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October 25th, 2015 by admin

It seems like every time we turn around there’s a new Harry Potter tribute at a wedding, and we seriously love it, being big #Potterheads ourselves (shh, don’t tell!). From brooms instead of bouquets, to Goblet of Fire-themed signature cocktails there’s always a fresh take on the J.K. Rowling classic fantasy novel. There’s just something immediately fun-loving about a Harry Potter wedding — if you’ve gone to one, I’m sure you’ve had a blast with all the accouterments.

Courtney and Basil, who recently had a full-blown Harry Potter wedding at the Andaluz in Albuquerque even gave out hand-made HP wands to each and every guest. “It was an arduous task, but it was all worth it to see all of the adults dueling at the wedding!” says Courtney. Sounds absolutely magical.

We’re big proponents here of stamping your very unique personality onto your wedding and nothing screams personal like a quirk-filled Harry Potter soiree. See our favorite new Harry Potter wedding ideas, from a (completely realistic) Sorting Hat cake to potion-themed decorations, below.

A Sorting Hat Wedding Cake

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PHOTO BY SUSAN BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY

Seriously, how real does this Sorting Hat cake look? Displayed along-side cookies, cupcakes and cake pops, it certainly stands out.

From the album: An Elegant Gold and Ivory Wedding at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey

Harry Potter House-Themed Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Outfits — With Brooms!

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PHOTO BY BLUE ROSE STUDIO

The bride and groom each had four attendants, so they had to have one girl and guy from each Hogwards house! Two Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, Griffyndors and Slytherins (ew!) stood up with the bride and groom at the altar and carried brooms in lieu of bouquets.

From the album: A Whimsical, Harry Potter-Themed Wedding at Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hogwarts: A History Harry Potter Groom’s Cake

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PHOTO BY AMANDA SUMMERLIN PHOTOGRAPHY

This groom’s cake looks like a verified Hogwarts textbook, which is good, since it was inspired by one! Would Hermione be fooled, though?

From the album: An Organic, Natural Wedding at Barr Mansion in Austin, Texas

Harry Potter Wand Wedding Favors

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In search of a fun, Harry Potter DIY wedding idea? Consider giving each attending guest a wand fit for Ollivander’s wand shop.

From the album: A Whimsical, Harry Potter-Themed Wedding at Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Classy Champagne and Bourbon Harry Potter Signature Cocktails

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Signature drinks at Nicole and Nkosi’s cocktail hour were called “Berry Potter” (fabulous pun), which was a mix of champagne, raspberry lemonade and vodka, and “Tumbler of Fire,” which was mixed with bourbon.

From the album: A Romantic, Sophisticated Wedding at Greystone Hall in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Potions Class Reception Table Decor

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Eye of Newt and Witch’s Brew were just a few of the potions that were readily available at Courtney and Basil’s reception. Used as decor on the tables, the vessels added color and thematic interest to the ballroom, we just hope they didn’t steal them from Professor Snape’s personal store.

From the album: A Whimsical, Harry Potter-Themed Wedding at Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 26th, 2015 by admin

For Vancouver couple Emma and Greg Gavelis, Harry Potter has practically been a third member of their relationship.

They met on dating site Plenty of Fish in 2011 and immediately hit it off when Greg wrote on his profile that his perfect first date would be a “Harry Potter” marathon. Emma, who has two Harry Potter tattoos, was smitten.

Fast-forward to August 14, 2014 when the two Potterheads tied the knot at McMenamins Edgefield hotel in Troutdale, Oregon.

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Harry Potter has played such a big part in us falling in love, that it only seemed fitting to have it be a big part of our wedding and the rest of our love story,” Emma told The Huffington Post.

The pair’s budget for the big day was $5,000, so the bride tapped into her crafty side and DIYed many aspects of the celebration.

“I spent a lot of time watching ‘Game of Thrones’ re-runs while assembling everything,” Emma wrote in her Offbeat Bride blog post. “And it was totally worth it.”

Here are some of the cute and clever ways they incorporated their obsession into the day’s festivities:

Emma designed all of the wedding stationery herself in addition to making her bouquet, the boutonnieres, the ring box, some of the table decor, and more.

“I love to make things with my hands,” she told HuffPost. “It was definitely a labor of love. Plus, it was nice being able to customize every aspect and make sure it oozed Potter. We also couldn’t have afforded this wedding if I hadn’t made almost everything myself.”

