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Real Wedding — Giovanna + Ricardo

Updated: May 20

The moment Giovanna and Ricardo told me that their wedding would be inspired by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I was all in. Being able to sit down with fellow Harry Potter lovers to plan such an original cake was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I won't be forgetting anytime soon. Plus, it was a huge bonus to know that one half of this wonderful couple was a fellow Slytherin and both shared my humor, so I knew from the jump that this was a match made in Hogwarts Heaven.

Giovanna and Ricardo's wedding and reception took place on the historical grounds of The Bryan House, located in Mission, Texas. This venue is the perfect picture of a garden wedding and possesses a quiet charm that seamlessly incorporates the beauty of nature into every aspect of the ceremony and reception space. All of this natural allure and starry-eyed wonder of the family and friends was captured through the talented lens of the duo Alaa Marzouk Photography who were kind enough to share Giovanna and Ricardo's special moments with me and, in turn, all of you!

The Details

Every detail matters when it comes to the wedding day. Whether it's a Slytherin green for a velvet bowtie and pocket square or Gryffindor red for velvet shoes to carry the bride down the aisle, every single item has a special meaning... Especially a sweet Chocolate Frog with a ringed surprise for Giovanna and Ricardo.

The Setting

Every corner of this wedding was touched by the extraordinary eye of Deyzi Zuniga of Bella Valle Wedding and Events, as she brought Giovanna and Ricardo's Harry Potter-inspired vision to life. From the wedding cake backdrop of acceptance letters to Hogwarts to the winged keys of the seating chart, and everything in between, not a detail was overlooked by the watchful eyes of Deyzi and Giovanna. The fantastic decor worked in tandem with the beautiful floral arrangements and accents provided by Southern Root Floral Market, creating the dramatic beauty that captured the hearts of family and friends in attendance.

The Cake

Giovanna and Ricardo's wedding cake was inspired by the beautiful exchange between Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape, with Snape's poignant reply of 'Always' as he admits to his never-ending love for Lily Potter. The cake incorporated lush flowers provided by Southern Roots Flower Market bridging the gap between the Gryffindor and Slytherin houses with various shades of burgundy, white, and green. Hand-crafted paper flowers made from the pages of the Harry Potter series added a unique touch. This cake conveyed the simple yet powerful message of 'Always.'

The cake flavors featured a nutty Almond Cake paired with a deep, yet slightly tart Blackberry Buttercream and classic Vanilla Bean Buttercream, all covered with an Italian Meringue Buttercream and finished with a thin layer of fondant.

Giovanna and Ricardo, thank you both for allowing me to be a part of this magical day and for giving me the opportunity to reminisce on this book series that I grew up with. Thank you both so much for sharing your wedding day memories with me and for giving me and my little Slytherin heart a cake experience of a lifetime! 💚🐍

The Team

Photography: @alaamrzk
Planner + Designer: @bellavalleevents
Calligraphy: @thewritegirlstudio
Ceremony Music: @violconsort
Coffee Bar: Kayla Coffee
DJ: Grizwall
Hair + Makeup: Keziah Beyan
Videographer: @alvarezfilmz
Wedding Cake: @irisstreetbakery

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xox Michelle

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