- We moved recently! From a basement suite in Coquitlam to a house in Pitt Meadows. Moving was a lot of work but it's absolutely worth it! We now have a huge backyard, a lot more living space and some great housemates. And don't worry, I'll still be traveling all over the Lower Mainland for weddings. Moving 15 minutes from where I lived before won't be changing anything. ;)
- Our son, Wesley, is growing so much. He'll be two in July (how did that happen?!). He is obsessed with dogs (as you can see in a few of the below photos), balls, doors, and basketball hoops.
- I've had a pretty quiet and restful winter/early spring with only a few weddings here and there. But I'm definitely itching to get back into more frequent weddings! I'm continually grateful to be able to do weddings so that I can stay home with Wesley during the week.
- My husband is amazing and hard working as always. He owns a carpentry company (yes, we're both self-employed!) and it definitely keeps him busy.
It feels like forever since I've posted some pictures of my family on the blog, so I'm making up for that today! I'm excited to share some new photos of our family as well as a few life updates from us:
Markus and Gracie initially booked me for decor setup and takedown. And let me tell you, Gracie came prepared to our first meeting! She handed me a booklet with pictures and diagrams that explained exactly what decor she wanted setup, how she wanted it setup, and where she wanted it setup. She knew exactly what she wanted, which I loved! Not long after they booked for me decor setup/takedown, they decided to book me in for Day-Of Coordination as well. And I'm so glad they did, as it was a pleasure to work for them! A few special memories (and photos) from the wedding day:
Markus and Gracie, you are such a sweet and loving couple. Your love for one another is so clear and I know that you have a long, amazing future ahead of you! I can't wait to see the adventures that life takes you on!
"If there is one thing you do for yourself, please, hire Jodi. Jodi was our day-of-coordinator and she was absolutely amazing. She is extremely organized, punctual, detail-oriented, and strives to make your big day perfect. It was absolutely wonderful to not have to worry about a thing on the day of our wedding, as Jodi had everything covered. It all went off without a hitch, and was so smooth as all we had to do was sit back and let Jodi take care of everything. To save yourself a whole lot of stress, just hire Jodi. She is amazing!" -Gracie
I first met Evelyn while working with her late husband, Daniel. Unfortunately our time of working together was cut short due to an illness that ultimately took Daniel's earthly life. Through all of the turmoil, I watched Evelyn exude strength. She leaned on God and did no waiver in her faith, which was so beautiful to have been able to witness. I was overjoyed when I heard that Evelyn met a Christ-loving man, David, through online dating. When I first met him and saw him together with Evelyn, I knew that God desired for the two of them to be together. I was thrilled that they chose me to coordinate and assist in planning their wedding.
Some special moments from the day:
All the best,
"We hired Jodi as our wedding coordinator with me still doing all the final bookings. From the get go, Jodi communicated confidence without being pushy. She picked up on all the details at our couple meeting, and promptly supplied me with a range of quotes from trusted pros so I could make informed decisions and spend our budget wisely. Anytime I emailed her, she was quick to respond. Come the day of, I truly had no worries about the day because she was adeptly in charge of vendors, wedding party, schedule, and guests. Cleanup was also a breeze as she managed that, and my husband and I didn't have to worry about a thing. Thanks, Jodi!" -Evelyn
So excited to begin sharing some of the amazing weddings that I did in 2017! I was blessed with some fantastic clients throughout the year, which I'm so grateful for! The support of each and every client is what allowed me to stay home with my son Monday-Friday, which I'm extremely thankful for!
On the blog today is Nick and Jillian. They were married this past November on a chilly but beautiful day. Their wedding was one that I won't forget! A few moments that I loved about the day:
Nick and Jillian, I wish you the best in your inevitably bright future! I look forward to hearing about all the amazing adventures and moments you experience in your life together!
All the best,
"Our wedding day went off without a hitch, and it is largely thanks to Jodi! We are so happy that we chose Jodi to coordinate our day for us. We were able to meet up a couple of times beforehand to discuss the plans, and she was very organized and covered any important issues ahead of time. The day of, we had a seamless and stress-free wedding day from setup to takedown. We would highly recommend Jodi to anyone!" -Jillian
Oh my, it has been WAY too long since I blogged last. I was doing so well at posting monthly and then this fall happened. Between weddings and new booking meetings, a family member experiencing health concerns, my other business moving into its busy season, my son learning to walk (finally!), and of course: Christmas, well, all I can say is it was a BUSY fall. My blog definitely fell to the wayside during this time. BUT, it's almost a new year and its time to share some amazing photos and memories from 2017. Starting with O & C's wedding day!
August weddings have a special place in my heart, probably because my own wedding was in August. O & C's wedding was absolutely perfect! Some aspects that I loved about the day:
"Jodi was so easy to communicate with from our first SKYPE meeting. She was the day of coordinator on our wedding day but she offered her expertise even during our first meeting with the reception venue. She was attentive to all the details from planning the timeline to contacting/confirming with all vendors prior to our wedding. I am especially impressed with her conflict management as one of our guests on the wedding day complained about the seating arrangement. I didn't even know about it until after our reception was over and I was told Jodi handled the situation with grace. Overall, we were very happy with Jodi's help on our big day and so thankful to have her by my side. I highly recommend her to any bride (especially if you want to be as stress-free as possible on your big day)!" -C
It's always a treat to get an email from a photographer you've worked with, asking if you'd like them to send you photos from a wedding you had done together. Even a year later, it's always wonderful to have new photos to share! Be sure to check out the below photos that I received from Isaac Sim Photography. They are full of fun, beauty, and a stunning old school vibe. <3
"Jodi is amazing!! She put my dream wedding all together and it was like a fairy tale!! Loved it and so did all my guests!! Would highly recommend Jodi to any brides or grooms looking for a professional wedding coordinator!!" -Lisa
My baby boy turned ONE last weekend and I had the privilege of planning a special party for him. When I first found out I was pregnant and would be having a baby right in the middle of the wedding season, I was nervous about what my clients (or potential clients) would think. I ended up only having to turn away a few weddings around the time that he was born. There were a few potential clients that had concerns about my pregnancy and how capable I would be after returning to weddings after Wesley was born. These potential clients chose not to book as a result (which I was and am fully okay with). But I had an overwhelming amount of support after having Wesley and my business has never been as successful as it is now. I'm so grateful that Jodi Marie Events has come to a place where I'm able to be at home with (and STAY at home with) Wesley. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my business!!
