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Couple tie the knot with a Harry Potter themed wedding complete with a fancy dress reception and even a wizard's DUEL

  • Emma Berry, 28, and Ben Shields, 30 celebrated their nuptials with a Harry Potter themed wedding 
  • Emma had her hen do at the Harry Potter studios where she bought replica wands for a wizard dual 
  • The couple's dream of a Harry Potter wand-sparking duel was made a reality by photographer Kirsty Cropley 

  • A couple have tied the knot in truly magical style with a Harry Potter themed wedding complete with costumes and wand duel.

    Wizarding fans Emma Berry, 28, and Ben Shields, 30, of Staple Hill exchanged their vows dressed head to toe in Potter outfits.

    Rings were presented inside a cutout copy of Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, from chapter 15, and their spellbinding day was capped off with a wizarding duel.

     

    Emma Berry, 28, and Ben Shields, 30, made their big day truly magical by hosting a Harry Potter themed wedding

    The couple have been planning their magical day since they got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2014 after Ben got down on one knee while on a caravan holiday in Trecco Bay.


    The couple's dream of a Harry Potter wand-sparking duel was made a reality by photographer Kirsty Cropley, from Brunel Photography Bristol

    Emma went to the Harry Potter studios in London for her hen party where she bought Ron and Hermione's replica wands to use in their dual 

    The famous Hedwigs theme tune was playing in the background while guests arrived, and the top tier of the wedding cake had Bertie Botts every flavour beans inside.

    Emma and her bridesmaids wore necklaces with the word 'always' etched on them in tribute to Professor Severus Snape and his undying affections for Harry's mum Lily.

    Full-time mum Emma said: 'We wanted a movie theme throughout.

    'We toyed with lots of ideas but we thought to ourselves we are only going to do this once so we are going to do it how we want to do it.

    'I'm a massive Harry Potter fan, Ben likes it too, and he also loves Lord Of The Rings and Game of Thrones, so we had a bit of that too.



    After the ceremony Emma slipped into her best Maleficent outfit and fishmonger Ben dressed up as the Gingerbread Man from Shrek



    Guests at the wedding were required to wear full fancy dress throughout the day to go with the movie theme



    Guests embraced the fancy dress theme and everyone from kids to grandparents got involved

    'I saw some ideas from other weddings online, and we got the wands and the rings and it all came together.'

    The bride then slipped into her best Maleficent outfit - the Sleeping Beauty baddie character from the dark Disney film starring Angelina Jolie for the wedding reception.

    And fishmonger Ben dressed up as the Gingerbread Man from Shrek.

    Guests embraced the fancy dress theme and everyone from kids to grandparents got involved.


    The couple (pictured with their three children) wore magical costume for the ceremony and even took part in a wizard's dual which made for dramatic wedding photos

    The top tier of the wedding cake had Bertie Botts every flavour beans inside and featured photographs of the couple on the exterior 

    'Everyone knows that we would do something like this, so they were expecting it,' added Emma.

    'We told all our friends that it was fancy dress and if they didn't come in fancy dress, we had a dressing up booth with lots of costumes and funny glasses and wigs and they would be sent there as soon as they arrived.

    'Everyone did turn up in fancy dress.'

    'Our three young children were Elsa, The Hulk and Wonder Woman, and my dad came as Elvis. 

    'We also had Hulk Hogan, Batman, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell - you name it, it was great.'

    Rings were presented inside a cutout copy of Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, chapter fifteen 

    The couple's dream of a Harry Potter wand-sparking duel was made a reality by photographer Kirsty Cropley, from Brunel Photography Bristol.

    She said: 'It was a really magical wedding - the venue added to it.

    'It was in the middle of nowhere and on the day it was really misty, so it was like something from Harry Potter as soon as we arrived.

    'It was such great fun to photograph the wedding, and the wizarding effects were something we were able to add in later - we're aiming to offer wizard sessions in 2017 for people who like photos like this.'





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