A Phoenix Dress, a Timepiece Cake, and the Weird Sisters… Fans Chris and Kimberly Tie the Knot “Potter” Style
This feature of Muggle Matrimony finds us with the lovely bride and groom Kimberly and Chris. The two married at the Foundary at Glassworks in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 17 of this year. Although Kimberly played with the idea of a Potter-themed wedding, she was nevertheless caught off guard by how game Chris was after he proposed. As is the case with many couples on this site, Chris quickly learned to make room for the third “person” in this relationship: Kimberly’s obsession with the series.
Before planning her wedding, she did have one personal piece of advice she adhered to:
Ask yourself, ‘What does Harry Potter mean to me?’ Everyone knows what Hogwarts looks like but maybe not what Hogwarts looks like to you. And stick to it! There are so many ways to have a themed wedding; from […] Quidditch, to a Honeydukes theme, whatever part of Harry Potter you want to convey, stick with it! It makes the overall feel of the room more meaningful if everything is cohesive!
Out of all of the series’s couples, it was the complex and heartwrenching romance between Severus and Lily from which Kimberly drew her inspiration. Like most fans, she was particularly captivated by the now infamous exchange between Snape and Dumbledore that reads “After all this time? Always.” Subsequently, with the assistance of her closest friends, the group took a literal approach to the wedding reception décor. The family tables were anchored by large centerpieces that read “After,” “All,” “This,” and “Time,” while the bride and groom’s table featured a display that read “Always.” Other Potter references were sprinkled throughout the venue and included a Fluffy replica guarding the gift table and a DJ who played to the tune of the Weird Sisters.
Kimberly’s gown, cut in a simple pink silhouette with added black feathers, was symbolic of Fawkes’s death and rebirth cycle. According to her, she loved Jany Temime’s (costume designer for Fleur’s wedding dress in the films) concept that just like a phoenix, love never dies but instead simply changes.
One of the most unique features was the wedding cake, which despite first appearances, contained an actual functioning timepiece. Yes, a clock was placed within the cake. This seemed fitting given that all the guests received Time-Turners as part of their wedding favors and kept in the overall theme of love being timeless.
As one final romantic act, the two of course exchanged their own Unbreakable Vows along with rings at the altar. This was certainly an intimate and well-themed wedding. We wish that, just like the phoenix, Kimberly and Chris have a marriage filled with warmth and longevity. Be sure to check out their Q&A below, and as always if you think you have a wedding or similar event that you would like featured here, then get in touch with us via our contact page.
Images courtesy of Josh Eskridge Photography