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


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.


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!

Friday Introduction | Meet Shannon!

On this #fridayintroduction I wanted to take some time out to introduce you to our special team member, Shannon! Here is all about her role on the Weddings By Dani team and a few fun facts about her! So so happy to have her talent on board to share with our lovely couples!


Shannon Lavaran (soon-to-be Martella)
Favorite Beverage: Cosmos (can I say that?)
Favorite Dessert: Coconut Cream Pie
Birthday: August 30 – Virgo!


1. On the Weddings By Dani team, what is your role and how does it impact the team as a whole?


I’m the team’s Day of Coordinator and Associate Planner, which means working a lot with the Bride who wants to take the reins on booking and planning her wedding and just needs someone to steer on the day of the big event. As an Associate Planner I also assist Dani when she needs help planning inspiration shoots and loved getting to work on designing our new logo and rebrand materials with her!


2. Prior to joining Weddings By Dani, when did you discover your love and passion for the wedding industry?


Before interning with Weddings by Dani, my love for weddings and the industry was pretty limited to daydreaming about my own perfect day and exploring Pinterest. But I knew that I always had a love for planning events and an eye for design and organizing the behind the scenes “chaos” of the day.


3. In the wedding planning process, what part do you enjoy coaching clients through?


 I love seeing clients’ visions come together and helping them add design or planning elements they hadn’t considered. I enjoy working with clients to build a timeline and envisioning how the whole day will look and what they’re looking forward to most.


4. What do you look forward to most in 2016?


This year, I’m most looking forward to new opportunities and gaining more experience! I’m also excited to see the new trends that will start to appear as Wedding Season kicks off and incorporating these into our couples’ weddings.
5. Tell us about your life at home and what you like to do in your free time!


 I love to bake and cook, practicing calligraphy and typography. This year has been a lot of planning and designing my own wedding in June, so that’s taken up a lot of time! Otherwise, my fiancé and I love to take our two miniature dachshunds on walks and crossing restaurants off my always expanding Restaurant Bucket List.


Thank you so much, Shannon for participating in my little interview! 🙂


If you have questions for Shannon or would like to contact her for a consultation you can contact her directly at