Muggle Matrimony: Amanda and Andrew’s Great Hall Affair
Amanda and Andrew initially met at a fourth of July party in ’06, and thus began this latest addition to Muggle Matrimony. As is often the case, the bride, Amanda, had always been a Potter aficionado. From the midnight screenings to the nostalgic book lines, she made certain that any future commitments meant her love for the fandom was part of the package. Andrew was more than thrilled to oblige.
Naturally, their proposal took place at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. While waiting in line to snap a photo with the train conductor, Amanda turned to find Andrew on one knee, which was met with both a resounding “yes” and a celebratory round of butterbeer.
As the wedding planning got underway her love for the novels was destined to share the spotlight. Beginning with the invitations, Amanda carefully weaved stories about the couple and the event around custom-made maps imprinted with Hogwarts Castle. This carried through to the reception area, where wooden farmhouse tables, jewel-toned table runners, and chalkboards inscribed with Sorting Hat poems combined to create a Great Hall atmosphere. Even bubble lights were strung throughout the rafters to mimic the infamous floating candle bewitchment.
According to Amanda:
Since it was an outdoor Texas wedding, I definitely wanted a rustic-chic style wedding but with Harry Potter details. I wanted to create a space that a Potter fan would appreciate, but I did not want the theme to be so overwhelming that it would take away from the reception space.
The ceremony featured bridesmaids and groomsmen decked out in shades of black, pink, and ivory. This is not to discount the adorable inclusion of their two pet dogs down the aisle. Flutes of champagne led to a somewhat tipsy but entirely endearing recital of vows and proclamations of “I do!” With the reception equipped with a dance floor, several themed props, and a personalized photo booth, Amanda and Andrew ensured that the rest of the night rivaled all other Potter affairs the couple had experienced. And with that, the two now look forward to their honeymoon in none other than London of course.
Congratulations to Amanda and Andrew! We wish you both all the magic and adventure of the series in your new lives together. Be sure to check out our other featured couples, and let us know what inspirations you’ll be taking away from another superbly themed event.