Raleigh Wedding Photographer | Harry Potter and Game of Thrones Themed Wedding | Charlotte and Arthur

 The bride and groom sit together in the park before their wedding day in downtown Raleigh, picture by Rose Trail Images.

I have been DYING to show you these pictures!!!! In fact, if I could post every single photo I took from this day, I would... EEEEEEK!!

The Happy Couple

Charlotte and Arthur were introduced to me by Emily of Emily Katherine Events, and I'm ever so thankful. Adventurers with warm souls, gaming hearts, and a love for all things nerdy, I fell in love with them immediately.  We bonded over our mutual love of Harry Potter and wine, and as they were telling me the details of their wedding, I just couldn't contain how excited I was! We met up for their engagement pics back in February at the Butterfly House at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC and had a total blast together... in fact, have a look for yourself at how much fun we had at their engagement session

 

The Wedding Day

Getting Ready

On April 1st, I knew that after eating all those chocolate easter eggs I was going to have an amazing day... and I was not disappointed!  I met up first with Charlotte and her girls at the Marriott City Center in Downtown Raleigh, and as soon as I walked in I was blown away. Charlotte and her girls were already dressed to the nines and her DRESS was just absolutely breathtaking. A beautiful, flowy silvery gray color, that hugged her curves in just the right spot, had the perfect amount of princess pouff, and with a gorgeously matched shawl, she was inspiring to look at. With everyone in good spirits, we laughed and took pictures of details, including her homemade bridesmaid necklaces, her Harry Potter-inspired Head Girl pin, and her Matron of Honor's Game of Thrones-inspired Hand of the Queen pin (and yes, the Best Man had a Hand of the King pin as well). Their beautiful golden flowers were adorned with feathers and matched all of the glittery awesomeness!

First Look

The girls and I marched ourselves over to Nash Square, a popular spot here in downtown Raleigh for lounging, yoga, and pictures! We completed a first look for the bride and groom, got some portraits done, and the families all got to see the bride and groom to be all dolled up together. Pure spring perfection!

The Ceremony

The ceremony and reception were held at The Bridge Club, a beautiful lofty space in Raleigh that has gorgeous windows, high ceilings, and excellent food! There were candles, lanterns, old books, and muggles everywhere! The music playing was theme songs from various shows and movies... think The Office, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and of course... Game of Thrones. The ceremony was short and sweet, filled with sweet words to each other, amazingly awesome pop culture references, and tears of joy. 

The Party

Here's where it gets even more awesome... for cocktail hour, they had a murder mystery game! Guests were places into color coded teams, and were urged to mingle around with other guests finding out clues about who had done it! Some guests tried to use the cute kiddos as bait, but in the end the kids tricked them all and won the game for themselves! There was lots of wine, a cheese board, and nothing but smiles all around! Once the game was finished, everyone went upstairs for the dinner, which was an event all in its own! There was meat, mac and cheese, brussel sprouts that were AMAZING (and if you know me, and I'm saying this, you know they HAD to be good!) and it was all served family style down the long tables. The cake, which was an amazing site, had the Hogwarts express coming out, as well as the Millennium Falcon, along with The Ring, a golden snitch, and many other references! After dinner, instead of dancing there were games and Nintendo! Adults were playing Mario Kart against the kiddos, there was Exploding Kittens, Boggle, Jenga, and sooo many others. It. Was. Fabulous.

 

Charlotte and Arthur, I hope you have as wonderful a life as I had enjoying your big day. Your souls were meant for happiness, and you have definitely found it with each other. I wish you nothing but the best, and hope to see you both again in the future!! Congrats my friends!

 

* Scroll down to see all the amazing vendors who contributed to this awesomeness! *

 Harry Potter and Game of Thrones Wedding details from Charlotte and Arthur's Wedding Day in Raleigh, North Carolina, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and her bridesmaids getting ready in downtown Raleigh before her wedding day, with Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom have their first look in the park before their wedding day in downtown Raleigh, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom laugh together in the park before their wedding day in downtown Raleigh, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The groom and his friends and family before his wedding day in downtown Raleigh, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom pose with family in the park before their wedding day in downtown Raleigh, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom take pictures with their bridal party in the park before their wedding day in downtown Raleigh, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom pose in the park before their wedding day with Rose Trail Images in downtown Raleigh, NC.
 The bride and groom take a moment to be together in the park before their wedding day in downtown Raleigh, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 Wedding details such as the yellow and gray invitation, yellow flowers, silver cranes, and the wedding rings are important to capture during the wedding day, pictures by Rose Trail Images in Raleigh, NC.
 Wedding details featuring Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings were everywhere at this Raleigh, NC wedding, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 The wedding at The Bridge Club in downtown Raleigh, NC was held indoors, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom walking down the aisle during their wedding ceremony in Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom at their wedding ceremony at The Bridge Club in Raleigh, NC, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom look at each other during their vows at their wedding ceremony at The Bridge Club in Raleigh, NC, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom share their first kiss at their wedding ceremony at The Bridge Club in Raleigh, NC, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom walk down the aisle together after their wedding ceremony at The Bridge Club in Raleigh, NC, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom, along with their guests at The Bridge Club in Raleigh, NC, partook in a murder mystery game during the cocktail hour after their wedding, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom take portraits together with Rose Trail Images after their wedding in Raleigh, NC, making sure to display their wedding rings.
 The bride and groom take a moment to hold hands and reflect after their wedding reception in Raleigh, NC, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride holds her groom's face in her hands after their wedding in Raleigh, NC, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 Wedding cake featuring the Hogwarts Express, the Ring, a golden snitch, the Millennium Falcon, and other Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones references was perfect for this Raleigh, NC wedding, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom toast and kiss at their wedding reception in Raleigh, NC, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 The bride and groom cut their Harry Potter/Star Wars/Lord of the Rings wedding cake at their wedding reception in Raleigh, NC, picture by Rose Trail Images.
 More Harry Potter and Game of Thrones references in their wedding decor in Raleigh NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 Guests pose for the camera during the wedding reception in downtown Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 Guests enjoy themselves during the wedding reception by playing games in downtown Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 Guests play Nintendo on the couches during the wedding reception at The Bridge Club in downtown Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.
 Guests, as well as the bride and groom, enjoy games during the wedding reception in downtown Raleigh, NC, pictures by Rose Trail Images.

Amazing Vendors:

Photographer: Rose Trail Images

Planner: Emily Katherine Events

Venue and Food: The Bridge Club, Raleigh NC

Officiant: Kathy McCutcheon with Sanctuary: Interfaith Spiritual Care

Cake:  Cupcakes d'Amour

Cake Stand: Distinctive Party Scapes

MUA: Tiffany Mentrak

Dress: Vera Wang, at David's Bridal

Suit: Men's Warehouse

Rings: Neil Lane, at Kay Jewelers and Steven Jacob, made with Damascus Steel

Stationary: Minted

Bridesmaids Jewelry: Dwelling Gem

Draping: Perfect Event Entertainment

Rentals: Party Reflections and Pop the Champagne

Signage: North to South Designs and Wooden It Be Nice

Flowers: Put together by the Matron of Honor, Laura