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Monday, July 2, 2012

Other Details from a Steampunk Wedding

I'm sure he was just making sure he wasn't late =)

The flowers were gorgeous!
Close-up of the Sweetheart Table

The King and Queen

Draping of the Bridesmaid's skirts
Front of the Bridesmaid's Dresses
Tiny hats were awesome

A watermill for the ice sculpture

The rings
Header of the program and the rings

Three generations

Again with the flowers!
The table after my bouquet was added

"The Gears of Our Love Will Always Rotate Together"

Sunday, June 24, 2012


The flowers were beautiful!

The "Sweetheart" table =) Sans my bouquet

The Oak Room at the Cincinnati Club really was the perfect setting!
It reminds me of Hogwarts =)

My mom and dad =)

Photographers noted how the bottom of my dress nearly matched the gears

Our Best Man, Mark, and Maid of Honor, Myra, giving their toasts

The youngest member of the guests, she's adorable =)

We had a photobooth for everyone to take their pictures in

Taylor is a hoot. This is them waiting for us to exit to the carriage .

The B&B we stayed at that night.
The Halloween decorations added a nice bit of flair =)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Cake

Gotta love nerd humor =)

I hope to get some better pictures of the table once we get it back from being repaired

At least we got one picture where we look like a normal couple

Act I - Travis attempts to lift food into my face, I lift my knife

Act II - Upon being threatened, Travis continues
to smash cake on my face.
I continue waving the knife in front of him.

Act III - We laugh too hard to continue with our banter 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Steampunk Symposium 2012 (and how to prepare for next year)


This was the inaugural year for the Steampunk Symposium held in Cincinnati, OH at the Atrium Hotel on April 27-29th. It was produced by Pandora Promotions and headed by Aloyisus Fox.

I have to preface this review of sorts with the note that this is my first steampunk convention; however, I've been to upwards of 15-20 anime conventions over the past six years. Which, and this is a great comment to start off on, after attending the Symposium I've pretty much sworn off anime conventions (unless there are specific circumstance) which you can read about in my other blog The BK Report. The story isn't finished there, but bare with me - the Report is in the middle of Phoenix-ing.

As a general description of the Symposium, there was an extremely wide variety of things to do, people to see, and things to buy. I've never been to a convention before where I had to actually make a difficult decision on what panel I was going to attend. The panels I did go to were informative, entertaining, fairly well organized, and made an impression (such as "Thrifty Steampunk", "Victorian Drinks and Drunkardness", and "Steampunk 320").

Along with the panels were also workshops. My husband and I happened upon the Steampunk Dances workshop (which was incredibly well organized - the lady instructing the dances was brilliant at teaching), but were unable to attend any others because we were far too distracted by the happenings in the atrium - the Airship Games.

I have a hard time deciding if I enjoyed the Nerf Dueling or the Airship Races more. For all of the events, when considering that this is a huge event and the first year of it's run, they went off without more then a few hitches (which are easily fixed with a one-time experience for next year).

The vending room was amazing, I felt like I can across a different piece that I was compelled to buy every time I entered the room. Travis found out what an ascot is and is now looking forward to making the look a common part of his wardrobe and I have some lovely new gloves, earrings, and candlestick holders/carriers.

The room set aside for board games was set up amazingly and the gentleman who was manning the room seemed very educated on the subject matter. We joined him and many others for a fun few games of "Are You a Werewolf?" which is basically like "Mafia" but instead of cops, civilians, and mafia members there are seers, villagers, and werewolves.

There were also musical guests, film screenings, and special guests otherwise, but like I mentioned previously - I was totally enthralled with the Airship Games. Apparently there was even a screening of the Steampunk Movie by Billy Boyd which I was an extra in. I've never seen the film and was really sad to miss it (I say "apparently" because I completely forgot that it was a possibility it could be showing and didn't check the schedule of films).

What was done right

Just about everything was fantastic. I wish I had three more outfits and a more outgoing personality to really reach the potential that the social atmosphere of the convention allowed.

There was something for everyone - even a children's playtime (play area?) and the majority of what we experienced was run with the classiness that is to be expected of the steampunk community. You know you are in good company when the more intoxicated a person gets, the more polite they are!

The registration was a fantastic process as well! While I am use to anime conventions of close to 1000+ people who are all arriving at the same time, I hardly ever saw a line (though I'm sure at some points on Saturday there might have been a wait) and the Symposium was simply more fluent than what I'm use to experiencing.

Though, I have to take into consideration that at least 400 people re-registered and all that was necessary was to check off a name on a list. But back to the anime conventions, attendees pre-register for the conventions all the time and still generally have to wait 1+ hours to get their badge and be on their way (unless you arrive before registration opens and wait). I don't know what brilliant mind figured out how a proper registration should work for attendees who pre-register, but it was awesome.

