Creative weddings for the modern boho couple

The Squad

With over 200 weddings and 24 years of combined experience, the Leilani Weddings team creates dream weddings for the modern boho couple

Principal Wedding Planner & Creative Director

Danielle Leilani

A natural born leader full of passion and an eye for the details, Leilani Weddings founder, Danielle, uses these qualities to create the most unique + stylish wedding celebrations for her clients. With a bachelor of arts in journalism + anthropology, experience in the fashion, public relations + philanthropy worlds, Danielle is the owner + creative director of wedding planning, design + lifestyle brand Leilani Weddings, Co-Director of Association of Bridal Consultants Orange County, and founder of The Bachbox.

In just three short years, Leilani Weddings, named after her mother who passed away in 2014, has seamlessly planned, designed + executed over 200 weddings and events and has become the go-to company for “the stylish bride celebrating universal love”. The #leilanibride is down-to-earth, a big fan of the details, and are oftentimes marrying interracially, which we think is pretty. freaking. cool. Overall, our brides ALWAYS have a passion for style, are looking for a fun, stress-free and organized planning experience.

Lead Planner + Designer & Director of Bridal Experience

Taylor Decker

After growing up in San Francisco, Taylor eventually moved to Hollywood as a teenager to pursue her love of acting. You may recognize her from Disney’s “Cory in the House”, popular teen film, “10 Things I Hate About You”, and TV series, “Completing Kaden”. She was also a finalist on America’s Most Talented Kids when she was 15 years old.

Taylor started her event planning career planning non-profit events and fundraisers, including corporate luncheons for government diplomats and celebrity golf tournaments. Taylor has been working in venue management for the past three years, and adores all-things wedding!

Taylor can talk about tabletop decor, seating chart displays, and floral details for hours. She loves offering sound advice to everyone and anyone she knows getting married, as she has experienced every segment of weddings from being a bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, the bride and soon to be an officiant in 2018!

When Taylor is not planning, she enjoys Hot Yoga, singing, spending time with her husband and cuddling with her Shiba Inu named Ahi.

LEAD WEDDING PLANNER + DESIGNER & SOCIAL DIRECTOR

Eric Acuna

Traveling the world has showed Eric how special life is, and he often found himself drawn to the most romantic spots around the world, where people would get engaged and married. Love has always resonated with him.

With Eric’s corporate background, passion for style and fashion, and devotion to his clients, he is always ready for the tallest of orders. Eric’s favorite part about weddings is the diversity and uniqueness of each couple and of each wedding. He loves listening to his clients and designing exactly what they have always envisioned. Oftentimes, he finds himself unexpectedly exceeding even their biggest dreams.

When Eric isn’t planning a wedding or styling someone fabulous, you can find him at the beach, at fashion week in various cities, or hiking with his dogs.

Lead Planner + Designer & Web Director

Natalie Faye Fern

Natalie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats. She considers herself nomadic by nature, having lived on 3 different continents and traveled to 30 countries in her lifetime – from exotic tropical havens like Bali, Mexico and Thailand, to cinematic Canada and New Zealand, and historic Europe, China, and Japan.

Adept not only at event design – but at destination planning, she brings to the table her well-honed artistic eye, love for diversity, detail-oriented organization skills, and a lifetime of experience in realizing creative projects in far-flung places arond the globe. She prides herself on her ability to exceed expectations and be the calm in the eye of every event storm – a steady hand clients can count on for advice, positivity, and reliable execution.

Natalie thrives on authenticity, and creating unique, intentional spaces within which meaningful moments may transpire. A true provider of the bespoke wedding experience, Natalie rejects cookie cutter planning, and specializes in nontraditional weddings, destination/adventure weddings, cross-cultural weddings, and even traditional weddings that are just a little bit different. She believes that weddings should be a true reflection of each individual couple, and will design custom events from start to finish that are 100% YOU.

Lead Planner + Designer & Head of Florals + Graphic Design

TAYLOR O.

Taylor O. brings years of customer service, leadership and project management experience to the Leilani squad. Taylor also values education, and received her undergraduate degree from UCLA, her masters from Pepperdine, and finally, her PhD from USC. A health researcher by day and a wedding planner + designer by night + weekends, she bridges her two fields through methodical, detail-oriented work and care and is also passionate about design + styling. After planning her own wedding in October 2019, Taylor realized that her creativity needed to be exercised, which is when she decided to join the Leilani team. Whether it’s designing spaces, signage, florals or even balloon installations (she’s truly a Jill of all trades!) she gets her thrills from bringing couples’ wedding aesthetic dreams to reality. When Taylor isn’t working, you can find her cooking + eating delicious food, drinking wine + redecorating her home, or snuggling with her cats while watching a film or reading a good book. 

LEAD PLANNER + DESIGNER & Executive Assistant

Alaina Sanchez

Alaina grew up in an Air Force Family and considers many places around the world “home”, but she currently lives in Malibu, CA.