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When asked about her favorite wedding day memory, Emma said it was when she and Greg were standing at the altar and he started acting goofy.

“I looked at him, and he started pulling faces — just like he usually does,” she said. “It lightened the mood and made me feel so comfortable, and so sure I was marrying the right man.”

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/29/best-diy-harry-potter-wedding_n_7164320.html

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harry-potter-wedding-behind
May 27th, 2015 by The Wedding Tales

Good Morning Romancers! This morning we have a whole bunch of behind the scenes shots and additional picturesfrom our Harry Potter Wedding Inspiration shoot [originally featured on Green Wedding Shoes]. Here you will get to seesome amazing shots from Abby Grace Photography that didn’t make it into the Green Wedding Shoes post AND a ton more “inside” scoop from what went into the shoot. The DIY projects, the vendors, the details – the entire story of how one simple email exchange between Abby and I turned into a full-scale wedding shoot based on Harry Potter.

[image via Green Wedding Shoes]

So as I mentioned, it all started with a simple email thread between Abby and myself. I had just gotten back from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter … and I was depressed. So Abby mentioned ~ why don’t we do a styled wedding shoot, based on Harry Potter. And I was sold. For one, we are both HUGE Harry Potter fans, and for two, there was really nothing else out there.  A million months ago, when I first started my blog, I had done a “Harry Potter Wedding Inspiration” post, using images I had collected from Google.  The post surprisingly gets a decent amount of traffic to my blog … so I knew that there was a desire out there for this sort of shoot. People love Harry Potter, and like me, it is a part of their lives; it was only natural that people would want to include Harry in their wedding.
The hard part is the how – how do you incorporate a magical, fictional story into a wedding, without it coming across cheesey or like a child’s themed birthday party? Abby and I decided that we would have the Harry Potter themed shoot hint heavily at elements from the books – but never point directly at them. If you weren’t a Harry Potter fan, then the wedding style would just appear organic, aged, slightly rustic, with a wink at the magic within.  And so it began ….

One of the first vendors we pulled on board was Tyler Fitzhugh of Voila Events Studio. Tyler was not familiar with Harry Potter – but we were OK with that, because we wanted to make sure our ideas were staying wedding-appropriate, and that a non-Potterhead would still like what we were designing.

Tyler in action putting the finishing touches on the pie dessert table

After Tyler, I knew we would want an invitation suite for the shoot, and I immediately knew the right woman to call on. Wendy of Weswen Design. Wendy and I had been email buddies for a while [and you might remember that she has done some guest posting here on Capitol Romance] so I already knew she was a Harry Potter fan. One email was all it took – and Wendy was instantly on board to create the most amazing Harry Potter inspired wedding invitations, menus & a wedding program based on the “Daily Prophet”.

The rest of the vendors came together rather quickly. Tyler hooked us up with an amazing hair & makeup team, and Abby found the amazingness that is Concepts Created for the farmhouse table [never underestimate the power of Craiglist]. Bryan was insanely generous – offering to deliver and pick-up the beautiful hand-crafted farmhouse table, made from repossessed wood. I think he said the table in our shoot was from some REALLY old bank. Love it.

Now onto the pie table …

The pie table was actually a blessing in disguise. We had originally wanted to do a Harry Potter themed dessert spread, but fairly last minute, the baker we had lined up, backed out ~ so I immediately thought of PIES. What is more British [and thus – Harry Potter appropriate] than pie? A quick Google search brought me to Mom’s Apple Pie Co., in Leesburg, VA, right near our shoot location.

One quick email later ~ and bam, we had a very generous donation of 3 fruit pies and 4 mini pies. They looked incredible, and they tasted even better.

For the display we used one of the many, incredible vintage pieces from Maggie & Jason [more on Maggpie Vintage Rentals in a bit], my mom’s lace runner [thanks mom!] and we actually used Harry Potter books to make the stands different heights. Did anyone catch that?? We took the dust jackets off so that only REAL Harry Potter fans would notice….

I had seen Maggie’s suitcases on her website, and I just KNEW we had to have them. I wasn’t sure where we would use them, but once things started rolling at Lost Creek Winery, the idea popped into my head to use them to display the mini-pie wedding favors [that Ms. Abby Grace painstakingly slaved over to make]. The way they stacked up, a bit haphazardly, evoked a somewhat eclectic feel ~ which for some reason made me instantly think of the Weasleys. I could imagine suitcases being all stacked and mismatched in their house.

