Real Wedding Wednesdays: Annie Sanders and Eaman Hai

For Annie and Eaman Hai, personal and familial touches on their wedding day were a major highlight. They were married by two of their closest friends in an “intimate and personal” ceremony, Annie says. Also special was having their son, Kobe, present at the wedding and part of the reception, touching speeches from their parents and celebrating on the party bus with their closest friends and family.

The couple honored Eaman’s heritage by doing the “Persian knife dance,” a reception game where the groom has to pay to get the cake knife as female guests dance and pass it around before the cake is cut. And the newlyweds’ families honored them by creating a “beautiful surprise video,” says Annie, “with our baby pictures, pictures of us growing up, pictures of us together and pictures of us with our son.”

The Details

Wedding date: Oct. 14, 2017

Wedding colors: Black and silver

Attendants: Five bridesmaids, four groomsman, one groomswoman and a ring bearer—the couple’s son

Bride wore: Hayley Paige gown from Ivy Bridal (now closed), a veil from La Jeune Mariee, Aldo shoes, accessories from Rent the Runway

Hair and makeup: Lauren Funchion of Salon Lofts and Sarah Barth of PENZONE Salon + Spa

Groom wore: Tuxedo rented from The Black Tux

Rings: Custom engagement ring from a private jeweler; wedding bands from Jared, the Galleria of Jewelry

Bridesmaids wore: Nicole Miller gowns from Vow to be Chic

Groomsmen wore: Tuxedos rented from The Black Tux

Rehearsal dinner: Couple’s home

Ceremony: The Vault

Reception: The vault

Caterer: Gordon’s Gourmet

Rentals: Lasting Impressions Event Rentals

Cake: Nanak Bakery

Florist: Genell’s Flowers

Photographer: Derk’s Works Photography

Invitations: Miss Design Berry

Reception tunes: Jimmy Sexton

First dance: “I Will Follow You” by Toulouse

Guest favors: Customary Persian treats

Transportation: Xtreme Limo

Guests stayed at: Hilton Columbus at Easton and Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown Columbus

Honeymoon: The Bahamas