Archive for July, 2009

   posted in..... Appreciation   
July 8, 2009


My mom, Sandy Walker of In Awe Weddings, is THE best event coordinator in Arizona… well, no… the best in the whole world.

One of her brides, Lauren, wrote this wonderful review online.  Thanks Lauren! Thanks to EME Photography for the beautiful photo

As I pined away at our to-do list, I thought to myself, “There has to be a better way. Why isn’t this as fun and glamorous as it looks in the movies?!” In the beginning, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that my mom and I could plan this wedding by ourselves. But we quickly realized the details were all too overwhelming and a year just wasn’t enough time to plan a wedding day down to the minute – especially with me living a state away and both of us working long hours during the week. I thought I could never afford a wedding coordinator to help us with all the things that had yet to be done, our budget was already busting at the seams…

And then, there was Sandy.

Planning a wedding is by far one of the most stressful, trying tasks a couple will choose to undertake, but deciding to work with a coordinator will ensure you and your relationship make it through unscathed – provided you choose the right one. Things to consider when hunting for the ideal coordinator: does he/she want to get to know you and your fiancé, does he/she actively listen to your vision and thoughts for your wedding, does he/she try to perfect your ideas? If you can honestly answer ‘yes’ to these questions, then you’ve found the perfect one – you’ve met Sandy!

Sure, deciding to work with a coordinator was an added expense; however, Sandy saved us a great deal of money and had us working with vendors whose value and quality were well beyond their modest price. The well established connections she has to put together a team that supports every couple’s tastes and budget is incredible – you will always feel like you’re more than a customer and you’ll know your getting more than your money’s worth. Not only that, but my husband and I were fortunate enough to have two coordinators on the day of our wedding – an added bonus for all of Sandy’s clients – to make sure everything ran smoothly. Sandy’s daughter Kelsey was a huge help when it came to staying on schedule and making sure everything was just right. In addition to helping Sandy direct weddings, Kelsey is the creative mind behind Flossy Stylish Design, crafting beautiful custom wedding stationary from place cards and menus, to invitations and ceremony programs. To work with this mother-daughter duo is one of the best, and easiest, decisions you could make.

It’s not to say that having a coordinator will completely rid the wedding planning process of all possible blunders, but working with a planner can relieve much of the stress and help you keep the most important things in perspective. A wedding day is about a lifelong commitment that two individuals make to one another; all that surrounds it simply enhances the moment. Well, my husband and I made our commitment, and all of our surroundings were quite impressive. Sandy Walker did a spectacular job coordinating our winter-themed wedding and I could not be more thankful. Our guests were “in awe” of every detail from our wedding day, and they continue to compliment Sandy on a job exceptionally well done!

From the bouquet to the table setting, it goes without saying that a bride will change her mind countless times. Working with a patient coordinator who gives you confidence in your decisions will allow you to rest easier as the days before your wedding begin to quickly pass by. I wish we could say that we knew exactly what we wanted for our wedding, that we knew where every decoration would be placed and every candle lit. But we didn’t. It was more the feeling of having a hodge-podge of ideas, and Sandy was there to make sense of it all and put together an event that was uniquely ours. The flowers arrived at just the right time when they would open to their ideal blossom as I walked down the isle, the ceremony began moments before the sunset creating the most beautiful glow on my husband and me as we recited our vows, and the reception’s grand entrance of all those in the wedding party was perfectly planned to where each pair would enter with a song playing that reflected their personality. All of this could be seamlessly done by only someone who has outstanding organizational skills and enough experience to know what works – that is Sandy Walker.

You can always tell when someone is passionate about what they do, and it’s amazing to watch them do what they love, making the process and end result look absolutely flawless. When it comes to planning a wedding Sandy Walker of In Awe Weddings & Events is surely one of the valley’s best talents; her skills and enthusiasm are arguably the greatest you could ever hope for and find in a coordinator.