Steampunk Wedding in the Colorado Mountains: Meghann & Nathan

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Spring has very much sprung over here in the UK. And as the daffodils start to line streets and parkways, I usually forgo featuring any obviously winter weddings. After all, who want to be reminded of the cold and bleak mid-winter when it’s so glorious outside?! Well Meghann & Nathan’s wedding was different. They were married in the Colorado Mountains, where snow is a pretty regular feature. They also had a steampunk theme and only spent $2000 on the day, making it a wedding that I just knew you guys would flip out about. So, yet again, my self-imposed rules are being broken today. Oh well!

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The wedding was held at Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle, Colorado, and was planned by the mother of the bride, Jen, who runs her own wedding planning company, I Do Weddings. Jen did pretty much everything for this wedding, even so much as designing and making Meghann’s dress and headpiece herself! Nathan wore an outfit made up of things he already owned alongside a few items rented from a costume shop, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen were invited to wear anything they liked, as long as it fit them steampunk theme of course!

“Meg & Nathan decided to marry in a simple, local winter wedding in February and announced their plans to our friends and family shortly before Christmas”, wrote Jen, mother of the bride. “I wanted to find a way to help them host an event that really reflected their personalities. The steampunk theme allowed us to honor the love of drama that they share, and the result of the theme was a colorful, joy filled event.”

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“Meg, being the quirky girl she is, wore tutus, corsets and high-top converse all through high-school. When she first started talking about a wedding gown she was uncharacteristically looking at plain white, a-line gowns. It took me a week or two before I was able to develop a concept for her and for the wedding that really suited them. When I sent her photo examples of steampunk fashion she lit up and I knew I had hit on something that was authentically her. I ordered a plain corset and embellished it with fabric flowers and rhinestone brooches. We finished it with an eggplant grosgrain ribbon to lace up the back. I made the skirt out of four different colors of tulle, with an eggplant on the bottom, gold as the second layer, an ivory with rhinestone and an ivory top layer. I bustled the skirt mimicking the style of Victorian apparel, leaving the front short to show off her funky old green boots. I made the dress two days before the wedding and she wasn’t able to see it on until moments before walking down the aisle in it.”

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“We decided to have an outdoor wedding despite being mid-winter in the Colorado mountains”, she continued. “We encouraged guests to dress warmly, as they might if they were going to sledding party, and we provided them with blankets to use during the ceremony. Meg was escorted down the aisle by her step-father and grandfather, and we all heard her giggling before we saw her. The officiants were both Pastor Tommy Schneider of Calvary Chapel, their pastor, and the groom’s father, Scott Lubinski. The ceremony took only 20 minutes and we were all soon inside for hot cocoa and spiced apple cider. Food was available immediately, and the bridal party went outside for photos during the sunset. The dinner was a pot-luck, every guest brought their favorite dish.”

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  1. Three cheers for Colorado! LOOOVE THIS! Well styled, beautifully unique, absolute perfection! I love that their style is shown, I love how fun it is, and the photography is flawless!

  2. This was such a fun day and filled with joy and silliness! This wedding highlighted the wide open skies of our home just West of Vail, Colorado. Having an alternatively styled wedding allowed us to use bold colors that were later beautifully mirrored in the warm, pink, orange and purple sunset. The day was exquisitely captured by Destination photographer Nathan Welton with Dreamtime Images. Thank you to Kat for featuring it despite the daffodils and tulips in your world. It’s still snowing up here in Vail, even on May 2nd! We can’t wait for Spring.

  3. Ruth C.

    Maybe I’m the only person who doesn’t already know this, but how do you do that “swirly pearl” thing that’s shown on the bride’s back? Love the fun of this wedding, and must applaud the men for their sartorial choices — they definitely look as stylish as the gals!

  4. The combination of the snow and steampunk is awesome – it looks so whimsical and other wordly! The whole bridal party looks so fun especially the bride – the funky glasses and hair are so adorable. Jen also definitely wins hands down the award for the best mother of the bride. Congratulations ! x

  5. Maggie S.B.

    That one shot of her alone against the mountains and sunset– looks like a painting! All the colors of the sunset entwined in her dress. Gorg.

  6. Kate Stade

    Not just a beautiful wedding – A beautiful couple.. Meghann you are a wonderful woman! I am so happy for you! Hope to see you soon.


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