Brooke Uaeble of Orange Blossom Special Events will be our Day-of Coordinator.
It wasn’t too difficult to decide who I wanted as our coordinator once I was out in the field researching, emailing, and talking to people. Sure there were a few other contenders. In fact, there was one that got very close to receiving the position (a position I hold very highly), but in the end that other coordinator didn’t seem as warm and friendly as Brooke did.
I had a few prerequisites when finding a coordinator:
1.) Willing to travel to Catalina Island (and stay over night since the last ferry will leave before the wedding ends)
2.) Willing to help with the set-up and oversee the change over from ceremony to reception
3.) Someone young, passionate about weddings, and beginning or in the middle of their career (fresh eyes but seasoned with experience)
4.) Someone who is directive enough to get our families to go somewhere, do something, or pay attention but not bossy
5.) A coordinator at easy with technology since I would be planning and corresponding with her from a different Coast
6.) Moderately priced
7.) Willing to help with the rehearsal
Everything fit the bill. And it got only better, she comes from a town just 25 miles from my hometown, and she graduated from UCLA as did I! So, yes, she was sweet, offered all the services I needed (and more!), and was very accommodating (even more than I expected).
So D-Day, I mean, our wedding day is just over 166 days away. This will be her moment to shine. But if you are in the market for a Los Angeles based coordinator, willing to travel, meet your needs, and be happy about you getting married, give her a ring! Or even better, give her an email! She is always very prompt in her reply! Check out her lovely website at orangeblossomspecialevents.com.
In case you are wondering, here is a list of services that she will provide for us (this is taken directly from her site):
Wedding Day CoordinationComparable to “Day of Wedding” coordination
This package includes:• Three (3) in-person meetings of two hours each. At least one of these meetings will include a site walkthrough to get a feel for your vision of the event. The remaining two meetings can be used for planning or visits to vendors. • Unlimited contact via phone and email from the time of contract • Production of a timeline for the event for vendors and bridal party • Contact and coordination with all contracted vendors to ensure a flawless execution • Organization and management of wedding ceremony rehearsal • Set-up of all wedding elements not handled by a specific vendor (e.g. escort cards, favors, guestbook, table numbers, etc.) • Monthly e-mail “check-ins” with the client to ensure that all planning is coming up to speed • Unlimited time on the day of the event, from set-up to tear down