Oct 23, 2021 | Ciera (Gooden) and Nicholas Thomas had a social circle while attending the University of Miami, so it was almost inevitable that they would meet.When it came time to propose, Nicholas went out of his way to arrange a private tour at COSI. progress Exhibit—Sierra’s favorite from childhood.
Another childhood memory inspired Sierra’s number one choice for her first dance song, “At Last” by Etta James. “I grew up thinking it was my parents’ wedding song and hearing it always brought back the best memories. Eventually I realized I was wrong and they had a completely different song.” “I like to think they were just saving it for me.” A mental cover was included. “For anyone who can name a song, it was a special Easter egg,” Sierra says.
Self-proclaimed foodies, the pair carefully selected their dinner menus, bar selections, and favors. “Guests were so excited to drink Brewdog beer and eat gourmet soft pretzels at her bar at the end of the night,” says Sierra. She and Nicholas presented guests with their favorite Lindt her chocolate flavor.
Signage for the event included a QR code that allowed guests to upload their wedding photos. “Seeing all our guests have fun and make memories was the perfect start to our honeymoon,” says Sierra. She and Nicolas honeymooned in Paris, France.
Ceremony, reception, catering: Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel
cake: 36 Catering
Florist:Flowers by Jill Stenber
music: D&M DJEntertainment
Dance lessons:Two Left Feet Dancing
photographer: Philip’s photo and video shoot
Videographer: Blue Sky HD Videos
stationary: self made
Rehearsal Dinner, Accommodation, Sunday Brunch: Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel
Bride attire:David’s bridal gowns, used veils, DSW shoes, Amazon accessories
Preservation of the gown: david’s bridal
Bride Hair and Makeup: Hair by Evan Joseph Salon, Makeup by Siren Beauty Bar
Groom’s outfit: Men’s Wearhouse Calvin Klein Tuxedo
ring: diamond cellar
Bridesmaid and flower girl outfits: Azajie Gown
Groomsman and ring bearer attire: menswear tuxedo