Heather and Ken
Heather and Ken met after her first husband passed away. Ken stepped in to be a wonderful father figure to Heather’s daughter and the couple fell in love. Not wanting anything formal or fussy, the two of them contacted Intimate Weddings of Orlando to help them find a ceremony location in Orlando that would fit the two of them.
Connie with Intimate Weddings of Orlando realized their love for all things Harry Potter and immediately recommended the Magical Elopement package that Intimate Weddings of Orlando had to offer. There in front of Hogwarts Castle Heather and Ken would become husband and wife.
On the day of their elopement Heather and Ken met their vendor team at City Walk and walked back to Hogsmeade for their ceremony.
Rev. Glynn Ferguson, an Orlando officiant and owner of Sensational Ceremonies worked with the couple to create a custom ceremony that was both personal and touching. He gave Heather and Ken a homework assignment to write and tell him why they love each other.
Heather wrote: How do you put into words why you love someone?
My gut instinct is to say “idk I just do.” I don’t have set reasons… I love him for who he is as a whole, and who I am when I’m with him.
When I met Ken, I’d say I was “faking it until I made it.” It was about 2.5 years after my (first) husband died. I was surviving but not truly living. I quickly fell for him, even though I swore that wouldn’t happen. He chose to be the father my daughter never had and watching him be a great father to his own made me love him even more. Ken is the perfect mix of little kid and old man, tough guy and teddy bear. He makes me laugh every day. He gets under my skin almost as often as I do to him. Our relationship hasn’t always been easy but it’s one that I knew early on that I wanted to work for. Over the years our relationship has only gotten better and our love for each other stronger. I know that whatever life throws at me, he’ll be right there to help me through it. When I need him, he always comes through (especially when I mess up my Lego sets and he has to come to my rescue.) He often knows me better than I know myself. He is my person. We are a great team. We take care of each other and face the world together. The way he looks at me and thinks of me makes me feel loved every day. He makes my happiness a priority and is my biggest cheerleader.
Ken wrote: To my soon-to-be wife, Heather,
I love that you see the best in me, even when I can’t.
I love catching you looking at me and the way it makes you smile.
I love how you love my kids as if they were your own.
I love the little giddy noises you make when something makes you happy or you see something that’s funny to you.
I love how passionate you are when helping animals and others.
I love watching you smile and seeing that sparkle light up in your beautiful eyes.
I love knowing I’ve got you in my corner and feeling reassured that you’ll be there for our kids and family no matter what.
I love you in every way and in more ways than I can express!
Christopher Smith with Captured by Chris was their photographer of the day. He started taking photos of Heather and Ken’s ceremony and was with them throughout their time in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.