Yellow Umbrella Events Testimonials

Two words…absolute perfection.

Lyndee & Caleb - Vista West RanchI’m a florist in the wedding industry and because of this I felt there was a very high level of expectation for my wedding…not only from people who knew our work as florists, but from myself as a creative mind.  Eek, it was finally my turn to be on the other side of the table…it was my wedding! 🙂

I knew I absolutely needed someone to help me pull off a dream that had been brewing for some time, and I could NOT have chosen better partners in crime to make my vision, this one night of my life, come to life.  Cheryl and Shea…they really are the answer, and they really are a dream team.  They were able to amplify the concepts we brought to the table, and they added so many perfect touches that it was hands down one of those events to remember…and we heard this from guest after guest.

From a wedding professional every time I see an event coordinated by Yellow Umbrella Events I take notice.  They have this flawless level of execution that will help you create exactly what you want, and possibly even more than you could have imagined.  From a bride, whoever is reading this, I wish I knew you so I could rave about them in person.  They really are delightful duo, and I was so very lucky to have had Cheryl and Shea in my corner.  Thank you, thank you, thank you so very much!!! 🙂

Lyndee & Caleb – April 2013

“How many brides can say they took a nap 3 hours before the ceremony?!”

Ron and Tiffany TestimonialWe loved Cheryl and Shea from Yellow Umbrella! Of course, anyone who is planning a wedding has some specific request. Our planning was complicated by new jobs, military moves, and a gazillion other things. This resulted in “binge planning.” We hit it hard in the first few weeks of planning. Cheryl arranged for us to find a venue, pick a caterer, baker, photographer, DJ, and florist all within a few weeks. I told cheryl I wanted planning to be streamlined. I gave her a general idea of what we were looking for and her team provided us with a few choices for everything. That was PERFECT! I picked this, said no to that, and all of a sudden we had a solid, cohesive plan. Woah! How did that happen?!? We took a break for several months, but every now and then I would think of something random and e-mail Shea and Cheryl. Somehow, they kept track of all the random wants/needs/ideas that I had. Cheryl set up my dress shopping appointments and Shea planned our rehearsal dinner.

I didn’t truly appreciate their services until the wedding weekend. I was sitting on the couch napping and vegging out 4 hours before the wedding when I though “huh. I wonder who is putting up the decorations, setting the tables, and putting out the programs, and organizing the caterer?” Our hair and make up artist was an hour late because she got lost. Cheryl was behind the scenes giving her directions while I was napping on the couch. How many brides can say they took a nap 3 hours before the ceremony?! Not once did Cheryl or Shea seem stressed. Not once did I have to stress. At one point a few hours before the ceremony, Cheryl asked if I had eaten. I had not. Within 30 minutes I had a turkey sandwich, made to my liking, in my hands.

After the wedding they packed up everything and made sure all loose ends were tied up. It was a little sad, after a year of planning, to realize that we would no longer “need” Cheryl and Shea. Of course, that’s not the end. We are Facebook friends 😉

Tiffany & Ron – April, 2013

“The entire day was an absolute dream!”

Soon after my engagement came the news of a move outside of the state of Texas.  However, I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else than Austin, TX; where my fiancé and I met and started our lives together as a couple.  A little nervous to be planning a wedding from another state, I decided to hire a full service wedding planner.  As I researched vendors, Yellow Umbrella Events kept showing up!  And once I met Cheryl and Shea I knew immediately that I wanted to work with them.  It’s not often you meet a married couple who work so well together and truly work as a team!  I was pretty specific on the details of my wedding and Cheryl delivered on my vision.  She absolutely understood what I was trying to accomplish and suggested the perfect vendors who not only delivered on my vision, but we’re dependable, professional and overall fun to work with!  I literally felt no stress regarding the wedding details!  Months prior to the wedding, my fiancé and I shared our vision for the wedding and the only thing I felt I needed to do was show up! The entire day was an absolute dream!  Cheryl and Shea are the most down to earth hard working people I have met in a long time.  Beyond their amazing planning and delivery capabilities, I feel as if we have made new friends for life.  Whether planning a wedding, a great party or a formal gathering, Yellow Umbrella Events will deliver an amazing experience.  I can’t thank you both enough for your commitment to making our day so special – it truly was the best day of our lives!

