I Went to A Harry Potter-Themed Wedding — And It Was Awesome!

Anyone that knows my friend April Harton knows how much she loves Harry Potter, so when she told me her boyfriend Jordan LaRoche had proposed (he got down on one knee and presented her ring on the tip of an Ollivander wand while the Harry Potter soundtrack played in the background) I couldn’t wait to see what they would come up with for their wedding day.

The invitations were just a glimpse of the magic to come. When I received mine, which was secured with a Hogwarts wax seal, I knew the wedding was going to be amazing — and it was! Inside the envelope was an intricately designed “Marital Map,” inspired by the infamous Marauder’s Map, a magical document that reveals all of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Camelot at The Holy Grail in Epping, New Hampshire could not have been a more perfect venue, with the exception of Hogwarts itself. The building had a thatched roof, cobblestone courtyard and felt like a quaint English village. April and Jordan gave the space the wizardry touch with hand-painted hanging signs and a signpost that could have come straight from the streets of Hogsmeade. “Hedwig’s Theme” replaced the traditional wedding march and the rest of the enchanting Harry Potter soundtrack played softly as guests arrived at the ceremony.

If that wasn’t cool enough, walking into the reception space was like being transported to the Great Hall in Hogwarts Castle. We were greeted by a sorting hat and golden snitch that guarded the seating chart and a unique display of sorcerous trinkets.  Candles hung in mid air as if floating over the round tables, which were laid with silver plates and linens in Gryffindor colors. April and Jordan made all of the centerpieces themselves with handmade paperback and comic book flowers, cauldrons, medieval sculptures, potion bottles and stacks of books (Harry Potter of course!). There was even polyjuice potion to sip on during cocktail hour and a special appearance by Dumbledore.

Mon Petit Studio captured every magical detail here and below.

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From the album: A Camelot Wedding in Epping, New Hampshire

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  • Rachel Torgerson
    06/04/14 at 02:34

    This is the cutest. #ravenclaw

  • 06/05/14 at 05:37

    Good wedding theme and wedding details you show, best wishes to you.

    http://www.angeldress.co.uk/beach-wedding-dresses-uk7972

  • 06/05/14 at 09:50

    I almost cried when I saw the “After all this time…” on the inside of the wedding band!

  • 06/10/14 at 02:53

    great article/pictures Libby! :)

  • Alex
    06/30/14 at 02:17

    It’s cute if you made it all yourself, but if I had a Harry Potter wedding theme, I’d be disappointed with the lack of authenticity here. And the book-flowers really aren’t my thing.

  • Laney Schram
    07/02/14 at 04:58

    Wow!!! Just amazing. I felt, as if I was there. Beautiful and the couples look so in love. Happy for them. I dropped in while checking for a theme for my sister’s wedding party. NO, I’m not going to copy this theme :) It’s is beautiful in its own way and nothing can be better than this. I’m thinking of the wedding party to be held at our grandma’s place in Toronto. I think I’ll have some dishes which brings nostalgia of our childhood, and now I think the theme should of that time.. the 80s.. I have anyways got plans for a live entertainment also. Wanna make it a memorable open wedding party.

  • 07/21/14 at 10:35

    I love the floating candles and how the groomsmen represented all the different houses! I’m organizing a bridal show in Houston, TX called “Handmade Weddings” in September that I hope inspires people to find their unique style like these two.

  • 07/31/14 at 06:29

    oh my god.. this is too much of awesomeness and amazingness and oh god it’s so wonderful it made me speechless. i wish i could have something like that one day i would be the happiest person alive.

  • Michelle
    09/12/14 at 05:27

    My fiancé and I are both Harry Potter fans ourself. We had the same idea, but I wasn’t sure how we would do it until I read this. This looked like it was an awesome wedding.

  • 10/13/14 at 11:00

    Ohhh the floating candles! Awesome wedding Harry Potter inspiration. It’s very detailed from invitation to the cake, the decoration, just everything! Got to save this on my pocket.

  • lindsey
    02/01/15 at 08:11

    Why are they wearing suspenders with belts?

  • Alicia Arnal
    03/16/15 at 09:36

    Do you have a template for the wedding Mad Libs? I am hosting a Harry Potter shower in April and that would be an awesome addition to the shower! Thanks!

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