- Anna Muehlenhaupt and Russell Moore spent months crafting custom decorations for their “Harry Potter”-themed wedding.
- The couple’s friends and family also helped create a number of magical touches.
- Their wedding featured Hogwarts house-themed table settings, wands, 600 “floating” candles, potion-inspired cocktails, and more.
- Anna and Russell’s guests even dressed up as everyone from Lucius Malfoy to Luna Lovegood.
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For one day in February, Anna Muehlenhaupt and Russell Moore transformed a rustic building in Brooklyn into a little slice of Hogwarts.
Against a beautiful backdrop of the Great Hall, complete with hundreds of “floating” candles, the couple walked down the aisle, said “I do,” and celebrated with their loved ones.
We recently talked to Anna and Russell to find out more about their “Harry Potter”-inspired wedding, and how they brought the magical universe to life. Take a closer look at their special day below.
Anna and Russell tied the knot at The Green Building in the Gowanus neighbourhood of Brooklyn.
Formerly a brass foundry, The Green Building is known for its sprawling event spaces, exposed brick walls, and soaring ceilings.
The two spent months crafting decorations inspired by “Harry Potter.”
Anna said it was “very difficult to find classy pre-made ‘Harry Potter’ party supplies,” so she and Russell – who both have backgrounds in theatre and set design – decided to make most of their wedding decorations from scratch.
She also set out to “strike a balance” between making their wedding theme “too overdone and too subtle.”
“I didn’t want it to look like a children’s birthday party, but I also didn’t want it to look like including the ‘Harry Potter’-esque touches were an afterthought,” she told INSIDER.
Their family and friends also helped create a number of magical touches.
Anna said the couple’s friends in New York City spent countless weekends and nights helping them fold flowers, make wands, string candles, and more.
Some of the couple’s family members also came into town a week before the wedding to pitch in. Another group of family friends painted all the portraits that Anna and Russell wanted to hang on the walls of the venue.
Russell told INSIDER he feels “incredibly grateful” for everyone who made the couple’s vision a reality. “Words can’t describe my appreciation for them,” the groom said.
Fans will recognise some iconic items from the “Harry Potter” books, like the Hand of Glory.
The Hand of Glory, which first appears in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” is a mysterious object that illuminates only for its holder.
Sirius Black’s motorcycle and Harry Potter’s owl, Hedwig, also made appearances at the wedding.
Anna and Russell also had decorations that looked like the Sword of Gryffindor, the Golden Snitch, Ravenclaw’s Diadem, and more.
Anna said she wanted their wedding to look like they had rented Hogwarts as a venue.
The bride said it was “pretty incredible” when she stepped into the completed venue after getting her hair done on the couple’s wedding day. “The little details we had stressed so much about were definitely worth it,” added the bride, whose makeup was done by makeup artist Victoria Dada.
Russell told INSIDER he was “in awe of how it all turned out” and remembers thinking, “We did it! I can’t believe we actually did it.”
The couple’s guests even wore “Harry Potter”-inspired costumes.
Anna and Russell’s loved ones dressed up as everyone from Lucius Malfoy to Luna Lovegood.
The bride said the couple had been “a little intentionally vague” with their dress code because they didn’t want to “force anyone too far out of their comfort zone,” but nearly all their guests showed up in some sort of costume.
According to the bride, she and Russell initially planned to have more of a traditional wedding.
“We’re both big ‘Harry Potter’ fans, but not necessarily the people you would think would do a wild, off-the-wall wedding,” she said.
But they realised they weren’t “super enthused about it.”
“Neither of us [were] really into thinking about the subtleties that go into planning a more traditional wedding, so we were both going through the motions,” Anna said.
But when their first choice for a wedding venue ended up being way over budget, the couple decided to “throw caution to the wind” and have a “Harry Potter”-themed wedding.
“That changed our venue and our focus and also helped us find the joy in planning that we’d both been missing,” she added.
Anna said working with Russell to recreate their favourite parts of the “Harry Potter” books was “very marriage-affirming.”
“It was also really incredible having my husband as an equal partner in planning the wedding,” the bride said.
The groom found the wedding-planning process “very fun and challenging.”
Russell said he enjoyed being creative and solving problems that arose while planning their wedding. For example, the couple spent an entire day testing different liquids to figure out how to make the “potions” at their wedding glow.
One of the many highlights of their special day was the father-daughter dance, the bride said.
Anna, who was raised by a single mum, said she had several father figures growing up. At her wedding, her mum had all her “dads” split the father-daughter dance, each dancing with her for about 30 seconds.
“It was a pretty perfect representation of my upbringing,” she told INSIDER.
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