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Josh + Kelly | Universal Orlando Wizarding World of Harry Potter

THE WEDDING STORY

Hello Potterheads!! As an annual passholder at both Universal Studios and Disney, I am always super excited to do photo shoots at the parks, and when Kelly and Josh contacted me about their wedding, it was no different.

Kelly and Josh were coming to Orlando from the UK with their four best friends for an elopement. They reached out to me because they saw that I had experience taking pictures of newly married couples, in their wedding outfits, at the crowded parks.

They were going to have their ceremony at the Hard Rock Resort where they were staying at, and afterwards they wanted to take pictures at Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My reply email was like YASSS! I’m all in!

The day started with the couple getting ready in separate rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel. Faces by Shannon was Kelly’s make up artist and we had a blast in the room while music videos played on the TV screen. We then went downstairs to head over to the ceremony site.

The ceremony took place in the wedding pavilion area of the Hard Rock Hotel property. The ceremony consisted of the bride and groom, their two groomsmen and bridesmaids, the officiant and myself. Super cute and intimate ceremony. Lots of emotions.

After they said “I do”, we walked around the property and took pictures in every cute area we could find, as we walked back to the hotel for their mini-reception. Their reception took place in one of the hotel’s event spaces and consisted of champagne toasts and speeches and eating wedding cake. No dancing or other formalities, just their best friends telling stories with champagne and cake.

After a few slices of cake and finishing the bottle of champagne, we were ready to go take the ferry to Universal Studios! We got in the park and headed straight for Harry Potter world. Once we were there, the photo shoot started. As you’ll see below, we got to take some amazing pictures at the most iconic places within the Wizarding World. Even though the park was crowded as it normally is, I didn’t have any trouble getting pictures of them alone. I’m not shy about kindly asking people to move or please wait.

One thing that I’ve said before and will continue to say about Universal Studios, they have an amazing staff! The people that work at Universal are always so happy and energetic when they see a newly married couple. I’ve never had anyone be even remotely rude or tell us we can’t take pictures, quite the opposite, they are always so happy and cheerful to us.

For example, you’ll see in the pictures below that when we got to Hogwarts Express, the conductor pulled the couple from the line and loudly announced that to everyone that Kelly and Josh had just gotten married and he got the entire crowd to applaud and cheer. 😀

When we got to Gringotts Wizarding Bank, we asked the staff member controlling the line if we could go inside quickly just for some pictures. Not only did he say “of course”, but he even escorted us inside and allowed us to go behind the ropes, where the public is not allowed to walk so that we could get even closer to the bank’s elves. I mean, that was above and beyond! And that’s how it’s always been every time I’m taking pictures of a bride and groom at Universal. The staff always goes above and beyond with the customer service and energy.

*Disclaimer: I don’t work for Universal nor do I receive any money from them by saying what I’m saying above Lol. It’s completely genuine. Unlike the “other” big Orlando theme park which also has a very kind staff, but they’ll sometimes kindly tell you “sorry you can’t take pictures here” because they charge for weddings there. 🙂

So, check out Kelly and Josh’s gorgeous and fun wedding pictures, and if you’re also wanting to take your wedding pictures, or general pictures with your loved one, at Universal Studios, hit me up! I have my annual pass and I’m ready! 😀

THE WEDDING VENDORS

Coordinator: Just Marry Events
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel
Second Venue: Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Hair & Makeup: Faces by Shannon

THE WEDDING PICTURES

view of hard rock hotel hallway with Michael Jackson painting bride getting makeup put on bridesmaids on her side inside hard rock hotel room bridesmaids doing their nails bottom of wedding dress with her shoes next to universal studios just married pins front view of bride getting makeup put on bride laughing looking at bridesmaid laying on bed bride getting her hair curled black and white bride sitting on bed contemplating the day bride chilling on chair with her feet up on the bed bride making mimosas wearing her robe view from window to outside of hard rock hotel groom to be fixing his vest inside hard rock hotel room close up of groom fixing his watch groomsmen inside hard rock hotel room laughing black and white inside hotel room bride grabbing her dress from hanger bridesmaid helping zip up bride's wedding dress side view of bridesmaid zipping up bride's wedding dress bride looking back at bridesmaid zipping up her wedding dress bridesmaids helping bride with her jewelry black and white inside bathroom bride putting on perfume looking in the mirror wide view of hard rock resort bridge bride and bridesmaids walking on it groom patiently waiting on his bride walking down the aisle at hard rock resort grooms smiling at bride as he takes her arm bride and groom holding hands looking passionately at each other wide view of wedding ceremony at hard rock resort newlyweds first kiss at hard rock resort wedding newlyweds smiling at guest as the crowd applauds newlyweds walking down aisle smiling at each other very happily bridal party all posing laughing at each other bridal party wearing sunglasses walking on hard rock resort bridge black and white close up of bridal party walking on bridge all wearing sunglasses and laughing close up of newlyweds groom fixing brides hair groom hugging his bride from behind foreheads together both smiling newlyweds walking with arms locked into their wedding reception at hard rock resort wedding cake with green figures on it black and white bride kissing groom with her arms around his shoulders close up of bride passionately kissing groom her arms around his shoulders bride and bridesmaids sitting on leather chairs holding Champagne glasses bridal party walking side by side all holding hands entering universal studios black and white newlyweds entering daigon alley newlyweds facing each other in front of brick wall with Knockturn Alley sign pointing at them newlyweds kissing in front of Gringotts dragon groom hugging bride from behind in front of Gringotts Bank bride and groom looking up at gringotts dragon newlyweds sitting on hagrids motorcycle close up of bride squeezing grooms face leaning to kiss him groom shaking hands with universal studios employee at gringotts bank newlyweds hugging intimately inside gringotts bank close up of bank elf inside gringotts bridal party laughing posing in front of bank elf bride and groom side by side holding hands looking at each other with bank elf behind view of king's cross at universal studios Wizarding world of Harry Potter Hogwarts Express conductor announcing the newlyweds hogwarts conductor announcing the newlyweds crowd cheering view of crowd at Hogwarts Express link all cheering and applauding bride and groom posing in front of red Hogwarts Express train newlyweds walking towards Hogwarts castle groom hugging bride from behind on bridge in front of hogwarts castle groom hugging bride from behind as she's laughing in front of hogwarts castle close up of groom behind bride kissing her cheek with hogwarts castle in background bridal party walking under the hulk ride at island of adventures newlyweds posing and kissing in front of Universal Studios globe

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