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How One Australian Couple Created Their Dream Steampunk Wedding

Steampunk is gaining in popularity as a wedding theme.

steampunk wedding time

Today I got to chat with Australian couple, Melissa & David Norton who created what must be one of the most well thought out and fun steampunk weddings ever!

I had some burning questions but I'm going to let the images tell most of the story, they are stunning.

a steampunk wedding allows you to wear some incredible accessories

Within the article you'll find direct links to all the suppliers Melissa & David mention -the stunning clothing, accessories and everything they sourced to make their most spectacular day.

Let's start with the motivation for choosing steampunk as the theme.

What made you and David want to create a steampunk wedding?

David: I have been into steampunk for most of my life but because of bullying I was afraid to embrace the culture.

steampunk lifestyle accessories

After meeting Mel I let her know I was into steampunk and what it was and she encouraged me to embrace the culture and wished to explore it with me.

Her interest developed quite rapidly so after I proposed I asked her what she thought of the idea of a steampunk wedding. After a bit of study she was all for it and embraced the culture herself.

choosing a steampunk wedding theme means corsets are essential

What is it about steampunk that you enjoy the most?

David: The friendliness of everyone that shares your passion and the ingenuity of the design showing what is now modern technology using the resources available from the 19th century.

cogs steam brass victorian science fiction comes to life in steampunk clothing

What was the most fun part of the planning of it?  David: Delving deep into the steampunk subculture and exploring.

What was the most stressful?
Melissa: Sourcing everything, as nothing related to our theme was local for us.

What was it like organising such a themed event being based on the Central Coast?

Melissa:  Exciting but stressful. There was a lot of travel to source things. We also had to source things from overseas as the Central Coast doesn't have anything available in terms of steampunk.

steampunk boots

Did you look at other wedding venues before choosing the one you went with?

Melissa: Yes, these three were also on our list.

  1. Linton Gardens at Somersby
  2. Fernbank Farm at Wyong Creek
  3. Maitland Town Hall

The wedding venue you chose fitted your theme so perfectly, what is it called and where is it?  

outdoors steampunk wedding at Walka Waterworks Maitland

Melissa: It's the historic Walka Waterworks, just outside of Maitland.

David and Melissa making an entrance at their reception at the Walka Waterworks

Walka Waterworks for the perfect steampunk venue

Melissa, I was interested to see that you chose ivory for your wedding gown, can you tell me what inspired you and how you felt wearing a tight lacing corset and victorian style gown.

Melissa chose an ivory victorian bridal gown with tight lacing corset

Melissa:  My bridal ensemble was wonderful!  I still wanted some traditional bridal touches in my gown so I had a consult with Steph at Gallery Serpentine & chose a soft ivory because it works so well with all the copper and bronze steampunk colours but I still looked & felt like 'the bride'!  

steampunk pirate belt looked beautiful over an ivory victorian gown

Because it was custom made for me I felt so comfortable in the corset and I felt beautiful AND I could still get up on the horse!

Steampunk bride on a Clydesdale

How about you David, how did you feel in your groom's outfit and where did you find it?

David's grooms outfit

David loved wearing his outfit to marry the dream girl of his lifeDavid:  I'm being serious when I say that the most comfortable I have ever been is in the clothes I wore to marry the love of my life!   All the clothing pieces that went into my ensemble were from Gallery Serpentine in Sydney, I really like how you can find steampunk and victorian clothing for guys there, not just for women.

I wear every piece of my groom's outfit quite regularly so it was a great investment.

Where’d you find the cute dress for your little daughter, Isabel?

Melissa: Strange as it may seem finding an outfit for Isabel proved the most difficult.  She was only 2 when we started planning our wedding so we needed to allow some growing room.  We ended up finding Isabel’s outfit on an Etsy store:  Heavenly Things For You

Isabel in her cute steampunk dress

Your bridal party certainly got into the spirit of steampunk and created some strong character looks, it is like looking at stills from a cool, steampunk movie!

David:  Yes, I loved the story and characters we all created.  Just about everything you see our bridal party wearing we found at  Gallery Serpentine in Sydney.  We booked a bridal party outfitting night and it was a blast!  Steph was great, totally into the theatre of it and got our theme! so our bridal party felt comfortable and had massive amounts of fun creating their looks.

steampunk bridal party couple

bridal gown and steampunk bridesmaid outfits from gallery serpentine

steampunk bridal party couple entering reception

steampunk bridesmaid and groomsman entering steampunk wedding venue

steampunk bride and her bridesmaids having too much fun!

 the bridal party steampunk style

Have you had any feedback from your bridal party after the wedding about how they found the theme? 

David:  The groomsmen showed such interest that two of them have kept their outfits and have been bitten by the brass bug called steampunk!

dapper steampunk groomsman look outfit by Gallery Serpentine

 steampunk groom and groomsmen having too much fun waiting for the bridesteampunk groomsmen

As a note for any future grooms out there..what I really liked about my wedding is that the guys were super involved, often at weddings I see it being mainly about the bride but with a steampunk wedding the guys can get to play with steampunk gadgets, it makes it so much more fun!

Steampunk Groom and his groomsmen enjoying the wedding

What special roles did your family play in the wedding?

Melissa:  Well the celebrant was my uncle, Pastor David Freeman

steampunk pastor marrying steampunk couple with child

and David's gorgeous mum, Robyn made our very fun, steampunk cake.  

steampunk couple the Nortons with their steampunk wedding cake

cutting the steampunk cake

How involved did your guests get with the theme?