Katie & Bobby – April 2013

“BEST WEDDING EVER!”

Lisa WMy daughter’s wedding on April 19 was absolutely wonderful in large part to the collaboration with our wedding planners Cheryl and Shea Bailey of Yellow Umbrella Events.  They are insightful, experienced, and direct enough to keep us focused yet creative, thoughtful, and out-of-the-box enough to let our vision truly bloom – and bloom it did!

My daughter wanted a rustic garden party at a beautiful ranch venue near Dripping Springs, Tx.  Her vision: an eclectic combination of down home comfort balanced with vintage elegance overwritten with large doses of fabric, florals, and family quirkiness. Unbelievably Cheryl “got” this vision from the start – and worked with us to make it perfect.  She offered opinions, encouragement, and skillfully edited our Knot/Pinterest obsessions 🙂 Countless times she helped fine tune our ideas for the better.  If we were stuck on some detail, she would do research on it and find a brilliant solution!  For instance, we wanted a friendly welcome but could not quite get the details right.  Cheryl’s interpretation: a vintage truck, tailgate down, with 3 flavors of lemonade to refresh the harried rush hour traveler.  The happy couple left in the truck as well so this solved two problems in great style.

Initially we were overwhelmed with vendor choices.  Cheryl and Shea’s expertise and experience lifted us out of the mire and gave us direction, all the while letting us individualize our selections to fit our needs.  They personally attended meetings, followed up with revisions, and worked the logistics behind the scenes.  Their reputation with our vendors helped us get the most for this wedding- all of the vendors they suggested proved to be professionals who provided exceptional quality and service.

Finally, when it came to the wedding – they were amazingly hands on.  I should have said this earlier, but it was an unexpected benefit to have a male perspective/skill set.  With so many details, it would have been easy to let a few go, but nothing seems to have been forgotten – down to the special personal mementos placed at each parents’ place setting.  These two solved the unforeseen and let the happy couple (and MOB) be blissful throughout the day – stress free! Woo hoo!

The goal at Yellow Umbrella seems to be making each wedding an event to be remembered for both immediate family and guest.  They obviously did their job very well because every day we get comments from those who attended saying it was the BEST WEDDING EVER!

Cheryl and Shea – You are truly amazing. Thanks from the bottom of my heart,

Lisa W. – Mother of the Bride (MOB)

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“We were able to relax and focus on each other and our guest.”

WOW! Our wedding was FANTASTIC!  And the reason it was so fantastic was because we, (the wedding couple) hired Cheryl and Shea (the wedding planners) at Yellow Umbrella Events.  Start to finish they handled their business.  If there were any issues with ANYTHING, they took care of it.  Organized, professional, detail oriented, and oh so patient, calm and reassuring throughout the entire process.  Caterers, DJs, lighting, table sittings, furniture, cake,…the look we wanted, the feel.  We were able to relax and focus on each other and our guest.  I cannot even begin to thank them enough for orchestrating, the best day EVER!!!

Bobby C. – Groom – April 2013

“If I had another wedding to plan, I would hire them from day one!”

