Staff Profile: Danielle Fox, Special Events Manager
Less than a month to plan a big wedding? For most of us, this would be just cause for a nervous breakdown. For Danielle Fox, it’s what makes her job the best gig on Vancouver Island.
“We had a call just last week from a bride who wants us to help her pull her wedding together by July 5,” says the Wickaninnish Inn’s Special Events Manager (and head Wedding Planner). “THIS is why I do what I do. The challenge of making the perfect day for a bride in less than a month is exhilarating and more fun than a Say Yes to the Dress marathon day.”
Danielle, who is an avid yogi in her spare time, has been assisting brides at the Inn for more than two years. She can arrange a wedding big or small, on the beach, in the woods or in a private dining room. Working with Virginia Peukert our elopement coordinator they can even organize a perfectly romantic elopement for more intimate celebrations, complete with witnesses and the all-important marriage licence. With Executive Chef Warren Barr, they will plan a perfect menu, and with their local connections, they will assist with arranging everything from hair and makeup to the flowers, photography, ceremony, reception, activities for the guests, and even the honeymoon brunch.
“Obviously the views are stunning, which makes the Inn a great location for a wedding, but few know that our team can customize each wedding so it is perfectly suited to the couple and their guests,” Danielle says.
“We recently hosted a group for 25 people featuring an entirely custom-made vegan menu for all. Last year a bride wanted to achieve a ‘classy country’ feel to her wedding. The outdoor wedding amidst the old growth forest included hay bales wrapped in fine white linen,” she recalls. “The more interesting the idea, the more creative our team can become with flowers, sometimes even hanging them in the rainforest, as well as unique food options and charming ceremony locations in and around the Inn.”
Danielle and her team follow the planning process from the beginning to the very end, balancing a flair for creativity with the practical skills to get the job done, beautifully on time, even with less than a month’s notice.
After all, as Danielle likes to say, “Dream as if you will live forever. Live like there’s no tomorrow.”
If you want some help planning your special day at the Inn, call 1-800-333-4604 or visit www.wickinn.com/weddings.