This next shot was an absolute accident.  I literally almost stepped on poor Trevor here, and Ashley [our beautiful model] graciously agreed to take a pic with him. I joked that this was a great alternative to that “couple holds inanimate object in hands” shot, that seriously every wedding/engagement shoot seems to have recently. This one was cool, because Ashley was holding an ANIMATE object. Take that!

Ok, this next part ~ the Harry Potter inspired assignment cards was one of my favorite parts. Possibly because I was so proud of the idea, but also because I thought it was a perfect example of how our shoot was perfect for both Harry Potter fanatics, AND non-fans. We wanted to do something different for the seating assignments display – ie. not folded cards on a table.

The idea of hanging keys sort of floated into my mind ~ it reminded me of at the end of Book 1, where Harry is down the trap door and he is in Professor Flitwick’s protection. All the flying keys, and Harry needs to fly on his broomstick to find the one that fits. Not everyone might have realized that was what I was going for [I am seriously obsessed with Harry Potter] but, it was still a cool effect. Don’t you think?

Plus, Tyler’s sister, Leta is a calligrapher [Decorative Lettering by Leta Layne] and she HAND WROTE the names on these cards. Abby & I used lesser known characters from the books for the names.

We bought the keys on Ebay [the best place to find affordable skeleton keys] and then used twine to hang them from the trees. A pretty easy DIY seating assignments display.

Ingorgio! For more on the behind the scenes details from our Harry Potter Themed Wedding shoot … be sure to click inside.

In addition to the pies, we wanted to have a “tea” table. Tea, obviously, is very British, but we also wanted to include some of the Harry Potter treats from the books. Abby & I are both proud owners of the Unofficial Harry Potter Cook Book[of course we are]. Pumpkin Pasties, treacle tart, scones & lemon bars accompanied the Harry Potter themed dessert spread.

 

The drink display – OH the drink display. This one came SO easy to us. All four drinks are pretty heavily based on the Potter books, and we found eclectic, mismatched glasses to display them. True fans will instantly realize the Polyjuice Potion and the Liquid Luck [Felix Felicis] and even only casual fans know that Butterbeer is a staple among the  Harry Potter universe. We topped off the display with some pumpkin juice too!

The display came together quite nicely on Maggiepie’s vintage trunk, and we added a few details with leftover flowers, a set of keys, an owl feather, and the lantern by the bottom.

PS- The butterbeer was delicious. Yes, I drank it …

Ashley & Zach enjoy some Butterbeer too!

Ok, so now I get to gush about the seriously incredible duo that makeup Maggpie Vintage Rentals, Maggie & Jason. I met Maggie through my blog and we quickly got to emailing and found we had a lot in common. I was in awe of her and her fiance’s company – which they quit their jobs to start – and I was scheming ways to try and meetup. A few weeks before the shoot, and Abby & I were still without some pretty major details; so I emailed Maggie on a complete whim and much to my shock [and utter joy] she accepted.

Maggie & Jason are based in PA – they drove 3 hours (maybe more) each way, to help us out with the shoot. And obviously, you can see how much their stuff just MADE our styled shoot. The chairs, the suitcases, some glasses for the bar, the display tables, and table settings were ALL courtesy of Maggpie Vintage Rentals.

I was insanely stoked that Maggie & Jason agreed to be a part of our shoot … we could not have done it without them AND I was so excited to get to meet them in person. People, if you need a vintage rental company in the Northeast (PA, VA, NJ, DE) … hire Maggpie Vintage Rentals. They have more amazingness in their arsenal of vintage rentals, than I know what to do with. Check it all out here.

Maggie & Jason at work on the table setup!

We were super proud of the wine bottles with candle centerpiece. We saw the idea on Pinterest – but made it our own with just putting them in the center of the table, and using different sized wine bottles. What did you think?

No one had any idea how to fold a napkin, so Maggie & I set to work on how to best display the menu, to include the owl feathers! I tried the “roll-up” [yes, I made that up] and it seemed to work. Wendy’s Harry Potter inspired wedding menu is perfect, and so was her verbiage, “We will FEAST on….”

