hello beautiful

 

My name is Chante (“Tae” for short), and I am the face behind Forever Taeken Weddings & Events.

I am a wife, believer, adventurer, hiker, and mom to the world’s most adorable pup. I start my monings by reading my bible, praying, drinking fresh lemon tea, and walking my sweet puppy. I end each day with a grateful heart and feel so blessed to do what I love!

I love Haagan Dazs ice cream & watching sappy love stories on the Hallmark Channel (Especially during the Holidays!). My guilty pleasure include singing Christmas songs in October, eating a whole bag of trader joe’s plantain chips in one sitting (It’s a small-ish bag), and having random dance parties in the car with my husband.

Can’t wait to meet you in person!

xoxo,
Chante Gulley | Owner + Lead Planner


our mission

Our mission is to lead the way for you to be a guest at your wedding.

our journey

The business name "Forever Taeken Weddings & Events" is my name, “Tae” (Chante), and my husband's name, “Ken” (Kenneth), together. In college, all of our friends and family called us Taeken. On our wedding day, we both ended with, “And now we are forever taeken” because marriage lasts forever! :) Naturally, this became the business name. The company started in 2016 and I always dreamed of a company where everyone felt valued especially our clients. Wedding planning is such an emotional experience, and I want to create a warm atmosphere so that all of our couples feel comfortable and cared for.

giving back

Along the journey, I knew that giving back would be a huge part of this company and I am humbled to say that each wedding booked saves homeless children in India. I cofound a nonprofit called The Children of Promise, where we work with the local community in India to provide housing, education, and all the love in the world to the homeless children.

 

the team

Our team is exceptional and will always keep the brides interest at heart.

 

heather uhler

Associate Planner + Coordinator

Weddings have always been my favorite. The glitz and glamour, the music and dancing, the love and the joy beaming from each and every person in the room... But most of all, I love making things pretty! Helping a couple bring their wedding vision to life gets me all excited and squealy!!

When I'm not planning with a couple or coordinating a wedding, you can find me crafting with my son, cooking (or eating!) something yummy, adventuring outdoors with my little family (our Akita, Chief, included!), volunteering at my church, or singing my heart out - in the shower, in the car, karaoke... you name it!

If I could give any newly engaged couple a bit of advice, it would be - DON'T be afraid to ask for help! Work together with your soon-to-be spouse and your wedding team to get things done. Things will run a lot smoother and be WAY more enjoyable, not only along the process but on the wedding day! I am newly married and although I have been planning weddings for almost 5 years, planning my own wedding was quite the adventure. I couldn't have done it without my fabulous wedding team, and I hope we can work together to make your wedding day a success too!

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michelle castillo

Associate Planner + Coordinator

As a UCSB alumnus, my experience in organizing mass social events led me to my career as a professional wedding planner. I'm an expert at wrangling flower girls, pinning bouts and have an eye for simple yet elegant design. 

My attention to detail and forward thinking makes me the perfect match for our couples on wedding days. 

A few of my favorite personal things are going to the beach, hiking, seafood and playing with my three poodle-ish babes. 

I can't wait to be there for you at your wedding!