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Wizard Wedding Weekend

Last weekend I had the privilege of attending the wedding of two wonderful friends, Laura and James. The bride and groom met at a Harry Potter wizard Rock show in a library a few years ago and honoured the connection by theming the wedding around books. This was a very special wedding, and Laura and James’ personalities and hard work could be seen throughout the weekend.

This was a very small wedding with forty-two people in attendance, meaning that we could all stay together in the large house where the reception took place. On arriving at the house, we could see the schedule of the next day’s proceedings while we settled down to a fish-and-chip takeaway.

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On the morning of the wedding, many of us woke at quarter to eight and so we pootled into Kylie and Mel’s room for a chat and a cup of tea. By 10am we had Twerked, tea’d and Cheerio’d and decided it was time to put our nice frocks on before heading down to the Knight Bus to go to the ceremony.

Wedding bus

Ellie and I show off our hats aboard the Knight Bus!

We drove over hill and dale (singing a rousing bus-related wizard rock song) to get to the ceremony’s venue, a small converted barn on an organic farm. We saw lots of nice cows and sheep on our way, as well as a sign for pig racing, which we decided would be an excellent day out and a marvelous activity to follow a wedding…

Paper book flowers

Handmade flowers from the pages of books to tie in with the book theme.

Wedding

Vintage and pretty decor at the venue.

When we entered, Here Comes the Sun by Laura’s favourite band, the Beatles was playing. There were strings of bunting and fairylights and garlands decorating the barn along with the red roses and book-roses that Laura had made. As is tradition, the bride was quite late. Untraditionally, though, it was because she’d got lost and ended up in a field. Luckily we had the Beatles playing and cereal bars to keep us fueled until she arrived. We also convinced James and our friend Neil, the best man, to keep us entertained. 🙂

Wedding Men

Kylie-faces!

The ceremony was beautiful. Laura looked stunning and elegant in her red gown. We were so few in number that we all felt honoured to be there for Laura and James. When it came to their readings and vows, we knew exactly what they meant. Laura read a passage from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that was so wonderfully relevant and poignant that Mel, Ellie and I all made good use of the tissues I’d brought.

In the Morris

Mr and Mrs in the Morris.

Vintage Wedding

The wedding party and parents on the farm.

When we got back to the reception house, the photographer took some photos of everyone outside the house. Meanwhile, a few of us scurried off to take some photos in the surrounding area. There were some great props like tyres and old sheds, long grass, and rubble! Grunge-chic!

Wedding fashion

Rachel in the wedding high-fashion photoshoot!

Feeling a bit... tyred? Hahaha...

Behind the scenes!

Leaning on the fence

David does his best model-farmer pose.

After a pretty sparkling wine and some nibbles, we moved through for dinner. The dining room had been decorated beautifully by the wedding party. As we arrived, we each found our names attached to a small charm (mine was a clock!) on top of an old book which bore the name of our table. All of our friends were seated at the Fantasy table, which was decorated with the one ring, the wardrobe, and a pile of children’s book, including Philosopher’s Stone and Beedle the Bard.  When we found our seats, there was an envelope each with our names on, and a literary address. (Mine was 4 Privet Drive!!) Laura and James had also chosen a different classic Ladybird book to suit each person. I got a make and do book! 🙂 This was such a lovely touch and made everyone feel really included in the wedding!

Toast

To celebrate!

Favours books

The wedding favours. The envelope contained a quiz about books and the bride and groom!

After an italian themed dinner, we dined on cupcakes and drank tea from vintage china teacups and saucers. Once the speeches and toasts had been made (there was an actual piece of toast raised), we all headed through to the dance floor.

Wedding Cake

The sideboard of sugar.

Cup and saucer

Everyone had a different vintage cup and saucer.

Ellie, Cathrin and I provided some live musical entertainment with a selection of songs from the 40s and 50s. This included Unchained Melody, sung by Cathrin, to which Laura and James had their first dance.

First dance

Serenaded by Cathrin.

At around 10pm, we came back to do a special set of Wizard Rock songs and to debut our new act Kate and the Bushes.  We sang Wuthering Heights and had a choreographed dance routine. It was fun! 😀

The night went on with sing-alongs to such classic hits as Vindaloo, songs from Greece, 500 Miles, Goodbye Privet Drive, Sweet Child of Mine, 500 Miles and 99 Death Eaters.

The following day we had a picnic in the garden, went to visit some nice friendly cows with the cow-whisperer (Lucy) and played Pointless. There was a group reading of some Mills and Boone in the late afternoon and a drama with a missing cheeseboard.

