This story first appeared in the Fall / Winter 2020 issue of Columbus Weddings, which was released in August 2020.
October 19, 2019 | Kayvon and Lauren Padidar didn’t hit it off right away when they met as Ohio State students. However, as they began to date and grow closer over the years, the two slowly realized that they had more than a passing friendship or fling on their hands. “I realized she was ‘the right one’ after we’d been together for a while and had some ups and downs,” Kayvon explains. “I saw how loyal, genuine and supportive she was through it all, and the rest was history!”
Kayvon wanted to think big with a proposal. “She loves mysteries and puzzles and riddles so I thought what could be more appropriate than a scavenger hunt?” He and Lauren’s mom secretly coordinated for months to plan an epic daylong adventure. On July 22, 2018, Kayvon planted a dozen clues across town, which guided Lauren through a day of healing, culminating at Columbus Park of Roses with Kayvon “sweating a storm” with the ring, the couple Harley’s dog and the final clue. Lauren says, “It was magical, truly the most unforgettable day of my life!
On October 19, 2019, the couple married in front of 180 guests at Dock580 (now closed). Lauren explained that little personal touches kept the memories of her loved ones alive. “My grandmother had passed away before she could see me get married – she was a florist who loved gardenias. Our wedding florist, Heather, put gardenias in my bouquet, my mom’s corsage, and my sister’s bouquet. It was like she was with us on this special day. I also wrapped a charm on my bouquet with a photo of my grandmother and grandfather on their wedding day.
After the ceremony, Buckeye Entertainment kept the crowd on the dance floor all evening. A table of Chasing Perfection desserts and the couple’s blackberry martini wedding cocktail also kept spirits up. Guest favors honored Kayvon’s Iranian family heritage; her mother bought the special thank you gifts on a recent trip to visit her family there.
The newlyweds enjoyed every moment of their big day, but advise engaged couples to make sure every detail of their vision is communicated to vendors in advance. “We could have given our DJ specific instructions on the timing of the input songs at the reception, but we didn’t think it was necessary,” says Lauren. “It would have been a good idea, because there were certain parts of the song that I would have liked to play. Still, don’t sweat the little things. My wedding was everything I could have dreamed of and more!
Kayvon agrees. “Enjoy the big day; take the time to soak up everything, because it goes faster than you think!
Ceremony, reception and catering: The Venue at Dock580 (now operating as Brick & Mortar)
Cake: Alice’s piece of cake
Dessert table: In pursuit of perfection
Flowers: Evergreen Flower Co.
Rentals: Aiden & Grace, Vintage Lost and Found
Wedding dress and accessories: The Young Mary
Hair and makeup: Design by Anne
Outfit of the bride and groom: Macy’s
Groom’s accessories: Tie from Men’s Wearhouse, Socks and Pouch from Etsy
Rings: Direct Diamonds
Bridesmaids Dresses: golden social
Ceremonial music: Steven Vance Entertainment
Reception music: Buckeye Entertainment
Photographer: Nicole Léoné Miller Photography
Videographer: Nik williams
Invitations: Ink & Ivory
Seating plan mirror: Sheri’s signatures