lends itself to a streamlined, Steampunk influenced wedding fete. Did I mention that Gary Oldman modeled this collection? That man just makes me swoon. Other celebrities such as Willem Dafoe, Tim Roth, Jamie Bell, and Garrett Hedlund. The collection takes the best bits from Steampunk such as high collared waistcoats, chocolate brown coats, and goggle inspired eye wear.

When I came across the link to this collection on Pinterest a few days ago, I knew I had to feature it. For a couple looking to have a Steampunk influenced wedding that is not too cosplay, this collection is perfect for the groom and masculine attendants in your wedding party. This week, the blog will feature all things steampunk…stay tuned! So, without further ado, here is a glimpse in to Prada’s Fall/Winter 2013 menswear collection:

Steampunk Elevated

Friday’s Favorites: From Steampunk to Rustic Denim

Happy Friday! I am SO looking forward to this weekend. I’ll be working on more bouquets for my Etsy shop as well as taking new photos that will do my bouquets justice. Crossing my fingers that I will get a sale or two in the next week.

This week’s Friday’s Favorites takes us from Steampunk to racy lacy gowns sure to grab some major attention. I hope you enjoy my finds and as always, please consider buying from individual artisans and businesses. There’s just nothing like a great bit of vintage and the character of handmade goods. Enjoy your weekend!

‘Steam-fueled Nuptials’ by ravengrrl

Gorgeous Steampunk wedding finds from invites to cake topper.

Steampunk Wedding Dress Goth…


MADE TO ORDER Steampunk insp…


Brown and Black Tooled Faux …


Full Steampunk with Leather …


Set of 12 Mini Twirlable Wed…


Alice in Wonderland Inspired…


Vintage Steampunk Wedding In…


Steampunk wedding ‘Pocke…


Antique Gold Clock Hands Ste…


Steampunk Boutonniere – Groo…


Steampunk Victorian Rail Chi…


Metal Wedding Bouquet–a Ste…


Old Time or Western Version …


Steampunk Ring Pillow – Hand…


Steampunk necklace, Couture …


Edible Chocolate Candy Gears…


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‘Heirloom Bridal ‘ by ravengrrl

From brooch bouquets to garters accented with gorgeous jewelry. You are sure to find that these pieces will be handed down through the generations.

Brooch and Jeweled Bouquet -…


SALE – Bridal bouquet CANDY …


Brooch and Satin Bouquet… …


Amelia Sparkling Hand Tied H…


Bib Pearl Necklace- Statemen…


HUGE Brooch OR Hair Comb, Vi…


Edwardian Bride EXLUSIVE Sig…


Heirloom Double Strand Butte…


Bridal Garter made of Gold L…


Bridal Garter Set in White P…


WEDDING Garter SET- Vintage …


Wedding Garter Set in Vintag…


Teardrop Rhinestone and Pear…


14k Gold Vintage Goddess Cam…


Custom Engraved Family Crest…


Rhinestone Brooch Vintage As…


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‘Blue Jean Wedding’ by ravengrrl

Blue and tan for a rustic casual wedding.

shabby chic Stretch denim an…


Custom Wedding Photo Album B…


Distressed Wooden Letters, C…


Denim Ring Bearer Bow Tie Fo…


Romantic style Denim Flowers…


Clutch – Bridesmaid Clutches…


Paper flower and denim weddi…


Texas Blue Bonnet real press…


Shabby Chic Country Denim & …


Wedding First Dance Lyric Pa…


Denim Blue Fabric Bird


Woodland wedding Handmade Se…


Pale Blue Denim Yellow Gingh…


Special Event or Wedding Inv…


Classic Blue Beige Stripes F…


Blue Bird Tags – Two Colored…


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‘Ooh la lace!’ by ravengrrl

These bridal designs are definitely true statement pieces for the bride who loves lace, but that wants to really challenge the status quo.

