A Romantic Hilton Columbus Downtown Wedding Reception

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A Romantic Hilton Downtown Columbus Wedding

John & Erica got married and celebrated their marriage at the Hilton Downtown Columbus in a unique and classic way! 

First off they had their first look and took pictures on the walkway between the hotel and the Columbus Convention Center.  Lots of couples do this because its one THE most perfect places to get pictures taken. Its iconic and an almost 'required picture' if you have your reception there.

Erica looked SO beautiful that John was moved to tears.  The bridesmaids were watching from the sidelines and cheering too. It was a great moment.

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The ceremony was in one of the smaller ballrooms at the Hilton Downtown. The couple was married by the groom's mom. Of course she talked about her son, but also talked about meeting Erica for the first time and thinking she was beautiful and special.  We of course supplied the cordless microphones so everyone could hear.  We put one on mom (the officiant) and then one on the groom.  One of the more unique moments during the ceremony was the incorporation of some Persian wedding traditions.

After the ceremony, the bride and groom met their guests in a receiving line in the hallway outside the ballroom.

The ballroom at the Hilton looked incredible.  Erica's favorite color is purple, so we had the entire ballroom uplit with our lighting fixtures.  A custom monogram was on the center of the dance floor.  A large ice sculpture was also a nice touch.

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First Dance Song:
"Stand By Me" - Ben E King

Father-Daughter Song:
"Your Song" - Elton John

Groom-Mother Song:
"Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay" - Otis Redding

My favorite moment of the evening was John & Erica's first dance to Ben E King's "Stand By Me". They had one of the BEST first dances we've ever seen. Sure they are a beautiful couple, and yes it was semi-choreographed, but to see their guest's reaction to it (and the reaction from the hotel staff too) you could tell it was rehearsal time that was VERY WELL spent. 

John then did a wonderful welcome to the guests.  You could tell that it meant so much to this couple that their family and friends came to this reception to be with them.

After a great meal came the celebration.  And it was a CELEBRATION!

A Persian Knife Dance was done by the bride's family.  I had never seen this, and its not as scary as you it sounds LOL.  It was a great way to honor Erica's and her family's roots.

Another very unique touch was the desserts! WOW there were so many different items to choose from. 

The dancing was almost non stop.  We couldn't believe that we got a shot of the bridesmaids doing 'The Worm" on the dance floor.