Alaina is a former dancer trained in classical ballet, modern/lyrical and jazz, and performed in 8 different seasons of the Nutcracker as a child with the well known professional companies of Alaska Dance Theater, Nevada Ballet theater and Texas ballet theatre. This, along with the fact that she completed her rigorous psychology degree in just 3 short years makes her no stranger to hard work + discipline.

Alaina has always had a “take-charge” attitude, and coordinated several of her family’s moves across the country (8 to be exact!), and loves the wedding industry because she thrives when it comes to working with people and growing connections.

Alaina started as an LW intern – She quickly learned the ropes, and now works as not only a lead planner + designer, but Danielle’s right hand + executive assistant. When Alaina isn’t working, you can find her at the beach, traveling, working out, watching movies, and listening to music. You may also find her working on a craft project like sewing/scrapbooking and even a little hobby building.

LEAD PLANNER + DESIGNER

Charlotte 

Woolsoncroft

Having spent every childhood summer dashing around Europe and visiting family in the South of France, Charlotte has always possessed a chic and authentic eye. 

As a Los Angeles native who relished countless days on fabulous film and TV sets, she developed an incredible passion and sharp interest in art direction and set design. Charlotte has spent seven years in the wedding industry, jumpstarting her profession at a 4-diamond hotel in Los Angeles. With extensive experience in customer service, Charlotte also brings a patient, warm, and generous approach to every job, making her an absolute pleasure to work with. Not only does she have a keen sense of style, but she’s exceptionally organized and loves spending quality time on her clients to ensure their event exceeds their expectations.

When she’s not coordinating the perfect wedding, Charlotte enjoys spending her time watching historical documentaries, shopping for vintage clothes, baking multi-tiered cakes, or viewing Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the thousandth time.

LOVE NOTES

I had a great experience having Danielle as my full wedding planner. She was always on top of things, returned my emails right away, listened to my requests, and always checked in with me to make sure I wasn’t behind on anything. On the day of my wedding, she made sure everything went smoothly, and when there was an incident with the sparklers, she went out of her way to get glow sticks since sparklers were very hard to find in the remote area our reception was at. She saved our night! Overall, she was an excellent wedding planner!

Seijo Chow

LOVE NOTES

Danielle is fantastic!! She is extremely professional yet will make you feel like you’ve been best friends your whole life. No matter how far away your wedding or event is, she will never prioritize her clients, rather she will always make you feel just as important as someone whose wedding is tomorrow morning. Nevertheless, she delivers to the maximum and does an incredible job at everything!

Darya Inocencio
LOVE NOTES

A wedding day is anything but a regular day and with family and friends wanting every minute of your time it’s tough to keep it together while you’ve been planning the biggest event of your life. To say Danielle and her team made it a breeze is an understatement. Constant updates and options was the name of the game and come day of wedding we didn’t need to worry about anything. Her team is organized, prepared and there wasn’t an issue I needed to hear about because it was resolved before it would have affected us. We had time to not only enjoy our wedding but enjoy the experience of planning a wedding, and that to us is the difference maker. Our memories of our wedding, wedding planning and working with Danielle are all great ones. Thank you Danielle for helping our big day be captured just the way we imagined it.

Oscar & Monica Martinez

LOVE NOTES

Danielle was such a valuable asset on my wedding day! We had her for day-of coordinating. She is super organized and on top of it! She really helped out a lot during the family pictures (I have a large family who was very loud) and she was great at communicating with me. She looked out for details that I wouldn’t even have thought of. I cannot recommend her enough!

Kristen Salazar

LOVE NOTES

Danielle was such a valuable asset on my wedding day! We had her for day-of coordinating. She is super organized and on top of it! She really helped out a lot during the family pictures (I have a large family who was very loud) and she was great at communicating with me. She looked out for details that I wouldn’t even have thought of. I cannot recommend her enough!

KIRSTEN SALAZAR
LOVE NOTES

A wedding day is anything but a regular day and with family and friends wanting every minute of your time it’s tough to keep it together while you’ve been planning the biggest event of your life. To say Danielle and her team made it a breeze is an understatement. Constant updates and options was the name of the game and come day of wedding we didn’t need to worry about anything. Her team is organized, prepared and there wasn’t an issue I needed to hear about because it was resolved before it would have affected us. We had time to not only enjoy our wedding but enjoy the experience of planning a wedding, and that to us is the difference maker. Our memories of our wedding, wedding planning and working with Danielle are all great ones. Thank you Danielle for helping our big day be captured just the way we imagined it.

OSCAR & MONICA MARTINEZ
LOVE NOTES

Danielle, you and your team did a fantastic job! Thank you so much for everything. You really helped keep my head on straight the whole time. Frank and I had a blast! You guys are the best, thank you! …and from the groom: Seriously, Danielle! You were the absolute best, you were amazing! You did such a wonderful job coordinating everything and controlling the chaos. It was so much fun working with you, thanks for helping us maintain our cool. You rock!

MR. & MRS. LIMA

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