Melissa + Thomas // April 2017
My husband and I worked with Heather Kemman at WGL and selected the Day-of-Coordinator option. We cannot say enough about how absolutely wonderful she is! I'm an event planner by profession so we spent a good amount of time searching for someone I could really trust to bring our vision to life as opposed to enacting their own vision. (However, I have no doubt that Heather could create a vision for a couple as well if that was something the client desired.) We must have met with 10 different planners before meeting Heather. I felt instantly comfortable with Heather. She has a calm confidence that is really steadying to a high strung and particular bride. She asked all the right questions and made sure my husband and I really had thought through everything. She provided constructive suggestions on areas we needed support on without judgement. Heather was very responsive throughout the planning process. I always felt she had a pulse on everything that was going on. She maintained regular contact with all of my vendors and made sure we didn't have any unanswered questions or loose ends. We encountered issues with some of our vendors in the 11th hour and Heather was instrumental in resolving these hiccups. She displayed the utmost professionalism and remained calm and collected while working to find a mutual solution. The wedding day was absolutely perfect. Every tiny thing went exactly as planned or better. Heather and her assistant ran the entire event smoothly and professionally from behind the scenes. As my mother put it, "Heather seemed to be completely out of sight until you needed something and then she was right there anticipating your question." We couldn't have dreamed up a better person to work with on our big day. Heather and her team truly made our wedding the perfect experience. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a trustworthy, kind and confident guide to support you in planning and executing your wedding."
Bride - 90 day wrap up by Heather
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Tess + Matt // March 2017
"Christine is a professional and a class act who takes the guesswork out of your wedding day. I had a wedding to plan in about six weeks, and while I’m the kind of spreadsheet nerd who enjoys getting all the details together myself, I immediately went to Wood Grain & Lace to see if they’d be available to do my day-of coordinating. Christine was knowledgeable, responsive, and brought all of her experience to bear in terms of what works and what doesn’t work. She provided thoughtful ideas about points I may not have covered yet in my planning, and made sure that we walked through the day-of schedule ahead of time to keep us on the same page. Christine is there to take the stress out of your day with a good old-fashioned dose of preparedness, and she will do that regardless of all the last-minute things that inevitably pop up. Her humor and candor are invaluable when you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of details. As you’re planning an event that looms comically large in your mind, she will remind you to breathe and bring you back down to earth. She will bolster you and encourage you to follow through with the things you and your fiancé / fiancée truly want to remember when you look back on your wedding, outside pressures be damned. On my wedding day she showed up with a smile on her face, completed all those day-of tasks that would have otherwise swallowed up my time, corralled family members and attendants to where they needed to be, and answered any questions so that I didn’t have to. Her assistant, Brandi, also did a great job and added a welcome set of hands and an added sense of calm to the day. Thanks to them I just hung out, concentrated on getting dressed and ready, and walked out totally unstressed. If you’re ready for some organized, knowledgeable, grown-up boss ladies to take care of you and vanquish all the nonsense out of your wedding day, you’re ready for Wood Grain & Lace."
Bride - 90 day wrap up by Christine
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Betsy + Tyler // October 2016
"Christine was a dream to work with! She is the definition of a boss lady and I always felt that she and I worked as a true team to nail our wedding. I had a vision and she helped me execute it to a tee. She is extremely organized, focused, and detail oriented. Even though she was extremely busy (and not to mention had a baby during our planning process) she always made me feel like her only client! She kept me on track and made sure that nothing slipped through the cracks. She was always available and easy to get in touch with if I had a question or needed anything!! Our wedding went off without a hitch in large part due to the Christine's diligence and coordination! Simply put, Wood Grain and Lace is the absolute best I can not recommend them enough!!!"
Bride - Partial Planning by Christine
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Sara + Tracy // November 2016
"My wife and I loved our experience with a Christine from Wood Grain & Lace Events. We choose to hire her for full wedding planning for our intimate, autumn wedding in Richmond. She really exceeded all of our expectations. Especially as a same sex couple, we felt right at home with Christine and her team. She did so much more than just set up site visits for us, she suggested options I hadn't found after weeks of research. And she accompanied me on each walk through and asked all the right questions. As a result she helped to ensure we thoughtfully weighed all of our options for both our ceremony and our reception. She didn't just speak with vendors, she guided us through what vendors we should be booking and at what time in the planning process. Her recommendations for vendors made us feel confident signing every contract, because although this was our time with these vendors, it wasn't hers! And finally, budget. She didn't just give us access to budget tools, she helped us evaluate where our money would be best spent and even secured us discounts with some vendors! Her expertise in this industry is truly what you are paying for and it's well worth it. She was our ally and friend through this process. In an industry that encourages brides to over-spend and over-please, Christine gave us permission to plan the wedding we wanted. With her help we kept it small, intimate and stress free!
