Ashley & Jake's steampunk adventure trolley wedding #Real Weddings: Southern US#corset#costumes#gamers#spring#steampunk#transportation#virginia Updated Mar 15 2021 (Posted Mar 6 2014) Offbeat Editors Photos by: Meagan Abell This couple commissioned an amazing song from The Doubleclicks! Click here to listen while reading the rest of their wedding story. Photos by Meagan Abell The Offbeat Bride: Ashley Her offbeat partner: Jake Date and location of wedding: Trolley and The Old City Bar, Richmond, Virginia — March 16, 2013 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Our overall goal was to create the best party that we ourselves would want to attend. We also wanted to avoid any infinitely long photo shoots. We didn't want guests to have to wait forever for the party to start while the picture stuff goes on. So instead of the traditional shoot, we rented a trolley — an open air brass-railed trolley of super awesome. My dear friend put together a mystery adventure for those aboard to solve. We had the trolley for three hours and gallivanted about town in costume to retrieve the keys to his second best airship. We then got back to the hotel in time for napping/costume changes before the main event. I changed my dress between the trolley ride and the ceremony. I wanted an "adventure outfit" and "evening attire." I was getting frustrated trying to find something that fit my vision for the evening dress, so I decided to make my own! I made it green to honor my mother's handmade green dress from her own wedding. We also commissioned a song from The Doubleclicks. We truly have "our song" with lines and layers of meaning unique to us and our wedding. I printed the lyrics and had them on cards by the favors, and then we played it during the ceremony for everyone. But the highlight for us by far was the musical that our friends and family put together for us. There are truly not enough words in the world to attempt to explain it. Jake and I first met on Everquest and the musical captured our online gaming migration into the real world. The dialogue was all hilarious, and they used the music from, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" by the Animals, "18 and Life" by Skid Row, and "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus. "Teenage Dirtbag" was changed to "Online Player" and I think we all had it stuck in our heads the next day. Tell us about the ceremony: Our officiant and Master of Ceremonies was one of our dearest friends — I've known him for nineteen years. He did a fantastic job. There were three readings: "Falling In Love is like Owning a Dog" by Taylor Mali, "A Lovely Love Story" by Edward Monkton, "A Journey" by Nikki Giovanni. My funniest moment: I made it clear that there was no dress code and anyone could wear anything. Well, one of our dear friends, a 6'2" male, took this rule literally and decided to wear a big, white wedding dress. He looked amazing. Several people around town made a game out of tracking him on Twitter, that's how awesome it was. What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? No matter how many spreadsheets you make, no matter how many questions you ask, I guarantee that in the last seventy-two hours, someone will say/do/ask for something not on the list. And you have to be ready to say why you're not doing it, make it happen, or just delegate it to them and not think about it again. Related Post Why isn't anyone going to your wedsite? Here's a tip from an advertising pro Tribe member UltraJonda sent out her Save the Dates, but no one is going to the wedsite. Why not? Knowing the reason why just might... Read more Also, if you put effort into your wedsite, don't be crushed when not everyone visits it. I did bury some wedding information on the site post-wedding and used it as a place to send people to see some of the highlights. That made me feel a little bit better about the work we put into it. Build in extra time! And no matter how much extra time you build in, build in more! Most everything that set me behind in the weekend was due to my own procrastination combined with my difficulty saying "no" to others. But what I didn't gamble on was the trolley not starting on time and being 45 minutes late. That threw the entire afternoon out of whack. Also, if I had to do it all over again, I would hire a day-of coordinator. I wish I'd had someone else who knew all the pieces in my head. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Meagan Abell was everything a couple could want. Flowers: Michelle Mills of Three Pearls Paperie was PERFECT. She was so wonderful and everything matched the overall theme perfectly. Venue: Old City Bar let us do whatever we wanted, and we could use the place the day before and didn't have to clean up until the next day. Trolley company: Richmond Trolley. Even with the hiccup, they worked with me every step of the way and the trolley experience was great. Hotel: The Berkeley put up with all of our craziness with wonderful aplomb, especially since thirty of us took up their tiny lobby in full costume for an hour. Enough talk — show me the wedding porn! PREVIOUS Find wedding rings you actually love: Insider advice that jewelry stores may not want you to know NEXT Have your gamer guests track their achievements Show/Hide comments [ 24 ] BASICALLY PERFECT. I love everything here! Reply Thank you! If you have any questions I'm here! Reply Love the Trolley bus and the outfits. Reply Thank you!! I feel so lucky that Richmond has open air trolleys, turns out that's actually pretty rare to find. And the weather just managed to cooperate making it even better. (around six pm it started POURING rain.) history lesson: (not that you asked for one) Richmond had the first city wide electric streetcar system. None of which exist today and I only found this out in the London Transportation Museum. That explained why there are all these abandoned rails throughout the city, often in strange locations. As I am a history geek getting to tie in my love of steampunk, costume AND history made it just that much more fun. Reply LOVE this – every once in a while I see a wedding post that makes me wish I had been invited and this is definitely one of those. the addition of the link for the song really brought the post to life and listening to it made me feel a little like I know this creative, fun couple. the mystery-adventure before the wedding is a great idea! thanks for sharing – happiness and prosperity to you Ashley & Jake! Reply Thank you so much! That's the best compliment! In the week leading up to the wedding I got so excited as things looked like they really were coming together and it might just be awesome after all I got super excited and was inviting EVERYONE. Strangely, people have plans for St. Patrick's weekend if you invite them last minute. If I ever do it again I'll invite you too! 