One of my favorite things about running this website is exposure to fabulous freaks I might otherwise not encounter. I mean, I know all about my brand of weird (left coast second gen hippie/retired raver/etc) but it's such a treat to see other delicious flavors of non-traditional.

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Case in point: Siouxzi Rodeman and Alan Donnelly's Steampunk wedding in Chicago. (Some of you may remember Siouxzi — she's the one who had that nightmare run-in at Macy's a few months ago.)


I was aware of Steampunk as a literary genre, but only just barely and not as a full-blown lifestyle/fashion thang. Consider me now educated and inspired.


I completely fell in love with neo-victorian aesthetic once I started poking around in Siouxzi's wedding photos — her wedding hat! The custom ties for the bridesmaids and groomsmen! The cakes! The minister's monoggle! All the brass and the corsetry and the gears and springs! What an awesome visual treat.



The fact that Souxzi was able to organize this stunning, stylish wedding in three months (while also grieving her mother's recent passing) is totally mind-boggling and is a sharp ruler on the knuckles of anyone who says you can't plan a wedding in less than six months. Congratulations, Souxzi!

But oh, there's more. So much more …

If you want to feel like you were actually there, check out this wedding video:

Siouxzi and Alans Wedding Ceremony from crank! on Vimeo.

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If you're curious about steam fashion, it looks like this LJ community is a good place to start poking around.

And when you're ready to immerse yourself in hundreds of photos, you can go here for shots from the wedding, and here for details like cake-toppers, hats, invites, etc.

If you like this, you might like Souxzi's 2009 halloween costume.

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Comments on A steampunk wedding

  1. Steampunk is my favorite literary genre and fashion movement, so I’m giddy at the thought of an entire wedding based on that aesthetic.

    Also, congrats–this was BoingBoinged!

  2. As the sister of the groom (and mom of the two shortest members of the wedding party), I can say that this was one of the most heartfelt weddings I’ve ever attended. Alan and Siouxzi are a unique couple, of course, but the outward trappings gave all the gathered friends and family just a taste of their genuine affection for each other. We’re so happy to have Siouxzi as a part of our family, and I was very honored to have been a part of their special day.

  3. WOW, that’s really a wonderful wedding and celebration! So original and seems to capture the spirit of the happy couple!

  4. That’s pretty much amazing – and so well played out. Gorgeous dress! I love Steampunk.

  5. That is the coolest wedding I’ve ever seen. I didn’t even know steampunk existed until now, but that dress is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! Ever!

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