Brides - Full Planning by Christine
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Moira + Nadjeeb // October 2016
"Ciera was an amazing wedding planner. She is kind, flexible, capable, and trustworthy. I knew immediately upon meeting her that she would be fantastic at her job. I was so calm on my wedding day because I knew that she would handle any and all problems that arose. She did a fantastic job working with my vendors, so much so that I didn't give a thought to anything but enjoying myself the day of the wedding. Go for the trifecta and use Wood Grain and Lace, get an Urban Set dress, and use the brilliant Amanda Burnette as a florist."
Bride - Partial Planning by Ciera
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Lauren + Chase // August 2016
"Chase and I really appreciate our planner's organization and understanding of our vision for our day. We had already chosen most of our vendors and it was nice to hand over contact to her as she stayed in touch and coordinated with them. We valued having a planner that could be our eyes and ears especially as we were planning our day from afar. Heather gave of confidence in her as she offered to take on things that would have otherwise been stressful. She is so easy-going and competent and our day could not have turned out as smoothly and perfect without her!"
Bride - 90 day wrap up package by Heather
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Rachel + Ted // August 2016
"Once we decided on a wedding in Richmond there was no question that we were going to check out Wood Grain & Lace, especially as we would be planning with one of us (the bride) in Chicago. We knew we wanted a coordinator who would be accessible, but not pushy, trying to up-sell us on things we didn’t want. In our first meeting with Christine we knew we wanted to hire her to do partial planning. She was easy-going, interested in us, what we really wanted out of our wedding, and someone we liked on a personal level. During our planning Christine became pregnant (something she told us might happen before we even hired her!) and Ciera stepped in. To help with the transition, Christine made sure we felt comfortable with Ciera, who we love! When we had our first on-site visit of our venue, Christine and Ciera both came and knew every question to ask the vendors. They were extremely organized and thought of every last detail. Access to the online wedding planner also helped up track and plan our own progress with the wedding plans and monitor our budget.
In that final month before the wedding when you start to feel all the pressures of final details, family, RSVP worries, etc. Ciera was there to put everything together. I don’t know how we would have managed if Ciera hadn’t been putting together the timeline, sharing all the information with the vendors, making sure vendors would be where they are supposed to be, and a hundred other things we never even saw or worried about because she was there.
They allowed us to focus on what we really wanted to focus on, preparing for marriage, rather than just the wedding. We had so much fun the day wedding and Ciera and her team made that happen. We didn’t worry about anything the day of because she was there. And they were so fun to have around! We cannot say enough good about this team. HIRE THEM NOW!"
Bride - Partial Planning by Christine + Ciera
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Angie + JP // May 2016
"Christine and her team are top-notch. I was never the girl who hung a pillowcase on the back of her head and dreamed of her wedding day so it was very difficult for me to put one foot in front of the other and get my wedding planned. Christine was a gentle hand on my back always pushing me forward. Every vendor she recommended was outstanding and I leaned on her quite a bit when it came to using her contacts -- she had to stake her reputation on both her team's services and the services of most of the vendors we used which I'm sure is a lot of pressure for a planner.
On the day-of many things went wrong (it rained all day), as with every wedding, and Christine made sure to keep everything running as smoothly as possible and the burden away from us. Besides having excellent taste, Christine is very pragmatic. Her advice was always honest (and golden) and every step in the process she warned would cause us stress she prepared us for.
What I think is the most remarkable thing about Christine and my experience working with her, is that we felt she really understood us personally and knew how to manage us in a way that was productive and caring. I felt like she had my back throughout the entire process; feeling alone in this was the hardest part of the planning process for many of my friends who didn't have a planner (and some who did). Our wedding was truly awesome and I will always treasure the role Christine and Wood Grain & Lace Events played in making that happen for us."
Bride - Full Planning by Christine
Posted on WeddingWire
Melanie + Zach // May 2016
"Christine and her team made the entire wedding planning process absolutely easy & stress-free (which I imagine isn't always the case with a wedding in Virginia that you're planning from Seattle). Even though my husband and I couldn't be in Virginia 90% of the time while deciding on things like locations, we felt at ease and like we could completely trust her expertise and experience with local vendors & business owners without us having to meet them. She was easy to communicate with, honest, organized & best of all calm the whole time.
From the start I felt like she knew the type of wedding we wanted, and she helped us pull together the exact type of celebration we were hoping for. She was also great at understanding our standards on budget and didn't pressure us into spending outside of that, which made us feel incredibly confident that she had our best interests at hand. Christine and her team are absolute pros & I completely recommend them whether you're planning local or long-distance!"
Bride - Full Planning by Christine
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