Morning all! Our first wedding of the week and it is this super cute Harry Potter themed celebration. I love how the couple have injected their personalities in their day, from the binary table numbers to the Harry Potter scenes on jam jars. I also think that Rebecca may be the most relaxed bride ever! Her dress didn’t arrive until a week before the wedding!!! Also, I always enjoy a bride in glasses. Rarely represented in bridal magazines but it is such a normal (and necessary) part of so many ladies lives (mine included!).
Bride’s dress /shoes: My dress was a Kenneth Winston 1504B in Honey. I had seen one just like it in a magazine and was lucky enough that my dream style suited me. It was way over budget but I cried when I tried it on and knew it was the one.
Due to the fault of the supplier (not the shop!) the dress arrived only a week before the wedding. I’m not the type to stress though. I would have worn jeans if needs be.
My shoes were Esta by Perfect Vintage in ivory (would very much recommend!)
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: I had a matching veil but I don’t really know much about it apart from my sister found a stain on the one I got from the bridal shop and took it back without my knowing so I wouldn’t get stressed. They were lovely to order one in special delivery.
Bride’s hair /makeup: My hair was done by Bailey from Results hair dressers in Hemel Hempstead. She has been doing my hair for over 10 years so it was great to have her there. I had a kind of messy bun.
My make up was done by Bridal Makeup By Juliet. I don’t normally wear much makeup but she made me feel nice and relaxed. She also had throat sweets for me when I could’t stop coughing.
My cousin Sam did my flowers. She works as a florist at The Florist in Boxmoor but did them independently (with a little help borrowing stands and things from her lovely employers)
We never actually set out to have a Harry Potter themed wedding – even saying it makes me cringe a little. I’d like to think we did it tastefully and subtly… We went through loads of different ideas but never set on one. It just seemed to happen that as the planning went on, more harry potter snuck in!
On the tables were empty spirit bottles (hard work collecting them!) with flowers in and jars which my decorating dream team (mum, sister, best friend & future sister in law) and me decorated with ribbon and lace. I also sat down and worked out some of the most meaningful and our favourite scenes from the harry potter books and wrapped them around some of the jars (those were my favorite)
The table numbers were binary as my husband works in IT, which was very confusing for people!
The table plan was a multiaperture photoframe as I am a photographer.
The card box was an old suitcase. I stuck photos from all the places Gaz and I have been on holiday to the back of the case. I then took photos of different members of the family holding letters to spell out the word ‘Cards’.
I wrapped tissues with ribbon with little ‘happy tears’ labels on to go on the chairs for the ceremony.
I also bought flip flops and slippers that I made labels for saying things like “get on the dance floor”
My sister’s best friend who I have known for years did my cake. It was a huge 3 tiered pinterest inspired edible lace covered cake. I asked her to do the bottom layer in multi colour sponge however she would like (she did stripes) and the other layers were chocolate and vanilla. We don’t like fruit cake! (yes there is some sponge cake still in the freezer which I have no idea if it is still edible!)
We were initially going to have robot cake toppers but then harry potter started taking over and we ended up contacting a company on etsy and asking them if they would make us a harry potter one modelled on us. They said yes and it’s amazing!
I wasn’t going to have favours then for some reason I decided I wanted cake pops. After a lot of sickly practice, my sister and her best friend spent hours before the wedding making about 80 cake pops and putting little name labels on them. They went down really well.
We got the grooms outfits from Suitors of Buckingham who we met at a bridal fair. We went a bit backwards and had the groom wear the coloured cravat and the groomsmen ivory simply because Gareth preferred the colour. I also bought him some ‘Groom’ socks
The DJ was from 1entertainments. It was all really easy to organize online and they were great.
We had a photobooth, which went down amazingly. All the guests loved it (yes there was a little bit of nakedness) We used photoboothMania but unfortunately I would not recommend them as they were not good at getting back to me before the day, turned up late on the day and I never received my password to view my photos online.
VEGAS BABY! My husband always used to joke he would only marry me if we did it in Vegas so it seemed only right them we went there on honeymoon. We had a second wedding by Elvis 5 days after the first :p. We then went to Antigua for a week of sunbathing and A LOT of rum punch.
I loved the getting ready part. I stayed relaxed for a lot longer than I expected. I loved have people pop in and out of the room all morning for some bubbly and for hair and make up.
This is going to sound really bad – but I loved when we went back to the room when the day was done (nothing saucy!!). It was a stupid hour in the morning, we had had just the right amount to drink and we sat and opened some cards, just basking in the fact that we were actually married.
Don’t stress (too much) Some people plan their wedding in 2 years, some people plan it in 2 months. Either way, it’ll all get done and it’ll all be perfect – anything that doesn’t get done and anything that isn’t perfect won’t even matter when you wake up the morning you get married.
That and spreadsheets. A lot of very big spreadsheets.