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A Dreamy FAR Away Wedding in Bloomington, Indiana

Ali and Tommy got married on the most perfect day, May 18th, 2024 at FAR Center for Contemporary Arts in Bloomington, Indiana. Both attended Indiana University, and they met when a mutual best friend, Mackenzie, set them up for a date party!


Their first date came at Tommy's semi formal date party in Louisville, KY. It was the first time they had REALLY hung out one on one, and in Ali's words, it was a "BLAST of a weekend!" They had the best time together and so after that, they decided to go on their second "first date" at Noodles on Kirkwood.


THE ENGAGEMENT





Ali and Tommy had planned a weekend to the mountains in the fall of 2022. They hadn't been out that way since moving to North Carolina after graduating, and it happened to be the weekend of their 5th anniversary! They went on a hike with their pooch, Pinto Bean, and while Ali was looking at the view, Tommy had gotten down on one knee to propose!






WHAT MOMENT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?

Finally becoming husband and wife! And just being surrounded by all of our friends and family and having a great time.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT YOUR MARRIED LIFE TOGETHER?

All of our adventures! Starting a family, traveling, building a life together down in North Carolina!

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 30 YEARS?

Happily married, with kids, and some grandkids possibly! Enjoying life as much as we do today!



Ali and Tommy went with the spring floral vibe and some pastels with a little pop of color! They also incorporated some warm, minimalist, rustic, Boho, all-around feel that is totally them. They absolutely love springtime in Bloomington, and wanted that to resonate with their guests! These arrangements from Laurilyn Floral Design are to spring for!



IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU THINK FUTURE COUPLES WOULD FIND INTERESTING OR HELPFUL ABOUT YOUR WEDDING?

We are planning it from 10 hours away! We moved to North Carolina 1.5 years ago, but Bloomington is such a special place to us, so it was a no-brainer to get married there. It's definitely tricky at times planning a wedding from another state, but it's all been worth it and a great experience overall!


Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, especially when the event is taking place far from home. For our newlyweds, who reside in North Carolina but chose to tie the knot in the charming town of Bloomington, Indiana, the distance could have posed significant challenges. This is where the expertise of a local wedding coordinator becomes invaluable.


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SYWPEVENTS?

Y'all came highly recommended by Silvia at the FAR! And you have been absolutely great to work with!


Hiring a local planner means there's someone on the ground who can communicate with all parties involved, bridging the gap caused by distance. They can provide regular updates and serve as a reliable point of contact, ensuring that the couple remains informed and stress-free throughout the planning process.


For our couple from North Carolina, choosing a local wedding planner in Bloomington was a game-changer. It allowed them to enjoy their engagement and look forward to their big day without the added stress of long-distance coordination. Whether you're planning a wedding near or far from home, a local planner can transform your vision into a seamless and memorable reality.


DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE COUPLES?

Have fun with each other! Be able to laugh at yourself and with one another :)


 

The Dream Team That Made It Happen!




 

Ali & Tommy's Review of SYWPEvents


What were three concerns you had going into planning a wedding?

*Logistics

*Coordinating/communication with vendors

*Décor/feel/vibe


In what ways did SYWPEvents help with those concerns?

*Logistics - helped us plan our wedding from out of state and asked us a ton of questions we weren't even thinking about that ended up making the process much smoother.

*Working with Vendors - you attended nearly all of our vendor meetings and were in communication with all of them. The day/weekend of the wedding, you ensured everything ran smoothly and vendors knew where to go and setup.

*Décor/feel/vibe - helped us create the atmosphere we wanted by organizing and setting up all of our decorations. Also you had saved us with some last minute additions like the table cloths.


If someone asked about your experience of working with us as your wedding planner(s), what would be the key things you would tell them about us? And why are these things important to you?

I would tell them that Christina was extremely organized, attentive, and calming. Planning the wedding from out of state, we had big concerns about logistics and she help us plan out every step of the wedding weekend and what we needed. This made us feel very confident and comfortable going into and during the weekend, so we could focus on each other and our guests instead of talking to vendors etc. or stressing about small or missed details.


In the areas that you (or someone involved in the planning process) were initially hesitant in having a planner, are you/they now a believer, and what changed?

Our only hesitation was if it was going to be worth it, but it was 110% worth it. Christina was our day-of-coordinator, but she did so much more than just the day-of. She was on so many calls with vendors, constantly keeping us updated with details, and even helped us a ton with our rehearsal dinner.


What do you think this process would have been like without a wedding planner? Do you think you could have done it on your own?

Our wedding weekend would have been and felt completely different. We didn't have to speak to a single vendor, solve any last minute issues, or stress about setup/tear down. We were able to live in the moment and enjoy our day immensely. I do not think we could have created the same experience we had without Christina. Everything was smooth and stress free.


What factors led you to book with us over another business?

Christina was very friendly and welcoming from the beginning. Also, she was recommended to us by our venue and she was familiar with almost all of our vendors, which was comforting.


SYWP Events and Christina were AMAZING. Throughout the entire process, Christina made

everything go so smoothly. Her communication and familiarity with our vendors was stellar and comforting. She allowed my husband and I to focus on each other, and truly enjoy our special together with one another with no worries or stresses. I would 110% recommend SYWPE to anyone! You're the best Christina! Thank you so much for everything!



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