David: Our guests all came dressed for the theme and we have been told what a great day/night everyone had.

guests getting into the steampunk theme

steampunk wedding the guests got into theme

steampunk guests and family getting into the theme

The beautiful Clydesdale horse and carriage you had at your wedding really added something to the day, what was the name of the horse company?

beautiful clydesdale horse and carriage for a steampunk wedding from Clydesdale Services

David:  Cullen's Clydesdale Services.  Many thanks to Gary Cullen.

steampunk wedding with clydesdale horse perfect for some bridal party fun

The Walka Waterworks required an external caterer, who did you use?

steampunk wedding caterers Coast to Coast The Golden Roast Newcastle

David:  Coast to Coast  The Golden Roast Newcastle. Many thanks to Mark and the team.

You had some very cool video clips playing at your reception and the music was totally on point for your theme and the venue.  How did you manage that?

David: We couldn't have done it without JC Entertainment, we knew what we wanted but it was challenging to explain the concept to people but the JC Entertainment guys just got it & went above & beyond.

Melissa, you had a really unique bouquet & so did the bridesmaids, where’d you come up with the amazing idea for this and where did you find the maker?

Melissa's wonderful steampunk victorian wedding bouquet

Melissa: I wanted the flowers to be Steampunk, so I started looking online and finally found a wonderful lady, Janice, who has a shop on Etsy called Modern Wedding Trends.  She loves Steampunk and was very helpful and had some great ideas. She has done a wonderful job. Thanks Janice.

bridesmaids with steampunk bouquets

Bridesmaids outfitted by Gallery Serpentine and holding steampunk bouquets 

Your photography is incredible, I couldn't stop looking at the images!  Where are your photographers from?

steampunk sign reminding guests to put away their devices

Melissa:  Etienne Reynaud was our wonderful photographer. He had the help of a second photographer Jack Steele. Etienne has done an absolutely amazing job for us. He is Sydney based and was recommended to me by a friend of my brother.

I understand you had a lot of custom steampunk accessories & jewellery made for the wedding, where are they from, they look amazing!  

custom accessories by Skav

David:  Yes, we were fortunate enough to meet Lachlan McPherson 'Skav' from Skav's Steampunk Workshop

steampunk cufflinks by Skav

Davids steampunk rings

steampunked up hatcustom made steampunk brooch

steampunked up crossbow by Skavs steampunk workshopHe made us so many cool pieces including all the steampunk guns you see in the images, we just had so much fun and now have these pieces at home to play with!

steampunk tesla gun by Skavs Steampunk Workshop

Apart from Skav were there other jewellers or makers involved?

Melissa:  Apart from Skav & Mod Cons at Westfield, Tuggerah we sourced eveything from overseas using Etsy.   

steampunk wedding band

Melissa's wedding ring came from Steam Smith Works and David's wedding ring came from Swank Metalsmithing

steampunk wedding ring

epic steampunk gauntlet glove
Moonhoar was where we found the epic steampunk gloves.

assassins creed gauntlet glove

Melissa's fun steampunk garter came from Liver and Monk

The cake topper came from Builders Studio 
The bridesmaid fascinators came from Love Joy Adornments 
Our Wedding Knife Set came from Ineses Wedding Gallery 
Throwing Knife Bracers for the bridesmaids came from Owl Vs Octopus                         
Place cards with antique keys attached we found at The Journeys End                     
Our wedding invitations were from He Saw Sparks

The above Etsy shops were a dream to work with and really helped us with our big day.

Steampunk couple, Melissa and David Norton sealing their love with a kiss

Thank you Melissa & David for sharing your brilliant steampunk wedding with us!  You made it a day that was a fun rather than stressful experience for your bridal party and guests and it really shows through in the photos.

Let's hope that your story inspires other couples around steampunk as a wedding theme.  I'll be sharing a part 2 soon which will be extra sensational photos from Melissa & David's wedding with a few tips and tricks from them for other couples planning their dream steampunk wedding.  Stay tuned.

 ~Melissa and David Norton were married in 2016 and with their little daughter Isabel attend as many steampunk events as they possibly can~

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Robyn and Brian

David and Melissa’s wedding would have to be the most unique and fun day that we have been to….of course i am a bit biased. Brian and I have the pleasure of being the parents of Dave and now the in-laws of the beautiful Melissa.
They, along with the help of the gallery, Skav and friends and JC entertainment, did a wonderful job of pulling together a great day which was enjoyed by everyone who came and got into the spirit of steampunk….eveyone embraced the theme and enjoyed the beautiful Walka Waterworks…..

Ngaire Callaghan

It was such a privilege to be invited to this wedding as a guest (family friend of Melissa for 30 years). It was fun having to work out what to wear!

The use of old-style wording of the minister’s dialogue and the congregation of wedding guest who all attempted to create their own version of Steampunk made for a memorable moment.

The location was the perfect back drop to enhance the theme and it was the little things which made the biggest impact. I still have the antique keys from the place cards which I would like to make into a jewellry piece one day.

The incorporation of a big screen during the reception provided additional entertainment when guests were dancing, even though modern technology, it was well-placed not to undermine the day’s theming.

My memories stay fresh in my mind as Melissa and David made this day their very own – it took me back in time to the known but at the same time energised with hope for the future.

Congratulations!

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