Friday Introductions: 2017 Interns!

Friday Introductions: 2017 Interns!

2017 Interns| Back in January, we held our interviews for our 2017 wedding planning internship. We had such an amazing turn out and it was very difficult to make a decision on which fabulous ladies to add to our team! After much deliberation, Shannon and I are SO very happy to introduce our two interns, Alyssa & Makenna!

We’ve compiled a few questions for them to share a little more about them with you! Be sure to keep a look out

Alyssa

Friday Introductions: 2017 Interns

  1. What are you most looking forward to this year for your internship?

I’m excited to experience all the details it takes to plan a wedding but, I’m even more excited to be a part of the styling photo shoots.

  1. What is your favorite part of a wedding and why?

My favorite part of a wedding is listening the parents/family toast to the bride and groom. I love seeing their raw emotions and I can’t help but get emotional too. That never fails.

  1. Your favorite pick me up food/beverage?

I LOVE sushi. I recently opened the world of sushi and I quickly realized how much I was missing out for 21 years. I’m never in a bad mood if I’m eating sushi. Coffee is always a go to pick me up. I usually have one or two cups of black coffee a day but, every once in a while I’ll treat myself to a latte with all the extra goods.

  1. Random fun fact about you?

I love line dancing. Every Thursday night, my girlfriends and I take line dance lessons at our favorite (the only) country bar in Tacoma.

  1. How do you like to relax at the end of a long day?

This probably isn’t the most exciting answer, but I have to have my sleep so if I need to relax after a long day I’ll usually go to bed early.

Makenna

Friday Introductions: 2017 Interns!

  1. What are you most looking forward to this year for your internship?

I’m most looking forward to learning about every piece of the behind the scenes work that goes into a wedding. This is like a dream to me to be able to learn all about such an amazing event and I am so blessed to have this opportunity.

  1. What is your favorite part of a wedding and why?
The love that surrounds them. They are just a celebration of love, and I think my favorite representation of this is the look in the grooms eye when he sees his bride for the first time. It brings me to tears!
  1. Your favorite pick me up food/beverage?

Oh thats an easy one. Vanilla Lattes! Its hard for me to start a day without one!

  1. Random fun fact about you?

I could eat breakfast for every meal. My all time favorite thing growing up was when my mom made breakfasts for dinner! I really do light up when I get up and know I have breakfast to look forward too 😉 silly but true.

  1. How do you like to relax at the end of a long day?

I love reading any book by Judah Smith, Journaling, or watching Fixer Upper. I don’t have a whole lot of free time in my life but when I do, you can find me doing any of these things!

Family Pictures | Seattle Photographer

  • Family Pictures | Seattle Photographer

Family Pictures | Seattle Photographer

Family Pictures | Seattle Photographer | It’s been a while since I’ve shared some personal pictures. It’s also been a while since we’ve done family pictures! Since it’s overdue on both accounts, I set up a mini session with my talented friend, Meredith, with Meredith McKee Photography!

If you’ve ever done family pictures, trying to coordinate outfits without being too matchy-matchy, and making sure everyone was rested and fed and most importantly happy before we arrived, is no small feat. Well, thinking we left Kirkland with the perfect amount of time to arrive early, but not too early, we faced a major traffic jam on the way. We were well over an hour late due to an accident blocking 520, on a beautiful sunny Seattle day, go figure! And Meredith was so amazing, she was still able to make it happen and we are SO grateful! Not only were we able to use these pictures to announce our pregnancy for baby 3 on our Christmas cards to family, but we are definitely getting some printed for our home!

Here are the highlights from the shoot and I hope you enjoy!

If you ever need some updated family pictures, engagement or wedding photography- Meredith comes HIGHLY recommended!

October Birthdays | Weddings By Dani

October Birthdays | Weddings By Dani

In our household we have several October birthdays… and this year, between weddings, photoshoots, lots of behind the scene work flow work (is that a thing?), I’ve been planning our TWO girls birthday parties! Mila will be turning 3 and Aria will be turning 1.

