Last month my older brother, Brian, wed his beautiful blushing bride, April, on October 18th (10-18-2018) in an awesomely Harry Potter themed wedding. It was in Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff colors. My girls were the flower girls in Beauxbatons uniforms personally made by moi. I was amongst the bridemaids. My husband was among the other guests, looking on. During the ceremony they even did a version of the Unbreakable Vow. It was beautiful. I’ll admit that my face went twitchy with emotion during the ceremony.
I don’t even want to think about how much time my brother spent personally handcrafting all of the centerpieces, chocolate frogs, invitations, save-the-dates, Maurader’s Map seating chart, photo booths, and more. Everything was gorgeous and incredibly detailed. And because they’re both lovers of breakfast the reception had a breakfast buffet for dinner, with assorted pie for dessert instead of traditional wedding cake.
Our Mom escaped temporarily from the nursing home for the day to attend with Dad. One of the nurses volunteered her time to come with as well, so that Dad could concentrate being father-of-the-groom and husband instead of Mom’s nursemaid. April’s Mother also made sure to include Mom in everything, as much as she could be, which I know we greatly appreciated and didn’t anticipate at all. Mom was up in her wheelchair from 1pm to 10pm, which for her was way more than we thought she’d be able to do. In recent months, 2 hours was her limit before wanting to get back into bed. That just showed how engaged and how much fun she had. We’re very proud of her, fully anticipating a nightmare scenario of her wanting to get out of her chair within the first hour or having dirtied her Depends with no available facilities to remedy the situation. Luckily nothing close to that scenario ever materialized.
I was honored for the girls and I to be included in the wedding party and festivities. It was great fun all around! The girls behaved themselves the entire night, and then went to spend the night at my mother-in-law’s. She even took them to school the next day. Since my husband and I had taken off work the following day and were childless till they got off the bus afterschool, we took the opportunity to eat lunch out and go to the movies. It was very very nice.
A week before the wedding itself for the Bachelorette Party April, the other Bridesmaids, and I participated in a Harry Potter themed bar crawl. There were themed drinks, costumes and costume contest, “free” wands and house sorting, and lots of alcohol involved. Of our little group I was the only one to dress in costume, kind of. I went as Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. Not from the Harry Potter-verse, but still magical, right?
And now for the pictures! Very much out of character, I took very few pictures myself. The fast majority of these I stole from other people, hence the lack of pictures of my husband.
Rehearsal dinner (barbeque):
Wedding and reception:
Harry Potter Themed stuff: