When Luisa said she was having a Steampunk wedding, my head filled with daydreams of steam driven gadgets, curvy corsets and lofty airships. Right away I started a new board on Pinterest of Steampunk goodies and wedding ideas to get the juices flowing.
Luisa knew exactly what she wanted, right from the beginning. Most of my brides are happy leaving the hours of slogging through the internet, looking for that perfect fabric, totally up to me. Nope, Luisa put as much time into the process as I did. And I am not ashamed to say, she is the one who found the fabrics we ultimately used.
When I told my sweetie that I needed sketches of bustled dresses with intricate brocade fabric designs, his poor face went pale. It was all I could do to coax him back out of the closet again. (Just kidding) The task did take several tries, and he eventually said that getting the brocade design on the sketches was on me. Okay….so it’s a bit cheesy, but you can see the look I wanted to get.
After a year of White and Ivory dresses, a bright period ensemble was just the thing to lift my spirits. I gave the base dress a slight train and bustling of it’s own. That way it would look good by itself, and provide some lift for the over skirt.
The over skirt was quite heavy, so I built a small waist cincher at the top to support it. The style is called a Butterfly Bustle, very trendy for gals in the 1870’s.
It wasn’t going to be possible to match ready made frogs to the brocade, so I pulled out my trusty knot book and got to work.
Of course, Luisa ROCKED IT!!!!
The radiant Luisa. Actress, singer, and belly dancer extraordinaire!
Big THANKS to Babette Daniells Photography.