client compliments

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Nora + Milind // August 2019

“A lot of people talk about how stressful planning a wedding can be, but I honestly could never really relate! I attribute this relative sense of calm to working with Heather and the Hive Collective.

Simply put, Heather's organizational skills, sense of composure, and creative vision made for what felt like a dream wedding.

She assembled an exquisite team--from the caterers to the DJ--who collaborated to put on a ceremony and reception that felt just right and true to me and my now-husband. Throughout the planning process, it was clear how much the various vendors respect and admire her professionalism.

Of course, when you're having an outdoor wedding you're taking a risk. Luckily for us, it was a spectacular day with perfect weather. Having said that, Heather always had a proactive back-up plan and was one step ahead of us. Even if there were a monsoon, I'm sure that she would have made that an amazing event, too.

Throughout the evening, Heather's steady presence was such a comfort. Her lovely assistant Noelle inspired so much confidence, too. I never had to worry about logistics because I trusted everything would go well--and it did!

But enough from me. I am happy to quote others on Heather's brilliance:

- When I arrived at the wedding venue on the big day, the manager told me, "When I see Heather's name on the schedule, I always breathe a sigh of relief and know it's going to be an amazing event."

- After the last dance of the reception, one guest ran up to me and said, "Your wedding planner is amazing! My shoe broke and she lent me hers!"

- The day after the wedding, my dad said it best: "Heather hit it out of the park!"

Be kind to yourself so you can enjoy your big day and focus on the important things, like family, friends, and love: go with Hive Collective!”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Heather
Posted on WeddingWire

Julia + Michael // August 2019

“Noelle was an absolute must-have for our wedding. Words cannot describe how much of an asset she was for making our day run completely smooth. The entire 90 days leading up to the wedding, she was incredibly organized, available, and helpful for EVERY little thing we needed. Her personality is incredible-- she is calm yet assertive and can get things done. Brides- trust me, you will want a wedding planner who your personality will mesh well with but who also is 10 steps ahead and knows the wedding industry- Noelle is THE woman!”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Noelle
Posted on WeddingWire

Emily + Andrew // July 2019
”Ciera was an absolute gem and dream come true! She was our 90-Day Coordinator, and we knew we were in great hands the entire time—she is truly an expert in her field. She handled everything with careful attention, ease, and kept us laughing the whole way through! Ciera kept the rehearsal on a tight and organized schedule, and her timeline for the wedding day was incredibly thorough. She was great to collaborate with and provided such crucial insight on run of show for ceremony and reception—she was a guiding light for sure.

On our wedding day, Ciera and her assistant Noelle were so organized and provided such a calming presence for us. Whenever we felt like we needed a drink for a toast or just to have fun, we turned around and they were right there with drinks at the ready! Not once did we feel lost or confused about what we were supposed to do next, we felt guided and flexible to do our own thing at the same time—it was truly the perfect balance. Throughout the whole process, Ciera was extremely responsive and kept us moving right along when we were trying to make final decisions.

On a personal note, Ciera's personality and warmth were what made our experience so much more meaningful. She's the type of person we want to keep in touch with. We highly recommend Ciera and The Hive Wedding Collective!!”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Ciera
Posted on WeddingWire

Kate + John // July 2019

“My (now) husband and I live in California, but as soon as we got engaged we knew we wanted to get married in the east coast where we were from. After we picked our venue, we knew we needed major help. We interviewed with several wedding planners over the phone, but in our first minute of chatting with Heather, I put her on a quick mute and told my husband I am obsessed with her and she’s it. She was hands down the best decision we made regarding our wedding.

During planning, Heather every step of the way was a joy to work with. She is so talented, organized, and truly listens to what you want. When we came to VA a few times before the wedding, Heather would always drive 2+ hours to meet us at our appointments with a big smile (even when she was suffering from Pneumonia!). That’s who Heather is: dedicated, cool under pressure, and charismatic. We had our caterer and DJ back out on us which was a nightmare, especially being across the country. However, Heather squared everything away and we ended up getting vendors even better for the same price. She is so well connected, respected, and well liked in her industry it felt like she was our fairy godmother. She always gets it done!

Leading up to the wedding, being so far away, and being a very type A personality, caused me to have anxiety - not because of Heather, but because I was so not in control and that’s hard for me. Every time I would feel the panic set in, Heather would instantly make time for me, reassure me, and I would hang up feeling like I just went to the spa I felt so at ease and relaxed.

Our outdoor July wedding ended up being during a heat wave with a 115 index. Heather very quickly made a game plan and within one day we had rental A/C units, umbrellas, and fans. Like I said earlier, she gets sh*t done!

