Chelan Styled Shoot: The Whaley | Winter Wedding Inspiration

  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter
  • Chelan Styled Shoot | The Whaley | Winter

Chelan Styled Shoot | Winter Wedding Inspiration

Winter wedding inspiration from our Chelan styled shoot! We have always wanted to do a winter shoot in the snow! Logistically was challenging to plan and coordinate trying to find the perfect location with rentals, and many other vendors near by. BUT we came across the absolute gem of a venue located in Chelan, WA (wine country).

With many of our Chelan vendors available, we selected a date in the winter to make it happen. Luckily, when planning a winter styled shoot in Chelan, chances are… it will be snowy! And snowy it was! It snowed the day before the shoot, leaving a fresh powder to doll up the venue. It was a chilly 19* at that!

For styling, I wanted to incorporate mixed metallics, whites, lots of greenery and some moody pops of color! We did this with navy and blue hues and even tossed in the idea of adding a pink and maroon bouquet design for some of the pictures as well. We had a lovely table-scape complete with copper place cards, fur and marble accents, which was definitely a winter trend this year! We carried this theme throughout the cake and specialty linens as well. We had a dressed up bar cart complete with bubbly, lush green wreath, cake and adorable sign with calligraphy.

Our shoot wouldn’t have been complete without the following vendors:

Venue: The Whaley

Photographer: Ben + Molly Photography

Florist: Lake Chelan Flowers

Stationery & Calligraphy: Pink + Peach

Rentals: Lake Chelan Wedding RentalsBBJ

Hair & Make Up: Hologram Hair

Dress & Bridal Jewelry: Cicada Bridal

Rings: Sylvie Collection, Luxury Brand Group

Cake: Sweet Crumbs

Brandy: Karma Vineyards

Model: Amy Bouchard

Design & Style: Dani Matthews, Weddings By Dani

 

Chelan Wedding Coordinator | Weddings By Dani

Chelan Wedding Coordinator | Weddings By Dani

We have some pretty exciting news to share! We have officially branched out to Chelan, WA and would love to be your Chelan Wedding Coordinator! Although, we’ve accepted and coordinated several Chelan weddings previously, we now have a link to prove it! Click here to test our new link!

All of our current wedding collections still apply to booked Chelan weddings and the best part is… NO travel or accommodation fees when booking with Owner & Lead Stylist, Dani Matthews.

We have taken clients on from the Seattle area and partnered with them on their wedding planning journey, meeting them on the Westside for consultations and final meetings.. then we travel to the Eastside of the mountains and orchestrate the flow for rehearsal and the main event (your wedding!). It truly makes your wedding a smooth transition from the beginning phases of your engagement to your newlywed-send off.

We’ve also previously helped schedule and plan vendor-booking-weekends! This would entail a weekend in Chelan for you and your fiance, meeting with different local vendors and driving back care-free! See our post here on a more detailed description!

Helping find the right vendors while planning a destination wedding can be challenging, so we make it easy by not only finding local vendors in Chelan, but also partnering with vendors equally as excited to travel for your wedding from the Seattle area. You’d be able to meet with them for consultations before traveling to Chelan for wedding time.

We are over-the-moon excited about the possibilities that await us at all the different venues and working with several new and familiar faces!

Chelan Wedding Coordinator | Weddings By Dani | Karma Vineyards
Julianna J Photography

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

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

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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!

 

Lake Chelan Wedding: Karma Vineyards | Michelle & Blair

Michelle & Blair started planning their wedding the beginning of 2013. They came to us with visions of a winery wedding in Chelan with accents of gold throughout. Flashing forward a year and a half later, their Lake Chelan winery wedding was exactly what their perfect day was! We absolutely loved hand selecting vendors to make their wedding day complete! Michelle had designed all of the chalkboard signs and Blair contributed by building and assembling their Photo Booth backdrop!

Michelle & Blair also included details of special moments in their wedding including the first dance songs of their siblings’ weddings and also honored her cousin that passed away during their engagement, what would have been her bridesmaid at their wedding, by symbolizing her memory with a single red rose and a locket on her bouquet. Such a sweet gesture.

They soaked up the last bit of summer on this hot September day and danced the night away!

Congratulations to you both! And thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of such an important day in your lives.

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This wedding would not have been complete without the following vendors:

Venue & Catering: Karma Vineyards

Photographer: Ben & Molly Photography

DJ: Seattle Wedding DJ

Flowers: Fleur de lis Floral & Event Design

Cake: Cake Chic Studio

Hair & Make Up: Sorrida Salon

Rentals: Lake Chelan Wedding Rentals

Wedding Design & Coordination: Weddings By Dani

 

Chelan Weekend Wedding Planning | Chelan Wedding Coordinator | Booking Vendors

Chelan Weekend Wedding Planning | Booking Vendors

Local destination weddings are hot and much more affordable than a true destination wedding. We are so excited to announce that we are adding a fun and custom detail for booked Chelan weddings! Planning a wedding from a distance can be challenging, no matter if you are 200 miles or 2,000 miles away. Planning a wedding does not HAVE to be frustrating, stressful, or as time consuming as it seems.

When you plan a Chelan wedding we can help you execute vendor booking into one weekend get away! Book our Complete Wedding Design, Styling & Coordination Collection or our Design & Coordination Collection and we will schedule a weekend of wedding planning bliss! Book your 2 night stay, and we will schedule all your important vendor meetings (venue tours, caterer, baker, photographers and more!) and we will be sure to be there every step of the way! You will book your vendors in 1 weekend and drive home feeling relaxed and carefree!

For more questions or details, please contact us! We will be happy to set up a consultation and customize a wedding collection that is right for you!

Chelan Wedding Coordinator | Weddings By Dani | Karma Vineyards
Ben & Molly Photography