This Harry Potter wedding at Parque at Ridley Creek State Park toes the line beautifully between a fully fleshed out concept and just plain overboard, writes Sarah Zlotnick for Philadelphia Magazine.
Cory Waddell and Lawrence Mallard dated for two years and decided to celebrate their birthdays with a trip to Universal Studios.
“I am incredibly obsessed with Harry Potter, so I make any excuse to go to Harry Potter world in Orlando,” Cory says. It was at Universal’s Hogsmeade that Lawrence proposed.
A year and a half later, Cory and Lawrence had the perfect Harry Potter wedding. The couple turned Parque at Ridley Creek into the Great Hall at Hogwarts, complete with floating candles.
After finding their seats via wizarding wand escort cards on a Sorting Hat display, guests sipped wizarding mocktails and cocktails named Cornish Pixie, Amortentia, Butterbeer, Felix Felicis and Veritaserum at richly decorated tables.
Cory DIY’ed Chocolate Frogs that went into a box with a Chocolate Frog card featuring her and Lawrence, and the couples’ sweetheart table featured a Gryffindor banner. In lieu of bouquets, Cory’s bridesmaids carried Harry Potter books, and the couple’s officiant donned Head of House robes.
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