Linda C, Mother of the BrideMy daughter was set on planning her own wedding until just about two months before the big day. At that point she realized the enormity of the task and told me she wanted to hire a coordinator. I will admit I was skeptical. Thank goodness she insisted and that she found Cheryl and Shea of Yellow Umbrella Events. There was way more to keep track of than any working person could manage. I found myself calling and emailing them almost everyday as the wedding got closer. Cheryl met with us at the venue and went through it step by step, literally walking the event just as our guests would and then just as the wedding party would. Her attention to every detail was amazing! The day of the wedding she was there every minute dealing with the countless issues that I would never have foreseen and that would have ruined the day for my daughter if she had known about them all! Thanks to our amazing coordinators she had no idea there were any problems at all. They were with us until the venue was cleaned and closed up with no complaint, only kindness, clear thinking, and a sense of humor! If I had another wedding to plan, I would hire them from day one!

Linda C. – Mother of the Bride

“Its a service you can’t do with out!”

Alex and Brian Wedding Planning TetimonialI loved Cheryl and Shea!  They made our wedding day perfect! Great service all around.  They made my vision come together perfectly.  The day of the wedding was stress free and beautiful. Everything was done beautiful and on time,which is huge to me.  I will use them in the future should we have any other large events.  I would recommend them 10 fold.  Its a service you can’t do with out!  And what better than a beautiful and happy couple.  PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT!!!  THANKS A MILLION TIMES over.

Alex & Brian – February, 2013

“There was no way the wedding could have been run that smoothly without them!”

My son and daughter-in-law planned their wedding in less than 6 months.  They wanted to do everything themselves, but with working full time jobs it was impossible.  We live 1700 miles away and could not help them other than making phone calls and providing money.  I contacted Cheryl Bailey and discussed the event.  My son and daughter-in-law met with Cheryl, but were not convinced she was a necessity.  Cheryl coordinated the delivery and setup of the food, cakes, DJ, photographer, and flowers.  She and her husband Shea coordinated the rehearsal the night before the wedding and were there every step of the way.  Cheryl and Shea were at the venue first thing in the morning the day of the wedding to set up.  They provided food for the bride and bridesmaids as they had their hair and makeup done, which was a godsend since they hadn’t eaten that morning.  Cheryl and Shea coordinated and assisted each vendor as they arrived.  They made sure the day ran smoothly and were on top of the caterer to make sure there was enough food, utensils and beverages.  They made sure the bride and groom had food and beverages throughout the day.  There was no way the wedding could have been run that smoothly without them.  My son and daughter-in-law now know what an awesome asset Cheryl and Shea were to them.  They were amazing!!

Donna Q. – Mother of the Groom

“I have an Amazing Wedding Planner!”

Kerry and Brad Testimonial PictureWhat can I say; Yellow Umbrella Events was simply the best!!  I was unsure how to navigate the wedding planning process and after attempting to do it myself for one day, I knew I needed help.  From my first conversation with Cheryl I knew I had found the right wedding planner.  I could tell that Cheryl and I were going to be on the same page in the planning process.  At our first official meeting it was such a great surprise that we would be working with not only Cheryl, but her husband Shea.  It was comforting knowing that my fiancé would be able to have someone paying close attention to him as well in the wedding process.  We planned our wedding in 6 months and the first hurdle was finding a venue.  After 12 hours of calls by Cheryl and Shea we had a venue.  That is time I could not have spent finding a venue myself.  Cheryl and Shea did it all, they found the venue, lined up the florist, cake maker, linens, chairs, DJ and string quartet.  Cheryl even came with me to help pick out my wedding dress.  She really was with me every step of the way.  I knew I could call at anytime and she would have an answer.  I feel like all of the vendors she guided me to were great and in the end the wedding was wonderful.  People kept telling me that I seemed like a stress free bride and I would always respond with the same answer “It is because I have an amazing wedding planner”.  The planning process is only half the story.  Cheryl and Shea were amazing on the wedding day.  I really was able to sit back and enjoy the day.  I had complete faith that they were taking care of everything.  The wedding day ran smooth, I was unaware of any issues and people were telling me how seamless it all seemed.  I owe a lot to Cheryl and Shea.  I know for years to come I will look back at my wedding as a joyous event, I only have positive memories.  I cannot recommend them enough if you want to make sure your wedding day is everything you ever wanted!!

