Photography by Michael Simon Photography 

Photography by Michael Simon Photography 

 

Our Team

We are so lucky to have a team comprised of four event coordinators and four assistant coordinators with 100+ weddings under our belts. 

 
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Christine Greenberg, boss lady

Christine met her very first bride in 2011 when she leased her an apartment in Richmond. The bride needed a temporary home because her fiance was in a medically-induced coma awaiting a heart transplant. So, she uprooted her life in Chicago to move to Richmond and be near her loved one. Christine bonded with her immediately as she had just lost her fiance the month before to brain cancer.

A bond was created and planning a wedding was a good distraction for both of them. A year later, the groom had a new heart and had made a full recovery, ready to greet his new wife as she walked down the aisle at Pippin Hill Farm + Vineyard in Charlottesville. And a career for Christine was born.

36 weddings later in 2014, Christine opened a bridal boutique with her mother called Urban Set Bride and still continues to plan weddings along with her team.

In 2016, Christine and her husband, Lenny, welcomed their baby boy Ellis into the world. 

At the start of 2017, Christine and her team have coordinated 92 weddings with 33 more booked for the year. 

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Ciera pope
lead coordinator

Ciera was the first person Christine trusted to join the Wood Grain & Lace family in the summer of 2014. She has since coordinated over 20 weddings and events on her own and helps train our new staff. She holds an extensive background in sales and customer service, and has over a decade of planning and coordinating experience.

Ciera has planned and executed the logistics for public relations events such as press releases for up and coming designers and grand openings for local restaurants. As a Merchandising graduate of VCU she, and colleagues, produced the very first fashion show to be hosted at the newest atrium of the VMFA. During undergrad, she joined the team of RVA Fashion Week as a stylist, and later participated as a Board Member for four years, holding roles such as Trunk Show Director and Model Manager.

 Ciera prides herself on having strong organizational skills and being an efficient multi-tasker. In addition to being the lead coordinator, she owns and operates Champagne and Cabanas Travel offering travel planning services for clients and those interested in escaping the norms of every day life. Ciera always pays attention to the small details and executing a theme is where she naturally excels.

Ciera enjoys impulsive travel, winery tours, everything about Asian cuisine and spending time with friends and family.

As of Summer 2017, Ciera is now a full-time wedding planner and manages her own travel agency, Champagne and Cabanas. She'd love to help you book your honeymoon, bachelorette party, etc!

noelle younT
EVENT COORDINATOR

Noelle is the most recent addition to our team (joining us in early 2017) and comes with an extensive knowledge of the wedding industry and hotel hospitality.

Noelle initially started her career in the kitchen, working as an Assistant Pastry Chef in Charlottesville, VA. Her love for catering led her to a career in Hospitality, specifically in the field of Catering and Events. Noelle spent 14 years in the hospitality industry, working for many well-known venues including the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, VA, The Richmond Coliseum, Richmond Centerstage, Altria Theater, Starwood Hotels and a leader on the opening team of Quirk Hotel. Noelle worked alongside WGL for many of the weddings at Quirk Hotel and that is when she realized that wedding planning may be her true passion. 

In addition to wedding planning, Noelle is also the owner of Gifted, a design focused business that provides welcome bags and bridal party gifts for weddings. She loves spending time with her partner and her 11 year old daughter, and she especially loves shopping and sourcing unique and locally made products for her gift boxes.

As a venue coordinator, Noelle averaged 18-20 weddings per year in addition to rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, corporate events and overnight room blocks. She is an excellent problem solver and she prides herself on the relationships that she builds with her clients as well as the network of vendor relationships that she has developed throughout her career. With a background in hospitality as well event planning, Noelle likes to help you create a wedding weekend, not just a wedding day.

 

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Heather kemman
event coordinator

Heather joined our team in the summer of 2015 as an intern and has far exceeded our expectations. She has already done 8 events on her own and has a hefty schedule for 2017.

With a background as a Craft Service Professional and Art Director in the film world,Heather strives to brings a creative and organized approach to event planning. Bringing her experience of executing large projects and focus, her goal is to see your vision shine!

Educated in Journalism, English and Art History at Randolph Macon and VCU on a swimming scholarship she fell into film work in 2011 and has freelanced since. Lover of good food, cake icing, all the top 40 hits of the 1990's and especially books.

Heather has lived in Richmond since 2003 and met her husband here in 2011. They live in Montrose and have a happy little girl who loves the water like her mom and dancing to the Beach Boys! She loves to see family come together and hopes to share in the joy of your big day.

Heather joined our team in Spring 2015 and was on a fast track to become a full-time planner. As of 2017, Heather is now handling coordination and design for 15-20 clients a year. She is a clear leader on our team and we feel lucky to have her. 

 

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Keneil Rainey

Our lead assistant and ray of sunshine on your wedding day.