Danielle Couick, CPCE | Principal + Creative Director
Danielle’s narrative lays much of the foundation for her approach to entertaining, her style and the way she delivers her client experience. A native North Carolinian and Washington, D.C. transplant, Danielle is no stranger to great hospitality and celebrations with soul. Finding her foothold in the special events industry began with a passion for architectural design, a degree in hospitality, a decade in the food and beverage industry and a strong desire to create social impact and engagement. Blending these fifteen (ahem, plus) years of experience together has made Danielle one of the most sought after and revered planners in the country.
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. It is not by coincidence that her clients become part of the extended Magnolia Bluebird family. A nationally acclaimed award winner for her impeccable event design and production, Danielle is revered as an industry expert and is often tapped to share her insights through editorial and educational contribution on the national level. Danielle was named one of “The Best Event Planners in the Country” by PartySlate in 2018, “Best Wedding Planner” by Washingtonian Bride and Groom, a “Top 100 MWBE” (Minority and Women in Business Entrepreneur), one of the Best Wedding Planners and Designers of 2015 by ModWedding, and was recognized by international publication, Special Events Magazine as a “’30 Under 40′ Event Professional Worth Watching.”
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.
Phil Kirby, | Client Experience Officer
Phil brings over fifteen years of organizational management experience in the hospitality industry to the MBde team. Having served clients as a vendor and planner, Phil leverages his unique perspective for managing events, while solidifying an unmatched client experience. He seamlessly bridges the gap from initial client contact, managing hands-on planning details to thriving behind the scenes during onsite execution. Phil’s ‘get-it-done’ attitude makes him an invaluable asset to the team and for our deserving clients.
Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, he is an avid animal lover and enjoys spending time with his four dogs and angry African Grey parrot. He is also an avid sports fan and he and his husband Zach cheer on their beloved UMD Terps and Ohio State Buckeyes.
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.