The Common Denominator : Wedding Coordinators


As the wedding season slows, I’m able to reflect on the past year and think things through. Usually, every December I sit and assess my business and artistic performance-What can I do better next year?…How can I avoid my mistakes?…What did clients respond well to? I’m looking forward to doing this while on vacation, preferably over a bubbly drink and sand dripping through the crevices in my toes.

However, when I think back to my favorite weddings, I often find a common denominator: An awesome wedding coordinator! Words can’t describe how lovely and freeing it is to have another professional ensuring the day is running smoothly. When clients let me know they’re working with a planner I’ve worked with in the past, I breathe a HUGE sigh of relief because I know I’m liberated to focus strictly on taking pictures…I love it!

Here are a few of my absolute favorite coordinators…professionals who make me proud to work along side them in achieving the best possible wedding day…

Angel Swanson of Events of Love and Splendor…here she is pictured with her fabulous husband, Erik

Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings and Events…here she is pictured with a baby in her belly, but little Isaiah was born a few weeks ago…I gotta get a new picture of Courtney soon! 😉

Jeannie Savage and her amazing team at Details, Details are awesome! Here I’m pictured with Jeannie and our good friend, Drew at the Bride&Bloom Magazine party a few months ago.

Leila Khalil of Be Inspired Events and Jaime Snyder of Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach are a killer duo! Here I’m also pictured with Carissa Jones, uber fun owner of JL Designs

Trisha Haner of Hidden Garden. While she didn’t work on one of my weddings directly (she actually coordinated a wedding I second shot for David Jay), I couldn’t help but notice how amazing she is at what she does…here’s a candid of her from Nick and Nicky’s wedding

And although I don’t have pictures with the following coordinators (but feel free to holla back if I can get you in front of my camera!), I’d be remiss not to mention their awesomeness…
Michelle Tortuya of Charming Events
Christina of Simply Modern Weddings
Kelly Aull of Mint Weddings
Stephanie Lairson of Stephanie Lairson Wedding Coordination
Kimberly Bradford of Kimberly Bradford Events

I have worked with and/or personally know this top-notch group of coordinators and I just wanted to give a shout out where it’s due. I look forward to working with them in the future!

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  1. mycandypaper

    November 29th, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    So true!! Angel coordinated my wedding, and she was so fantastic. My husband and I were truly able to enjoy our day because of her 😉

  2. Jenny H.

    November 29th, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    Yay for Angel! She’s my coordinator and she’s awesome!

  3. DrewB

    November 29th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, I feel so special to have made an appearance on your blog 😉

  4. marlin munoz

    November 29th, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    What a thoughtful post Jasmine! I have been fortunate to work with several on your list and your so right, a great coordinator makes all the difference!

  5. Lindsey Marie

    November 30th, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Coolness! I was so excited to see the wedding planners! I was always wondering if you had worked with any that are on Who’s wedding is it anyway because I am seriously addicted to that show, trying to get ideas for my own fantabulous wedding coming up!

  6. sarah

    November 30th, 2007 at 4:18 am

    jeannie was our wedding coordinator and i have to agree… she and her team kicks ass!

  7. Simply Modern Weddings

    November 30th, 2007 at 6:32 am

    YAY…I feel so honored to be on your list j*!!! I am really looking forward to working with you again!

  8. Anna Costa

    November 30th, 2007 at 6:39 am

    I totally agree! I love the amazing coordinators that I get to work with too. Actually, we worked on the most AWESOME wedding with Details, Details!! 🙂
    You should come up again this year for our PUG party at DJ’s! Hope to see you there!


  9. David Hessemer

    November 30th, 2007 at 7:00 am

    In Hawaii it is all about the coordinators. I have some of the best ones in the world but the best is my dear wife. She hires me sometimes:) Why don’t you come to Maui to reflect on your business. I am trying to talk DJ into coming over. We can snorkel with turtles, float with whales and ponder wedding photography.

  10. Jasmine*

    November 30th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Anna!! Girl, you know ANY reason is a good reason for me to go to SB…I’d love to go to the Christmas PUG again this year…shoot me an email with the details! 🙂 Hi David! I love Maui!! Everything about the island is just perfect…when I visit again, let’s be sure to hang out! 🙂

  11. david baxter

    November 30th, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    what a generous and awesome post!

  12. Charming Events

    November 30th, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks so much Jasmine, and on the same note: you are so much fun and I can’t wait to work with you again! I want a picture with! me! me!

  13. Carlie

    November 30th, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    where those scarves worn on purpose?? so cute.

  14. Courtney Toney

    December 1st, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Aww… what a sweet post! You know we all love you- working with a great photographer, like yourself, not only assures that our brides will be thrilled with their photos, but it makes the wedding day so much more fun! Can’t wait for more weddings together next season! And for you to meet the little guy that was inside my belly 🙂 p.s. it is so weird to see myself pregnant again.

  15. angel swanson

    December 3rd, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    you are SO sweet!! as i was scrolling down and catching up on your blog this morning, i was caught off guard when i saw myself. i thought i had gone too far! 😉 LOVE working with you, too! xoxoxo see you soooooon?

  16. Stephanie Lairson

    December 4th, 2007 at 2:14 am

    Jasmine – you are too cool for school! I can’t wait to get together when you come back from your fabulous vacay – we’ll get in front of your camera then!

  17. kay english

    July 30th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I never thought about putting my vendors on my blog. Such a cute idea!!

  18. solo

    January 9th, 2012 at 5:23 pm