Seattle Wedding: Black Diamond Gardens | Montana & Zach tied the knot in June after 15 years in the making!
Their wedding was such a dream to design! They wanted their wedding to reflect a classic-timeless style with subtle trending pieces, such as geo-watercolor table numbers, herringbone flatware, and medallion chargers. We chose navy as their main color with blush, rose golds, and a pop of coral to incorporate a Summer vibe. Selecting the perfect rentals with Cort Party Rentals from their beautiful new glassware to Paisley Petals lush blooms of coral and blush garden roses, white hydrangeas, and Italian greenery, it made for such a stunning combination.
Not only do they have incredible love for eachother, they have the biggest hearts and used FaceTime to video in out of town grandparents and even reserved their seats during the ceremony. With both sides of their family knowing each other for such a long time, it felt more of a family reunion and was quite the party!
Designing and styling is always a favorite, since we get the opportunity of working so closely with our couples. We will definitely miss working with Montana & Zach especially with our frequent meetings at Lady Yum and Cactus. Wishing you both a well-deserved honeymoon and happiness that lasts a lifetime!
Their vendor team was amazing! We loved helping Montana & Zach hand select the talent that met and exceeded the needs of their wedding day!
This wedding would not have been complete without the following vendors:
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Designing & Styling Kacie and Brady’s wedding was absolutely a dream come true! During their search for a destination wedding, Salish Lodge was the top recommendation on Google! So… they booked their flight from Kansas out to Seattle to check it out! Kacie & Brady fell in love with the rainy weather and golden yellow-orange leaves and booked their wedding one year out.
After long conversations and email threads about their vision and wedding day, I pulled together a style for their special day, filled with deep purple, shades of grey and a pop of magenta. Natural wood pedestals for the altar and hand wrapped welcome bags for their guests, each element was such an honor to select. (Doing my job is even more fun when clients completely trust the professionals!)
Kacie & Brady’s two boys were a delight! So sweet and absolutely loved their mommy and daddy! They even fell asleep during the ceremony… Dinner by the glow of beautiful candles, these two had one of the most important days for their family of four. Especially sharing their first dance all together!
Thank you for being such a joy to work with! You two are examples of what drive me to not only be the best, but work hard for my clients so they don’t have to on their wedding day and all the days leading up to it!
This wedding wouldn’t have been complete without the following vendors: