A 'Lord of the Rings'-Inspired Wedding at Knowlton Mansion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In this autumn wedding, the ring meant more than a fellowship. For Katie Bittner (29 and a physician) and Justus Guerrieri (29 and also a physician),

In this autumn wedding, the ring meant more than a fellowship. For Katie Bittner (29 and a physician) and Justus Guerrieri (29 and also a physician), wedding inspiration emerged from 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Star Wars.' "We wanted the wedding to be classy, but with nerd elements," Katie says. The couple selected orange and green as their wedding colors to emulate the forest from 'The Lord of the Rings.' Lush hydrangeas, orchids and roses added a pop of color in bright bouquets that continued the enchanting theme. The couple were married at the Knowlton Mansion—not exactly Middle Earth, but perfect for a charming outdoor ceremony. Katie wore a light gold Maggie Sottero dress and Justus, a gray Vera Wang tuxedo. Consistent with theme, the bride walked down the aisle to "Concerning Hobbits" from 'The Lord of the Rings' soundtrack. Rustic flower arrangements wrapped in burlap lined the aisle, courtesy of Always Beautiful Floral Designs by Stella. At the reception, guests enjoyed a three-tier pumpkin spice wedding cake with Lego cake toppers wielding light sabers and battling droids. Other Lego characters on the cake showcased the couple's favorite moments together. A tip from Katie: "If there's something you want at your wedding, push for it. This day is about the couple, and it should reflect your relationship." Katie and Justus's precious evening was captured by BG Productions Photography and Videography, with more photos below. 

"Our invitations were designed by OneLittleM and were 'Lord of the Rings' inspired," Katie says. "We wanted it to be classy but with DIY elements and nerd elements."
Moissanite Engagement Ring With Sapphires
Gold Bridal Crystal Wedding Headband
The bride wore a Maggie Sottero lace wedding dress with a tulle skirt. The A-line gown was finished with illusion lace cap-sleeves and illusion neckline. "I liked the vintage look of it, and the fact that it was slightly gold in color," Katie says.
Justus bought his Vera Wang tuxedo from Men's Wearhouse. The groom's suit featured satin edges and a notch lapel.
The groom wore an orange calla lily boutonniere with hypericum berries and seeded eucalyptus.
The bridesmaids wore floor-length jade dresses from Country Way Bridal. The chiffon dresses were complete with a satin waistband and shirred-front skirt.
This October wedding accessorized with autumn-themed aisle decorations. The arrangements were filled with hydrangeas, roses and orchids by Always Beautiful Floral Designs by Stella.
"We chose Knowlton Mansion because of its rustic charm and ability to have an outdoor ceremony," Katie says. "The dance floor and reception area were spacious, and the wine cellar was a nice touch. We also liked that we would be the only wedding party there."
"We wanted our centerpieces to look sort of like an autumn forest, partially inspired by 'Lord of the Rings,' " Katie says. "Justus actually designed the base of the centerpieces, and the florist completed the look with her arrangement that sat on top of the vases."
The three-tier pumpkin-spice wedding cake featured autumn leaves falling from the top with a green middle tier. Lego characters throughout the cake's tiers showcased shared moments in the couple's lives.
The couple found a Lego cake topper set, which they modified to have the couple holding light sabers battling droids. "The little Lego guys throughout the other tiers of the cake were meant to show different things that are part of both our lives," Katie says.