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A Murder Mystery Cocktail Hour and All Things “Nerdy”

Charlotte + Arthur | Apr 1, 2018

A Harry Potter and Game of Thrones Inspired Golden Yellow Loft Wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina

When a wedding does a murder mystery game for cocktail hour you know it’s going to be something special. That’s exactly how this couple’s wedding day was. Charlotte and Arthur’s wedding took place on Easter Sunday and it was a day to remember full of all their favorite things.

The day began with Charlotte getting ready with her girls at the Marriott City Center in Downtown Raleigh. The bridesmaids wore completely different dresses in the grey and silver family. Some had sequins, others with lace or embellishments. It was perfectly mismatched! The look was finished with a handmade necklace from the bride – talk about a special bridesmaid gift!

Believe it or not, the bride’s dress fell right into the grey colored family with a tint of silver to it. It was amazing. The strapless gown had a ballgown bottom with button detailing on the back. The bride topped it off with a gorgeous matching shawl that wrapped around her back and shoulders in the most mesmerizing way.

She wore her hair up and had a Harry Potter-inspired Head Girl pin to help hold it back. This was the first of many tributes on their wedding day to one of their favorite books.

After leaving the hotel, the bride met up with her groom at the well-known Nash Square in downtown for the sweetest first look, perfectly captured by Rose Trail Images. The warm spring sun lit up the park around them and the trees were the perfect spring green color as Charlotte snuck up behind Arthur; his face said it all.

The big smile on Arthur’s face was the finishing touch to his dapper look. He wore a dark charcoal suit, white shirt and golden yellow tie. The tie clip and pocket square added that necessary touch of class.

The groomsmen complimented his look in mismatching suits, all in the grey and charcoal family. Each groomsmen also had a different tie and pocket square all in the golden yellow color family. Some were solid colored and some were patterned.

The rest of their bridal party and families met them at the park for pictures. The bouquets added the perfect pop of spring goodness in gorgeous shades of golden yellow, white and creams including dahlias and delphinium.The bridal bouquet was the same colors but added big full lilies, the perfect spring flower. The bouquets were tightly wrapped and finished off with yellow ribbon.

After pictures, the group headed over to the ceremony to watch Charlotte and Arthur exchange their “I do’s.” The couple became husband and wife in the dreamiest loft space full of floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden floors and a chandelier. Simple lantern décor at the alter was the perfect romantic touch.

Also the perfect touch? The music selections! The couple used theme songs from their favorite movies and shows as another way to personalize their wedding day. Think “The Office,” “Star Wars” 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,” said Audrey of Rose Trail Images.

The “Game of Thrones” theme song wasn’t the only ode to the show during the wedding. The matron of honor and best man each wore a Hand of Queen and Hand of King pin inspired by the show.

After the ceremony, guests were welcomed to the most creative cocktail hour we’ve heard of yet – a murder mystery! Guests were placed into color coded teams and mingled with other guests finding out clues about who had done it. This is definitely a unique idea we can get down with, especially if it is always paired with wine and a cheese board that looks almost too good to eat!

After the mystery was solved, dinner was served. The reception took place in the same loft as the ceremony but the room was completely transformed. There were industrial-inspired wooden tables that lined the room, set with a golden yellow napkin and laser-cut acrylic place cards. A simple bud vase and candles lined the tables.

Dinner was served family style, which was perfect for this intimate feeling wedding. It also made it feel that much more like eating in the dining hall at Hogwarts!

The room was full of décor and signs that referenced “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Game of Thrones” – including the cake! The three-tier cake that sat atop a shield had symbols of the Hogwarts Express, Millennium Falcon, The Ring and a gold snitch, among others.

It only made sense that after dinner instead of dancing there were more games! The party continued with Mario Kart on Nintendo, Boggle, Jenga, and many more.

This wedding was the perfect representation of Charlotte and Arthur – adventurers with warm souls, gaming hearts and a love for all things nerdy!

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