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From Muggle to Mrs: Melissa and Kim’s Magical Wedding


Melissa and Kim's Real Wedding

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Welcome to Melissa and Kim’s wedding of witchcraft and wizardry. These ‘Potterheads’ achieved a magical aura by mixing loads of décor and details one might find at Hogwarts with modern moody florals and rustic accents. But not everything was explicitly Harry Potter themed. The couple made efforts to give their wedding day a Hogwarts feel, rather than a totally on-the-nose theme. And the results? MAGICAL. So, wands at the ready! This LGBTQ+ Real Wedding with a touch of Hogwarts will have you waiting for your own owl-post invitation. Take a look!

Melissa and Kim’s Bridal portraits

LGBTQ couple wedding portrait

Melissa and Kim’s Love Story: “We first saw each other on Bumble,” says Melissa. “But Kim didn’t swipe right — haha! We met a few weeks later at a LGBTQ+ social mixer for a non profit that I’m on the board of, Stonewall Sports Cleveland. I recognized her from Bumble and struck up a conversation right away. And, the rest is history!”

melissa and kim's wedding photos
LGBTQ brides embracing
Melissa and Kim's real wedding

“The Unbreakable Vow”

Melissa and Kim's wedding ceremony

Kim’s proposal

This proposal story is extra special, because it comes in two parts: Melissa’s and Kim’s. Kim got on bended knee and asked Melissa to be her wife at Christmastime.

“It was what Melissa thought was just an average Christmas dinner,” says Kim. “Little did she know that a surprise was waiting for her under the Christmas tree! After deciding I wanted to propose, I reflected on our mutual love of Harry Potter. I decided I wanted to incorporate that into the proposal! I spent a full day hollowing out a copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and wrapped it like a parcel from Hogwarts. Melissa didn’t notice that everyone in the room was taking pictures of her — or that I was on bended knee behind her. She opened the book to the chapter “The Unbreakable Vow” with the ring sitting upon it. It was an emphatic, resounding yes.”

melissa and kim's unity ceremony

Harry Potter wedding decor
LGBTQ couple getting married
Wedding bouquet with pictures

Melissa’s Proposal

So, after Kim’s proposal was accepted, Melissa’s proposal was submitted — straight to Rai of Love, a charity founded by the very photographer of this Real Wedding, Jodi Hutton Photography!

“Right after Christmas I ordered the custom ring I chose for Kim and thought about how I wanted to propose,” says Melissa. “I saw a post that said ‘Ohio Wedding Giveaway’ on my Facebook Timeline. The post came from a nonprofit that donates an entire wedding each year to a couple in need: Rai of Love. I sent in a video submission telling our story. I poured my heart into describing our unsupportive families who wouldn’t come to our wedding. Also, I described how Kim just went back to nursing school to save lives. If they chose us, I wanted to make the whole thing a surprise to Kim. Unbeknownst to me, my close friends also submitted essays nominating us to win. And, guess what? They chose us!

What Melissa didn’t know was that when her friends convinced Kim and her to go to a local gay bar one evening for a post-dodgeball drink, Jodi and her amazing team of vendors would be waiting there to surprise both of them. “Just like I’d planned to surprise Kim!” Melissa says. The entire Stonewall Sports league was in on it, and their friends brought Kim’s engagement ring with them. Melissa and Kim were surrounded by excitement, happiness, and, most importantly, the love of their close friends.

Melissa and Kim's wedding party

Two brides cutting a wedding cake

Melissa and Kim's real wedding

Kim (left, above) wore a Mikaella ballgown from Medina Dress Rack, while Melissa (right, above) wore a Justin Alexander fit and flare from Belle Amour Bridal. All of the wedding party sported styles from David’s Bridal in shades of wine, plum, and grey.

Two brides dancing
two brides dancing
melissa and kim's real wedding

the magic of decoration

harry potter themed wedding decor

Melissa and Kim’s planning created a magical, Harry Potter-inspired wedding. We say “inspired” because that’s fits better than “themed,” which would have the potential to look like the birthday party our parents threw us when Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire came out in 2005. (Which was totally epic, but not the kind of vibe you want for your wedding!) Overall, this wedding is giving us whimsical and rustic vibes with a hint of minimalism and modernity.  And, the Harry Potter Easter eggs you’ll find throughout this section are pure magic. We’ve said it a million times over: your wedding should be a reflection of YOU, above all else. We love that Melissa and Kim invited their guests into a piece of their world, full of storytelling, laughter, and love — “one of the hardest and strongest forms of magic.”

wedding invitation suite

harry potter themed wedding decor

harry potter themed wedding decor


wedding reception centerpiece

 wedding reception centerpiece

 wedding reception centerpiece


wedding desserts

wedding desserts

melissa and kim's real wedding 

Want to support one of the incredible nonprofits mentioned in this Real Wedding? Check out Stonewall Sports Cleveland and Rai of Love to learn how you can get involved!

MElissa and Kim’s Vendors

Alterations: Cara’s Alterations

Bridal Dress Designer: Melissa – Justin Alexander. Kim – Mikaella.

Bridal Dress Preservation, Bridesmaid Dresses, & Menswear: David’s Bridal

Bridal Shop: Melissa – Belle Amour Bridal. Kim – Medina’s Dress Rack.

Cake/Bakery: Canela Bakeshop.

Caterer: Trevi Catering

Ceremony Venue: Coulby Park

Entertainment & Lighting: Christian Dela Vega

Florist: Diana Elizabeth Designs

Hair Salon: Melissa – Carla Marcelle & Hair by Malaija. Kim – Kelly Jenkins at KellyJ Hair Cle.

Head Table Signage: Laser Pop Studio

Invitations & Stationery: Brittney Nichole Designs

Makeup Artist: Melissa – Beauty by Carelicha. Kim – Bombshell Beauty.

Photographer: Jodi Hutton Photography

Vendor shoutout: Kim and I were both blown away at EVERY photo done by Jodi Hutton. While we are completely in love with the results, it’s the process that makes Jodi stand apart. We spent our time laughing with each other and with Jodi as well; we felt like she was not only photographing our story, but also became a part of it. If you want to enjoy every aspect of your experience with a photographer, are nervous about feeling comfortable and genuine, or just want to know you’ll look back on your photos and smile, I encourage you to hire Jodi.” -Melissa

Reception Venue: Trevi Catering

Signage: Plume and Paper

Staging: Rough Diamond Studio

Transportation: New Wave Limousine

Videographer: Work Shed Weddings


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