Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
As a wedding planner, Amanda Hicks has played a part in creating countless nuptials throughout her career. When the time came for her own wedding, Amanda knew she wanted something different.
She delivered. Guests at Amanda and Scott’s event mingled with kangaroos and penguins during cocktail hour at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Adding to the unique experience, the newlyweds opted for nontraditional food stations that offered cuisine from all the places they had lived or loved traveling to.
Even when you’re the wedding planner at your own event, things don’t always go as anticipated. A baby bear got lose the day of the wedding, forcing the whole zoo to go on lockdown. “It made for a bit of a stressful day, but it’s now a great story to share,” says Amanda.
While the wedding was uniquely elaborate, the proposal was perfectly simple. Scott popped the question seven years after they first met as students at Miami University. While in their backyard, he presented Amanda a photo album of all their years together. The last page had a photo of their dog, Honey, on it with a sign that said, “Will you marry my daddy?” A year and a half later, Honey’s parents said, “I do.”
Wedding date: June 25, 2016
Wedding colors: Blush and gold
Attendants: One bridesman, one groomsman and a ring bearer
Bride wore: Maggie Sottero gown and a veil and jewelry from The Dress Shop in Howell, Michigan, and Betsey Johnson shoes
Hair and makeup: Hair and makeup by Blake Rose Salon
Groom wore: Tommy Hilfiger suit
Rings: Family heirlooms; her great-grandmother’s and his father’s
Rehearsal dinner: Schokko Art Café in the Columbus Museum of Art
Ceremony: Trinity United Methodist Church
Reception: Heart of Africa vista at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Cake: Bride’s aunt, Carole Demmerle
Florist: Flowers on Springtree Lane
Photographer: Derk’s Works Photography
Linens: BBJ Linens and Got Ya Covered Linens
Reception tunes: The Company Band
First dance: “Love a Little Strong” by Diamond Rio
Guest favors: The couple made a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Scott’s mother, a cancer survivor
Registries: Bed Bath and Beyond and Pottery Barn
Favorite gift: New kitchen items to use after kitchen renovations are complete
Transportation: Cardinal Transportation
Guests stayed at: Embassy Suites
Sunday brunch: Embassy Suites
Honeymoon: California wine country and Hawaii