 

Kerry & Brad – October, 2012

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“They Were Wonderful!”

ashleighjeffWe had such a positive experience with Yellow Umbrella Events.  They are so friendly and really worked well with me and my husband!  We interviewed a few but they were the most personable and offered a variety of packages you could choose from.  We chose the full package because we weren’t that familiar with the Austin area.  They would research a few vendors in each category and then have me meet them and figure out what exactly I wanted.  They really ran with all of my ideas, gave me a few and helped me try and find the cheapest approach that gave me the best outcome.  On the day of, they were wonderful, they had a detailed plan, let everyone be on the same page!  They really helped me have a stress free day!  When problems arose, they handled it.  They really were wonderful to have at the wedding to help everything run smoothly!  I would recommend Yellow Umbrella Events to anyone!  If you want a team that runs with your ideas, and makes all of your wedding wishes come true, hire Yellow Umbrella Events!

Ashleigh & Jeff – June, 2012

“They Truly Went Above And Beyond!”

Elizabeth RehakI would highly recommend Yellow Umbrella Events to coordinate any wedding or event, big or small.  They truly went above and beyond to make sure our wedding was just as we wanted it and that all the details were taken care of.  I hired them to be our day-of coordinator but they did so much more than that. As soon as we hired them (about 6 months before the wedding) they made a trip to see our wedding venue and scoped out options for the rehearsal dinner.  They recommended vendors and even offered to get quotes for us.  Always keeping our budget in mind, they suggested ideas for us to save money along the way.  They completely took the reins the week of the wedding, taking tons of stress off of us.  After I met with Cheryl about a week and half before the wedding, I felt so much more relaxed and felt completely confident that she was on top of things and would make sure everything was taken care of.  She even took another trip to Bastrop the week of the wedding to meet with our caterer and walk through the venue with us to make sure she knew how everything was to be set up.  Her catering experience was really, really helpful in dealing with our caterer and helping us make decisions about food and drink choices and logistics.  They contacted all of the vendors the week of the wedding to confirm their arrival time and iron out any last minute details, taking so much off of our plate.  On the wedding day, they brought a crew of three and rolled up their sleeves to make sure everything got done.  Since Cheryl insisted that I relax in the Bride’s room all day, I’m sure I don’t even know the beginning of what all they did.  I do know that they worked their butts off and did so many things that were not their responsibility to make sure that everything was done before the guests arrived.  They did a great job keeping the ceremony and reception on schedule and making sure everything ran smoothly throughout the night.  (They even had awesome secret service-like earpieces so they could communicate with each other.) Our wedding was quite large with over 300 guests and required lots of set-up and decorating and they handled it beautifully.  I feel confident that they would do a wonderful job coordinating any wedding or event.  I definitely could not have done it without them and HIGHLY recommend Cheryl, Shea and Yellow Umbrella Events as a day-of or full-service coordinator.

Elizabeth & Clay- March, 2012

“They Saved Our Wedding!”

Caitlyn and ShermanThree weeks before my wedding, I was a complete wreck.  Wedding plans had not gone smoothly (that’s an understatement!) and I was faced with some major gaps in vendors and already over-budget.  Enter Cheryl and Shea and the Yellow Umbrella Crew.  Like an assertive fairy godmother, Cheryl and Shea stepped in and skillfully guided me through the decisions that needed to be made.  Never once did I doubt that they wanted to help my husband and I have the wedding of our dreams and they went above and beyond to make that happen.  From vendor selections, contract reviews, design brainstorming, and exceptional coordination services, Yellow Umbrella was there for us when we needed them most.  It takes true talent to navigate some of the unique social issues that arise when planning a wedding and savvy to handle the involvement of so many individuals and vendors.  Cheryl and Shea have both talent and savvy in spades!  Whether it was picking bugs out of the many layers of my Vera Wang dress (watch out, girls! Tulle and outdoor photos = bugs in May!), managing delicate social interactions among guests, or ensuring that my new husband and I had a few precious moments together to soak everything in, they did it all.  Cheryl and Shea were available every time we needed them and hold themselves to the highest of professional standards.  My husband and I also loved the unique male and female perspectives that they provide and their ability to be with both parties.  In our case, we had a very short amount of time in which to save a very important day.  Cheryl and Shea asked all the right questions and made all the needed connections in an impressive amount of time, while maintaining a major focus on getting to know our needs and wants and advocating for us, when needed.  I cannot speak highly enough of this company.  They truly saved our wedding and created something that brought me to tears – it was more than the wedding I’d always dreamed of and better!  If you are looking for superior coordination services from a talented team, I have three words for you: Yellow Umbrella Events.

