A ‘Steampunk’-inspired UrbanWedding Shoot

Steam what?

Steampunk is a sub-genre of alternate history and sci-fi fantasy that typically features steam-powered machinery and mechanical wonders. It is typically set in an imaginery Victorian age and mainly consitst of brass and copper clockwork and cogs. This particular genre has been making a huge come-back in cinemas, interior design an, yes, also the Wedding Industry!

For this particular shoot, we wanted to make an otherwise very hard and mechanical genre more accessible to Brides, by softening the dark, metallic palette so typical to the Steampunk look with soft creams and ivories and also just a touch of rich turqoise. These undertones complimented the rich golds and coppers beautifully and created an opulent and luxurious look. We also used copper-coloured lace (mimicking the shapes of the cogs) on the tables and chair backs. We made the over-all look more elegant by playing with semi-precious stones, pearls and crystals in the detail on the Wedding dress and also the cake. (And how cute is that cake toppper?)

To add an Urban edge to the shoot, we shot the couple’s shoot in an urban setting, but you will notice the Victorian elements in the architecture.

The various elements melded together like the cogs in a Steampunk wedding machine and the result was a delectable Victorian wonderland!

We had so much fun conceptualizing and styling this shoot and hope to inspire Brides to think outside of the typical wedding box when they dream up their weddings.

**This shoot is currently featured in the Wedding Design magazine, available in Exclusive Books and CNA.

***I would like to thank my best friend, Juanli Theron, for introducing me to this amazing genre. 🙂



Blank Canvas – Styling and conceptualizing

Moi Styling – Groom’s attire and accessories

Warren Williams – Photography

Elizabeth Wedding Gowns – Wedding Dress

Lily Blue – Accessories (Bride and Cake)

Ci Tutto Bello – Stationery, cake and cake topper

La Maison House of Parties – Decor


  1. #1 by JuanliT on September 5, 2012 - 9:40 am

    Beautifully and romantically done, ladies! I love your interpretation of this trend – so much more accessible than it often is, but still as funky as it’s meant to be! [Wow, AND I’m mentioned in the post… it’s an honour!] 😉

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