You never plan for rain in Palm Springs, but there we were, blessed with a heavy rain the day of the wedding. Despite this all, it was an AMAZING event (better than I could have dreamed of) and behind every great event is an amazing team. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming together to make the wedding the best day of my life. Amidst power outages, heavy rain, missing pieces and last-minute design changes, thank you so much for helping make everything look magical, dreamy and romantic for all of my guests.
Cathy & Angela & team — thank you for working with me this entire journey to create the event of my dreams. The colors, execution and MONTHS long planning to coordinate is so appreciated and thank you for fixing the endless problems we didn’t even know about. Thank you for working tirelessly to make everything coordinated and come together, I am so appreciative from the bottom of my heart.
Lots of gratitude
Mia + Patrick + Linda
YOU are a treasure! Our gratitude and deep appreciation for the hours and hours you devoted to planning and executing Lauren’s dream wedding. Lauren rated the wedding 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. Our guests continue to extend their expressions of amazement and delight with the detail, beauty and thoughtfulness provided.
You were behind every step of the way! A thousand thank you’s.
You are the best!
Cathy, mother of the bride
Our guests could not stop talking about how delicious the desserts were…literally raving about them. We also had many family and friends tell us that was the most epic dance party they’ve been to in so long. You were right that the videos Chris played were awesome. The flowers added so much to the day and CSE worked so hard to make it a smooth service and smooth event overall. Jonathan and his team were honestly amazing!
But the person who truly made our big day so incredible was Jessica. She was such a pleasure to work with and get to know throughout the process. She was so attentive to every detail and made us feel so confident in all plans, comfortable and just incredibly special. We enjoyed every moment of having her around and honestly just think she is one of the hardest working ladies that we’ve met.
Again, you have an awesome team of people and we sincerely appreciate everything that you guys did for us along the way!
Rachel + Randy
We are so grateful to you both. From the minute Chuck & I crossed paths with you our nerves were suddenly calm. You took us under your wings, listened to all of our thoughts and brought our vision to reality. You were the powerhouses that brought our wedding day to life. Thank you so much for the work that you do and who you are for those that have the privilege to cross your path. We adore you two and are so lucky to have you now as friends for life. You have an incredible impact on people and we thank you for the impact you have had on us!
Cathy and Dorry,
Words can’t even describe how grateful we are to the two of you for everything you did to make our “wedding festival” even better than we ever could have imagined. From your fantastic suggestions on flowers, linens, DJ, photographer, caterers and more, to your attention to the most minute of details. Our vision was no small task and you both handled everything with grace, charm, professionalism and, dare we say, spunk. And you made it fun – but most importantly, it was a weekend that we will cherish and remember forever. And for that we thank you. Thank you both – and we can’t wait to spend time with you both without a seating chart!
Love, Steve & Michael
From Sara: Cathy, Dorrie & Haley…can’t believe it’s been almost 3 weeks since I’ve written you guys an email considering it was almost daily for the past few months. We’re back from a wonderful 2 week honeymoon in Australia where we gushed about the wedding the entire time.
I wanted to let you all know how much I enjoyed working with you & thank you for everything you did to make our wedding day so incredibly special. You guys truly love what you do & that comes through so clearly in your attitudes & outputs.
Weddings are notoriously “stressful” for brides & filled with lots of pressure but I can say my whole planning process was so smooth, light hearted & fun and that’s a huge thanks to you guys. You knew the right vendors to work with, always had a “YES, can do” attitude & would make any of my dreams (aka Pinterest pictures) a reality. Thank you so much for everything & I truly feel like you guys became friends through the whole planning process.
From her mom: Your energy and enthusiasm to help us make Sara and Chris’ wedding was contagious! We felt like we were in the best of care with Celebrations of Joy, truly professional in execution of events but caring about the details that make the difference for the bride and groom. COJ is THE BEST! Our destination wedding was a complete success from start to finish and if we are having another celebration anywhere COJ will be part of our team.
I cannot say enough good things about COJ Events, my wedding was pretty amazing and perfect. We didn’t have the first idea where to begin with vendors and referrals and Cathy was essential in that process. What my husband and I liked the most was that all of Cathy’s referrals were nice people. Not only did they offer supreme service and product but they were all lovely to work with.
We had several NYC people attend (they know their food) and they all said that our food was the BEST they had ever had (some meant it for the steak in general not just “wedding food”).
Ultimately it was my job to stay on budget but Cathy worked with me to go through all bills and expenses line by line and helped me cut costs and suggested alternatives for items that were outside my budget.