Caitlyn & Sherman – May, 2012

“Yellow Umbrella Was The Best Decision I Made!”

Alex and MikeYellow Umbrella was the best decision I made.  Cheryl and Shea made everything so easy for my husband and I, not to mention we had the wedding of our dreams.  The wedding day was perfect, nothing went wrong and I received so many compliments from everyone.  If I were to re-do my wedding, the first thing I would do is hire Yellow Umbrella again.  For all you brides out there that are looking for a wedding planner make sure you call Cheryl and Shea first at Yellow Umbrella.  You will be thankful you did… 🙂

Alex & Mike – September, 2012

My mom and I actually, and lovingly, gave her the nickname The hammer of Thor.

Cheryl and Shea are worth their weight in gold. We originally hired Yellow Umbrella as the “day of” coordinators. That quickly changed 3 months before the wedding when my mom and I started falling behind on tasks, and frankly…had no clue what we where doing. We called Cheryl and she sprang into action. From that point on, she handled everything. I had emails of “do you like this or that one?” on a daily basis. Phone calls whenever I needed. Cheryl was so sweet and took care of everything. When vendors wouldn’t answer my calls, Cheryl had it solved within 30 minutes. My mom and I actually, and lovingly, gave her the nickname The hammer of Thor. I just love Cheryl. When our caterer went awry 3 weeks before the wedding, Cheryl had a new one lined up and a full tasting in 2 days. When we lost our DJ the day before the wedding, Cheryl told me not to worry, she had it under control. And when we were sawing into the fake tier of the cake, Cheryl was there to tell us “the real part is that tier right there”.

The wedding was amazing and I loved every minute of it. We jumped in the limo and were starving…of course there were 2 to-go boxes waiting for us. Our reviews from out guests weren’t just about how much fun they had, but how they couldn’t believe the attention to detail. That was all Cheryl. Everyone should have a Cheryl in their life, and I feel so lucky that I had the chance to. The saddest thing about the wedding being over, was not having Cheryl…I guess I’ll have to start planning something else!! =)

Lauren & Alex – May, 2013

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They put their heart & soul into their clients’ weddings and it shows….

Cheryl & Shea are the real deal. You couldn’t ask for a more prepared and enjoyable team to work with! Not only do they manage your event successfully from beginning to end, but they also have solid relationships with area event vendors to make the overall experience stress-free. They put their heart & soul into their clients’ weddings and it shows through their work.

Katherine – ILD Lighting

“Cheryl Made Sure Everything Was The Way I Wanted It!”

Tender KissCheryl & her team did whatever they could to make sure that my outdoor wedding (that got rained out) was absolutely perfect.  It’s hard to make that happen when you (as the bride) imagine your wedding day for months and suddenly it turns into something totally different, however, I think Cheryl and her team did a great job executing everything and it turns out that I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!  One of the things I really appreciated that was Cheryl made sure everything was the way I wanted it.  She made sure I wasn’t influenced by anyone else’s decisions but made sure I got to be the one with the say so.  I would definitely recommend her to anyone considering a day of coordinator.

Amber & Joel – March, 2012

“They Took Care Of Everything!”

