Real Columbus Wedding: Rachel and Ben Willford

The third time was a charm for this Columbus family.

Emma Frankart Henterly
Columbus Monthly
Rachel and Ben Willford married on May 14, 2021, at Pinnacle Golf Club.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled the couple's last name. The story has been updated to correct the error.

May 14, 2021 | Rachel (Cardi) and Ben Willford can’t quite remember when they first met, having worked together at Penzone Salon + Spa for years. But “in 2015, we were tricked into a date by a co-worker/mutual friend, and we’ve been inseparable ever since,” Rachel says. Their son, Vince, was born the following year, and Ben proposed in 2018 during a hike in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park (where they also ended up spending their honeymoon). 

Like many couples, the Wilfords’ wedding planning required a lot of flexibility due to COVID-19. 

“Our wedding was the ‘third wedding’ we planned, so it became a running joke that ‘the third time’s the charm,’ [which we] even included on our invitations,” Rachel says. Plan A was an April 2020 destination wedding in Florida, which was postponed to November of that year. “We were faced with the reality that having everyone travel out of state was not the best option,” Rachel says. “It was really important that we had our family and friends with us to celebrate, so we went back to the drawing board to plan a wedding here.” 

She and Ben toured just one venue—Pinnacle Golf Club—before deciding it was the perfect place to wed. “We didn’t have the original wedding we planned, but our day at Pinnacle was absolutely perfect, and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision,” Rachel says. 

“We’re so grateful to have all of our family there to celebrate with us,” Rachel says. That included Vince, who served as Ben’s best man. 

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Ceremony, reception and caterer: Pinnacle Golf Club 

Cake: Kennedy’s Kakes 

Florist: Bloomtastic Florist 

Music: Night Music DJ 

Photographer: Nicole Dixon Photographic 


Other stationery: BB Letters Calligraphy & Design 

Transportation: Xtreme Limo 

Accommodations: Hilton Columbus Downtown 

Rehearsal dinner: Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse – Downtown Columbus 

Bride’s attire: Blush by Hayley Paige gown and a veil from La Jeune Mariee, shoes from Nordstrom, Sara Gabriel accessories 

Gown cleaning/preservation: Northwest Cleaners 

Bride’s hair and makeup: Penzone Salon + Spa 

Groom’s attire: Suit from Jos. A. Bank, accessories from Nordstrom 

Rings: Private jeweler 

Bridesmaids’ attire: Dessy gowns from Gilded Social 

Flower girl’s attire: The Crystal Bride (Geneva, Illinois) 

Groomsmen’s and ring bearer’s attire: Suits from Jos. A. Bank