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bespoke occasions for whoever you love, however you love them

We design and create extraordinary experiences for vibrant individuals to celebrate and honor life’s special moments… from our hearts to yours. 
In our eyes, there are no dreams too wild or visions too abstract. Our passion for fabulous design, talent for seamless execution, and commitment to joyful celebrations is how we’re fondly remembered - and we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Expect our approach to event planning to be a little bit different. Everything we touch is handled with care through a fun and effective planning process. We promise to cherish your event, to listen and support you, and to cheer you on as you transition to the next chapter.

Meet Our Team

Cathy O'Connell

Co-Founder

I love helping people laugh, cry, and find the heart in special moments. Weddings are all about love and joy, and I feel honored to help couples celebrate that love. Through my work as the co-founder, I guide couples and help them find unique and creative ways to celebrate their connection.  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 critical skills required for exceptional wedding planning. Using Palm Springs as our base has given me opportunities to design events that are not boxed in a traditional framework, and are a true reflection of the couple celebrating love.

Dorry Wynham

Co-Founder

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. Over my lifetime, I’ve lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Europe, and India creating and teaching sculpture, painting, and 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. Through my past as a coach and guide, and present as a visionary behind COJ Events, my biggest accomplishment is the hundreds of people whose lives I’ve impacted and guided to become the best they can be.

Angela Crawford

Operations Director

I love being part of fun and creative events, and gently guiding a couple through the steps leading up to their special day. Hospitality is in my blood - from managing the facets of catering and sales, to helping couples on the day of, I find the most fulfillment in helping honor the love and joy in a wedding celebration. 

I’m a Los Angeles transplant with roots in Indonesia. I grew up in the city, but followed true love and family to Palm Springs. I love managing the details, holding hands and laughing out loud during each moment of a special day.

Nicole Benvenutti

Event Planner

Originally from Houston, TX I have a BA in music and theater performance from Rhodes College and a MS in Hospitality Management from The University of Houston.  I am also a graduate of the Gaeity School of Acting - The National Theater School of Ireland and am certified in armed and unarmed stage combat!  
After a successful singing career in the United States and Europe I began my quest into luxury with De Beers Diamond Jewelers and found my love for event planning by doing the store events.  It was perfect - I was able to be creative, put on a show/staged production and make a difference to people. After launching a wedding planning business in Houston, I packed my bags and moved to NYC after accepting a job with the legendary Plaza Hotel.  From The Plaza, I joined Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in Las Vegas as a Catering Manager and then Santa Fe as a Director of Catering and Conference Services.  The pull of Southern California moved my family and I to the Waldorf Astoria, La Quinta Resort which introduced me to the amazing COJ family!

Liz Sklar

Event Planner

I’m a hopeless romantic that believes there is someone out there for everyone. My husband often jokes that the only movies I watch are romances. It’s fitting that my role as the marketing director at COJ Events encourages me to share love stories and their wedding day to the world.

Jessica Fauls

Event Planner

Desert lover by day, beach babe at heart, covered in glitter always.  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!

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!

Robyn Watte

Assistant Director

Weddings are a day for your dreams to come alive. I grew up surrounded by stunning events in Phoenix, AZ. During my education at the College of Charleston, I worked with an amazing woman that planned weddings on a plantation. She inspired me to enter the wedding industry so I could experience the magic of love everyday.  After meeting my husband, I moved to our family farm in Southern California. Here, I’m able to bring my wedding inspirations from college and beyond to the high desert. I want to help make your event everything you’ve ever envisioned.

Mandy Dukovan

Assistant Director

I hold a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, so I'm passionate about not only helping a couple make their dream wedding a reality, but seeing them begin their lives together. I was born and raised in Wyoming, so I'm a small town girl at heart, but I fell in love with California when I moved here in 2008 to work for Discovery Land Company. I have worn many different career hats,  but my passion has always been in hospitality. It's where my love for interacting with others intertwines so well with my love for great food.  I was lucky enough to work for a venue that hosted many of COJ's weddings and was always in awe of their attention to every detail. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to join this amazing team in creating beautiful and fun filled weddings and events.

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