Mallory + Jake | Lionsgate Event Center Wedding

This week I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from a pretty rad wedding last year at the Lionsgate Event Center. I loved Mallory + Jake SO much, and their wedding was such a blast. Their wedding party had the best attitude ever and were up for all kinds of fun. Check out how good those groomsmen look with the bridesmaids bouquet on the front steps of the Gatehouse. Their pastel mint and pink color scheme was super fresh and a breath of air during the middle of the summer when most people have saturated bright color schemes. 

I love that Mallory and Jake's personalities are both super vibrant and very different. She went for a gorgeous poofy ballgown and he spiked his 8 inch mohawk straight up in the air. Their whole wedding day was a fun adventure of juxtaposition seeing their two styles come together, mesh, and contrast. 

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They both have an amazing sense of humor as well. Their sweet, more serious moments would only last a split second before they both burst into giggles. Have I mentioned how obsessed I am with all of the vine covered walls at the Lionsgate Event Center... well if I haven't I am now!! The greenery there in the summer is just heaven, and is such a stunning complement to the vintage style of the rest of the property. 

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It's a bit of an unusual location, and is only for the bravest couples (its full of prickly's and goat heads) but the field out behind the Gatehouse is one of the best places to catch a sunset at Lionsgate. Mallory and Jake got lucky with some cotton candy colored skies lighting up during the evening, and we caught it just right to get some glow in their photos. 

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Venue: Lionsgate Event Center

New Things!! Dogs + USB Drives

So this is a bit of an eclectic post, but it's what's really going on in my life this week! It's starting to feel like spring in Colorado, and that in my experience brings about changes and new things. The first one is our new rescue pup, Obi Wan! This guy is seriously the perfect dog. Super mellow, chill and friendly in new places with new people, and is a big fan of our two dogs, Luke and Leia. They're still working out how they feel about him, but I know he's going to be the best little brother ever. He spends most of his day curled up snoozing in a little donut shape, and the rest of the day obsessing over food. It's okay for now because he needs to pack on a few pounds! 

 Here's our sweet Obi! 

Here's our sweet Obi! 

The other exciting new thing that I got this week: samples from a new USB supplier! I am over the moon about these beauties. I hadn't found one anywhere that I really felt confident offering my couples. Either they looked just like everyone elses, or they were so unique you couldn't even use them as a flash drive! These are a perfect middle ground and I think fit me perfectly. The gorgeous maroon wood shines when the light hits it, and USB Memory Direct did such a great job printing my logo on them. My husband mentioned he loved the way the magnets keep the top closed so you don't lose the cap if you have it in a drawer somewhere. They offer a ton of wholesale drives, so check 'em out if you ever need one. 

I'm now going to offer these beauties to all my rad couples if they want a more tangible way to hang on to their photos! If you want to add one, just shoot me an email! 

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Keep an eye on my Instagram for more updates from the dog pack! They even have their own instagram you can follow too...@LukeandLeiaPitties. I guess I'll have to figure out how to add Obi into the handle now! Leave your name suggestions in the comments! 

Advice // 10 tips to Design the Best Harry Potter Themed Wedding

The summer of 2001 was a special year... I was 11 years old and was ready. I'd been preparing for this day for the last 3 years of my life. I was going to Hogwarts. Dumbledore was going to write me a letter on crisp parchment with my name penned in glossy green calligraphy. I checked the mail every day for all of July AND August to look for my Hogwarts letter, scanned the night sky for owls every night before bed. 

Alas, my letter never came. But, believing in that magic more than I ever believed in Santa or the Tooth Fairy is not a feeling that goes away, and I still love Harry Potter and the world that JK Rowling created with my whole heart! Now, Harry Potter has morphed into a symbol for those who believe in a little bit of magic, connected with a kid who was a bit of an outcast in his normal life, and see the world a little differently. It's so special to the people who still love and follow it that I've even seen it incorporated into weddings! Yes, Harry Potter themed weddings. You might imagine it as an event full of cloaks and wizard hats, but there are ways to incorporate it that aren't as outlandish and traumatizing to your grandparents. Here are some fun ideas for incorporating a little magic into your wedding celebration! 

 **This post contains links that I get a small kickback for recommending to you. BUT, I don't include anything that I wouldn't buy myself, and fully vet anything I include.**

**This post contains links that I get a small kickback for recommending to you. BUT, I don't include anything that I wouldn't buy myself, and fully vet anything I include.**

#1 Bouquet Alternatives

I think wedding bouquets are a great tradition to rethink and make more unique to you! My first thought for a Harry Potter themed wedding would be to ditch flowers all together, and give each of your wedding party members a custom wand! Maybe they each have a different character they love, or a wand that they remember wanting. These replica Harry Potter wands are super legit (made by Universal Studios), come in different styles for a ton of characters, and have a super fab box with literature so these could double as gifts for your peeps too! 

#2 Book Decorations

I've seen books at weddings in all sorts of different capacities before! Whether as table decorations, ring boxes, or props for photos, there are a ton of ways to incorporate your favorite HP books into the wedding. Check out this vendor on Etsy who will make pages from your book into flowers you can use throughout your wedding. 

#3 Vows

You can make your vows more personal by adding some of your favorite quotes from HP, or find a fun book for you both to read your vows from during your ceremony. You could write letters to each other leading up to the big day, and make the book a keepsake of your wedding memories. I love how sleek and understated this replica of Tom Riddle's Diary is. Only the hard core fans would get the reference, and that sometimes makes it way more special. 

Now for all the accessories!!!

#4 Tie Pins

For those members of your wedding party wearing suits, these fab "deathly hallows" tie pins are sure to be a hit (and again, double as a gift they could wear again). 

#6 Cufflinks

In the same vein, I LOVE these Platform 9 3/4 Cufflinks

#7 Always

If you're a Harry Potter fan and you don't know about Alex and Ani's gorgeous jewelry... say goodbye to your budget for the month. I have earrings and rings galore from them, and absolutely adore this "Always" bracelet. Could be a gift to your wedding party, or a gift for your new partner in crime! 

...and now for a most important wedding day beverage *drumroll please*

#8 BEER

Harry Potter + Beer = A very happy Kate. If you feel the same way I do, these Muggle, Squib, Wizard! pint glasses could be super cute as your special glasses for the evening, or as a toasting vessel for your bridal party... or just because they're amazing. I definitely become a wizard after a tasty (butter) beer. 

#9 More Beer

So I don't know about you, but I use all my old growlers and bombers as flower vases around my house... well, how about these Deathly Hallows growlers for your wedding centerpieces. How cute would it be standing on top of a pile of books with a flower made from your favorite book in the top! Crap, I need to get married again now *facepalm.* 

#10 Butter Beer

Confession, two of these are in my amazon cart right now (one for me, one for my favorite Harry Potter fan). Beer bottle openers that say "Accio (Butter) Beer." Again, a super cute gift or favor, especially if you're having some of your favorite brews featured at the wedding!

If you made it all the way through this article... here's a freebie for you. That quote by Snape that always brings tears to my eyes? You know the one... "After all this time?" "ALWAYS." *sobs* Well, did you know they make shoe stickers specifically for weddings of that quote?? I didn't either. But you're welcome ;) 

Sooooo.... can I pretty please photograph your Harry Potter themed wedding? If yes, click here to get in touch with me :) 

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That awesome scarf and hat from the header photo: Sunshine's Whimsy

The Slytherin shirt that the guy in the photo is wearing: The Dream Societee

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