Oliver Gee and Elizabeth Melbourne after their wedding ceremony at Sawtell’s First Ave Cinema – the bride’s bouquet was of incandescent light bulbs.
Oliver Gee and Elizabeth Melbourne after their wedding ceremony at Sawtell’s First Ave Cinema – the bride’s bouquet was of incandescent light bulbs. Rob Wright

Steamed up for flamboyant wedding

ELIZABETH Melbourne and Oliver Gee have tied the knot in the Coffs Coast's first steampunk wedding.

Their wedding ceremony was in the stained glass organ nook at Sawtell's First Ave Cinema on Friday afternoon and was followed by a reception at the Bellingen Memorial Hall.

In keeping with the theme, the Memorial Hall hosted its first known wedding reception flamboyantly decorated for the occasion with a mix of the Victorian, the magical and the industrial.

The decorations involved everything from mad hatter-style tables and chairs, antique furniture, cut glass and candelabras to artificial birds, terrariums, mirrors with Banksy decals and animated graphic displays.

The couple asked family members and friends to dress up for the occasion in steampunk style, which gave the guests carte blanche to turn up in everything from high Victorian finery to post-apocalyptic recycled ragbaggery.

"We had an amazing reaction," said Oliver Gee.

"It was as though everyone had been waiting all their lives for an excuse to dress up."

With her beautiful Victorian style gown, Elizabeth Melbourne carried a bouquet of incandescent light bulbs made for her by the groom, with their 'stems' bound in copper wire. And yes, the bouquet lit up, thanks to a cunningly concealed battery.

"I've been in love with the Victorian era for a couple of years," the bride said.

"I was looking on the internet and I came across this movement.

"We wanted to create a magical world for our wedding."

The couple, who both grew up on the Coffs Coast and first met as children, have recently moved from Canberra.

They plan a delayed honeymoon trip to Europe and have made their home at Bonville.