Real Columbus Wedding: Taylor and Zach Parfitt

Setbacks and postponements couldn’t stop their love.

Emma Frankart Henterly
Columbus Monthly
Taylor and Zach Parfitt married on July 30, 2021, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with a reception following at Vue Columbus.

July 30, 2021 | Life doesn’t always go according to plan, but Taylor (Smith) and Zach Parfitt know that sometimes, a revised plan can be better than the original idea. The pair met in 2014, when they were set up by a mutual friend for Taylor’s sorority formal with Kappa Kappa Gamma. “I called my mom the next day and told her I was going to marry him,” Taylor says. 

Needless to say, the blind date was a success. Eventually, Zach concocted a plan to propose while on vacation in Florida in December 2018. When the destination changed to New York City, Zach pivoted to Plan B: popping the question in front of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. When heavy crowds thwarted that idea, too, Zach tried plans C and D at two other locations, before finally finding success with a proposal at the (now-shuttered) Morimoto, where he’d planned a celebratory dinner. 

The backup plan motif carried into the wedding itself, which was originally scheduled for July 2020 but scuttled due to COVID-19 restrictions. The following year, that Plan B worked out, and the pair were married in a day that focused on family and friends. 

Personal touches included using Taylor’s aunt’s margarita recipe as the signature drink, and a first song selection—Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”—based on Zach learning to play the song on guitar for Taylor early in their relationship. 

Highlights of the day, Taylor says, included the “very thoughtful” speeches at the reception, as well as taking in the sight of their guests at both the ceremony and reception. 

“Despite all of the postponement and re-planning, it was one of the best days of our lives,” she notes. 


Photographer: Studio Ayla 

Planner: Devoted Columbus 

Ceremony:Trinity United Methodist Church 

Reception: Vue Columbus 

Caterer: Metro Cuisine 

Cake: Kittie’s Cakes 

Florist:Madison House Designs 

Music: Buckeye Entertainment 

Stationery: BB Letters 

Transportation: Xtreme Limo 

Accommodations: Hotel LeVeque (newlyweds), Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU (guests) 

Rehearsal dinner: The Boat House at Confluence Park 

Sunday brunch: Couple’s home, catered by The Lox Bagel Shop and Peace Love & Little Donuts 

Bride’s attire: Gown from Anthropologie Weddings (formerly BHLDN), Loeffler Randall shoes, family jewelry 

Bride’s hair and makeup: Hair by Stacey Thomas/True Hair Lounge (Van Wert), makeup by Shanece Bennett 

Groom’s attire: Suit from Pursuit, tie and tie bar from Dazi 

Rings: Laudick’s Jewelry (Van Wert) and Diamonds Direct 

Bridesmaids’ attire: Birdy Grey gowns 

Groomsmen’s attire: Suits from Pursuit