Our Team

Photography by Eli Turner Studios

Danielle Couick, CPCE | Principal + Creative Director

Serving the special events industry for over 18 years, Danielle’s journey began in the architectural design field but she quickly discovered the need for a more socially engaging and impactful outlet. Finding her foothold in the food and beverage industry, she developed and grew the wedding division for one of Washington, D.C.’s largest off-premise catering companies. This set the stage for what would become a storied career as a nationally acclaimed, award-winning event planner and designer.

As Principal and Creative Director of Magnolia Bluebird design + events, Danielle serves industry partners and clients with grace and tenacity. She believes in creating environments that are beautiful, interesting, inspiring and engaging. Layering texture and textiles in her designs is as important to her as layering emotion and intentional moments. By infusing her events with these subtle (and not so subtle) touches, she elevates the event experience from the expected to the extraordinary. It is with her grace, humor, eye for detail and passion for people that gives her the ability to engage her clients and vendor partners on a personal level thus creating a collaborative team rather than individual parts.

Danielle is revered as an industry expert and is often tapped to share her insights for consumers and industry professionals and enjoys speaking and helping businesses across the country discover their true potential. She modernizes time-honored business practices while consistently innovating and pushing the envelope forward. By encouraging her clients to re-examine and re-define industry norms, she plays an integral role in their leveling up as individuals and professionals. Her areas of expertise span business development, processes, strategy, marketing, pricing for profitability, personal growth and development, event design, logistics and creative collaboration.

Taren Bradley, CPCE | Director of Corporate Events +
Senior Social Event Planner

Representing the third generation of hospitality professionals in her family, Taren brings nearly two decades of experience and leadership to the hospitality arena. Taren was shown how to not just meet the bar but to set a new standard of service. She has continued to hone her skills through her roles with PSAV, the world’s largest audio visual provider for special events, as a coordinator for a national special event rental and tenting company and as a food and beverage manager for major hotel chains such as Hilton Hotels. Her philosophy and experience gives her the unique ability to provide superior service for every event.

Taren was awarded a citation by the Governor of Maryland for her exemplary service and served the industry as President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) for two years. Along with her two sons, Taren is an avid sports fan. You can find her rooting on her beloved Redskins or, her alma mater, the UNC Tar Heels.

What’s in a Name?

  • Magnolia Bluebird?” Is more of a “who” than a “what”. Ultimately, it is a moniker describing a way of living, celebrating and being. 

    As a third-generation female entrepreneur from the South, Danielle was taught to believe in focus and hard work, real butter, gracious entertaining and laughter as medicine for the soul. It is within the spirit of these life lessons that Magnolia Bluebird was born.

    Danielle’s grandmother Edith, was a true hostess and would often entertain gatherings of two to 100 in her home. She had a way of making you feel as if you were the only person in the room during a conversation – she was always present. She had a twinkle in her eye that always made you think she was up to something (which she usually was). Her prized Magnolia tree often became the provider of the decor for these events. Those dark green and tobacco suede leaves and pristine white blooms are a forever reminder that entertaining should be gracious and giving and design should appeal to your way of life. Never too contrived and always comfortable.

    Sun-filled afternoons were spent pondering the line “If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why can’t I?” Danielle’s mother Nancy, a realtor turned professional artist, spent her time squeezing in craft fairs between open houses and property tours for nearly two decades. Now an award-winning watercolor artist and gallery owner she travels internationally to teach her craft. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Danielle has always been in pursuit of creating a life doing what she loves most. The bluebird is a symbolic way of reminding us to dream bigger than we ever think possible, both for ourselves and our clients.

Giving Back

We are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to do what we love. We recognize that in a world that isn’t always so kind or so pretty, we have the responsibility to create impactful moments, to infuse joy into everyday acts and to spread a little love and kindness wherever we go.

With a nod to a famous Maya Angelou quote, we know you may not remember the color of the china or the name of the band you selected fifteen years from now but you will remember the way you felt when your fiancé looked at you for the first time as you walked down the aisle or the sense of pride that filled your heart when your child chanted their haftarah so beautifully. We find our greatest reward in playing a part in the milestone events of your life which will soon become your fondest memories. We are hopeful that each of these experiences – no matter how great or small – leaves a positive memory in its place.

In our continued effort to fight the battle with Alzheimer’s disease we contribute to The Alzheimer’s Association as well as other organizations important to our team and clients.