Harry Potter fan has spellbinding themed wedding
A Potter-mad mum has wed in a magical Harry Potter themed wedding.
Obsessed Leah Rice, 37, married childhood sweetheart Dax Rice, 39, on Saturday (August 6) in a spellbinding ceremony complete with an owl ring bearer, bridesmaids on broomsticks and a sorting hat for the seating plan.
Leah, from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, even walked down the aisle to the famous theme tune after sneakily planning the wedding behind hubby Dax’s back – who hasn’t seen any of the films.
Leah, who works at KP making Hula Hoops, said: “I always wanted my wedding to be Harry Potter themed, ever since the first book came out in 1997.
“When I first suggested it he said no, but I went and planned it anyway.
“Since then, he just let me get on with it, but he did pick the honeymoon.
“I really wanted to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida – it’s a lifetime ambition of mine – but he said no, so we’re going to Mexico.”
Doting Dax insists he didn’t mind though – even though he’s never read any of the books or watched the films.
The scaffolder said: “I said no at first as I’m not a mad fan of Harry Potter like a lot of people, but she went ahead with it anyway.
“I said no for ages but she kept doing stuff so I had no choice really.
“I was worried it would be really gothic, but it wasn’t.
“You’re only supposed to get married once so you’ve got to make it memorable.”
Everything from the invitations to the bridesmaid dresses were in line with the theme – except her own wedding dress.
The bride dressed her four bridesmaids in colours to match the four houses, but didn’t go as far as to tie her wedding dress in with Ravenclaw blue – her favourite house.
The couple magicked up a miracle, with the whole wedding coming in under £10,000 – and after being let down by a company which went into liquidation just weeks before the big day, Leah ended up doing most of the preparation herself.
Leah, mum to Honie, 10, and Oliver, 3, said: “I was a nervous wreck leading up to the wedding, but it was more magical because everyone pulled together.”
Leah was walked down the aisle by her sister Jo Redfern, who surprised the blushing bride by dressing up as Dumbledore.
The newlyweds even had a barn owl as their ring bearer and bouquets made out of pages from the books.
Leah, who has first edition copies of every book in the series, said: “The owl was my favourite part – apart from marrying Dax of course!”
The couple got hitched at the National Brewery Centre, Burton, in front of 105 guests – and chose the venue for the steam engine outside which looks like the Hogwarts Express.
The couple, who first met when Leah was 11, crossed paths when Dax returned to Burton for a funeral – and Leah was there to offer a shoulder to cry on.
They started dating in March 2013, with love-struck Dax proposing in December of the same year.
Now Dax is worried the wedding will only fuel Leah’s Harry Potter obsession – who openly admits her hoard of Potter collectibles is worth upwards of £4,000.
Dax said: “There’s already a bedroom full of stuff, and it’ll get worse no doubt.
“But it doesn’t matter – what the lady wants, the lady gets.”
Leah added: “I’m such a collector of Harry Potter stuff, and this wedding is a dream come true.
“I’ve got all the books in first edition, every version of the movies, boxed figures, loads of games.
“I’m Harry Potter mad.”
HOW LEAH ACHIEVED HER DREAM HARRY POTTER WEDDING
Platform 9 and 3/4 themed save the dates
Marauder’s Map invitations
Four bridesmaids in dresses matching the colours of each of the houses and wand necklaces
Leah’s sister, Jo, dressed up as Dumbledore to walk her down the aisle
Maid of Honour riding a broomstick down the aisle
A sweet cart with chocolate frogs and every flavour jelly beans
Ford Anglia cars in green and blue as wedding vehicles
Leah walked down the aisle to the Harry Potter theme tune, and a Harry Potter CD was played at the reception
A barn owl as their ring bearer
Wedding favours with owl soaps and Harry Potter glitter tattoos for the children
A sorting hat with the seating plan, with each guest given a special key
Potion bottles on each table
Harry Potter cufflinks for the groom and ushers, and bouquets made out of pages from the books for the bridesmaids
Acrylic nails with the Harry Potter crests on for Leah
Book of Monsters guestbook
Wedding cake with gold snitches on it
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