What a year its been! As a mom-preneur, business owner, wife, and friend, but mostly mother. If I am being totally honest, it’s SO hard. Being a mother is probably the most challenging title I’ve had. I absolutely love this title, but I have definitely had to overcome some obstacles as a mom-preneur of two this year. Like learning when to put my work hat on and when to take it off to be present with my family, or being resourceful when childcare falls through for a client meeting or other work centered event. Both my girls have grown in their own ways though too!

Mila has grown in many ways from year 2 to 3; Becoming a big sister, diaper/pull up free (yes, even at night!), knowing all of her letters, shapes, colors, and is already writing her name. She is a ball of energy that wants to explore every rock and sing the entire time.

Aria from 0-1 years old has hit all of the normal milestones at her age, minus teeth. We’re still waiting on a single tooth! She has the sweetest heart and shows compassion and tenderness, hugging her dolly, blowing kisses, and cuddling.

Although wedding planning, styling & designing lights me up, these two beautiful little girls are my life. My pride and joy. And I want to show them how hard work pays off. Doing what you love, being consistent, goal oriented and honest. Planning these parties is a milestone for me as a mother and business owner, because you see, I too, have made it another year! And that gives me great reason to celebrate!

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My Big WHY

As an entrepreneur, you need a WHY to stay motivated, to keep driving day in and day out. You are the only one to tell you what to do. From going to “work” on your couch in your pjs to making those calls, time blocking and scheduling those consultations. You are your own boss. You get to wear a ton of different hats.. and if you’re anything like me, you are also juggling the household and littles!

I wanted to share my big why. The reason I keep doing what I do. Everyone loves weddings, right? Such a joyous day, uniting a couple in marriage, monumental milestone in life. From the music, cake, flowers and decorations, but most importantly, the people. Guests, family and friends.. They are just as excited for the happy couple. Those are the people I do it for. For sure for the couple, but also for the guests, the vendors. Everyone. I design and coordinate to make an experience for guests, calm the bride and groom. I want to be the one zipping around making everything beautiful and on point, because no guest, mother of the bride/groom, friend should have to. I want to be there for the mishaps and turn them into perfection. This is why I thrive. I love to love and love to help. (Sometimes too much it gets me in trouble!) haha.

My dream is to have my why shine through in each wedding I style, each task I accomplish and down to each email I write. I want clients to know they are genuinely cared about; that this exudes to their family and every vendor I work with. If you’re an entrepreneur, I hope you can find you big why if you don’t have one already. It will keep your business alive!

Boss Lady

 

Our Story | How Weddings By Dani was Started

Our Story | How Weddings By Dani was Started

How Weddings By Dani was Started | If you follow our social media, you might know a little about our story to launch Weddings By Dani. I want to expand on it a little bit more to give you the full picture and inside scoop!

My journey to this amazing business…

I was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. I was on and Captain of my High School Dance Team (called Drill Team back then) and my senior project focused on Wedding Planning. Little did I know that that topic would carry over into my career. I then went to Arizona State University where I founded the Sun Devil Drill Team as a 501-c3/non-profit organization (which is STILL going strong!), and obtained a BA in Business & Communications. 

After I moved back home, I started working with my dad at the time and although I loved working with him, the details of the job itself were not what I pictured for the long run. I needed a change and so I took a silly career test and in the little list of careers, paired me as a funeral director. Well, I think it takes a special, special person to be a funeral director, and I certainly wasn’t one. As a fellow entrepreneur, my dad was the one to point out that it’s very similar to wedding planning, loved ones gather, flowers, music, and food to coordinate… etc. I reached out to some wedding coordinators in the area to assist them. I ended up shadowing one planner and fell in love with every aspect of the industry.

