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.”

The Details

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

Caterer: In-house

Cake: Bride’s aunt, Carole Demmerle

Florist: Flowers on Springtree Lane

Photographer: Derk’s Works Photography

Invitations: Michaels

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