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Meet your planners!

Madison VanderKolk

Owner • Planner • Coordinator • Stylist • Decor Creator

In 2020, I launched Elysian Weddings + Events (formerly Made By Mads) with a singular goal: to turn wedding planning into a joyous and accessible adventure for all! After graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder (can I get a Sko Buffs?), I was certain I wanted to dive into an industry that fueled my creativity and independence. The irresistible pull of planning and socializing eventually guided me to the enchanting world of weddings, and Elysian was born! Driven by my type-A personality and outgoing spirit, I take the lead in guiding couples through the planning process while adding in a healthy dose of fun. My mission is to ensure you and your partner feel stress-free and genuinely ecstatic about your wedding day! As a firm believer in words of affirmation, consider me your most enthusiastic cheerleader and advocate.

Let's kick off this celebration – together, we're going to make it an absolute blast!


Fun Facts: 

• I sing for a local choir

• I love playing volleyball year round

• I'm a HUGE dessert girl - the way to my heart is through sweets

 When I'm not at your wedding, you can find me in the mountains either hiking, skiing, or camping


Dawn Hershiser

Planner • Coordinator • Stylist

Welcome! I grew up in Southern California & graduated college with an interior design degree from FIDM. I moved to Colorado in 2001 & feel incredibly lucky to call this beautiful state my home. Raising two amazing daughters who were very active with school, music, & year-round sports, made me an expert on planning detailed schedules! I love helping couples navigate the process of planning, designing, & making their vision become a reality. With my background in design, I am able to think outside the box & find creative solutions to any situation. So when someone tells me an idea is “impossible”...I say…BRING IT ON! My goal is to cheer you on, make planning enjoyable & to provide you with an experience that leaves you feeling stress-free & relaxed. There is nothing more important than being able to give the couples I work with the time to be present with the people they love on their special day! 


Fun Facts: 

• I am a “cat mom” to 3 rescues

• I’ve been a fitness instructor for over 35 years

• I’ve lived in 7 different states

• I always pick salty over sweet

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