Celebrations of Joy!
Celebrations of Joy! wedding specialists Cathy O’Connell & Dorry Wynham create elegant environments and plan extraordinary experiences to celebrate weddings with joy and love! From ocean swept beaches to romantic desert hideaways, Cathy & Dorry bring their talents for fabulous design and exceptional destination management to clients worldwide.
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Words cannot express the depth of gratitude and heartfelt thanks we feel for Cathy and Dorry. From the moment Phil and I first met them in La Quinta, we knew we were going to be in very good hands! The stress of planning a wedding can be overwhelming at times, especially when trying to bring together family and friends from all over the country for one weekend. Yet Cathy and Dorry alleviated that stress by giving us constant support, solving problems, and best of all, presenting new and unique ideas for the wedding weekend. As a team, they are creative, resourceful, knowledgeable, organized and without a doubt, entirely professional. But what made the planning process and the wedding weekend so special, is that Cathy and Dorry are now our friends. It was so much fun to get to know them; it really made the whole experience easy and personal. Many of our guests expressed how beautiful, thoughtful and meaningful the blessings and vows were during our ceremony and it was because Cathy took the time to really get to know us. She was able to create a moment that genuinely reflected who we are as a couple, we will never forget it. From the beautiful rehearsal dinner, to the fun and festive fiesta welcoming our guests, and finally the fabulous and seamless ceremony and reception, the whole weekend was magical. We couldn’t have done it without Cathy and Dorry. Their connections with vendors, warm personalities and expertise made everything spectacular and allowed us to relax and enjoy every second of this exceptional weekend. Thank you!!
- Casey & Phil
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We are forever grateful to you for making the beginning of our life-long commitment so memorable for our wedding in Hawaii. Our ceremony could not have been more perfectly scripted and meaningful. Not being from traditional religious backgrounds, you did an amazing job of tying our spirituality in with certain ceremonial elements we wanted included. Cathy, you were the perfect minister. The reception was perfect as well. 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. You guys were on the ball and had planned for everything. 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, you put together the most amazing and perfect week leading up to the wedding. 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. You guys did a great job at helping us come up with and organize events that brought us all together. By the time the wedding rolled around we were already one big family. What more could we have asked for?! You guys were truly a pleasure to work with. We both loved your passion and vision, and more importantly, we loved our positive energy. You guys always seemed to have smiles on your faces and managed to allay us of any fears we had. The only question now is, will you be up for planning our vow renewal ceremony every 5 years?!
- Aly & Adam
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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 feeling light, happy, and uplifted. I am happy to say that now I am working for Cathy and Dorry and I could not be luckier to still have them in my life.
- Shelle & Brian
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I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our wedding. Thanks to the two of you, we were able to relax and enjoy the entire day. I always pictured myself as being the nervous bride, worrying about details and that my guests were well taken care of. Instead, I relaxed and knew that you were taking care of all the details and running the show! Since I work in the hotel industry, I am all too familiar with the many things that can possibly go wrong during an event. Once I met with the two of you, I knew you were the ladies for the job. Your thorough knowledge of the resort I chose, and of the area, immediately put me at ease. I loved how detailed and specific you both are, and appreciated that you simplified things and made them easier for me. Your taste in decor is so tasteful and elegant that I completely trusted all your suggestions and choices. All of our guests simply raved about the beautiful, warm and inviting design of the ballroom and said it very much contributed to a sophisticated, yet relaxed ambiance that made for a perfect celebration. I could not have done it without all of your help. You two are so passionate about what you do – it is truly an inspiration!
- Julie & Nick
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Cathy O’Connell and Dorry Wynham made all of our dreams come true! As soon as we walked away from our first meeting we knew that there was nobody else that we wanted to share this special day with. Cathy and Dorry are the most amazing people to be around. They made us feel comfortable and at ease with the wedding planning like they had been doing this for hundreds of years. Cathy and Dorry have great taste and style witch made it easy for us to make those 101 choices every bride and groom make. Their recommendations for vendors were impeccable. All of our wedding guests made sure to comment on how smoothly the wedding day went and how professional Cathy and Dorry were. Cathy had put together the most personal and intimate ceremony that we could have ever imagined. She truly is a master of her craft. Dorry was busy with the work behind the scenes and it made all the difference in the world. She made sure everything was in place and that we had everything we needed. She is a blessing! Celebrations of Joy made our wedding day what it was….fabulous!
- April & Ben
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Thank you so much for your leadership in planning Erika’s and Jerrod’s wedding. It was an absolute success under any and all criteria. More than six months later we still hear rave reviews from wedding guests. The selection of a destination wedding in somewhat unfamiliar environs was a bit daunting. we were not quite sure how to begin. Meeting you and Dorry was a godsend in that we immediately acquired a “roadmap” for the challenging course ahead and with that gained confidence that we really could achieve our goal of having a well planned and organized wedding for out of town participants and guests. Erika and Jerrod’s wedding day was a special day for our family and we enjoyed it tremendously. Thank you once again for all the great advice, extra effort and countless tips that created a successful wedding and afforded us the privilege of relaxing and having fun at such an important family event.
- Erika & Jerrod (from Steve & Carol -parents of bride)
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I want to thank you for all of your wonderful help in putting Courtney & David’s wedding together, and for directing the entire event so beautifully. I was disappointed Courtney did not want to get married in the Church, but you made the ceremony so respectful and touching I felt good about where we were. You were the perfect officiant, I am so glad we had you perform the ceremony! Several guests even mentioned how much they enjoyed the ceremony. Thank you!! Your helping hand all along our journey of putting things together was what kept us going in the right direction. From our first conversation I felt very good about working with you. All of your ideas & suggestions were a huge help. With your strong, confident, but calming personality, you made us feel like everything would be just fine the entire way. There were many times I told Courtney as she was fretting over various things, don’t worry Cathy will have the answer or take care of it). Naturally, you always came through so that helped! You were our backbone for this event and we can’t thank you enough for helping us coordinate & put into place every detail that Courtney has dreamed about. By the end of Courtney & David’s wedding, Courtney was astonished that every detail went off flawlessly. It’s all because of YOU! With much appreciation for all that you have done for us to make Courtney’s dream wedding become reality, I thank you!! You were the key component to our dream team!
- Courtney & David (from Mary Ann – mother of bride)
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