Real Columbus Wedding: Ciera and Nicholas Thomas

Carefully curated music, food and more made for an ultra-personal event.

Emma Frankart Henterly
Columbus Monthly
Ciera and Nicholas Thomas married on Oct. 23, 2021, at Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel.

Oct. 23, 2021 | Ciera (Gooden) and Nicholas Thomas has overlapping social circles during their time at Miami University, so their meeting was almost inevitable. When the time came to propose, Nicholas went all out, arranging for a private tour at COSI. He popped the question in the Progress exhibit—Ciera's favorite since childhood. 

Another childhood memory influenced Ciera’s top choice for a first dance song: “At Last,” by Etta James. “I grew up thinking it was my parents’ wedding song, and hearing it always brought back the best memories. Eventually, I found out I was mistaken, and they had a different song entirely,” she says. “I like to think they were saving it just for me.” Other key musical selections included instrumental covers of their favorite songs during the ceremony processional. “It was a special Easter egg to those that could name the tunes,” Ciera says. 

Both self-described foodies, the pair made careful selections with the dinner menu, bar selections and favors. “Guests were so excited to drink BrewDog beer and load up on the gourmet soft pretzel bar at the end of the night,” Ciera says. For favors, she and Nicholas gave guests a selection of their favorite flavors of Lindt chocolates. 

Signage at the event included a QR code where guests could upload their wedding photos. “Looking at all the guests having fun and making memories was the perfect start to our honeymoon,” Ciera says. She and Nicholas honeymooned in Paris, France. 


Ceremony, reception and caterer: Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel 

Cake: 36 Catering 

Florist:Flowers by Jill Stember 

Music: D & M DJ Entertainment 

Dance lessons:Too Left Feet Dancing 

Photographer: Phillip’s Photography and Videography 

Videographer: Blue Skies HD Video 

Stationery: DIY 

Rehearsal dinner, accommodations and Sunday brunch: Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel 

Bride’s attire:David’s Bridal gown, secondhand veil, shoes from DSW and accessories from Amazon 

Gown preservation: David’s Bridal 

Bride’s hair and makeup: Hair byEvan Joseph Salon, makeup by Siren Beauty Bar 

Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse 

Rings: Diamond Cellar 

Bridesmaids’ and flower girl’s attire: Azazie gowns 

Groomsmen’s and ring bearer’s attire: Tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse