Behind the Scenes of Our Best of Columbus Weddings Photo Shoot

Don’t miss these extra photos, behind-the-scenes video and detailed profiles on our winners.

Emma Frankart Henterly
Columbus Monthly

Shot by one of our winners, Nathan Peppers Films, the video above provides a peek into the creativity and chaos that is an all-day photo shoot for Columbus Weddings. Below you’ll find even more photos from the shoot that we couldn’t squeeze into the print magazine, plus links to online-only profiles on each winner and websites for our runners-up. 

The Venues

CEREMONY: RELIGIOUS - St. Joseph Cathedral (19.7%)  

Runner-up: Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 14%  

CEREMONY: INDOOR, CEREMONY: OUTDOOR and RECEPTION: GARDEN/GREENHOUSE  - Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (25%, 24.6%, 41%)  

Indoor runner-up: Columbus Museum of Art, 12.1%  

Outdoor runner-up: Columbus Park of Roses, 9.9%  

Garden/greenhouse runner-up: Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove, 25.8%  

RECEPTION: HOTEL/EVENT CENTER - Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph (11.8%), Westin Great Southern Columbus (11.2%) and Granville Inn (10.9%)  

Runner-up: Hilton Columbus Downtown, 9.8%  

RECEPTION: HISTORIC Ohio Statehouse (14.7%)

Runner-up: Granville Inn, 11.8%  

RECEPTION: INDUSTRIAL/URBAN - Strongwater (18.9%)  

Runner-up: High Line Car House, 14.8%  

RECEPTION: RUSTIC/BARN Jorgensen Farms Historic Barn (31.8%)  

Runner-up: Magnolia Hill Farm, 16%  

RECEPTION: MUSEUM/GALLERY and RECEPTION: CONTEMPORARY/MODERN - Columbus Museum of Art (54.1%, 18.3%)  

Museum/gallery runner-up: COSI, 12.7%  

Contemporary/modern runner-up: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 17.3%  

RECEPTION: GOLF/COUNTRY CLUB - Scioto Reserve Country Club (22.3%)  

Runner-up: Country Club at Muirfield, 12.2%  

MICRO VENUE - Hotel LeVeque (22.6%)  

Runners-up: The Fig Room, 16.4%; Flat 51, 15.6%  

OHIO DESTINATION WEDDINGS - Hocking Hills Wedding Chapel (19.2%)  

Runner-up: Gervasi Vineyard, 13.6%  

REHEARSAL DINNER - Lindey’s (14.8%)  

Runners-up: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, 8.7%; Marcella’s, 8%  

BRUNCH Lindey’s (15.1%) and Cap City Fine Diner (14.2%)  

Runner-up: The Pearl, 11.5%  

The Details

CATERER: DINNER - Cameron Mitchell Premier Events (20.5%)  

Runner-up: The Berwick, 11.1%  

CATERER: LATE-NIGHT - Buckeye Donuts (22.3%)  

Runner-up: Mikey’s Late Night Slice, 20.3%  

RENTALS Aiden & Grace Specialty Rentals (21.9%)  

Runner-up: Lasting Impressions Event Rental, 12.6%  

TRANSPORTATION Short North Trolley/Columbus Trolley/Coach Quarters (17.5%)  

Runners-up: Fun Bus, 14.4%; Xtreme Limo, 14%  

HOTEL: NEWLYWEDS - Hotel LeVeque (21.6%) 

Runner-up: Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, 20.3% 

HOTEL: GUESTS Hilton Columbus Downtown (15.7%)  

Runners-up: Hotel LeVeque, 12.8%; Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, 12.6%  

LOCAL BACHELOR PARTIES Topgolf (21.4%)  

Runner-up: Pins Mechanical Co., 19%  

LOCAL BACHELORETTE PARTIES - The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar (17.7%)  

Runner-up: Lincoln Social, 16%  

The Pros

PLANNER and DESIGNER Aisle & Co. (15.4%, 16.2%)  

Planner runners-up: Camela Lynn Weddings & Events, 7.5%; Red Letter Day Events, 7.2%  

Designer runner-up: Adrienne Ruff Event Co., 11.6%  

TRAVEL ADVISER Wanderlust Travel & Tours (22.4%)  