After a few years shadowing, I kept dreaming about what could be. I needed to start my own company. Each year, our wedding count has grown. Each year, we meet new vendors and work with old friends. Each year, we get to help clients on their special day! This October, we will turn 6 this year! 6!!!! We have seen several of our interns grow into different roles, some even launching their own companies. I couldn’t be more thankful for their help and in return, I am honored to have given them experiences that could launch them forward. Our current team consists of myself, lead stylist & owner, Shannon, wedding coordinator, and two interns, Alexa and Katherine that are our extra hands on the wedding day and behind the scenes. I am looking forward to this wedding season and growing more in love with my company, team and clients! 

xoxo- Dani

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Dani Matthews- Owner & Lead Stylist

Rebranding: Our Make Over | Weddings By Dani

If you haven’t noticed, we have rebranded! 🙂 Yahoo!

It’s been such a long road to get here. So many decisions had to be made.. from rethinking about the way we serve our clients, connect with vendors, and digging deep to the why’s and foundation and purpose of our company. Little things, that might not even seem to go noticed like our jewelry selection, wardrobe, and style; to bigger things like logo, color palate, web design, and custom client tools.

Selecting our color palate was pretty easy for me as we’ve always stayed true to our blue/teal roots from the beginning, but we wanted to soften it up a bit and give it a feeling.. we wanted our clients to feel taken care of with sophistication and elegance. Which brings us to our new website! It’s easy to navigate, and (I hope) answers all the questions our potential clients might have before scheduling a consultation. 😉

I am currently having fun ordering new business cards and playing around on our new website! I am loving our make over and I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of the vendors that helped us doll up our website and brand. AND a HUGE thank-you to our logo designer and fellow coordinator, Shannon Martella, for putting her design skills to the challenge! It turned out PERFECTLY!

Looking forward in working with you this summer and years to come!

 

Weddings By Dani | Rebranding: Our Make Over

Cheers to you all!

xoxo- Dani

Wedding Inspiration | Where to get Inspired

Wedding Inspiration : Where to get Inspired |Designing and styling a wedding is probably one of my favorite things involved in the wedding process. There is so much to consider… different elements to use, linens & flowers, color & texture.. eek! I am bursting in excitement just talking about it! But let’s be honest, as a bride, you don’t want to look like every other wedding on Pinterest, right? You want to be unique to yourself and your soon to be spouse!

As a wedding stylist and designer, I can’t look to other wedding designers in the area or even nation-wide. It’s so important that I get refueled with creativity and inspiration outside of the wedding world. I not only need to be up to date with the current trends, but I need to think beyond what the current trends are and think about what “could be.” I am the one that needs to stay fresh, to give new ideas to my clients and keep them excited about their day!

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Style Me Pretty

So.. what inspires me?

  • Home Remodels: I can’t get enough of those HGTV shows. Seriously, it’s a problem! It could stay on all day. Seeing how to transform something non-functional to functional. It makes me want to tackle a huge project all by myself. Even though, little me probably couldn’t hang drywall on the ceiling. But.. It fires me up and makes me want to take on the world!
  • Home Decor: Styling my own home and seeing the endless possibilities of mix and match styles brings out the creativity in me. It helps me to dream and through different pieces create a new style or new look. And isn’t it much harder to decorate a home when you live with your significant other?!
  • Crafts: Being able to imagine and actually get hands on is so enjoyable! Especially, when there’s wine involved and maybe some Bachelor/ette of some sort! 🙂 Whether it’s a gift for a friend or a craft for inside my own home, making something is special and always a reminder it was crafted carefully, thoughtfully.. and cheesy as it sounds, made from the heart.
  • Other random things… like beauty, freshness, my husband and two little girls.

Cheers to Fri-YAY!

xoxo, Dani

 

Seattle Wedding Internship 2016

Seattle Wedding Internship 2016

It’s that time again!! We are looking to fill our Wedding Internship for the upcoming wedding season! If you love weddings & events, are highly driven/motivated, have a strong fashion sense and want to learn what goes on the behind the scenes, apply to be our 2016 intern!

