Real Columbus Wedding: Sydney and Tim Deems

A laid-back, cocktail-style reception with tons of personal elements

Emma Frankart Henterly
Columbus Monthly
Sydney and Tim Deems married on Dec. 18, 2021, at North Bank Park Pavilion.

Dec. 18, 2021 | Sydney (Poehler) and Tim Deems really, really like winter—especially the month of December. It’s when they first met while waiting tables at a restaurant. “After a year, I confessed my feelings for Tim before he was about to move across the country,” Sydney says. “He stayed, and we knew that was it for us!” They were so sure, in fact, that they chose their first dance song—John Mayer’s “Heart of Life”—that very month. 

That fateful confession happened on Dec. 18, 2017, she says; three years and one day later, Tim proposed while enjoying the holiday lights at the Columbus Commons. After, “we went back to our apartment, where he had planned a surprise engagement party with my friends and family,” Sydney says. “It was absolutely perfect.” 

Three hundred and sixty-four days later, they were married. They had recently said goodbye to their beloved cat, so they honored him with a mention in their “fun facts” personalized cocktail napkins and by choosing the main color for their event—emerald—based on his birthstone. 

The day was filled with other personal touches: Sydney arranged her own flowers and enlisted her brother to serve as DJ. Her mother was her maid of honor, and she and Tim were married by Sydney’s father, “who we are both very close with,” she says. 

“Saying our vows to each other was my favorite part,” of the day, she adds. “It was the part I was most nervous about, but being completely present up there with my husband gave me so much peace. Everyone told us the room just felt so filled with love during the ceremony.” 

The party itself had one focus: having a good time. 

“We wanted our wedding to be super-fun and laid-back, so we decided on a cocktail-style reception, complete with pizza, doughnuts and lots of drinks,” Sydney notes. “It was just a big party with all of our favorite people.” 

Editor’s note: In the fall/winter 2022 issue, we mis-stated Sydney and Tim’s last name as Poehler. Poehler is Sydne’s maiden name; the couple’s married last name is Deems


Photographer: Captured Photography 

Planner: One Weddings (closed)  

Ceremony and reception: North Bank Park Pavilion 

Caterer: Mikey’s Late Night Slice 

Dessert:Krispy Kreme 

Flowers and music: DIY 

Rentals: Aiden & Grace 

Stationery: Georgia Blue Design Co. on Etsy 

Accommodations: Hotel LeVeque 

Rehearsal dinner: Hadley’s Bar + Kitchen 

Bride’s attire: Milla Nova gown from The Wedding Club (London, UK), veil from Stacy’s Bridal on Etsy, shoes from Lulus 

Bride’s hair and makeup: Hair by Épanoui, makeup by 614 Beauty 

Groom’s attire: Tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse, accessories from The Tie Bar 

Rings: Sydney’s engagement ring from Heidi Gibson, wedding bands from Lazuli NY 

Bridesmaids’ attire: Gowns from Lulus and BHLDN 

Groomsmen’s attire: Tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse