I can’t tell you what a joy it is to know Danielle Couick. She’s the powerhouse behind Magnolia Bluebird in Washington, DC. Danielle’s got incredible taste and a knack for clear, helpful communication that makes working with her great. She’s also an East-coast early-riser, which means hers are usually the first emails I get on a given day.
I’ve heard you say you come from a line of strong women – and you named your business after your mother and grandmother. How has that shaped you as a wedding planner?
I think the characteristics these women possess have given me something to admire and look up to. They have helped guide and define the priorities in my life and they keep me on track in the world as we know it today. There are so many tools and tricks available now that make it easy to follow the “shiny thing”. I have committed to creating experiences that mean something for and with people that care in a way that truly reflects them. That is important to me.
What do most of your couples have in common?
Me. 🙂 And a desire to make life more beautiful and easy for themselves.
How important is tradition in planning a wedding?
It depends on the couple. Couples in the D.C. market often have different religious or cultural backgrounds so we find ourselves very often blending the two to create a new set of traditions specific for them or in a way that we are educating and incorporating their guests into that experience.
What’s on your bucket list of wedding details that you haven’t had the opportunity to do?
Ooh, good one! As you know I am obsessed with printing on non-traditional materials. I think a really exceptional invite in a really unexpected format is on the list. A silly inspiring ceiling treatment and a moving dance floor.
Favorite reception song?
Totally under played – Land of 1,000 Dances- Wilson Pickett
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. In magazines, store windows, nature, people, comments, dreams. It is endless. My husband commented that he never really understood what I was always taking pictures of when we first started dating. Then he started to see those images translated into events and it clicked.
What can a couple expect when they work with you?
A bespoke, hands-on experience that is fun, thorough, creative and detailed. I take my job incredibly seriously, but I try not to take myself too seriously.
A great reception means: everyone left with a positive feeling and a lasting memory.
What’s one wedding moment you’ll never forget (not including your own wedding)