 

 

More from the insanely talented Wendy of Weswen Design. The Harry Potter Wedding Invitation Suite, in all it’s glory. Whimsical font, royal purple, an “aged” brown tint to the paper, an over-abundance of stamps on the envelope, and our RSVP response …

“____ Accepts: I wouldn’t miss this for the Quidditch World Cup”

“____ Declines: I’m not letting some crack pot old fool teach him magic tricks”

 

Ok this one was just too hilarious not to include. Yes, that is me, with my owl necklace. And yes, I am wearing 3d Harry Potter glasses. I am just too cool for words.

Melanie of MelleFleur made the bouquet, boutonniere, and other flower accents. Abby & I gave her an insanely generic “natural, lots of “wild” greens, eggplant purple, and make it magical” and THIS is what she came up with:

Can we say floral design genius? The twine around the handle was PERFECT.

Wendy nailed it again with our Harry Potter inspired wedding program. We wanted it to mirror the kookiness of the wizarding newspaper, The Daily Prophet, with it’s whimsical fonts, in different directions. Of course, Wendy hit this one out of Gringotts …

Ok now it’s time to gush about the hair, floral hairpiece, makeup, and the dress. We needed a dress and I knew exactly where to go – Stephanie from Punk Rock Bride. I 100% love her, her designs, and the fact that she is an alternative wedding dress boutique based in DC. She invited us into her studio to try on dresses, and we fell in love with the one Ashley wore below, from Punk Rock Bride’s 2009 collection, Elizabeth. Stephanie just released her 2012 collection – be sure to check it out!!!

The hair and makeup vendors came through Tyler ~ JLindsay Hair Design and Donna KZ Make-up. The hairpiece was by the insanely talented Zazzaretti Bridal. She had-made this gorgeous floral hairpiece and it PERFECTLY matched the dress, theme, and color palette. If you need a hair piece for your wedding … check out Zazzaretti’s Bridal shop on Etsy. You will not be sorry. Christina rules.

Zach’s brown grooms outfit was a bit more eclectic. We used my husband Andy’s brown chords [thanks babe!], his purple tie, and then Abby’s brother’s jacket & vest. I don’t think you would even know that we literally put Zach’s outfit together like a puzzle.

Ok, how could I NOT include this shot. hahahah!

Now, some of Abby Grace‘s amazing talent on display with the portrait shots. Just absolutely gorgeous.

 

 

 

 

At one of our first pow-wows, Wendy mentioned she had an old, vintage desk. We knew right away we had to find a way to include it. Not only does it remind you of Hogwarts, but we wanted to have a guest book station. Abby bought some quills, and we used a Fujifilm Instax Camera for the “guestbook”. We wanted to make the “book” look like a scroll … how’d we do?

Me & Wendy setting up the Harry Potter Guestbook Station

 

 

 

 

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH! This might have been my longest blog post ever. But I just couldn’t refrain from showing everyone what went into our shoot and all the amazing vendors that collaborated to make it possible. We hope everyone enjoyed the Harry Potter Wedding Inspiration Styled Shoot as much as Abby & I did, putting it together!

Vendors:

Photography/Producer: Abby ~ Abby Grace Photography

Creative Producer/Design: Bree ~ Capitol Romance

Direction/Coordination: Tyler ~ Voila Events Studio

Stationery/Invitation Suite Design/Graphic Design: Wendy ~ Weswen Design

Vintage Furniture Rental: Jason & Maggie ~ Maggpie Vintage Rentals

Floral [Bouquet & Bouttonniere]: Melanie ~ MelleFleur

Wedding Dress: Stephanie ~ Punk Rock Bride

Hair: JLindsey Hair Design

Hairpiece: Christina ~ Zazzaretti Bridal

Makeup: Donne ~ Donna K Designs

Pies: Moms Apple Pie Co.

Farmhouse Table: Bryan ~ Concepts Created

Calligraphy: Leta ~ Decorative Lettering by Leta Layne

Location:  Lost Creek Winery

DIY Projects: Purple table runner, wine bottles and candles centerpieces, vintage key seating assignments, dessert spread, shoe clips

 

Source: http://www.capitolromance.com/2011/10/25/harry-potter-wedding-shoot-behind-the-scenes-more/

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May 24th, 2015 by admin

In so many of my posts I talk about the importance of showing your personality in your wedding. People want to go to a wedding that really represents the couple and their relationship. So perhaps a themed wedding is for you… and maybe even…. a Harry Potter Themed wedding. Here is a classy take on this pop culture series.

