The COJ Events Team

We are passionate about creating extraordinary experiences to celebrate life’s special moments! We bring our passion for fabulous design; our talent for seamless execution; our commitment to joy and our personalized loving touch to weddings and events worldwide!

Your event deserves to be crafted by caring hands. We deliver a fun and effective design and planning process with exceptional management of the details so that you can enjoy the journey as much as the destination. We promise to cherish your event with love, to listen and to support you in every way possible.

Our goal is to design a celebration that reflects your style and personality while at the same time creating experiences that you and your guests will treasure for a lifetime!

Cathy O’Connell – Company Founder, Master Coach, Queen of Crazy Ideas

Cathy O’Connell – Company Founder, Master Coach, Queen of Crazy Ideas

I love helping people laugh, cry and find the heart in special moments. Weddings are all about love and joy; guiding couples to finding creative and unique ways to share the love rocks my heart! I can’t think of a better way to help make the world a better place!

My successful career in Silicon Valley – designing fabulous interiors, producing huge projects, negotiating multi-million dollar deals, managing a large staff, facilitating personal growth workshops – taught me important skills for exceptional wedding planning.  Living in Palm Springs expanded my experience to create events that are not boxed in a traditional framework, and are a true reflection of the couple celebrating love.

We now share our unique approach in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico, Hawaii and points beyond. Degree in Interior Architecture from San Jose State University; Doctorate in Divinity from the American Institute of Theology; Ordained Inter-Faith Minister (yes I can marry you too!); I’ve done some TV (including My Fair Wedding with David Tutera) but my biggest credential is the more than 500 couples with whom I’ve shared amazing moments of love!! I am so blessed!

Dorry Wynham – Company Founder, Artistic Muse, Spirit Chic

Dorry Wynham – Company Founder, Artistic Muse, Spirit Chic

I love bringing out the best in people, helping them to live their fullest life in work and play, and especially in their marriage. I’ve been blessed with an art career that has taken me around the world! I’ve in the Northwest US, Los Angeles, San Francisco in addition to Italy, Europe, and India,  creating & teaching art: sculpture, painting, textile design.   I also joyfully guided people through the creation and expression of their greatest potential through personal growth & life coaching.

My greatest joy is helping people discover and express what’s really important to them, and celebrate those special elements with those they love. International Artist and Master Art Instructor in Italy, France, US & India; Personal Life Coach in Silicon Valley, Initiated Brahmin – worldwide spiritual guru, but my biggest credentials are the hundreds of people whose lives I’ve impacted and guided to become the best they can be!

Angela Crawford – Wedding Director, Queen of Laughter

Angela Crawford – Wedding Director, Queen of Laughter

I love being part of fun and creative events, and gently guiding a couple through the steps leading up to their special day! I’m a fun and happy person and infuse every event with that joy in every way I can! Hospitality is in my blood – managing all facets of catering and sales, but I really get my kick from helping honor the love and joy in a wedding celebration!

Los Angeles via Indonesia – I grew up in Southern California, but followed true love and an instant family to Palm Springs. I love managing the details, holding hands and laughing out loud during each moment of a special day! Years of experience in the Hospitality World in SoCal and Palm Springs. Managed catering and sales departments and large multicultural weddings in LA; hung out at the Parker Palm Springs for a few years building the resort’s wedding business and sharpening my wedding edge with over-the-top creative weddings. Most fun ever – creating amazing weddings with Celebrations of Joy!

Debra Meadows – Wedding Director, Queen of Joy

Debra Meadows – Wedding Director, Queen of Joy

I love creating fabulous experiences for fun couples! I enjoy seeing them laugh, bond and create lasting memories with their family and friends. I wanted to become a teacher but discovered that event planning is really my love, but I use my teaching skills to craft memorable moments with the event team!

Colorado ~ a transplant from the beautiful rocky mountains, attended the University of Colorado, Boulder and later went to school at California State University, Long Beach majoring in Communications.    I have a passion for traveling and some of my favorite places are Spain, Costa Rica and the Caribbean. I have been a travel director and event planner for more than 10 years.  My biggest credential is planning successful programs for more than 500 guests in places like Hawaii, Las Vegas, Bahamas and Costa Rica.

Haley Mullen – Office Manager, Assistant Wedding Director, Graphic Design Diva

Haley Mullen – Office Manager, Assistant Wedding Director, Graphic Design Diva

I love being able to help people discover what truly makes them happy. Weddings are one of the best displays of that happiness and I want to make sure their special day is unforgettable. I have always enjoyed planning and organizing events for friends and family and now I get to help this fabulous team create more amazing events!

A transplant from Seattle to Palm Springs, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Washington. I’m a foodie, budding chef and design diva! I love bringing my branding and graphic design talents to our weddings and events! 

Meggan Peterson – Assistant Wedding Director, Queen of Fun

Meggan Peterson – Assistant Wedding Director, Queen of Fun

I love seeing people smile and helping in any way I can to make life more enjoyable. Even if that means I have to dress in crazy costumes (literally). Throughout school, I have dressed up as the Easter Bunny, princesses and other characters to bring joy and laughter to young children; not to mention I was also my high school mascot. I am a goofy but quiet person.

I am home grown in Southern California and the youngest of three girls…poor dad! I have a love and desire to travel, stay active and EAT! Food is the way to my heart. I am an antique store junkie and DIY enthusiast. Wedding photography my first big step into the wedding business. I have studied it and have completed internships in Palm Springs and Las Vegas. While working behind a camera I decided that I wanted to be more involved with bringing special days like weddings to life.

Along with photography, I’ve also worked in my family’s baking business where I’ve helped create wedding, anniversary and birthday cakes of all shapes and sizes. After dipping my toes in all these different wedding planning roles, I’ve finally found where my passion lies, and I help bring to life weddings and parties. Nothing beats seeing the happiness and love between the couples I’ve worked with. And, I’ve been fortunate to have found my COJ family, where I continue to learn and grow in a career I absolutely love.