Vendor Shout-Out! Lora Pennington & Amanda Craft from Magical Moments Event Planning

FORUM Conference & Event Center, is excited to add Magical Moments Event Planning to our recommended vendor list! Magical Moments is a full service wedding and event planning company.  We asked Lora Pennington, the Owner and Lead Planner to tell us a little bit about her company, as well as, her background and experience.

What is your title and position at your current company?

Lora Pennington,  Owner/Planner
Amanda Craft, Planner

What does your company do? How is it different than others like it?

Magical Moments Event Planning is a full service wedding and event planning company that also offers partial and month of planning.

We are different because we are a family. As a mother-daughter duo and because when we need additional staff we don’t need to look very far. My other two daughters are terrific coordinators who have worked several weddings and events with us.

How many years have you been in the industry?

Our business has been in place for 4 and a half years.

What was your very first job?

As Magical Moments it was a Murder Mystery Dinner at a local country club. We loved every minute of it. We put the whole event together, decor and all. Each guest played a character. Amanda filled one role. Her character was in place to keep the game moving through by leading the other characters in their roles. It was so much fun.

What lead you in into the event industry?

I have always been organized and an extreme multi-tasker. Because of this I would find myself organizing events for everything from my daughters sports teams to to golf outings, dances, company parties to the full build of a Habitat Home. After many years doing this, I decided I wanted to start my own business. I just loved doing it so much and loved seeing the smiles and joy of others who are attending one of our weddings or events.

What is your most memorable event? Why?

Wow. This is can be so many. I would say that at a recent wedding, we got to witness the first look of a father and daughter. That moment was so special because of the relationship they shared. It brought tears to our eyes to see this and it was so wonderful to be part of this magical moment in their lives.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

Well, 4 years ago I moved to a small farm in Boone county.  We now raise Angus cows, hens and bees.

If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job?

This is my dream job. Amanda and I both love what we
do and look forward to being in this industry for years to come.



For more information about Magical Moments Event Planning please visit there website:  


Until Next Time,


I Do in Fishers

Thank you to the 150+ soon to be brides and their friends and family for helping make the 2016 “I Do in Fishers” Venue Showcase a success! We also could not have had the success we did without all of our amazing vendors who dedicated their time and products to this wonderful event. We are looking forward to hosting another venue showcase in August 2017 along with our wonderful neighbors and friends at Balmoral House, The Ambassador House and The Wellington!img_2606 img_2599

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Until next time,


What Have We Been Up To?

It has been a busy time here at the Forum Conference and Event Center. With past events and the busy months ahead, the event world has definitely kept us on our toes! Here are some events we have hosted over the past few months;

New Beginnings Fellowship Church Anniversary

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Tiger One Casino Night- Fishers High School Sports Fundraiser



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We are looking forward to hosting even more events in the coming months!

Until next time,



Vendor Shout-Out! Amy von Eiff from A Cut Above Catering

Here at FORUM Conference & Event Center, we have 7  preferred caterers. One of those amazing caterers is, A Cut Above Catering. We asked Amy von Eiff a little bit about her company, as well as, her background and experience.


  • What is your title and position at your current company?
    •  Owner & Executive Chef
  • What does your company do? How is it different than others like it?
    •  Full off site Catering Company & Instructional Cooking/ Team building Challenges.
  • How many years have you been in the industry?
    •  8 years
  • What was your very first job?
    •  Blockbuster Video
  • What lead you in into the event industry?
    • From the time I can remember I was in the kitchen with my Mother and Grandmother, growing up Italian it is not an option not to participate in Sunday dinners. After Culinary school I started a Personal Chef Company called Dining Divas and from there my husband and I started A Cut Above Catering where we continue to grow our business.
  • What is your most memorable event? Why?
    • At A Cut Above Catering we spend time with each individual client to get a real understand of the direction and needs for their event where we can customize the menu or theme. Every event is our client’s special day so we make each event memorable for the client and us.
  • What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
    •  I was a  singer for many years and had the opportunity to performing in many great Cathedrals touring Europe.
  • If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job?
    • I would singing on Broadway
  • Feel free to add other information that will help get to know your business better.
    • I love to serve people new experiences in entertaining and dining and working with other vendors gives me inspiration. Also going to work in a different environment with new challenges every day drives me to excel.

Until Next Time,


Join us for the “I DO” In Fishers Venue Showcase!

FORUM Conference & Event Center will be participating in a Venue Showcase, August 28th from 1pm-4pm. “I Do” In Fishers A Venue Showcase, will allow future brides and grooms to tour 4 different venues located throughout Fishers for their wedding: FORUM Conference & Event Center, Balmoral House, The Historic Ambassador House, and The Wellington. The Brides and Grooms will receive an information card when they arrive to their first venue. Each Venue will mark off when you have arrived. Once each Bride and Groom have toured all 4 wedding venues we will be put your name into a drawing to win the Grand Prize of $1,500 Gift Certificate towards 1 of the 4 participating venues as well as a $250 gift certificate.


Here at FORUM Conference & Event Center, brides and grooms will get the opportunity to see a romantic wedding reception set up showcasing décor from some of our preferred and local vendors. We will have many vendors in the back of the room at individual tables. Interested brides and grooms are welcome to speak with these vendors about their own upcoming wedding!

Our current attending vendors include:

Ian Borgerhoff Photography

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Magical Moments Event Planning


Brides and Grooms who are interested in participating can register now at Event Brite for free admission.


We look forward to seeing you Sunday, August 28th!


Until Next Time,


FORUM is excited to announce…….

We have two new team members!!!

We, here at FORUM, would like to welcome Julianne Mertz and Kalissa Atchley to the FORUM family!


Julianne came from the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis and has also worked as a wedding coordinator for Plum and Poppy Weddings.  She comes to FORUM with much experience in wedding and event coordination.  Welcome Julianne!  We are so excited to have you join our team!


Kalissa recently was an intern at Accent Indy were she gained much experience in corporate events.  Considering FORUM hosts over 100 corporate events every year – we knew that she too would be a wonderful addition to the team!  Welcome Kalissa!  We are also so excited to have you join our team!

I cannot wait to watch Julianne and Kalissa grow in their positions and add so much to our team here at FORUM!   #teamforum  #Ateam


Until Next Time,



Farewell…until we see each other again….

Goodbye for now, hello to you later…..

Today we had to say “Farewell” to yet another one of our wonderful coordinators, Paige Ellenberger.  She is off to another wonderful company in the hospitality industry, but we will miss her as well at FORUM Conference & Events Center.   She added so much to the Conference Center this year, including our new wedding coordination.  I have appreciated everything she has done for the betterment of FORUM.  I wish her nothing but the best in the future and I know she off to do even better things!

Good luck Paige!  We will miss you!

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