🙂 Reply and I would BE THERE! so nice that you are as sweet as you seem. <3 if you two have a chance, there is a steampunk festival in Waltham MA in May – maybe I'll see you there! Reply I do need to add: I didn't talk about the invitations! Nor did I show the entire suite – but they were done by Farewell Paperie. They were so great to work with: http://farewellpaperie.com/2013/04/08/steampunk-love/ Invitations were something that I knew I wanted to splurge on from the beginning and I love them mightily. Even if it turns out I didn't order enough, but that's another story. Gosh, it'd be impossible to credit everyone that deserves recognition, whether they know it or not. So many vendors and friends and of course family made this possible. I'm sure I'm going to keep thinking of things. And of course Offbeat Bride posts were an endless source of inspiration. Reply WOW – those are great! Reply I could write thousands and thousands of words on all the details. Since I didn't have a wedding party, but still love the excuse of parties and giving gifts, I threw a Bridal Tea at the Jefferson Hotel. They have a fancy tearoom and do tea daily. Luckily I only had to make fourteen of these, but here's one of the pictures: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7OB6O1Qb6QA/UUuV87ggnCI/AAAAAAAAHPI/Khj4idLaFlE/w544-h725-no/P1020474.JPG (I really hope that comes through) I pretty much just walked up and down the craftstore brainstorming and figured out what I wanted to do then went home and put them together. I even made the envelopes, which was more an experiment in learning how not to do envelopes (I've gotten better!) here are two other pictures: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-a8gM4ISRavk/UUuV8enTsgI/AAAAAAAAHPA/Y89tgCK88VQ/w967-h725-no/P1020473.JPG and https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-neoBDTunT1A/UUuV8NcAYII/AAAAAAAAHO4/BBkpdrjlCwg/w967-h725-no/P1020472.JPG at the tea I gave gifts to everyone who I would have asked to be a bridesmaid had I had a bridal party, after all they were doing all the work, they needed more of the rewards! (What gifts? parasols, steampunk paper dolls, and steampunk necklaces of course!) I don't have pictures, but I also did separate invitations for the trolley adventure that included glitter bombing the recipients. (Because obviously). Reply if I received an invitation like that, I would say yes to whatever it was for – well just about. just seeing those beautiful invitations makes me wish to see photos of the party! Reply Aww – I'm sorry we didn't really take any pictures! I used it as an excuse to wear my pink crinoline! I mean, and the tea was good too. 🙂 Since I can't do that, I'll share with you the packets I designed and put together for the hotel guests! https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/108396180345855200108/albums/5857940501372587569 The folders are stitched (the sewing machine I bought to make the wedding dress had to earn it's keep after all), and I tried to use the gear theme throughout all the piece. At the wedding itself we also gave out certificates and prizes. Guests voted on best costume and best accessory, but we also gave prizes for best hat, gun, and really anything we could think of. I mean, everyone comes to a wedding to win a prize right? Here's one that got photographed: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8572070997/in/set-72157633039656742/lightbox/ lovely – and tea and pink crinoline YAY! and I love the border you used for the certificates – I'll have to look for that. btw, the Watch City Festival in Waltham, MA is September this year – hope to see you there! This is one amazing wedding. Even if I had the budget, I simply lack even an inkling of the creativity required for this. All the details are perfect (and omg pretty clothes). Plus an adventure game and a musical?? I need better friends. I hope some day I get invited to a wedding like this (my inner steampunk wants to play… Catan, particularly). Reply Thank you. 🙂 Friends are the best! Mostly I just gave them the freedom to do what they wanted too. It helps that Jake and I didn't really care. It was everyone's party! Depending on how you interpret expenses, the wedding could be considered pretty cheap. Not as cheap as potluck (which I would have done in a heartbeat if 90% of the guests weren't from out of town) but I feel like we got incredibly lucky in that the venue was owned by the caterer so there were no venue costs. It was a perfect location AND built into the food costs? That is a dream come true. And I <3 <3 <3 Catan (if you can't tell by the three boxes on that table!). So much so I don't realize people have had enough and just want to watch television. INCONCEIVABLE! Reply Gorgeous! And you've completely won me over with the table full of games. Reply The wedding gave me the perfect excuse to buy ALL THE GAMES. So okay, maybe I couldn't actually buy all the games. That way would lie madness, also, they'd crowd out my books on the shelves. But I wanted to! Several of the quicker games were purchased just for that, such as Tsuro and Zombie Dice. I considered it part of my "decoration" and "entertainment" budget. Reply A trolley? A special musical? Costume changes? An adventure hunt ( for the keys to the second-best airship, no less )?!? This wedding is fucking awesome. Reply I thought so! My friend running the adventure created character cards for everyone, and as the story developed factions arose and it turned out Jake's brother was the villain. NO SURPRISE (especially as he'd already dressed the part.) If you're interested in seeing the musical I have the dialogue and links here: http://www.jestneuff.net/?page_id=165 it's a bit, rough, but in a way that makes it more special to us. Reply Oh my goodness. This wedding looks like the final episode of an amazing steampunk tv show (which needs to exist, no?). I love every bit of this. Congratulations, Ashley and Jake! Reply Why doesn't that exist yet? At the very least Fox could run half a season before canceling it with episodes unseen … Reply This is the coolest, Steampunkiest thing I have ever seen, and may I have the name of the distinguished-looking gentleman in the derby and mustache? I'd like to marry him. He's adorable. Reply *grin* That's Jake's father …. and I think it bodes well for how Jake will age no? I really appreciated how many family members, both his and mine, got into the spirit of the costuming. Reply I'm in love with this entire wedding, Steampunk love abounding! Also, the male friend in the wedding dress is my favorite person of today. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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. 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