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!

Jessica Fauls – Wedding Director, Queen of Sparkles and Spritzers

Jessica Fauls – Wedding Director, Queen of Sparkles and Spritzers

I am a desert lover but a beach babe at heart! Anyone who knows me accepts the fact that everything I own is covered in glitter and if you come to visit me, you too will be covered in glitter. You can find me on Sundays driving my vintage VW bus to Pappy and Harriet’s for cocktails and live music. My most spoiled child is my dog Cookie and my kids will agree to this!

I come with over 20 years experience in hospitality and during my journey; I found my passion in Weddings!  One of my proudest accomplishments is running weddings at The Avalon Palm Springs (formerly The Viceroy Hotel) for over five years. I have now been on the planning side of events for 4 years. My true passion is assisting my couples on creating their dream wedding. My favorite moment of the wedding day is the hug at the end of the night from the couple. It completes me. Don’t let these dimples fool you, I run a tight ship!

Liz Sklar – Marketing Director, Social Media Maven

Liz Sklar – Marketing Director, Social Media Maven

I’m a hopeless romantic. I believe there is someone out there for everyone. My husband often jokes that I will only see movies with romantic titles. What could be a better fit than sharing couples love stories and their wedding day with the world. I’m proud to be the marketing director at COJ Events.

Raised in the Coachella Valley, I started my young career as photojournalist for The Desert Sun Newspaper. While planning my own wedding in 2009, I started to develop a deep passion for planning weddings. Since my wedding, I have worked in all facets of the wedding industry and still get goosebumps when I receive beautiful photographs from COJ events.  I’ve been successful in having many COJ’s weddings featured in national publications.  I hope to help get your wedding published too!

Haley Mullen – Assistant Wedding Director, Graphic Design Diva

Haley Mullen – 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! 

Danielle Harrington, Assistant Wedding Director, Princess of Happiness

Danielle Harrington, Assistant Wedding Director, Princess of Happiness

I was raised in the high desert. If you want a tour of Joshua Tree, I’m your gal. I’m an avid hiker and love to explore new places. One of my lifetime goals is to visit every national park in the country! My cat Marie brightens my day, I love her like a child!
A recent graduate from Vanguard University of Southern California, I studied Political Science. I am super interested in politics and I am passionate about encouraging young people and women to be more active in the political sphere. I’m very excited to be working in the wedding and event industry, I am looking forward to helping create beautiful events for our clients.