Real Columbus Wedding: Hannah and Zack Schulman
An extravagant party accompanied Jewish traditions for this dating app success story.
June 18, 2022 | What began as a “right swipe” on the dating app Hinge resulted in the commencement of an exquisite, breathtaking celebration of love between Hannah (Leeman) and Zack Schulman.
The pair matched in the summer of 2018, chatting virtually for months before meeting for the first time at Paulie Gee’s in the Short North, where they hit it off over pizza and beer. “I never had a first date like that before,” says Hannah. “And I never will again!”
Not too long after that first date, Hannah invited Zack on her family vacation. “We had just been dating for a couple of months, and I was already a part of the family,” Zack says. “It was pretty clear that it was just meant to be.”
On Sept. 26, 2020, Zack proposed to Hannah at Crabtree Falls outside of Asheville, North Carolina.
“We were vacationing with our two friends, and one of them was acting strange—giddy and goofy—all day, so I was like, ‘Something is up!’” Hannah says. Zack led her under the waterfall before dropping to one knee and asking for her hand in marriage. “I was laughing, crying and losing it,” says Hannah. “It was such a perfect, beautiful and romantic moment.” Miraculously, Hannah and Zack’s friends were the only folks present during the engagement, as opposed to 10 minutes later, when throngs of people flooded the area.
As a vegan bride, it was important for Hannah to employ sustainable practices and offer vegan alternatives. Save-the-dates were printed on tea towels for practicality, invitations were created from wildflower seed paper so that guests could plant them, and vegan options for hors d’oeuvres, entrées and desserts were available—not to mention the vegan wedding cake!
Hannah and Zack both cherished the opportunity to share significant Jewish traditions and rituals with their non-Jewish friends. “It was nice to go through the same ceremony that my sister had, my parents had, [Hannah’s] parents had, her sister—and to experience the breaking of the glass, the ketubah signing and the hora!” Zack says.
During their ceremony, the newlyweds were “cool, calm, and collected,” thanks in part to the experts who made the extravagant event possible. “This was the wedding of my dreams,” says Hannah. “We wouldn’t have been able to do any of the crazy stuff that we did without our vendors!”
Photographer: Storyteller Adams
Planner: Aisle & Co.
Ceremony and reception: Ohio Statehouse
Caterer: Cameron Mitchell Premier Events
Coffee bar:Latté 2 a Tea
Rentals: Aiden & Grace,
Escort wall:Grace K Design
Music: The Conspiracy Band
Videographer: Jonah Epps Films
Stationery: Lumaca Paper
Transportation: Columbus Coach
Rehearsal dinner: The Vault
Sunday brunch: The Guild House
Gown cleaning/preservation: Dublin Cleaners
Flower girls’ attire: BHLDN dresses
Groomsmen’s attire: Tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse
A version of this story first appeared in the spring/summer 2023 issue of Columbus Weddings, published in January 2023.