About Joelle Charming
Feminist. Designer. Calligrapher. Author. Recovering Wedding Planner. Unicorn Mom.
I love goats, Taylor Swift, and drinking champagne on Tuesday mornings.
I also say fuck a lot.
I believe in unicorns and equality.
I’ve been planning weddings for over six years.
I love love stories, and I’m a published author. You can find my book on Amazon, if you want.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart. He’s a psychologist, and the smartest person I know. He writes books too.
Thank you for stopping by.
Press & Features
Where You Can Find My Work
Design, Planning, and Coordination
Grey Likes Weddings
Green Wedding Shoes
Style Me Pretty
100 Layer Cake
Style Me Pretty
What to DIY for Your Wedding
5 Ways to Enjoy Your Engagement
What do You Value in Your Vendors?
How to NOT Save Money on Your Wedding
How to Work with a Day Of Coordinator
How to Break Wedding Tradition
Reviews and Other Sweet Things from Previous Clients
From Colin and Bridget…
When it came to planning my wedding, my Type A personality took over and I knew I wanted to spearhead the entire thing. Although that was a slightly crazy decision on my part, thankfully my venue (Santa Barbara’s Belmond El Encanto) required I have an event coordinator for the wedding weekend. I asked the hotel’s on-site catering manager, my main hotel contact for the wedding, for recommendations and I chose Joelle after spending a few minutes on her website. Two of her favorite things are burgers and champagne–a girl after my own heart. I sent her an e-mail at 9pm, she responded immediately, and after a few exchanges I hired her before I turned out the light and went to sleep. Best decision ever.
The agreement for hiring her for month of coordination meant that she was available as a consultant during the planning stages, then was my go-to person in the last few weeks of prep, and was a constant during the big event. While there were times I wished I had hired her full-time because, let’s face it, wedding planning is overwhelming and a full time job on it’s own, I couldn’t have been happier with the services Joelle provided. She knows the Santa Barbara wedding scene inside and out, so when I asked for recommendations on florists, hair/make-up, DJ, vendors, etc etc, she always steered me in the right direction. Her return e-mails were prompt and when I got really neurotic about things, she patiently sat on the phone while I talked through the tiniest details for entirely too long. She stayed in touch with all of my vendors to make sure deliveries and pick-ups were on time, and she even saved me money when our furniture vendor tried to charge me for damage to a coffee table. She luckily saw the damage when the table was delivered the morning of the wedding and took a picture of it to show the vendor.
My wedding went of without a hitch thanks to our partnership. I will forever be grateful to her and her team for helping making my dream wedding come true!
From Alan and Mimi…
Yes, the best investment ever, our wedding planner. Especially if you’re having a destination wedding- your wedding planning experience will be so much more beautiful and your day will be the most amazing day ever because all you have to worry about are the things that matter to you. For me it was design, guests’ experience, and showing up!
Joelle was priceless, to be honest. I trusted her entirely with days leading up and our actual DAY. So much I didn’t even flinch when my sister’s concealer dropped on my dress or when a vendor’s delivery was partial complete or when I asked the day before to have hay brought in to cover 3/4 of the dance floor area because I knew, “Joelle will handle it.”
Our wedding was flooded with vendors (imagine an empty wooden structure and that’s it. Not even electricity, a single piece of furniture, or even a kitchen) and everything went so smoothly. As the bride and groom, we remember every detail of our entire wedding. We had such a wonderful time and we got to share so much of it with our guests- not at all ever thinking or worrying about the production part. I would do it all over again and again. She understood my style, taste, and overall vision to help execute or find the right vendors to execute the first day of the best days of our lives.
This is my recommendation for Joelle and for future brides to find a wedding planner if you have the opportunity. And this is coming from someone who is an experienced event planner herself.
From Evan and Lindsey…
My husband and I both agree that hiring Joelle was the best investment we made for the wedding. While many people would not consider a coordinator to be essential, Joelle was invaluable, help ease a ton of stress and was truly a pleasure to work with. The day of the wedding, all I had to do was enjoy myself – and that is priceless.
We spent a lot of time meeting with several different wedding coordinators. Through our search we found everything from the overbearing to the extremely aloof and were left very discouraged. Then we met Joelle, and we knew instantly that we wanted to hire her as our day/month-of coordinator. First off, Joelle is an amazing person; she is also very organized, professional and friendly. She quietly and effectively takes care of business behind the scenes and makes sure everything goes seamlessly. We also really appreciated Joelle’s availability for questions, vendor recommendations, and general guidance. Bottom line, we highly recommend Joelle!
In February of 2014, I self-published my first novel. In that fall of that year, Breathe Again was republished by the Amazon Publishing imprint Montlake. From the description:
Melanie “Mellie” Rose Devlin was supposed to be a Kansas wife and mother. But after her fiancé cheated on her, she ran away to Los Angeles, determined to start over. Hiding behind red lipstick and her grandmother’s pearls, she started working at her cousin’s bakery and drew up a practical plan for her future. But spilling cake all over herself in front of Hollywood’s hottest leading actor wasn’t part of that plan.
Despite Mellie’s embarrassment, Hollywood star Jackson Traver seems strangely charmed by her. At first, Mellie can hardly believe her luck. How could the guy voted “Sexiest Man Alive” fall for a clumsy pastry chef? But once she gives in to temptation, she finds herself dining with A-list stars and shopping on Rodeo Drive…all while Jackson gives her a delicious taste of true desire. Now, Mellie’s not sure she can ever go back to her plan for a nice, sensible life. But can a red-carpet love really last forever?
You can purchase Breathe Again here.
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Here are a few of the causes I support with the income I make from Joelle Charming and Paperie Charming.
We are in an unprecedented time in which people are waging a war on women and our bodies. I firmly stand with Planned Parenthood, and willingly give whatever I can to support this organization that provides much needed services for people of all ethnicities, races, genders, sexes, and income. The work they do is unparalleled, and giving is a small way that I can stand with them.
Like many Americans, I am terrified of what the Trump administration and current congress means for the rights of minorities and those who may not be represented. The ACLU is committed to holding officials accountable to both the constitution and the values of this country. By giving, I am able to support their important litigation and lobbying efforts so that all people are heard and loved and valued.