{reality wedding} Harry Potter Themed Wedding is Magical Day for London Couple

Amanda and Brad Ausrotas tied the knot in a Harry Potter themed wedding, complete with magic wand and castle-like setting. “My husband and I both grew up with Harry Potter, and it’s a really important part of who we are. We also met through a Harry Potter fan website, and it was the biggest thing we had in common. A lot of our lives and our relationship are based on the series….”

BRIDE & GROOM: Amanda and Brad Ausrotas
PHOTOGRAPHY: Whitney Heard Photography (whitneyheard.com)
WEDDING DATE: June 13th, 2015
CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION: Brescia University College, London, ON (brescia.uwo.ca)

GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Moores Clothing for Men (mooresclothing.com)
BRIDE ATTIRE: Sophies Gown Shoppe, Mississauga ON (sophiesgownshoppe.com)
BRIDESMAID ATTIRE: Nicholas & Elizabeth Bridal, London ON (nicholasandelizabeth.com)
HAIR: Adesso Hair & Beauty Studio (adessohair.com)
MAKEUP: Makeup and Lashes by Laura (makeupandlashesbylaura.com)
CAKE: The Boombox Bakeshop (theboomboxbakeshop.com)
DJ: DJ Focus (djfocus.ca)
RENTALS: Signature Events Rental Shoppe (signatureevents.ca)
FLORALS: Jim Anderson Flowers (jimandersonflowers.com)
WEDDING PLANNING: Unmistakably You (unmistakablyyou.com)

What was your favourite décor element?
My favourite décor was the center pieces crafted by Geraldine (at Jim Anderson Flowers). I came to her with an idea and a blurry picture of something similar to what I wanted, and she did it perfectly.

DIY Details: Our biggest DIY project was to hand make magic wands that we used as escort cards for the guests. My maid of honour and I spent a weekend setting up our crafts on the coffee table, watching Netflix while we worked. It was a lot of fun, and the guests really liked them!

INVITATIONS: Our invitations came from Wedding Paper Divas (weddingpaperdivas.com). But our real pride and joy were our Save the Dates. A good friend of ours, Jordan Edwards, is a designer and he created the image that we then had foil printed on cards in gold. It was a recreation of the Platform 9 3/4 train ticket from Harry Potter with our save the date information and a custom emblem of our initials that I had engraved into a wax seal, which we used on all the envelopes. It was truly magical.

FAVOURS: Our wedding favours were something that we ended up not wanting to spend too much money on, so we decided to go with something simple. We printed bookmarks, and attached them with emerald green tassles. The image on the bookmarks was a commissioned drawing of my husband and I in Hogwarts uniforms from Frankie Franco III (who I believe works at Pixar now). It was a gift he had given me for one of our first anniversaries, and we thought it was something really nice to share with our guests. And the bookmarks really gave it a nice Harry Potter-esque touch as we’re huge bookworms.

FLORALS: Our flowers were done by Geraldine and her team at Jim Anderson Flowers (jimandersonflowers.com) in London. Our flowers were white with green accents. The groom and groomsmen wore succulent boutineers (the groom’s Best Lady wore a corsage), and the bride and bridesmaids had bouquets of white chrysanthemums (groom’s birth month flower) and white carnations (bride’s birth month flower) with green hypericum berries.

Any advice for couples planning their wedding?
My best advice is that it’s never too early to do wedding stuff. It’s never too early to book your venue, or buy your dress, or order your invitations. Because there will always be more to do the closer your date comes.