Anyways, back to the party. ;) It has been quite awhile since I've been able to choose the details of an event, so planning Wesley's first birthday party was a real treat (literally)! We went with a "cookies and milk" themed party and it was so perfect. My sister took the most amazing photos (check out her page: Sheer Joy Photography). Check out these photos below:
My husband and I provided various types of milk, and we asked guests to bring their favourite type of cookies. It led to an AMAZINGLY delicious cookie bar.
Get ready for it! This baby boy is about to DESTROY his cake!
Cookies in a Jar Favours: Jars by Jodi (yes... this is my small side business ;)
Outfit: bowtie from Handsome Baby, overall shorts from H&M, and shirt and shoes from Old Navy
Planning: Jodi Marie Events
Photography: Sheer Joy Photography
Smash Cake: Double Trouble Creations
"Wesley" Banner: Little Sprout Creations
After a fairly lengthly break from weddings, Elio & Kali's April wedding kicked off my 2017 season. As much as it was nice to have a bit of a break to adjust to life with a little one, it was exciting to get back into doing what I'm so passionate about: weddings! Elio & Kali's wedding did not disappoint (it truly was a party)! A few fun memories from the day:
Thank you, Elio & Kali, for bringing me on for your wedding day! It really was a fantastic day! The love that you two share is strong and I know it will carry you through a beautiful lifetime together.
All the best,
Caterer: Sugar Mountain Catering
Day-Of Coordinator: Jodi Marie Events
Dessert: Cartems Donuterie
Florist (Bouquets): Garden Party Florals
Hair/Makeup (Bride): Jasmine Hoffman
Hair/Makeup (Bridesmaids): Mink Hair & Makeup
Light-Up Letters: BULetters
Musician: Evan Kennedy
Photographers: The Nickersons
Rentals: Lonsdale Events
Transportation: City Limousine
Venue (Ceremony): St. Augustine's Church
Venue (Reception): Famee Furlane
Zach and Dana were married on a beautiful Fall day this past October. My sister-in-law is good friends with the bride and was her Matron of Honour. It's always fun doing weddings for people that I know and Zach and Dana's wedding was no exception. They were a calm and relaxed couple both on their wedding day and on the days leading up to their wedding, which certainly made my job easier. The day was so calm that I was able to grab lunch with my husband, baby boy, and brother-in-law after the ceremony. I'm grateful that they chose me to be the coordinator for their wedding day, it was a joy to ensure that their day was as calm and smooth as it could possibly be. A few special moments from the day:
Thanks, Zach and Dana, for hiring me for your wedding day. You truly were a joy to work with! I cannot wait to see where your future takes you as I know that God has big plans in store for the two of you.
Josh and Nikki's wedding was my last one before I gave birth to my son, Wesley. Would I recommend coordinating a wedding at 38.5 weeks pregnant? No, probably not. What about combining that with a hot day in July? Again, my answer would have to be no. But I did it and it was an adventure, that's for sure. I booked Josh and Nikki's wedding shortly before finding out that I was pregnant. Being the stubborn person that I am, I figured I would be fine. I, of course, had a backup plan just in case I had the baby early though I ended up being okay. I brought in an amazing assistant, Kelsey, who made the day 100 times easier. Looking back, I laugh at how determined I was to pull my own weight on the wedding day. This included attempting to carry heavy objects as well as standing on rickety chairs to adjust the top of the arbour. Kelsey was always there to calmly remind me that she was there to help so that I WASN'T doing those things while being so pregnant.
Josh and Nikki were married on, as mentioned above, a hot summer day in July. It was a seriously beautiful day. They had their ceremony on the dock right at water level and their dinner took place in the beautiful UBC Boathouse reception space. Josh and Nikki knew what they wanted and took special care to make sure that it happened. They made time throughout the day for what mattered most to them: family and friends. A few memories that pop out from the wedding day:
Josh and Nikki moved to Ontario not long after their wedding. I coincidentally ran into them at a small concert just a few weeks after their wedding. It was great to see them again and so fun that they had the opportunity to meet two week old Wesley (who was born just 6 days after their wedding!).
Thanks, Josh and Nikki, for trusting in me for your wedding day. I'm grateful that it went so smoothly (and that I could actually be there). Best wishes to the two of you, I know you have some amazing adventures ahead of you!
"I was told that if I were to spend money on one thing, it should be a day-of-coordinator & im so glad I did! Jodi & her team were amazing for our big day! She responds quickly & answers questions thoroughly. Her day-of timeline of events was extremely thourough & she was amazing setting up & taking down decor. By the way, she was 8 1/2 months pregnant by the time our wedding came around & she didn't skip a beat! She even put a back up plan in place in case she couldn't make the wedding. Our wedding ran smoothly & we had an incredible day stress-free! Also, she even handled the late night pizza delivery with ease - thank you so much Jodi!" -Nikki
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