After 5 years of marriage Karl & Loryl decided to renew their vows in a steampunk inspired ceremony. To celebrate the announcement, the couple asked photographer Laura Zastrow to take some themed portraits to use at the party, which will be taking place later this summer in Milwaukee.
“We are both crafty, artistic and creative,” the pink haired bride told me. “We wanted a mix of romantic gothic, neo-Victorian, vintage and steampunk for our wedding. We really wanted to make it our own and original with still trying to keep a little tradition for our families. We decided we just wanted hints of each. That’s why we decided to DIY as much as we could.”
After an 11 year relationship, Jasmine & George were married in The Greenhouse at The Foundry, NY by groom’s cousin, John Russo. “We got our wedding rings from Gemvara,” Jasmine continued. “My ring has black and white diamonds and his had black diamonds added to it. The inscription says ‘True Love Waits’ after a Radiohead song because we waited 11 years before we got married.”
The reception was held in the main hall at The Foundry. “Our centerpieces were made by us,” the bride explained. “We collected wine bottle corks and dried out lots of red roses upside down on a laundry line at home at least 3 weeks before putting them all together. The tops of the apothecary jars had a black ribbon tied around with a different steampunk and vintage-themed trinkets attached.”
“The cake toppers were from blimpcat on etsy. They were wooden cameos of us that we used on our Save the Dates. All the paper goods were handmade by my maid of Honor including the programs, menus, table cards, our table banner and the wedding entrance sign. She also made the signs that the entire wedding party and parents held up for the photos. We got our wedding invitations made by Royal Steamline.”
The couple also made a huge effort with their outfits, DIYing and accessorising with vintage and steampunk details. “George and his groomsmen had time piece lapels were made by us using mini metal gears, chains, a mini key & a watch face. We had the florist attach the black calla lillies to the pieces we made.”
“The hats that my bridesmaids wore were made by us as well. We bought simple tear shaped hats and added black & red striped feathers, dark red birdcage tulle, time pieces and mini vintage keys. I made my veil/mask with white birdcage tulle and Swarovski crystals. The feather was from Claire’s Accessories that I just clipped on the side. For the reception, I changed my headpiece to a headband which I also made myself. I bought the sequin trimming and a brooch from etsy which I simply put together.”
Describing your wedding to me as ‘vintage tech’ automatically gets my attention. But when I actually laid eyes on the Star Wars figurines and helmets, the 80’s VHS’, the tennis rackets, the splashes of neon paint and the 80’s cassette players…all nestled nicely into the bohemian chic setting…well I might have let out a little squeal of joy. The two juxtaposing ideas shouldn’t work, but they do – perfectly.
I a squillion percent believe this to be wedding with the coolest centrepieces ever. EVER. Who needs to spend hundreds on expensive flowers and stuff…just throw things you already own on the tables and voila! Instant awesome!
(You can see the rest of their tables in the gallery below – each table was different).
“We wanted the day to feel personal to us,” the bride wrote. “I guess everyone does, but we really tried to think about a few key details & set the tone for the day with the service. We used a craftrobo stencil cutting machine to make stencils and spray painted the place names & table plan shutters. My brother found the shutters in a skip. We also used milk bottles I’d collected as a kid and jam jars kept by my Mum for the table flowers.”
“We went for a humanist celebration which was conducted by Leigh Chambers. It had a sense of occasion, was very personal but also a lot of fun. It told our story and embraced both our cultures – the English traditions of vows and exchanging rings and Ismaili traditions including breaking the sapatiya. Because we’re both hoarders and we love our stuff we used objects we owned that represented the two of us to give each table it’s own individual theme.”
…And theme it they certainly did…Oh I’ve literally died and gone to heaven…vintage tech heaven to be exact.