Marriage of Makers: the Timey-Wimey Wedding of Daniel Valdez and Pamela Stone Created by ydnic on 2/7/2013 12:08:19 PM
Social Events Editor, Cindy MacLeod, covers the gala wedding of Daniel Valdez and Pamela Stone.
The University of Tennessee's Patten Chapel has stood as a cornerstone of the campus since 1919; thus, it has silently and beautifully witnessed a plethora of historical occurrences. However, one of the more unique events it has likely ever witnessed was the steampunk social event of the 2013 winter season...the wedding of community luminaries Pamela Stone and Daniel Valdez.
Well-known for their multiple award-winning costumes, such as the Steampunk X-Men, Pamela and Daniel have presented multiple how-to demonstrations and are a welcoming and enthusiastic presence at conventions around the Southeast. Daniel's most famous build, the Steampunk Professor Xavier wheelchair (complete with chilled beverage service) has been featured at numerous conventions, profiled on BoingBoing, and displayed in a science museum.
Held during the same weekend as Chattacon, one of the longest-running sci-fi conventions in the South, the wedding ceremony featured John Strangeway (in his well-known guise as Steampunk Boba Fett) officiating, as well as a ringbearing mobile R2-D2 (built and controlled by Chris Lee), and a Dalek fitted out as a flower girl (built and controlled by Wayne Neumaier, complete with floral and sonic effects, who trailed behind as the 11th incarnation of The Doctor).
Guests included many well-known denizens of the southern steampunk scene as well as a score of familiar faces from the costuming and science fiction communities. Attendees were encouraged to wear their fandom finery.
The bride wore a stunning gown of ivory silk dupioni with a floor-length “lobster tail” bustle and a cathedral –length veil with a tiara. Bridesmaids wore complementary dresses of Victorian stylings in either peacock blue or emerald green. Brides and bridesmaids dresses were the work of the bride and her daughters, Kathryn Pickett (25) and Sara Lyn (17) with one gown for daughter Rebecca (16) commissioned from Sally C Designs. The mother-of-the-bride wore a custom polonaise in steel blue and grey that was fashioned by Time Travel Outfitters. The bride’s lovely bouquet was handcrafted by Talloolah Love In addition the bride herself created the whimsical bouquets for her attendants, using scraps of fabrics from the gowns and a collection of various trims, wired ribbon, beads, buttons, pendants, feathers, corsage pins, and Christmas ornaments in colors that complemented their gowns.
The groom and his attendants purchased their clothes from the Gentleman’s Emporium and were accessorized to complement the colors in the bridesmaid’s gowns. Most notable in the men’s wear were the amazing custom lapel additions created by the groom , who laser-cut the design in acrylic, cast it in silicone, and molded them individually in resin tinted with metallic powder. Although the bridal party was attired in Steampunk finery, the groom was particular to note that, “while steampunk was an overtone for the Clothing of the wedding, we feel very much that it became a convention or pop culture themed wedding. It represented all the things that define us and our appreciations.”
Lyrical harp arrangments of Disney melodies were performed by Steven Todd Miller, of Huntsville, AL, and the bride’s daughter, Sara Lyn sang a particularly moving version of “The Prayer” as the recessional.
Prior to the Saturday afternoon ceremony, a Steampunk Stag Party was held on Friday evening in one of the suites of the historical Chattanooga Choo Choo, which has served as the convention venue for the last several years. After the ceremony, the guests returned to the Choo Choo for a beautiful reception, featuring an elaborate steampunk-themed wedding cake, created by Dani Start of Sweet Starts in Atlanta, GA. (This reporter has also recently heard that these combined parties handily won the Party Battles--a yearly competition for best convention party.)
All in all, it was a very fitting celebration for two individuals who have consistently raised the bar for steampunk costumers and prop builders during the last few years. The Steampunk Chronicle wishes Mr. and Mrs. Valdez a long and happy life together!