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Source: http://missmyrvold.com/2014/02/04/harry-potter-themed-wedding/

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harry-potter-ideas
May 23rd, 2015 by The Wedding Tales

1. Set the tone with a Marauder’s Map invitation.

Set the tone with a Marauder's Map invitation.

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2. And have ceremony programs inspired by The Burrow.

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3. Or Howler-themed programs.

Or Howler-themed programs.

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SCREAMING TOTALLY OPTIONAL.

4. Rep your house colors with your accessories.

Rep your house colors with your accessories.

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5. Exchange vows over a Goblet of Fire.

Exchange vows over a Goblet of Fire.

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6. Photocopy your favorite Harry Potter passages and turn them into paper flowers.

Photocopy your favorite Harry Potter passages and turn them into paper flowers.

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7. Direct guests to their tables with a Sorting Hat.

Direct guests to their tables with a Sorting Hat.

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8. And name the tables after Harry Potter locations.

And name the tables after Harry Potter locations.

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9. Choose the perfect potion as your signature cocktail.

Choose the perfect potion as your signature cocktail.

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See how it’s made here.

10. And do a champagne toast with Felix Felicis.

And do a champagne toast with Felix Felicis.

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Get the recipe here.

11. Stock your photo booth with Hogwarts-inspired props.

Stock your photo booth with Hogwarts-inspired props.

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12. Have people sign your guest book with quills.

Have people sign your guest book with quills.

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13. Walk down the aisle in these amazing shoes.

Walk down the aisle in these amazing shoes.

The shoes were created by artist Sam Artypants.

14. Then dance the night away in flats that honor The Boy Who Lived.

Then dance the night away in flats that honor The Boy Who Lived.

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15. Or these customized TOMS.

16. Have your bridesmaids pose with their favoriteHarry Potter books.

Have your bridesmaids pose with their favorite Harry Potter books.

17. And fance up any outfit with a Hogwarts bow tie.

And fance up any outfit with a Hogwarts bow tie.

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18. Hang these on the back of you and your sweetheart’s chairs at the head table.

Hang these on the back of you and your sweetheart's chairs at the head table.

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(And then hang display in your home after the big day.)

19. Share slices of a golden snitch cake.

Share slices of a golden snitch cake.

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20. Or a beautiful Patronus-inspired cake.

Or a beautiful Patronus-inspired cake.

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21. And cut your cake with a themed knife and server.

And cut your cake with a themed knife and server.

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22. Keep owl-shaped sugar cubes on hand for guests’ coffee.

Keep owl-shaped sugar cubes on hand for guests’ coffee.

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23. Treat everyone to a Honeydukes-inspired candy bar.

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24. Make a grand exit through an arc of wands.

Make a grand exit through an arc of wands.

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25. And take a stand against the Dark Lord.

And take a stand against the Dark Lord.

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May 20th, 2015 by The Wedding Tales
Meredith Fahey and her husband Joshua Votaw always knew they wanted a book-themed wedding.
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So when their first-choice venue — a library — fell through, they opted to host their wedding day at their favorite restaurant in Los Angeles.

So when their first-choice venue — a library — fell through, they opted to host their wedding day at their favorite restaurant in Los Angeles.

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It happens to be reminiscent of Hogwarts, not to mention it’s within their budget.

It happens to be reminiscent of Hogwarts, not to mention it’s within their budget.

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“We are both huge Harry Potter fans. We have enjoyed many midnight screenings of the movies together, as well as reading them out loud to each other, one of our favorite activities,” Meredith told BuzzFeed.

“We are both huge Harry Potter fans. We have enjoyed many midnight screenings of the movies together, as well as reading them out loud to each other, one of our favorite activities,” Meredith told BuzzFeed.

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The bride even has a Deathly Hallows tattoo on her shoulder.

The bride even has a Deathly Hallows tattoo on her shoulder.

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The couple met several years ago through a dating website, and one of their first conversations was about Lost.

The couple met several years ago through a dating website, and one of their first conversations was about Lost.

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“We have always enjoyed sharing our geeky loves together, whether it be television or movies,” Meredith said. “Our first date was at Griffith Observatory (yay space!), which is where he ended up proposing to me.”