Custom Made Hand-embroidered…


Custom make Vintage Beach We…


Custom make Vintage Wedding …


Pink Lacen Bohemian Wedding …


Romantic dress, gorgeous fre…


Belinda-Strapless Silk Lace …


LAURA ivory wedding dress (…


White Lacen Assymetric Chiff…


Hippie Beach Wedding Gown


Vintage 70s The Fashion Plac…


Lace Wedding Dress Vintage R…


Joleen – Vintage Inspired La…


Customized ivory lace brida…


Custom Wedding Shoes — Ivor…


Swarovski Crystal – Black & …


Bella7289 Wedding Shoes Lace…


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Monday’s Finding: Steampunk Wedding Attire

Over the past few years, a subculture that began in the 80s has made it’s way in to the main: Steampunk. What is Steampunk? Steampunk as an aesthetic (for our purposes here) that combines influences of Victorian fashion, science fiction, fantasy, and a setting where steam powered gadgets and whatnot are brought together to create a Jules Verne and Wild Wild West world of fancy. In the past couple of years, this aesthetic has taken off and has become it’s own unique subculture that often sits alongside the gothic subculture. It’s fantastical whimsy at its finest: gears, goggles, leather, petticoats, waistcoats, and cravats all with an ode to mechanized gadgetry.

Here’s a glimpse in to the Steampunk world:

Isn’t it fabulous!?!

Steampunk aesthetic has definitely wound (lol…pun intended) it’s way in to the wedding world. With more couples basing their nuptials on who they are and what they love together rather than what has been prescribed to them for so long, I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this collection of Steampunk wedding attire for both the feminine and masculine folk. I hope you enjoy and remember that it’s YOUR wedding. So, make it your way!

Steampunk 1

$895 – weddingdressfantasy.com

Red dress
$865 – etsy.com

2 piece dress
$800 – etsy.com

Corset gown
£350 – etsy.com

Knee length black skirt
$950 – etsy.com

Steampunk Wedding 2

Bridal dress
$998 – etsy.com

White Steam full outfit
$600 – steampunkcouture.com

£70 – lovechildboudoir.com

Steampunk Wedding
$43 – clockworkcouture.com

Black dress


Steampunk Wedding 3

Tuxedo vest
$795 – etsy.com

Vinyl coat
$139 – clockworkcouture.com

Step In Time Steampunk Tailcoat
$131 – clockworkcouture.com

Sherlock tailcoat
$299 – steampunkcouture.com

Steampunk Wedding

Steampunk? What in the world is that?

“What Is Steampunk? A Subculture Infiltrating Films, Music, Fashion, More
‘I never really imagined [steampunk] would become mainstream,’ says musician Voltaire.

By Andrew Ross Rowe

“Golden Compass.” “BioShock.” Alan Moore’s “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Goggles. These things might not seem to have much in common, but they’re fundamental elements of a trend that’s hiding in plain sight.

Like a beacon of light out of the cyberpunk scene, “steampunk” is a sci-fi subculture that offers a fresh, romanticized view on technology by making it retro. Take a look and you’ll see it all around you: In fashion, films, literature, bands, music videos, video games, maybe even in your own wardrobe.

Sci-fi usually connotes something from the future, but not always. The widely acknowledged founding fathers of steampunk, late-19th-century authors Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, took then-modern technology and set it in the steam age. Airships, submarines, typing tools and others objects were reimagined as mechanical devices that were powered by, you guessed it, steam.

(For more on the subculture, check out a Movies Blog post on steampunk films, a Newsroom item from a steampunk newcomer and loads of photos from two steampunk events.)

The term arose during the 1980s, when literature that basically transported cyberpunk tales into the past became popular. The aesthetic gradually spread into other art forms.

The steampunk look reflects the Victorian and early Edwardian eras (roughly 1801-1910 — check out examples on The Frick Collection Web site). Corsets, gowns, frock coats and top hats are accompanied by goggles, ancillary wings, compasses and DIY accessories. Much like the extraordinary world of literature, steampunkers accept that everyday items can perform unconventional tasks. For example, a pocket watch would double as a time machine, or a compass could navigate you through the stars.

Although steampunk is generally based in brown earth tones, the style is very similar to a traditional goth’s black garb. Goth authority and musician Voltaire believes the connection is so close that most goths find it easy to transfer over to steampunk. “Steampunk came along, and all of a sudden, old-school goths find those kinds of aesthetics appealing,” he said.

