Together, I Know We Can Conquer The World | DoubleTree by Hilton Utica | Utica New York Wedding Film | Elyssa + Christopher

What is your story?

We met on a dating app in August of 2019 and went on our first date at Old School Bar & Restaurant. We both felt an instant spark and were constantly laughing during the date. We made plans to get together the next day and the day after that. Early on in our relationship, we found out that our great grandparents & grandparents were friends back in the day which is something truly special and meaningful to us. After a little more than a year dating, we moved into a house together and added a golden retriever, Waylon, to our family. In December of 2021, Chris proposed while decorating our Christmas Tree & listening to Taylor Swift. On January 21st 2023 we officially became Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Broccoli!

What was your favorite memory of your wedding day?

Some of our favorite memories from our wedding day was seeing each other at the altar, watching our families and friends have fun, the cold sparklers and of course dancing!

What were the main influences behind the style of your wedding, its location and your venue choice for your big day?

We both wanted a local venue with an old school classy feel and a place that our guests could stay at without having to drive home. Hotel Utica checked all the boxes for us. I’ve always wanted a winter wedding and Chris liked the idea since it was unique and most of our friends & families have never been to a winter wedding.

What would your top tips be for somebody planning their wedding?

Book all of your main vendors first and try to plan aspects of your wedding when you have down time so you don’t save everything till last minute.

What made you decide to hire a wedding videographer? Any tips for couples on the fence for a film?

Everyone we talked to said they regretted not getting a videographer for their wedding so this was a must for us. It’s almost as if you get to relive your wedding!

Photographer Janelle Rodriguez Photography

DJ/ Entertainment Music Man Entertainment

Wedding Venue DoubleTree by Hilton Utica

Hair Element on the Water

Make Up & Beauty Billy Szczerba

Florist Spruce Ridge Landscape & Garden Center

Pet Waylon

Venue Décor and Rentals Exclusively Yours by Wendy

Paper Products / Invitations Romanelli Communications

Cake Classy Cakes

Transportation Impressions Limousine

Food Iconic by Chesterfield

Food Hapanowicz Bros. Meat Market

Food Roma Sausage & Deli

Ice Sculpture The Ice Farm

Dress Store Mirror Mirror Inc.

Wedding Ring S. Lennon & Company Jewelers

Bracelets/ Necklace S. Lennon & Company Jewelers

Bridesmaid Attire Spybaby Bridal

Suit Store A. Vitullo Inc.

Wedding Ring S. Lennon & Company Jewelers

Groomsmen Attire A. Vitullo Inc.