Jon Snow may know nothing, but Kit Harington knows good thing when he sees it. After meeting Rose Leslie on the set of Game of Thrones season two, where they played fan favorite couple Jon and Ygritte, Harington couldn’t help but fall in love with the auburn haired actress.
In fact, he recounts the three weeks filming with Leslie in Iceland for season two as some of his favorite memories. As he explained, “Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love,” he said in cover story for L’Uomo Vogue. “If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”
The couple announced their engagement last September and the wedding was held Saturday June 23, 2018 at Rayne Church in Leslie’s homeland, Scotland. Reportedly, Harington coordinated with the Game of Thrones producers (since the show is currently in production on its final season) to ensure the entire cast would be able to attend, which many did.
After the church service, the wedding party was held at Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire. The castle is owned by Leslie’s father, Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie and has been in the Leslie family for 900 years. In keeping with the traditional setting, Harington wore a three-piece suit featuring pin-striped pants and ivory vest topped off with a black jacket. Leslie opted for a long-sleeved white gown embellished with lace.
In keeping with current trends, Leslie also chose a small, simple bouquet to carry down the aisle. The old world style arrangement featured only white flowers with touches of greenery to set it off. According to Arbuthnot-Leslie, all the flowers were locally sourced from the area.
The couple also embraced the tradition of having their guests shower them in petals as they exited the ceremony. Wedding trends in recent years have strayed from this tradition in favor of more modern takes like sparklers or paper lanterns. But Harington and Leslie’s wedding is a lovely reminder of how gorgeous and celebratory photos look when you leave your wedding with flowers in your hair. Plus, they don’t hurt as much as rice and birds won’t choke on them!
Perhaps taking inspiration from the new duchess, Leslie accented her old world aesthetic with a touch of whimsical by topping off her wedding ensemble with a floral garland in her hair. Again, the blooms were kept white to avoid looking too incongruous with the castle setting, but adding this small detail was the perfect way to add a touch of fantasy to the day without tipping over into full on cliché.
After all, the couple met on the set of the most successful fantasy series to date, a nod to the fantastical seems only fitting.
Check out how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex used flowers in their wedding here.