Our Team

Meet the I Do OBX Chairs Team!

Mary & Tony Joseph

Tony and Mary Joseph from I Do OBX ChairsI grew up in Johnstown, PA and spent the first 39 years of my life there until I decided to move to the Outer Banks in 2006. My sister has been living here since 1996 and I am lucky to have also married the love of my life, Mary Lashley Joseph here on the Outer Banks! We had such a beautiful experience getting married on the Outer Banks that I decided to find a way to share the experience that we had with as many couples as possible. My brother Jay Bowman did the honors and he helped start this vision back in 2012. I became a wedding officiant and provided chairs and arches as a first step on this professional journey. Since 2012 we have expanded our offerings into becoming a full service wedding experience for our couples. Mary and I try to carry the strong work ethic that we grew up with into everything we do, and over the past 7 years, we have poured our hearts 110% into this business. We have a major passion for trying to provide couples, families and friends with the most complete wedding experience possible. And we are so blessed to have the dedicated team we have that sees our vision of making magic moments come to life for our couples! Mary, myself, our I Do OBX family along with our furry family, Chachi and Fonzi look forward to being a part of your wedding on the OBX!!

Mitch Mandel

Mitch I Do OBX ChairsHey everyone! I’m Mitch,  I have been in the wedding industry and a proud team member of I Do OBX Chairs for over 4 years now. The most rewarding aspect of being apart of the team, is seeing the happiness our work brings to our couples faces when their vision has been brought to life! Our company is a family and we all love what we do! So, keep an eye out for me driving Big Mama to your destination wedding site! We will make sure your day is everything you are hoping it to be.

When I’m not working hard to perfect your ceremony design vision, you can find me along the shore enjoying our excellent fishing or occasionally surfing a local break. I look forward to being apart of your special day!

John Holland

Aloha and welcome to the Outer Banks of North Carolina!
I’m John and I want to thank you for considering sharing your special day with us here at I Do Obx Chairs and I Do Obx Weddings!
Before I was fortunate to find my way onto the team here at I Do Obx Chairs I had developed for myself a slightly colorful career path of Zoology & Wildlife Management, Horticulture & Landscape Management and Real Estate Sales. I have enjoyed the experiences of each twist and turn along the way, adding to my love for travel and photography, music and enjoying any activity outdoors! I am blessed to be a part of this team and truly love working in the wedding business. Every day brings new experiences, new challenges, and a new beginning for our couples:)
Here’s to hoping you soon find yourself on this strand of sand we call the Outer Banks, allowing myself and out team to do what we all Love doing! That is creating the very best I DO OBX experience for you!

Tyler Schuster

Tyler Schuster I do Obx Chairs TeamI am 23 years old and a local native to the Outer Banks, NC. I grew up as the oldest of 7 children( 5 boys 2 girls) with family on both sides of the Wright Memorial Bridge. I graduated from Currituck High School and currently attend NC A&T University where I play on the football team. On top of my education I am currently serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. I am studying Exercise Science and plan on making a career in the fitness and health&wellness world.

Its going on 3 years since I have been working for I Do OBX Chairs. I have worked too many jobs to count and working for I Do OBX Chairs has been by far my favorite company to work for. Mary and Tony are some of the best people you could ever work for. The company is run with an attention to detail, organization, and a genuine concern to give the our couples the absolute best experience and quality they can receive. Along with taking great care of our couples, the employees are treated with respect and everyone feels like they are a part of a team. I am blessed to be a part of this business. I have learned many skills during my time working here, skills that I can apply to my future business endeavors and career. Things are always done the right way, we don’t cut corners and we are always double checking our work.

-An average day in the life of working with I Do OBX Chairs can often vary, depending on how many jobs you have that day. You always know your schedule and where the jobs are well in advance. You show up to home base(the boss’s house) and grab your work folder, which has been made to map out your plan of action for the day in great detail. You load up the truck with all the essentials with another team member and head to the job. Most jobs you set up right on the beach, some on piers and docks, some in back yards, and even some inside. But no matter where it is we get the job finished at least 30 minutes before the wedding. After doing final touch ups and double checking our design for our couple, we take a good picture to send to Mary and Tony before we go. If that is the only wedding to set up for the day, then you usually have an hour or so before you breakdown after the wedding. If that’s the case I usually take advantage of some beach time and sometimes will try to catch a wave:) But, on a busy day when you can have up to 4 or 5 weddings to do, you head straight to the next job to set up. This is where dispatching is important to know where to start and finish to be efficient and make every ceremony picturesque! Those days are a lot of hard work, but we are well trained and turn the hard work into fun with our fellow employees. Finally we head back to home base where we unload the truck, get everything organized, and discuss the days work.

Gail Lawrenson

Outer Banks FloristGail Lawrenson has been living on the Outer Banks since 1986, and and so excited to bring her knowledge of the wedding business to I DO Obx Chairs. From your florals on your arch, to the bouquet in your hands, Gail will keep you at ease and bring your floral vision to life on your wedding day! Having been the mother of the bride, twice, and mother of the groom, once, she’s “been there/done that” and lived to tell about it! In fact, her daughters were married three months apart! So when a bride says, “Here’s my budget”, she gets it! We love you Gail!