What a lovely weekend it was. Thanks Laura and James for including me. ❤

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Fighting Lyrics

This song is a trio between Harry, Ron and Hermione and their feelings about the situation at hand in Deathly Hallows. (Harry is in italics.)

I can’t sleep tonight
Keep tossing in bed
Just keep going over
These thoughts in my head
I know that it’s up to me
To fight the good fight
But nothing can stop these fears
From haunting me at night

Chorus 1

Once again it’s up to me

Fighting demons no one sees

Oh, oh

Things are different now
We see it in him
His smile doesn’t reach his eyes
But he keeps it all in
Just let us share the load,
We’ll stand by your side.
Don’t think that you’re on your own
We’re with you in this fight!

Chorus 2

Why can’t you see that we’re here
To fight with you until the end?
Nothing can stop us from being there
When you most need your friends.

Thing seem darker right now,
But we wouldn’t leave you alone.
Just  look around you and see
That when you’re with us, you’re home.

 

No one can understand
The cross that I bear
I just want somebody
Someone, who’ll be there

[All three] And though we all know
There’s darkness  on the way
Together we’re stronger
We’re with you, come what may!

Chorus 1 & Chorus 2

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Luna’s Anthem Lyrics

I’ve always been true to me
And people said I’m weird
All alone I would wonder why
Why their hearts were closed
To things they did not know

I’m the girl you used to see
On my own beneath the beech tree
Now that has changed
I don’t feel so sad
Because I have friends who care
And now my heart’s repaired.

And I’ll sing this song tonight
Let the darkness turn to light
When I see my friends once more
My spirit starts to soar

It’s funny how things can change
I know that people say I’m strange
But I can’t get hurt now that I have
Their love to keep me strong
I know that I belong

And I’ll sing this song tonight
Let the darkness turn to light
When I see my friends once more
My spirit starts to soar

To hear this song, check out the album on iTunes! 🙂 https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-from-under-the-stairs/id404908688

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Seventeen Lyrics

This is a song from Ginny to Harry at the start of Deathly Hallows..

No more talking,
Remember me here,
And stop pretending this will all disappear
Words fail me now.

You’re leaving me
And I know you have to go,
But forgive me if I shed a tear for you
My strength fails me now.

And I cry, I cry when watching you leave
And I’ll try, I’ll try to be the one to fight and breathe
Without you with me.

So happy birthday,
I hope you made a wish
My gift to you is just a kiss
Please don’t fail me now

And I cry, I cry when watching you leave
And I’ll try, I’ll try to be the one to fight and breathe
Without you with me.

Listen to this song on the album: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-from-under-the-stairs/id404908688

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When the Time Comes Lyrics

A song about the feeling when you have to leave your friends after a magical few days…

Another day dawns and the sky is still above my head.
I feel the ground below and that’s just how I know it’s not the end.
And when the time comes to say goodbye, I know I’ll cry.

But just remember the story told
All those years unfolding right in front of us,
Don’t let it go, don’t let it go.

Hold together, don’t fall apart,
No matter what you do.
No matter where you go remember that somebody still loves you.
And when the time comes to say goodbye, I know I’ll cry.
But just remember the story told
All those years unfolding right in front of us,
Don’t let it go, don’t let it go.

And when the time comes to say goodbye,
I know I’ll cry.
And when the time comes to say goodbye,
I know I’ll cry.

Listen to this song on the album: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-from-under-the-stairs/id404908688

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The Raid Lyrics

A song about going to get a horcrux at Gringotts…

Plans are made as we make our way to the underground,
Past the goblins and flaming torches we’re in now…
The clock is ticking against us,
Got to get to the hocrux,
Only chance is here, can’t give into fear,
Nothing’s going to stop us!

So impossible, undoable, unreachable
Oh, we got it now! We got it now!
We’ve got to get out!

Pulses race as we can’t escape from the underground,
Left and right we go and we know there’s no way out.
Raging fire before us,
Enormous dragon to help us,
Climb aboard in time, soar toward the sky,
Freedom stretches above us.

So impossible, undoable, unreachable
Oh, we got it now! We got it now!
We’ve got to get out!

Listen to this song on the album: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-from-under-the-stairs/id404908688

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Me Lyrics

Writhing inside this skin, this face

So foreign to this place

Nothing is where it’s meant to be

Inside this beast called me

No heart is here,

A clock stopped somewhere long ago

When I split

My soul

Don’t say my name or I will find you

Where ever you hide

Serpentine sounds will sing so free

And sing to you of me

That sound so clear

That never ceasing sense of fear

Knowing I am near

Listen to this song on the album: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-from-under-the-stairs/id404908688