October 13, 2010. The weather was perfect - a nice sunny day in the low 70's with a soft breeze and scattered clouds. Dennis and I had been planning this day for 18 months; it was finally here and things couldn't've been more perfect. Our best friends and family had come together to help us put the finishing touches on our vision and it was time for our Steampunk Wedding.
I started this blog after Den and I tied the knot and I've never written about our wedding. Today is our sixth anniversary and now seems like a great time to write a recap of the day. We got married under a beautiful oak tree in Kempner Park in Galveston, TX and had our reception in the Garten Verein - a Victorian era garden club for the perfect Steampunk setting. It was a Wednesday (or rather WED-day as I had been calling it), and before the ceremony, we hosted a Victorian picnic in the park for anyone that wanted to miss traffic and drive down to the Island early. Costumes were encouraged, but not required, and we were very pleasantly surprised when about 90% of our guests put together their own steampunk outfits! The picnic also gave me the perfect excuse to have two different dresses for the day.
The venue was pure perfection and looked like it was straight out of a Steampunk novel. We hardly needed any additional decor beyond our table centerpieces. We used picture frames with photos of us from the past 10 years, terrariums, glass bottles, and battery operated candles all for our guests to take home (bonus - centerpieces as favors saved us a TON of money).
Before the ceremony, the bridesmaids and I got ready for the ceremony back at the hotel. We cooled off, got our hair and makeup touched up and I changed into my wedding dress. My Mantron of Honor, Daniel had the task of lacing up my corset - he's been doing renaissance festivals longer than I have, but still says he doesn't know how to lace a bodice/corset. The Bridesmaids had to drop me off at the far corner of Kempner Park just before the ceremony so the Groomsmen could meet up with me to make my grand entrance. I remember two of my girls not wanting to drop me off alone - I promised them I wouldn't get abducted before my wedding, lol.
Our ceremony was short and sweet at sunset. The Bridesmaids escorted Dennis to the ceremony spot and the Groomsmen escorted me. Instead of having a Ring Bearer or Flower Girl, we had kids exchange our terms of engagement. Our stuffed animals, Pigger Pig and Butt-Naked Bunny escorted our Moms down the aisle. Our officiant started the ceremony with, "Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togwether today," from The Princess Bride. I forgot my lines and somehow managed not to cry.
We set up a photo backdrop that looked like a Victorian parlor and had all our guests take pictures in front of it, then made them make scrapbook pages instead of just signing a guest book. We served homemade gumbo (my SIL made it for us), and tamales (my MIL hosted a tamale party) and had three chocolate fountains and three cheese fountains (yes, cheese fountains - a girl's dream come true). Our cake came from my hometown bakery - my aunt had to drive it down and I had to assemble it the day of - and it was delicious!
We danced all night long (well, till 10:00 when we had to turn the music off per city ordinance for weeknight celebrations, lol), and had a custom fireworks display at the end of the evening.
I really couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Did some things not go according to plan? Yes, but those things really weren't important. Were there a few things I would've done differently? Of course (I'm still kicking myself for not hiring a Day Of Coordinator). But when I look back on this day, I'm filled with happiness and love for Dennis, our friends, and family. I can honestly say our wedding was perfect! Happy Anniversary to Us!!!