Runner-up: Bliss Honeymoons, 18.9%  

DJ Josh Staley Productions (18.4%)  

Runner-up: Buckeye Entertainment, 15.4%  

BAND The Conspiracy Band (19.8%) and MojoFlo (19.5%)  

Runners-up: Jazz Arts Group, 9%; Honey and Blue, 8.7%; The Wet Bandits, 8.7%; The Floorwalkers, 8.3%  

FLORIST The Flowerman (11.4%)  

Runners-up: Petals & Leaves, 7.6%; Prema Designs, 7.1%   

BAKER: CAKES - Capital City Cakes (16.6%)  

Runners-up: Short North Piece of Cake, 12.7%; Lavender & Honey Wedding Cakes, 11.9%   

BAKER: OTHER DESSERTS - Pistacia Vera (19.6%)  

Runners-up: Duck Donuts, 12.6%; Sadie Baby Sweets, 11.8%   

BAKER: SPECIAL DIETS Pattycake Bakery (32.3%)  

Runner-up: Bake Me Happy, 27.2%  

PHOTOGRAPHER: GENERAL Starling Studio (9.5%) and Kismet Visuals (9%)  

Runners-up: Photo 243, 6.5%; 614 Wedding Photography, 5.7%; Comfort Photography, 5.5%   

PHOTOGRAPHER: BOUDOIR - 614 Boudoir Photography (21.6%)  

Runner-up: Kismet Visuals, 20.1%   

VIDEOGRAPHER Nathan Peppers Films (14.6%) and Jonah Epps Films (13.8%)  

Runners-up: Columbus Wedding Videos, 11.2%; ALC Productions, 11.1%  

PHOTO BOOTH - The Selfie Spot 614 (16.7%)  

Runners-up: Josh Staley Productions, 15.4%; Buckeye Entertainment, 14.7%  

ALTERNATIVE ENTERTAINMENT - Studio Von (24.8%)  

Runners-up: Kurt Dreier Caricatures and Illustration, 16.6%; FunFaces by Steve Campbell, 16.4%  

STATIONER JesMarried (23.7%)  

Runner-up: Ink & Ivory, 12.5%  

CALLIGRAPHER Ink & Ivory (21.7%)  

Runner-up: Lovely Arrows Designs, 18.1%   

OFFICIANT Run to an Elopement (23%)  

Runner-up: Wows and Vows, 16.8%  

SALON: HAIR and SALON: SPA - PENZONE Salons + Spas (13.6%, 20.6%)  

Hair runner-up: Lauren Wolff Hair Design, 11.9%  

Spa runner-up: Woodhouse Day Spa, 17.8%  

SALON: MAKEUP - PENZONE Salons + Spas (14.6%) and 614 Beauty (14.4%)  

Runner-up: Kenneth’s Hair Salons & Day Spas, 9.3%   

SALON: NAILS - The W Nail Bar (21.1%)  

Runner-up: Lacquer Gallery, 16.4%  

The Shops

GOWNS: NEW - La Jeune Mariee (23.1%)  

Runner-up: Wendy’s Bridal, 20.1%  

GOWNS: CONSIGNMENT - Luxe Redux Bridal (47.6%)  

Runner-up: Off White, 36.5%  

GOWNS: CLEANING/PRESERVATION - Dublin Cleaners (35.1%)  

Runner-up: Columbus Lace Dry Cleaning, 16.2%  

BRIDESMAIDS - Gilded Social (19.7%)  

Runner-up: Wendy’s Bridal, 18.7%  

MENSWEAR Pursuit (23.3%)  

Runner-up: Romanoff’s Classic Tuxedo, 16.4%  

JEWELER: RINGS, JEWELER: ACCESSORIES and JEWELER: CUSTOM - Diamond Cellar (28%, 27.8%, 29.1%) 

Runner-up: Worthington Jewelers, 17.8%, 17.3%, 21.3%  

JEWELRY BOUTIQUE - Red Giraffe Designs (36.2%)  

Runner-up: Honey Rose & K, 17.4%  

LOCAL GIFTS/FAVORS - The Candle Lab/Penn and Beech Candle Co. (20.2%)  

Runner-up: Cheryl’s Cookies, 17.5% 

Find last year's photo shoot here and winner profiles here.