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Steampunk at the SteamPlant

May 8, 2015
Steampunk at the SteamPlant

In my last post, 2015 Wedding Trends, I listed 5 of my favorite trends for the current year.  Let me preface this by saying the overall theme for this year is individuality.  And, last Saturday Jane Heins and Ryan “Fish” Cole kicked off our summer of weddings with a truly original and individualistic theme, “Adventure in Steampunk Land”.


Steampunk at the SteamPlant

Fish giving his lovely Steampunk bride a post ceremony smooch.  This photo courtesy of  Christy did an amazing job shooting their wedding.


For those of you unfamiliar with the term Steampunk, as I used to be, let me explain it to you this way:  a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting.  What?! I took this to mean Industrial Victorian.  The Urban Dictionary claims: It could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” A genre of science fiction that usually features steam powered machinery instead of advanced technology.  Examples of Steampunk combos:

Medieval Steampunk: Speculative fiction set during the Middle Ages.

Victorian Steampunk: A modern Science Fiction work (post-1930s) that is set in the early parts of the industrial revolution.

Western Steampunk: Science fiction set in the American Old West.

Industrial/Modern Steampunk: Science fiction taking place in the late industrial age, early modern age; i.e. World War 1, World War 2

This has left me with the impression that anything goes in Steampunk Land.  As long as you stick to the trend of steam powered machinery parts (gearing/metal goggles/leather gloves/etc) you can take Steampunk in any direction you choose.  And, run like mad.

Steampunk at the SteamPlant

Jane and Fish on Shark’s Bridge outside the SteamPlant Event Center.

I would definitely call Jane and Fish’s wedding Victorian Steampunk with Alice in Wonderland undertones. The guests went “all out” in their costume designs and the crowd was a treat to spend the evening with.  Many loved having their picture taken.  We had the guests in the Western Steampunk genre, the Victorian Steampunk and the Industrial Steampunk but Jane and Fish win the prize for not only bringing Steampunk to Salida, and the SteamPlant, but for putting together a new genre all together Alice in Steampunk Land.  Check out a few of their photos and see what mixtures guests came up with.
Steampunk at the SteamPlant

A mixture of Victorian top and Alice in Wonderland bottom. Definitely an Alice in Steampunkland wedding guest.  I love the little tiny hat on top!

Steampunk at the SteamPlant

This couple chose a cross between Western and Victorian Steampunk.

Steampunk at the SteamPlant

Western Punk?

Jane and Fish hired Deana the owner/operator of Realize Planning ( as their wedding planner and she was an asset for such an evolved affair.  The SteamPlant offers on-site wedding coordination and will gladly assist you in many of your needs but, in the case of a theme wedding with live band and a guest list of 200+, a wedding planner is an excellent choice to make.  All I can say is it adds a level of organized peace to a festive ceremony that allows everyone a chance to relax and just enjoy themselves.  When you choose to hire a  wedding planner for your wedding, once the major decisions are made, all the coordination–day of–is handled by your wedding planner and our event staff.  Leaving you to enjoying the party of your life.
Steampunk at the SteamPlant

Here is a shot by Dickerson-Davis Photography of the entire wedding party on the rocks of the Arkansas River–A stones throw from the SteamPlant Event Center

When people begin to give you their opinions about your wedding day, and your wedding ideas, please think of Jane and Fish.  They truly did what they wanted for their wedding day and all of their guests enjoyed every minute of this special occasion.  Silence the masses and live in your own Steampunkland.

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