If you never wanted to dine in the magnificence that was the Great Hall when you watched Harry Potter films, well, you’re lying to yourself. The piled platters of delicious looking food, the ethereal floating candles, the gorgeous draped fabrics in jewel tones – it looked magical in every sense of the word.
So naturally (or supernaturally) you can imagine our excitement when Carolyn and Tom told us they wanted to emulate this vibe for their wedding day at the beautiful Comrie Croft! They wanted the focus to be on glorious food, drink and family, celebrating two people in love in a spectacular location and combining this with their love of all things Harry Potter and film. We gleefully set to work creating an intriguing world of understated opulence for them to step into as a married couple.
We curated this from the very start of the guest’s experience. Upon entering the barn, they arrived into a lush forbidden forest, with a gilt-framed sign welcoming them to Tom and Carolyn’s wedding with a lightning mark and “Always”. Glass tea lights, greenery and fabrics hung from the beams, making it seem cosy and intimate whilst still luxurious and opulent. Trees and books were dotted throughout, to continue the theme.
Carolyn and Tom had their ceremony in the back left corner of the large barn, with lots of vintage rugs, hurricane lanterns, candles and pops of greenery lining the aisle up there. For their backdrop, we draped deep red fabric around an arch, which we then covered in more greenery, and flanked with two huge glass lanterns filled with candles. One they’d said their I dos, they moved to our dark wood signing table to sign the register.
The newlyweds and their guests then moved outside for their drinks ceremony (to be fair, it was March – so nearly summer, right?). Beers and ciders were available from giant galvanised containers filled with ice, alongside which fizz was served from one of our vintage trestle tables. Sepia toned glass elements, stage lamps and touches of red velvet nodded to Carolyn and Tom’s love of independent film and vintage cinema.
The dining space had been hidden with long, Hogwarts house-coloured velvet drapes during the ceremony, but now it was time to pull them back and reveal the dining space in all of its glory! The four long trestle tables were each covered in a different linen depending on their Hogwarts house – one wine, one gold, one deep green, and one rich navy – with the top table presiding over all. Deep navy and gold napkins were tucked under gold charger plates, and each guest had a wine goblet to drink from as well as a little potion as a favour.
The table plan continued this theme, with each guest’s name featuring on a card in one of the House colours (Which are you? We’re Hufflepuff – obviously). Above each of the dining tables trailed gorgeous greenery and hanging candles; and on the top of each we decorated with lots of moss and greenery, vintage books and ivory taper candles in brass candlesticks. As the starter and main courses were being served sharing-platter style, we still wanted to ensure there was enough space to comfortably eat, so it was all about creating a sense of fullness without it being unwieldy! Grand without being grandiose, impressive without being impersonal, opulent whilst keeping it relaxed – we absolutely loved styling this feast for their family and friends.
There was one last styling surprise before guests got stuck in to doing their best Yule Ball twosteps on the dancefloor; Carolyn and Tom’s beautiful naked cake was placed atop a barrel in front of a blackboard backdrop and a gilt framed mirror to present to their guests. Then, without further ado, it was time to get the dancing started – and let us tell ya, those magic potions they drank must have worked a treat as they Never. Stopped. Moving!