JR & Mike's spontaneous steampunk wedding #Real Weddings: Western US#brides in glasses#DIY#diy bouquet#diy dress#fire dancing#hat#interfaith#steampunk#texas#top hat#winter April 16 2012 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by Terry Stewart (aka Cannon) The offbeat bride: JR, artist Her offbeat partner: Mike, actor and author Date and location of wedding: A friend's place (house on stilts), Seabrook, TX — January 28, 2012 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Everything about this wedding was a gift to us from our dearest friends. They cooked the food decorated the site officiated cleaned directed traffic took photos made corsages and opened their home to us. None of us have much money, and we enjoy compensating for that by making things. I stitched together my "Frankenstein" dress from a vest, a menswear jacket, and a Renaissance-style costume dress. My leather coat was stitched together from an old coat, boots, and t-shirts. The chain mail sash Mike wore was made by a friend we consider a brother. The entertainment was also provided by friends who are artists, musicians, fire-spinners and performers. Tell us about the ceremony: Our ceremony was straightforward and simple. We included a few Naval wedding traditions — most memorably, the captain swatting the bride on the bum with the flat of his sword as a sendoff. Our friend and officiant, Cedric, who knew us both before we knew each other, spoke to us and the guests about how we had struggled individually and found more strength together. He and the rest of our friends spoke from the heart, and that poignant reminder of the mutual family Mike and I share meant more than I can write. My funniest moment: One of my "Bride's Badass Bitches" did bruise makeup on the bridal party and some of the groomsmen, as a joke to imply a crazy bachelorette party. The entire day was filled with funny moments, especially since the wedding was mostly improvised. Was there anything you were sure was going to be a total disaster that unexpectedly turned out great? We really were completely broke, and due to a family member's health, we had to change locations a month before the ceremony. Once again, friends to the rescue: we had a venue, a ceremony, tattooed cupcakes, music, a bonfire, and one hell of a party. My advice for Offbeat Brides: Relax and roll with what comes, and don't let the pressures society heaps upon the wedding tradition wring you out. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Wedding accessories, officiation, reception party coordination, and decorations: Airship Isabella Photographer: Terry Stewart Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS From California to Canada, You Are Not Cattle is ready to capture your offbeat wedding story NEXT Tiki madness, a soda jerk officiant, and a Vegas drive-thru wedding Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] This is the coolest looking wedding I have ever seen. 4 agree Reply That looks like a party I would love to be a part of. Congrats! 2 agree Reply This wedding is pure fun. Looks like an awesome party! Reply So cool and personal! Did I miss the picture of the tattooed cupcakes somewhere…? 1 agrees Reply We only hear that they exist. Maybe I can persuade the bride to send a photo! 1 agrees Reply Challenge accepted! I'm taking a bite out of one of them in the slideshow, but I'll get in touch with the photographer and see if there isn't a closeup of the tattooed cupcakes somewhere 🙂 Reply Holy shit. I love your dress. That is amazing. 1 agrees Reply Thanks! Nice initials ;p Reply I am getting married in a traditional manner but i keep coming back to view this steampunk wedding. I am just in awe of the bride's outfit! How sexy and cool and she looks like a bride. I want I want!!!!!! p.s is there a meaning behind the blue streaks on the bride's cheeks? Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.