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Photo: Rick + Anna Photography | Floral: Althouser Design

Our 2016 interns will…

– be an assistant to the wedding coordinator on select wedding dates (usually Friday/Saturday)
– help with several things behind the scenes including wedding inspiration, styled shoots, and more!
– learn all about how a seamless event is run
– network with wedding vendors
– attend select client consultations and/or vendor meetings
– work approximately 10-15 hours per week during the wedding season

How to apply:

– tell us why you should be selected
– submit an inspiration board designed by you
– attach your resume
– semi-professional photograph of yourself
– send application to dani@weddingsbydani.com by January 1, 2016!

Best of luck we can’t wait to hear from you!

Dani & Weddings By Dani Team!

Weddings By Dani: 2014 in Review!

2014 was a wonderful year for the Weddings By Dani team! We were blessed with amazing weddings that were each unique and filled with love! Between weddings, styled shoots and an incredible team, here’s our year in review!

 

Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Awards | January 6, 2014

 

Christina & Jackson | March 22, 2014

Beaver Lake Lodge | Red Filter Photography

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Aurora & Josh | April 11, 2014

Fairmont Olympic Hotel | Buell Photography

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Sarah & Jason | April 12, 2014

Court in the Square | Cameron Cowels Photography

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Betty & Alex | May 24, 2014

Salish Lodge & Spa | Azzura Photography

Salish Lodge Wedding by Azzura Photography

 

Martina & Dan | June 16, 2014

Four Seasons Hotel | Rick + Anna Photography

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Styled Shoot in Seattle Bride Magazine | July 23, 2014

Tsillan Cellars | Ben & Molly Photography

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Lindsay & Eric | August 2, 2014

Bellingham Cruise Terminal | Matt Priestman Photography

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Jessica & Chris | August 10, 2014

Maroni Meadows | Ludke Photography

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Danelle & Curtis | August 14, 2014

Portage Bay Cafe | Melissa J. Soule Photography

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Lindsey & Kevin | August 31, 2014

The Loft at Russell’s | Maple Hill Photography

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Julia & Borce | September 6, 2014

Private Residence | f7 Photography

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Michelle & Blair | September 20, 2014

Karma Vineyards | Ben & Molly Photography

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Happy 4th Birthday to us!! | October 28, 2014

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Styled Shoot in Style Me Pretty | October 29, 2014

DeLille Cellars | Melissa Leith Photography

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Finished off our year ranking #15 for the Best Wedding Planner in Western Washington!

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And I had to include some of our Photo Booth outtakes…

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Thank you to all of the vendors, couples, friends & family that helped make us successful in 2014! Here’s to all 2015 has to offer! Happy New Year everyone!

 

Seattle Wedding Planner Internship 2015 | Weddings By Dani

Seattle Wedding Planner Internship 2015 | Weddings By Dani

As we prepare for our next wedding season, we are so excited to announce we are looking for a few interns for upcoming 2015 weddings! If you love weddings & events, are highly driven/motivated, have a strong fashion sense and want to learn what goes on the behind the scenes, apply to be our 2015 intern!

Our 2015 interns will…

– be an assistant to the wedding coordinator on select wedding dates (usually Friday/Saturday)
– help with several things behind the scenes including wedding inspiration, photoshoots, wedding set up and tear down, administrative tasks for weddings by dani
– learn all about how a seamless event is run
– network with wedding vendors
– attend select client consultations and/or vendor meetings
– work approximately 10-15 hours per week during the wedding season

How to apply:

– tell us why you should be selected
– submit an inspiration board designed by you
– attach your resume
– semi-professional photograph of yourself
– send application to dani@weddingsbydani.com by November 14, 2014!

Best of luck we can’t wait to hear from you!

Dani Matthews & Weddings By Dani Team

Seattle Wedding Planner Internship 2015 | Weddings By Dani
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Seattle Wedding Planner Internship 2015 | Weddings By Dani