The fee for Cathy and COJ Events was the best money I spent. The day before and day of my wedding they took all the stress out of the experience for me and allowed me to relax and to enjoy time with my family. They were on-site to handle deliveries and organize the little details. They provided me with things like buckets for flip flops and signs at no cost. When I mentioned a certain tray I wanted for my cocktail tables – three months later – Cathy found them online and got them for me.
I cannot recommend Cathy and her company more highly.
I wanted to thank YOU personally for everything you did for me and Will. In January, I really was in despair but in a matter of days you turned everything around and cleared your diary for me to make sure I had the best experience and the best vendors. You were an absolute angel to me during those few days and I can’t tell you how much that saved me, my head and the direction my Wedding was going in. I want to let you know how thankful I am for everything you did. You are such a calm and wonderful person to be around.
I’d also like to thank you for Debra. She is a wonderful person, who has dedication that cannot be faltered. She was there for me every single step of the way and I could not have done it without her. She is an asset to COJ, as I am sure you know. Haley was also a delight and will make a fine planner. You have an excellent team.
Thank you thank you thank you! I’d love to say I’d use your services again in the future but I certainly don’t plan on getting married ever again!! LOL!!!! Best wishes to you and your beautiful team, and Dorry too!
WOW – we are over the moon and so happy with how everything turned out.
It was amazing!!!!! We cannot thank you enough for everything and all your hard work. It could not have gone any better (except we wished it could have lasted 3 more hours!). Plus the weather was so perfect. Many of our friends and family have told us that was the best wedding they have ever attended.
Crazy because Nat and I were not prepared for how great it was going to be. We have traveled a lot and had so many great memories and experiences already, but our wedding was truly the best weekend of our lives.
John and I cannot begin to thank both of you enough for planning and executing the wedding of my dreams!!! When we walked out of the house to be announced, I looked out at the reception and said to John that this was how “I envisioned it” when the both of you first showed me Sand Acre last summer! The weather, the food, the vibe, the long table, the flowers, the music and right down to the number of people (I believe it was 50). Everything on my list was there! An elegant dinner party I believe is how I originally described it (and it was!). Since our return, nearly all the guests have reached out to us to tell us what a beautiful event it was and that it should be featured in a magazine!! LOL! You’re a spectacular team and every single vendor that you recommended was outstanding! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, thank you, thank you!
From the minute we met you both, we knew we were in safe hands and loving hearts! There are so many things I remember about the wedding ceremony. Your words, Cathy, were beautiful. Dorry, I just think your amazing. I loved your little snarky (but in a good way) comments that always made me laugh, and your perfect advice. You always helped me stay calm and feel safe.
I have no doubt that you both worked so very hard and were careful to give Marie the wedding she never thought she could have. More importantly, you helped me give her the wedding her mother always dreamed she deserved. Honestly, if I’d had more money, I couldn’t think of a thing I would have wanted, it was all there. It was truly perfect. The lighting, music, food, décor, flowers; not a thing was out of place and every moment was perfect. You made my dreams for her come true and I will never forget what you did for all of us.
I am truly grateful for you both and for getting to know you over the course of the year. You are amazing people, and deserve every success with your business. Please know, we are in your debt and lunch/dinner is on us anytime, anyplace!
A very grateful mom!
We wanted to just let you know how incredibly amazing our wedding day was and how thankful we are to you and your team for everything you did for us. It was such a pleasure working with you throughout the past year and you really made our day so beyond our dreams, it was a total fairytale. We had so many compliments on absolutely everything especially the ceremony and how great a job you did. Thank you for doing that for us as it was so special to have someone who knows us perform our ceremony and make it so personal.
Steve and I are so thankful to have met you both. You and Dorry are such amazing people and we really loved getting to know and hang out with you!
Cathy and Dorrry,
I wanted to thank you both for having be a small part of what was an absolutely beautiful wedding. I’ve DJ’ed at over 500 weddings, and this is my favorite so far. No hyperbole. I keep telling everyone about how wonderful it was. When I first spoke with you about the vision, to be honest, I thought the couple was trying to cram too much into the party. But with your help, their vision came shining through. And the whole production was pitch perfect.
Every once in a while (and trust me, I don’t get to say this to every couple I work for) I get a chance to play at a wedding where everyone is in a great mood, the couple are clearly deeply in love, and their love is reflected right back from their friends and family. Whenever this happens there is a lightness, an ease and everything just seems to flow naturally. Like what weddings look like in movies. So congratulations on creating such a wedding for the couple and their guests. I felt truly privileged to have been entrusted with the music.
