Published: Friday, Jan. 4th, 2019
On their first date, James and Suzzana discovered that they had something very important in common... They were both huge Potterheads! Forget awkward, this happy couple spent their first date chatting for hours about their shared love of J.K. Rowling’s magical series. Many more dates, and many more exciting conversations, followed.
When it came time for the couple to merge their families, each with children, James and Suzzana wanted their kids to feel connected to the idea of marriage. So instead of a conventional church or event hall, this family-to-be decided their wedding should take place in Hogwarts. It was an obvious choice.
As James told American Weddings, a Harry Potter themed wedding was, “something we could all get behind.”
Once the Harry Potter theme was agreed on, it wasn’t a matter of trying to come up with enough ideas for the wedding, it was a matter of having too many -- and that meant figuring out which elements could be incorporated into the ceremony within a reasonable amount of time, and which ones had to be cut.
In fact, the family had so many ideas that, “it was a matter of deciding how much we could fit into the ceremony, and get accomplished under a relatively small budget,” James said.
“We also wanted to make sure to maintain some elegance and class that we both felt a wedding needed. There had to be a level of sanity that would keep us both from regretting our choices.”
We get it! Speaking from experience, when a couple plans a truly unique and imaginative wedding like this one, they'll definitely need an officiant that's on board with the theme to help make sure everything comes together.
Lucky for James and Suzzanna, one of Suzzana’s good friends was also a big fan of the Harry Potter series. It was meant to be!
(Ask a friend or family member to get ordained online to marry you!)
“Our officiant was amazing,” James said. “Using the Sonorus charm, he was able to help us ease into our own written vows. And for our vows, each of us used quotes from the movie, along with our own special words.”
(For those of you who aren't part of the Harry Potter fandom, the Sonorus or sonorous charm is an amplification charm that amplifies the spell-caster's voice, among other uses...)
Since our goal here at American Weddings is to help future couples plan the best wedding ceremony, we asked James if there was anything he would have done differently.
James told us that the ceremony was live-streamed, so that the couple’s out-of-town friends and family could experience the magic. But in order to afford some of the more "pricey Harry Potter touches to the wedding," the couple's budget didn't have room for a full videographer.
As a result, that live-stream video is the only video footage from the day.
“We think about all of the amazing moments that happened throughout the evening, including my social-anxiety-ridden-self rapping to Vanilla Ice, alone in the middle of the dance floor,” James told us.
“It would have been truly awesome to be able to look back and laugh, or smile or to fall in love with all over again.”
Lucky for the diehard Potter fans, they did have an amazing photographer!
Please enjoy these beautiful shots from this magical wedding.
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