Tracey & Michael’s steampunk Venetian masquerade wedding

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The offbeat bride: Tracey, MBA Fulbright Grantee

Her offbeat partner: Michael, Visual Effects Artist

Date and location of wedding: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon — June 24, 2011

What made our wedding offbeat: We did a steampunk/Venetian masquerade theme for our wedding. We couldn’t decide which we liked more, so we just did both. We marched down the aisle to an electric guitar played by the Best Man. Then we tied the knot Dr. Suess-style, with vows that rhymed.

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After the ceremony, which was performed by our steampunk minister, we headed to the reception room, which was decked out in purple and teal colored lights. We ate some food, heard some touching toasts, and danced our first dance to Muse’s Feeling Good. Then we partied to dubstep. We ended the evening by cutting the steampunk cake and watching a troupe of fire dancers perform while we ate.

Steampunk wedding cake!

Tell us about the ceremony: My bridesmaids and groomsmen danced down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon, rock ‘n’ roll-style. Then I walked down the aisle to Wagner’s Bridal March played Jimmy Hendrix-style. We kept the ceremony itself short and simple, as most of the guests were standing.

Ceremony

I wore my mask down the aisle in place of a veil. Michael also wore his mask during the first part of the ceremony. Then we did an “Unmasking Ceremony,” where we promised to always be our true selves to each other and never wear a “mask” of false pretenses. We ended with our rhyming vows and the blessing of our union by The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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Our biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was not losing my cool. Overall, everything went smoothly, but there was a time early in the day where everyone was calling me with their problems and expecting me to fix them. Then my phone battery died and it was the best thing that happened all day.

Our First Dance To Muse's Feelin' Good

My favorite moment: We did the Dr. Suess vows, which were lighthearted, but we left room for some seriousness when we placed the rings on each other’s fingers. I tried not to cry, but the speech Michael prepared choked me up. The speeches given by my friends and family were also very meaningful.

The Head Table

My funniest moment: Probably my dad’s speech. He tried to give all of the moms and grandmas gifts to remember the wedding, and right before he got to my mom, she had to rush out the door to take my daughter to the bathroom. My dad said, “She left me once before. Seems like she’s gone and done it again.”

The crew getting rowdy

Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? My biggest concern was that we ran much later then I wanted to and did not have time to get as many pictures as I would have liked. Or so I thought! We ended up with over 2000 pictures! Since my husband edits media for a living, that’s a lot of potential photographs.

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My advice for offbeat brides: Don’t be afraid to really own a theme. I obsessed over even the most minute details of the wedding to make them fun. I didn’t want a guest book, but I wanted people to leave something that said they were there. So upon researching, I found the idea of doing a Mad Libs guestbook!

Mad Libs Guest Book!

What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Follow your heart. I got so many mixed reactions when I tried to explain to people what I was going for. I stuck to my guns and loved how it turned out.

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Comments on Tracey & Michael’s steampunk Venetian masquerade wedding

  1. Oh man, what I wouldn’t give to have been at this wedding! It’s absolutely stunning, the two themes work perfectly together! Congratulations on pulling off such a beautiful event, and that whole “married” thing that went along with it! :-p

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! We are planning an October 13, 2012 wedding, and I just love the concept of this! I am purchasing a Maggie gown, and I was wondering what was the style name of your gown? It looks quite similar to the one I have picked out

    • It is “Perisia” It is an older model. I got it as a pretty beat up sales floor sample. It was like 3 sizes too big, then I lost a bunch of weight so it was more like 5-6 sizes too big, but my seamstress was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It looked brand new when she was done with it. Well better actually because it fit like a glove 😀

  3. I love your gown! (Very similar to what I’m wearing). The venue fit perfectly too! Congratulations!

    • Thank you! The museum is located on the campus of the university I went to – the same place where two years ago my hubby proposed to me 🙂

  4. The unmasking ceremony sounds awesome! How exactly does that work? I would really like to know.

    • Here’s the what I wrote for our unmasking ceremony:

      This wedding today is a masquerade ball, which historically have been about deceit -the hiding of ones true identity for the sake of frivolity and intrigue. It is also symbolic of life, and the faces we must wear to the world around us. We are here today then, to witness the unmasking of Michael and Tracey to each other in marriage and celebrate the love and total acceptance that they bring to each other. So I ask you this, will the two of you release any false pretenses you may be holding on to and face each other as open souls?

      Michael and Tracey: Yes

      Then please take off your masks as a symbol of your willingness to always be true to yourselves and to each other.

      ::Michael and Tracey take off their masks placing them on the pedestals and face each other::

      Then we moved into the rings/dr. suess vows etc.

  5. Wow! What an amazing wedding and theme! I am planning a masquerade reception for my own wedding in September of next year, but never thought to bring that theme into the ceremony as well. What a great idea! I’d love to hear more details about the unmasking ceremony!

    • I knew from the get go that I wanted to wear a mask down the isle instead of a veil (Same concept after all right? and pretty much the same price – Veils are expensive!) I got a lot of mixed reactions – some people loved it some though I was crazy. But I stuck to my guns and afterwards I had a lot of “You were gith” from the doubters 😀

      Funny thing was… at my final fitting I made the mistake of trying on a veil with my dress and mask, and of course I fell in love with it. But even discounted at $60 I wasn’t willing to pay for it. So instead I bought some tulle for $1.50 on clearance at Joanne fabrics, and come 99 cent combs and with a hot glue gun and some rhinestones, I made my own veil! Can you tell? 😉

      As for the unmasking ceremony, I posted an excerpt from the actually wedding ceremony about it a couple of comments up ^ 🙂

  6. oh holy fucking hell! I LOVE THIS WEDDING! I love every stinking detail about it! The cake! The masks! the unmasking ceremony bit! love it all!!!

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