Having only eight months to organize a large dream wedding for a perfectionist bride with huge expectations is no easy task. However, from the moment we first met Cathy and Dorry, we knew that our wedding would be in capable hands. Nothing was too much trouble and they gave us a fantastic list of vendors as well as sourcing a number of props that we couldn’t find. They kept our planning on track and sorted out all the details that we hadn’t even thought about. They organized the families and guests, coordinated all the vendors, and dealt with all my last minute requests and changes.
With Cathy and Dorry there, we were able to feel like guests at our own wedding and our families were able to relax and enjoy the day with us. Almost a whole year later and we STILL have friends tell us that our wedding was one of the best weddings that they’ve ever attended! It takes such a special team to do the job that Celebrations of Joy does. Employing them to plan our wedding was the best decision a Bride and Groom to-be, could ever make. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending them to anyone.
I was totally destined to work with Cathy and Dorry, and having Celebrations of Joy plan our wedding was the best decision we could have made. From the first time we met with them, they SO understood our vision and wants and needs and helped us execute them.
Our wedding was the most incredible and special day of our lives, and I know how big of a role Cathy and Dorry played in making that happen for us. They both have the most wonderful energy about them — they are lovely, calming, and most of all patient. I think patience is an understatement when referring to them… it is a whole other level when it comes to all that goes into planning a wedding and how much tender loving care they put into each and every one of their clients.
Every detail of our wedding ran so incredibly smoothly, I literally was floating on air the entire day and knew I did not have to worry about one single solitary detail, because I had them in my corner. Cathy and Dorry were SO supportive of my husband and I throughout our entire planning process. They are more than wedding planners—they are, truly, in my opinion, healers and, most of all, friends! I absolutely cannot recommend Celebrations of joy more and I think anyone who gets to work with them is incredibly lucky! I know we were.
Cathy and Dorry are the ultimate dream team. They are not only the best wedding planners and event coordinators but on top of that they are the most amazing people my husband and I have ever met. They are extremely professional and very organized and bring great ideas to the table but also take your ideas and make them happen.
I was going to school in San Luis Obispo at the time of planning my wedding and dealing with a long distance engagement and wedding. They allowed me to finish school without worrying about the things I had to get done for the wedding and the end product was everything my husband and I asked for and dreamed of.Cathy and Dorry are very special!! I felt if I was having a bad day or a problem I could talk to them openly and it is just in their nature to make sure after you are done spending time with them that you leave felling light, happy and uplifted. I feel lucky to still have them in my life.
We are forever grateful to Cathy and Dorry for making the beginning of our lifelong commitment so memorable. All we wanted was a great party, and that was exactly what we got. Everything, from the DJ to the caterer, was spot on to what we had desired. You know it’s funny, you hear so many horror stories of things going awry on the wedding day that we prepared ourselves to be ready to handle some unforeseeable hiccup, but everything went so incredibly smoothly. It was such a huge relief to us that we never had to stress about the details. I know it must have been especially hard planning for a couple that was so difficult to get a hold of! We have no idea how you pulled it off without a glitch, but you did.
And beyond that, Cathy and Dorry put together the most amazing and perfect week leading up to the ceremony. We knew we wanted our wedding to be more than just one night; it was important for us to celebrate with our family and friends as much as possible. Celebrations of Joy did a great job at helping us come up with and organize events that brought everyone together.
Cathy and Dorry were truly a pleasure to work with. We loved their passion and vision, and more importantly, we loved their positive energy. They always had smiles on their faces and managed to allay any fears we had.
From the moment we met Cathy, we knew that Celebrations of Joy was perfect for us. The level of professionalism, care and unbelievable organization that Cathy and Dorry offered during our planning process, rehearsal, ceremony and reception put Justin and me at such ease. We did not worry for a moment during our big day as we knew we were in such good hands!
Not only was such great care offered to the two of us regarding logistical matters but we truly felt an amazing personal connection with Cathy and Dorry. The ceremony that Cathy put together for Justin and me was so heartfelt and special. Having she and Dorry present through each stage of the wedding made it feel as though one of our closest friends was performing the ceremony. Cathy took such care in getting to really know us and our personalities, everything was just spectacular. Each and every one of our attendants told us that ours was one of the most beautiful weddings they had ever been to.
I truly could never thank Celebrations of Joy enough for the most perfect day of our lives. It was absolutely flawless (I mean, not-a-napkin-out-of-place flawless). Thank you Cathy and Dorry!