Today we have a wonderful interview with Pennsylvania-based Danielle Pasternak Wedding Coordination! Read more about “dpnak”‘s advice and guilty pleasures below…

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

My full name is Danielle Pasternak, but most of the internet knows me as “dpnak” which is a little mixture of my first and last names. Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, my business is a wedding coordination company offering different stress-easing options for local brides-to-be as they plan their wedding day.

See more of the interview and images after the cut…

How did you get into wedding planning?

For two decades, I spent every spare minute of my time dancing. Classical ballet, tap, jazz, you name it. I loved to dance. I loved the theatre. And above all else, I absolutely loved being backstage at a show. After a few injuries, I decided to quit every job I had and drive across the country and back in what would be a 41-day adventure. On that trip, I did some soul searching (and sightseeing) to discover that my skills, talents and passion fit perfectly within the wedding world – not to mention my obsession with weddings. In 2009, I dove in head first and haven’t looked back since.

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What’s your favorite part of the job?

I have several favorites. My top picks would be first and foremost my clients. They are the winds to my sails and the reason why I love what I do. Their smiles and gratitude at the end of the night makes it all worth while. A more selfish favorite is creating timelines. I love organizing and making lists and building my clients’ timeline of their wedding day (which takes months to do) is my guilty pleasure.

Photo by Swoon Over It Photography

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

To anyone who is new or looking to jump into the industry, I recommend chatting with some of your local pros. Be honest and upfront about the reason for your chat (do NOT pretend to be a bride) and thank them sincerely for any help they can give you. Another bit of advice is that you must first want to own your own business. I’m a business owner first and a wedding planner second. If you flip it around, you will most likely fail.

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What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

Ah, hobbies and activities would definitely include dancing, reading, spending time with my pup, Mollie and my man, Mr. Blue Eyes. Of course, I love shopping, crafting, tweeting and just about anything that requires fun. I’m also a big fan of laughing.

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Any great stories from working with a client?

Oh my goodness: so many! I would feel terrible picking just one. Some great memories would definitely include Hurricane Irene, a hospital out in Pittsburgh, yellow billy balls, red, white and blue flags, a Cinderella cake, homemade rosemary salt, a beautiful lake, a greek band, and a bouquet wrapped in tartans. Just to name a few…

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What is your current favorite color combination?

I will always be a fan of the color yellow. It makes me smile from ear to ear. So obviously, the grey and yellow color scheme is dear to my heart.

Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I rarely put too much emphasis on “trends” because they come and go. I like to focus more on what makes my client unique from the next bride and groom. The fact that couples are starting to remove traditions they don’t agree with or have a strong feeling towards and are adding elements that are important to them is great to see. The more we create days that memorable and not just full of “to-do’s” the happier I will be! (And I’m a big fan of to-do’s so that’s saying something).

Thanks Danielle! To see more, check out her WeddingPlannerLove profile, or head straight to her website.