Also, very glad we bought the pins to go with our ribbons/badges.

Even though I'm not one of those people that really stand out among the crowd, I felt like I was making friends with everyone there. Like there was a communal bond between the attendees.

I have to mention here that I am socially awkward. I was home schooled until high school then didn't have any real social development until I was in college. For example, at the Symposium I attempted to high-five a gentleman that I had an acquaintanceship with in the hallway - our hands met in the air about half-palm to half-palm. The gentleman hit hard. He laughed, made a quip about how that failed, and attempted for a do-over. I still had my hand in the air because it was burning from the impact. When he gestured his hand for the second impact, I flinched and flat-out told him that my hand now hurt and that I'm a wuss. He smiled and went on his way.

Now, of course you might say that "Oh, Brittany, it's okay, it happens - he was a bit more forceful than you and it didn't have an ideal outcome." To which I would respond, "Yes, it would generally be fine had I not been the one who initiated said high-five, attempting to be more outgoing and social than I actually am, thus proving to my ego yet again that I should try to stay in my hole while among other large personalities. My medium-high personality just can't compete with theirs."

By the way, my right hand fourth and fifth fingers were numb for a good five minutes after out interaction.

Things not so according-to-plan

The biggest criticism I have of the event was actually the masquerade; however, that is largely because what I was expecting/hoping it to be was not what actually happened and thus it's not really fair to consider it a criticism. In my mind, when I hear/read "masquerade ball" I picture something out of a Victorian Cinderella - ball gowns, fancy masks, waltz-able music, etc.... Especially since there were those Steampunk Dances workshops, I was hoping to see some of that in action.

We stayed in the atrium for about an hour (our room was on the second floor that overlooked the atrium ballroom). The music and the crowd were not at all what I was expecting. The energy was completely different. So we walked around the convention space for a bit (I'm not going to lie, I got in a wedding dress to be noticed so I was going to work it, haha) then decided to just hit the hay.

Another thing, I was expecting an opportunity to try Absinthe at some point that weekend, but I never got the chance. I'm hoping next year I can work up some social skills and maybe get invited to a room party of some sort.

Now, the hotel itself. Travis and I booked a room for just Saturday night because I intended to wear my wedding dress again to the masquerade ball at midnight and I wasn't about to get in a car in that giant thing. However, when we went to check on our reservation Friday (just to make sure everything was okay), both of the men at the desk could not find the information at all (I even had our confirmation number). As we stood there wondering what to do, we overheard about five other similar cases where they couldn't find reservations.

The staff themselves seemed friendly, but also to be in a bit of a panic - like they'd never handled so many guests at a time. They told us to check back later and when we checked on Saturday they found our reservation.


In any case, I give the convention itself a 4.8/5. I'm really looking forward to next year and hoping to be a part of an airship so I can contribute to the games!

What to do for next year

I know what I'm going to work on is getting into an airship and working on my social skills. I really want to be a person who can just talk to anyone about anything. I love my husband, but I go to these conventions to meet people.

So if you don't have good social skills, let's talk.

Pre-register early. This year's Symposium was a complete success, so it is safe to assume that next years event will be in even higher demand. I don't want to be caught saying, "If only I had done it sooner".

Follow the updates through Pandora Promotions and the Steampunk Symposium websites. For me, I love keeping in the loop and the people running the sites are really devoted to posting any information that they can.

Consider volunteering. This event is going to get big fast and a few good hands are always helpful. I'm in no way associated with Pandora Promotions, so I don't know what their specific needs are, but if you are interested in helping you can go to the Cincinnati Geek Club meeting at the Roxx Electrocafe (I will be going to the one in May).

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Groom and Bridal Party

Mother of the Bride adds the badge
to the Groom's lapel
My regal husband-to-be
Before Shane (far left) spoke

After Shane spoke

Walking down the street in downtown Cincinnati

The Bridemaids' bouquets 
Maid of Honor

(left) AJ (Usher), Vincent (Brother of the Bride), Mark (Best Man)
Travis (Groom), Daniel, Shane (Right)

The Groomsmen are obviously very dignified and dapper

Maid of Honor and the Bride
Best Man and the Groom

Awaiting the Bride

The perfect setting for an elegant Steampunk wedding =)

The whole party comes together after the ceremony

The Maid of Honor and Best Man enter the reception

Best Man won Rock, Paper, Scissors, and gives the first toast

The Maid of Honor gives a very heartfelt toast

The Bridesmaids dress down for the party