“We have always enjoyed sharing our geeky loves together, whether it be television or movies,” Meredith said. “Our first date was at Griffith Observatory (yay space!), which is where he ended up proposing to me.”

Candice Benjamin

Meredith and Joshua spent hours and hours discussing how they wanted every detail to be laid out and what parts of the Harry Potter series they wanted to incorporate.

Meredith and Joshua spent hours and hours discussing how they wanted every detail to be laid out and what parts of the Harry Potter series they wanted to incorporate.

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“Our vision was that it would be a wedding that could take place within the Harry Potter universe, which we think added to the classic look, helping us stay clear of the cheesy factor,” Meredith said.

“Our vision was that it would be a wedding that could take place within the Harry Potter universe, which we think added to the classic look, helping us stay clear of the cheesy factor,” Meredith said.

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They had help creating the bouquets.

They had help creating the bouquets.

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Family and friends also helped with the programs, banners, and other accessories.

Family and friends also helped with the programs, banners, and other accessories.

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The bride said she even did a great deal herself, including needle-felting characters like Dobby and Norbert.

The bride said she even did a great deal herself, including needle-felting characters like Dobby and Norbert.

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She also did the calligraphy on the place cards.

She also did the calligraphy on the place cards.

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All of the elaborate-looking details in this Harry Potter-themed wedding actually cost the bride and groom the least amount of money.

All of the elaborate-looking details in this Harry Potter-themed wedding actually cost the bride and groom the least amount of money.

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“We reckon we could probably have an entire Harry Potter room at our apartment if we wanted,” said Meredith.

“We reckon we could probably have an entire Harry Potter room at our apartment if we wanted,” said Meredith.

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One of Meredith’s favorite minor wedding details was the “Monster Book of Monsters Guestbook,” which her cousins surprised her with.

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She also liked the S.P.E.W. badges that her sister made for the waitstaff, who apparently got a kick out of wearing them.

She also liked the S.P.E.W. badges that her sister made for the waitstaff, who apparently got a kick out of wearing them.

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Having a Snape character officiate was Meredith’s favorite major detail.

Having a Snape character officiate was Meredith’s favorite major detail.

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“He was one of the restaurant managers and so wonderful to work with,” she told BuzzFeed. “He was really committed to the role.”

“He was one of the restaurant managers and so wonderful to work with,” she told BuzzFeed. “He was really committed to the role.”

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“Our friend is a pyrotechnician and was able to coordinate the Goblet of Fire actually exploding when we put our names in it,” Meredith said. “The guests were quite surprised.”

“Our friend is a pyrotechnician and was able to coordinate the Goblet of Fire actually exploding when we put our names in it,” Meredith said. “The guests were quite surprised.”

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“The walk through the arch of wands was also really sweet.”

“The walk through the arch of wands was also really sweet.”

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Aside from a couple of confused older relatives, all of the guests loved the Harry Potter theme.

Aside from a couple of confused older relatives, all of the guests loved the Harry Potter theme.

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“At least 60% of guests showed up in their house colors, or robes, or full costumes,” said Meredith. “The wand favors got lots of use as everyone tried their best spells.”

“At least 60% of guests showed up in their house colors, or robes, or full costumes,” said Meredith. “The wand favors got lots of use as everyone tried their best spells.”

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The most important detail from their Harry Potter wedding was the series’ overarching emphasis on love.

The most important detail from their Harry Potter wedding was the series’ overarching emphasis on love.

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“After losing my grandmother two weeks before the wedding, and my uncle six months prior, we really wanted our friends and family to make the wedding the most loving and lighthearted of events,” Meredith said.

“After losing my grandmother two weeks before the wedding, and my uncle six months prior, we really wanted our friends and family to make the wedding the most loving and lighthearted of events,” Meredith said.

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“I think we were successful, judging by the enthusiasm in which the theme was embraced by everyone.”

“I think we were successful, judging by the enthusiasm in which the theme was embraced by everyone.”

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And an elaborate theme it was.

And an elaborate theme it was.

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“The [Wizarding] World is so encompassing, you can get lost in it, and each new reading brings more insight into the characters and world.”

“The [Wizarding] World is so encompassing, you can get lost in it, and each new reading brings more insight into the characters and world.”

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