Like most subcultures these days, the steampunk community grew on the Internet. Jaborwhalky.net co-founders Evelyn Kriete and G.D. Falksen have been monitoring the scene since its inception. Kriete credits the fashion phenomenon to an inventive steampunker, Kit Stolen.

“He invented these hair falls, which almost appear like he’s wearing electronics in his hair,” she said. “There is a famous photo of him taken by Nadya Lev. She posted it to her Web site, and it started to get around. People were like, ‘That looks good. What’s this steampunk thing?’ ”

You can find loads of steampunked-up apparel, tech and home decor online. The more ornate and intricate the creation, the more famous it is. Design sensation Jake von Slatt has given a practical, retro feel to computers, musical instruments and even an iPod. Fallen Angel Fashions & Brute Force Leather’s Thomas Wileford has concentrated on creating extravagant metallic exoskeletons and atmosphere masks for air travel.

“An arm like this is always custom-made: No two are ever alike, and they start at about $1,299,” Wileford said. “So far, there’s a six-month backup on getting them.”

Handmade retail sites like Etsy.com have also seen a growth from the trend. “Steampunk” is currently one of its top 10 most-searched terms, with 6,560 items posted.

Clothing and jewelry sites are also delving into the look. Retroscope Fashions offers neo-Victorian/ gothic wear, and RockLove Jewelry offers neo-Victorian charms with modern-day sensibility.

And for those concerned about cruelty to animals, companies like Fallen Angel Fashions & Brute Force Leather offer most items leather-free. (It’s the only reason John Norris got into this.)

Popular blogs like the British sites Brass Goggles and Coilhouse offer a place for others to exchange stories, DIY tips and the latest direction of the trend.

And, of course, where would any self-respecting subculture be without its own music? While there’s been much debate on the issue, steampunk-related music usually has orchestral characteristics, à la Rasputina, or it could also have a Tom Waits-esque metallic, gritty sound. A lot of steampunk bands offer amalgamations.

Groups like the aptly named Vernian Process combine Victorian-themed lyrics with old-world instrumentation recreated on synthesizers to create old-world instrumentation while using Victorian-themed lyrics. “I [chose the band’s name] because of Jules Verne, father of the genre and the process,” the group’s Joshua A. Pfeiffer said. “Vernian Process is like the process of making steampunk music.”

Another great example is Dr. Steel, a hip-hop steampunker. Draped in a white lab coat, clad with ironworkers’ goggles, he uses technology to promote a message of peace via strict control. Fans are promised a Utopian Playland and sublime entertainment if they become a member of his “Toy Soldiers” fan group.

Abney Park are probably the most visually mainstream band in the genre. With beginnings as a goth act, Abney found their calling as steampunk “airship pirates,” and are happy with the musical vagueness of that designation.

“You can’t really pigeonhole all steampunk as a music genre,” bassist Daniel C. said. “We can do a Victorian [acoustic] music set or we can do our live [electric] set; two completely different sounds, but the focus is considered steampunk.”

Of course, as these bands, fans and subgenres grew and found each other on the Internet over the past few years, it was just a matter of time before a summit took place. “There was the interest among the online community,” Jaborwhalky’s G.D. Falksen said. “What they really needed was someone to just say, ‘Hey, you guys should talk to each other.’ ”

And so it began. Under the guise of a neo-vintage festival, Salon Convention drew a minimal crowd in 2005. Then Dances of Vice came in 2006 and attracted even more, and this year’s Salon Convention sold out.

Now, steampunk is getting its own conventions. The highly anticipated Steamcon is taking place October 23-25 at the Seattle Airport Marriott. California is getting some steamy love as well. Steam Powered starts on Halloween and goes through November 2.

With all this activity, it feels like just a matter of time before this underground scene moves above ground. Voltaire seems to think it’s already happening.

“I never really imagined it would become mainstream,” he said. “But walking down the street the other day, I passed a Levi’s store. They had brown, acid-washed denim jeans [in the window] with a sort of ripped, old-timey shirt and a top hat floating over it. And I thought, ‘By Jove, any second now there’s going to be goggles on everything!’ ”

Here is a little inspiration for anyone wanting to incorporate a little Steampunk in to their wedding:

Libby Smith
$359 – fluevog.com
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Svpply — Edgartown Dress
$50 – svpply.com

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