Real Columbus Wedding: Taylor and Zach Parfitt
Setbacks and postponements couldn’t stop their love.
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