Today marks something new for the Elysium blog! We are going to be highlighting our lovely couples as guest bloggers. Tune in to hear what they have to say about their wedding and the planning process – and of course watch the video!

Our first entry is Susan and Paul who hired us to document their gorgeous “winter wonderland” themed wedding in January. They are so sweet and we loved working with them and their fabulous photographer Jessica Strickland! Here’s what Susan had to say when I asked her some questions:

How did you meet?
Paul and I met through the intervention of my Maid of Honor, Megan Okuley. She was Paul’s co-worker and arranged for a group lunch date at Penn Station. Although we were both a little shy, we agreed to meet up one more time for a more traditional date and the rest is history…

What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
My favorite part about planning our wedding was watching my dream/vision become a reality. It was amazing to see my winter wonderland come to life just as I had imagined.

How did you pick your venue
Considering the wonderland theme, we knew we wanted to get married in the heart of winter. Because Indiana’s weather is very unpredictable, we thought it would be best to have our wedding at a hotel so no one had to drive once they arrived. We chose the Conrad because of its modern feel and reputation for paying attention to detail. The staff was phenomenal and always there to get us whatever we needed. From speaking with the Conrad and our wonderful event planner Casey Scott, we knew they would stop at nothing to turn my vision into a reality.

What kind of personal touches did you add to your event?
We had custom made fortune cookies (Paul used a fortune cookie during his proposal), the trees were white to fit with the winter wonderland theme, baseball cuff links for Paul and a club DJ. We just tried to incorporate as many personal touches as possible to make the wedding unique to us.

What was the best decision you made during the planning process?
Casey Scott! He was amazing, understanding, exuberant and an excellent listener. I don’t know what we would have done with out him… I probably would have turned into bridezilla! Thanks Casey!

What are your favorite memories from your wedding?
Everything was so amazing, but taking pictures on the roof of the Conrad was really memorable. It also made us feel really special that so many family and friends were able to travel and be with us on our big day.

What advice can you give to other brides?
Allow others to help. It will alleviate so much pressure and allow you to do what is most important… enjoy one of the most important and memorable days of your life!

Venue: The Conrad, Indianapolis
Coordination: Casey Scott, Etcetera Events
Photographer: Jessica Strickland
Event Production, BMG Event Production
Florals: McNamara Florists
Hair & Makeup: Karen Hall and Company
Invitations and Programs: Kay Krober
DJ: DJ Indiana Jones
Cake: Heavenly Sweets Cake

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Check out some of Susan’s fabulous photos by Jessica Strickland! You can see the rest by going to the photographer’s Blog entry.


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AMAZING job guys!!! It was soo terrific getting to work with you again, we loved having you in Indy…and spectacular job on the footage! LOVE IT…and thanks for the image feature!! I really appreciate it!


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