I used Yellow Umbrella for day-of coordination because we had bus transportation and multiple vendors outside of Austin and were worried about problems coordinating everything.  We were very pleased we used Cheryl and Shea as they took care of everything and if there was a problem, we certainly did not know about it!  When we arrived at the venue it was decorated as we had planned and things ran smoothly.  Coordinators have the hard task of getting many moving parts and people together and Cheryl certainly cracked the whip to get it all done.  We appreciate all of their hard work.

Whitney & Matthew – April, 2012

The bride and I were both so happy that we had them on our side……

Our daughter grew up watching the Steve Martin version of “Father of the Bride”. I watched our daughter grow up knowing that I did not want a “wedding planner” when our daughter met the man of her dreams and got married. We would be able to do the planning ourselves. When I got married, I did not have a planner (other than my mother and we did exactly what my sister had done when she got married three years before. Hey! It was a different time.)

Our daughter met the most amazing man beyond her dreams and they eventually got engaged. She waded through all the vendors and chose the ones she wanted. I think it was about three months before the wedding that we started to think that maybe we wanted someone to help on the day of the wedding. I was surprised at the prices being quoted for someone to be around to make sure the bridesmaids went down the aisle in the right order and the male wedding party was at the alter before the girls went down the aisle.

After interviewing many vendors, our daughter selected Yellow Umbrella Events. We are so happy with that choice!

I first met Cheryl and her team when we did the tasting for reception. I was very impressed with her questionnaire and all the details she covered. I cannot imagine going through the rest of the wedding prep after the tasting without having Yellow Umbrella Events on board.

She covered every detail and the timeline. The bride and I were both so happy that we had them on our side as we prepared for the wedding.

The best part of having Cheryl and Yellow Umbrella Events on our team was the Thursday before the Saturday wedding. We met at the reception venue to go over the details. I was able to hand over clear bins with colored labels of everything from the ring bearer’s pillow, my grandmother’s cameo for the bouquet,the name cards for the tables at the reception, the bridal portraits, the ribbon wands for the exit from the reception and everything else for the wedding to Cheryl and her team. (I am a planner and organizer professionally.) I was able to take a big breath and realize I did not have to worry about those details again. I was able to be part of the amazing party of people including being with my siblings who had not been all together since my father’s funeral five years ago.

The team did such a great job with getting everyone where they needed to be the day of the wedding and getting everything ready for the reception. We were just able to enjoy having such an incredible gathering of two extended families and lots of wonderful friends and important people in the lives of everyone associated with the wedding.

A wedding is such a an important event in the lifetime of families. It is family history. One family story of thirty years is the wedding where the family had to clean and mop the floor after the wedding. I wish Yellow Umbrella Events had been around then. We would be still talking now about how great the party was instead of mopping the floor!

Hilda S. – Mother of the Bride

“Such A Lifesaver!”

fall bouquetCheryl Bailey from Yellow Umbrella Events was my day of coordinator at last minute.  The week before my wedding I was so stressed out, I decided to get a day of coordinator, luckily Cheryl was there to save the day!  She was amazing!  Cheryl made sure every last detail of the way I wanted my wedding to go was achieved.  The day of the wedding, while my bridesmaids and I were waiting to get our hair and make-up done at my venue; I wanted to help out on last minute things, but Cheryl just would not let me because she said, “It’s your day you should not be doing this stuff,” and she helped, and helped, and helped with everything that still needed to be done! 🙂  I also really liked that she made sure to communicate with the rest of the wedding party and immediate family about simple reminders.  My husband Carlos and I were very fortunate to have Cheryl from Yellow Umbrella Events be able to help us out with our very special day on such short notice.  I definitely recommend Yellow Umbrella Events.  Cheryl knows how to get the job done and has a great personality while doing so also, without her I would have certainly been a BRIDEZILLA! 🙂

Jasmin & Carlos – August, 2011

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