Witches, Wizards, and Weddings Oh My! The Harry Potter Engagement Party

The bride-to-be and myself, because the only thing better than a nerd with a wand is a nerd with a wand who also has PHOTOSHOP!

The bride-to-be and myself, because the only thing better than a nerd with a wand is a nerd with a wand who also has PHOTOSHOP!

As far as engagement parties go, they don’t get much better than this. Hours and hours of preparation and voluntarily researching by watching more hours and hours of Harry Potter movies culminated in a well attended party with 40 enthusiastic muggles who ate ourselves silly and the proceeded to prod each other with homemade wands.


While the house-on-the-hill that I call home is no Hogwarts, we did our best to transform it into a wizarding wonderland. After you went through Platform 9 3/4…

Platform 9 3/4 this way!

Platform 9 3/4 this way!

And avoided the flock of flying keys…

Flock of flying keys

Flock of flying keys

You were sorted into your house via the Sorting Hat and received your wand and house scarf…


Getting sorted!

Watch out for the spiders trying to make a hasty exit out the window…



Before sampling various potions and treats from Honeyduke’s Sweet Shoppe…

Some of the food served! Ron Weasley eat your heart out!

Some of the food served! Ron Weasley, eat your heart out!

Then enjoy the festivities and play some quidditch outside…

A "Quidditch" Set, our wedding present to the happy couple

A “Quidditch” Set, our wedding present to the happy couple

But be care not to break any of Umbridge’s Proclamations…

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Or else you will lose points from your house!


I’m missing some photos of details that were going up as people were arriving (and thanks to Megan for sharing her photos with me that I didn’t get to take), but you probably don’t need to see the Employee Entrance to the Ministry of Magic (aka the toilet), among other things 🙂

The party went on well into the little hours of the morning, and it was great getting to visit with friends I haven’t seen in a while, as well as make new friends and of course get super excited for the impending nuptials of my best friend Nikki!

The Bridesmaids (sans a couple who live far far away) with the Bride-to-be! Swish and flick!

The Bridesmaids (sans a couple who live far far away) with the Bride-to-be! Swish and flick!

Former roommates and great friends! And look, we're all in different houses!

Former roommates and great friends! And look, we’re all in different houses!

My Hufflepuff man!

My Hufflepuff man!

I have to shout out to the other bridesmaids and MOH for everyone’s hard work and dedication, and for owning your nerdiness and making this party a success! Until next time (like October of next year 😉 )…

Mischief Managed!

You mean I do something besides horses?

In the world of horses…
Our show this weekend has sneaked up on us but I feel relatively confident. Foster has jumped almost all of the fences on the XC course, and it will be my job to give him a confident ride and hopefully come home double clean. While it would be nice to bring home a ribbon, our division is one of the biggest I’ve seen at a schooling show (two classes of ~12 each in Beginner Novice!) so I’m going to try not to worry about that.

Otherwise I have been preoccupying myself with several design projects for friends. I’ve been working hard after hours to build my portfolio and experiment a bit in the design department. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

Cori Spade Designs
I met Cori via her boyfriend, one of my good college buddies from State. It turns out she is a sweetheart, and a wonderfully talented fashion designer that even showed a collection on the runway at New York Fashion Week! This project was really fun as fashion is an industry I have never designed for and I got to practice some new techniques for her site. Design and coding from top to bottom by me! Go check it out at corispadedesigns.com !


Cori Spade Designs homepage

Wedding Invitations
This has been a project for a sweet coworker of mine who is going to have a b-e-a-utiful wedding in a few weeks. I can’t wait to see how her elegant gold theme is going to work out. I’m also working on several other elements for this wedding so there will be more photos to come!


Invitation and RSVP card

Harry Potter Engagement Invitations
My best friend is getting married next fall and to celebrate, we are going to have the most amazing Harry Potter themed party you will have ever seen! I can’t share any of the details yet except for the invitations I designed, which were delivered -by owl- this past week, but hold on to your sorting hats, it’s going to be a doozy!


Harry Potter Invite

That’s it for now! Like I said I will have more updates on these designs (and party) but that will come next month. In the meantime, we have our fingers crossed for this weekend and will be sure to do a recap next week! Wish us luck! 🙂