Local Couple Turned the Hilton’s Hall of Mirrors Into a Dreamy Starscape for Their Wedding

Erika Schmidt and Zachary El-Sawaf hosted a dreamy black-tie wedding on December 14, 2019, with a light-up dance floor and starscape.

Full of sky-high florals and decadent details, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza’s Hall of Mirrors served as a dreamy backdrop for Erika Schmidt and Zachary El-Sawaf’s black-tie wedding on December 14, 2019.

Photograph by Leppert Photography

Although Erika’s father, who passed away in 2012, couldn’t be there to walk his daughter down the aisle, the bride still carried a piece of her father with her. With the florist’s help, Erika had one of his cufflinks incorporated into her bouquet.

For the reception, the couple enlisted the help of CLEAR Lighting to turn the Hall of Mirrors into a dreamy starscape of purples and golds worthy of a Van Gogh masterpiece. Plus, a light-up dance floor served as an open invitation for guests to dance the night away.

The happy couple currently resides downtown. The groom works as an attorney, and the bride is a stay-at-home mother.


Photography: Leppert Photography | Venue: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza | Wedding Planner: Orange Blossom Events | Flowers: Yellow Canary Floral & Event Design | Cake: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza | Gown: Hyde Park Bridal | Tux: Indochino | Lighting: Clear Lighting | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental, Bbj Linen Rental | Invitations: M. Hopple & Co.Bride’s Hair: Jeff Whitford | Bride’s Makeup: BrideFace | Ceremony Music: Innocenti Strings | Reception Music: DJ Toad | Catering: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza | Videographer: Vivid Wedding Videos  | Transportation: Motortoys

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