The day of was an absolute dream. Everything was absolutely gorgeous. Our family loved Heather and her calming presence and complimented us on choosing such a great planner. Our wedding was filled with family and friends of all different ages, races, orientations, and religions who kept coming up to us to say, and I believed them, this was the best and most beautiful wedding they had ever been to. To that, we owe it all to Heather. Now that our wedding is over, we miss her!”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Heather
Posted on the Knot

Betsy + Dan // June 2019
It's hard to find words to do justice to this incredible team. I'm a fairly organized person, and have planned and implemented plenty of events for my work, so I thought I'd have a handle on the wedding logistics and wouldn't need a planner. Hah. We originally hired Heather on for design coordination for our wedding last September, as we felt the area we needed the most help was crafting the decor. She was responsive, professional, creative, and had amazing ideas for conveying the look and feel we imagined.

Cut to the week of the wedding, when Hurricane Florence approached and our venue cancelled. We were devastated and lost, and Heather immediately stepped in to lay out our options, even though it was above and beyond her role to do so. Her involvement during that week was critical in communicating with vendors, canceling orders, and keeping us calm - I honestly think her support, both logistically and as a compassionate human, was the key in helping us through that experience with minimal distress - She saved us a ton of money in cancelled contracts, and coordinated with everyone to find one day nine months out that worked for every single vendor (a dang miracle, seriously). But nine months was a long time and we didn't want to wait to make things official, so we hired Heather again to fully coordinate a December elopement with just our parents. It was festive, cozy, intimate, comforting, and magically designed - everything we could have imagined. The fact that she made time in her schedule between September and December to make that happen for us meant so much.

As the outdoor wedding re-do rolled around in June, we were sold on using Heather for full 90 day coordination. She communicated with all of our vendors, put together a perfect timeline, and paid attention to all of the details including both design and logistics. It took so much pressure off of me to just be able to enjoy the lead-up and day-of, which is worth every penny and more. The day of the wedding, I could hardly believe that I was just enjoying time with my friends and family while Heather set up our dream wedding. All of the small details came together in such a beautiful way, and it could not have looked more perfect. If there were any hiccups, I wasn't aware of them - Heather kept everything running so smoothly. You hear stories of all the little things that may go wrong on a wedding day and how stressful it can be, so I was prepared to have to problem solve, but it honestly was stress-free, due entirely to her and our all-star vendor team. If you're on the fence about planning services, do yourself the kindness of having a conversation with this team. I think after meeting them, you'll be convinced. Simply the best.”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Heather
Posted on Google

Caitlin + Pat // May 2019
We used The Hive Wedding Co for their Full Planning package and I HIGHLY recommend it for future brides. Ciera is truly amazing! When I came to her for our first meeting, I had literally no idea what I wanted in a wedding. Not being from the area with no family around, I had no idea where to start. After giving Ciera our general vision, she hit the ground running – setting up meetings with vendors, answering our 1 million (really) questions and advising us with her professional opinion. When I had trouble envisioning the big picture, she was right there to ensure that they had it covered. And when I wanted to change ALL of my linens 3 weeks before our big day, she worked through it with me for 2 HOURS at the rental store and made it happen, despite challenges with inventory. The vision that she executed was absolutely flawless – everything from the food to the DJ to the flowers to the lighting was exactly what I envisioned. And she did so with our budget in mind. On our wedding day, Ciera handled every single detail from set up to take down and everything in between. I never had to worry about any logistics detail knowing that she had it handled. I know she did even more behind the scenes that I’m not even aware of! She made sure we were always taken care of and I am so grateful for everything they did to make our day special.”

Bride - Design + Coordination by Ciera

Sara + Aaron // May 2019
Take it from someone who plans events for a living, Noelle and her crew were completely necessary and incredible in their help to pull our wedding together. If you need someone to help give you forethought on your special day, helping to plan the layout, communicating with vendors and just overall organization, The Hive is a great company to work with. I cannot recommend Noelle and her crew enough for the professionalism and execution they provided to us. They made the difference in our wedding day going smoothly and took a lot of stress off of our plates leading up to and on the day of, you won't regret it. Thank you so much!”

Groom - Coordination + Design by Heather
Posted on Google

Pani + Gavin // April 2019
”We used Christine's services for the 90 day wrap-up and our biggest regret, was not getting to her sooner and using her to help us with the wedding planning earlier!

We just got married in April at Dover Hall and the entire wedding weekend was amazing! We owe so much of that to Christine at The Hive. Christine is efficient, responsive, direct and a boatload of fun. She understood and appreciated our priorities and kept us focused and stayed true to our goals. She is honest and told us what we could forego but also advised us on what she believed could enhance the wedding experience for our guests. Ultimately, she always left the decision up to us or otherwise, took the initiative and made the decision for us if we did not care one way or another. It was the precise level of input, involvement and decision-making that my husband and I needed and she was absolutely perfect at finding that balance. Christine gets things done. She printed out signs for our wedding, picked up our candle and napkin rentals, and brought some of her own gear that she had that she felt we could use to help us save a few bucks which we truly appreciated.

On the day of our wedding, Christine and her assistant, Keneil, brought the magic and there wasn't a single thing we had to worry about. The timeline was finessed, the tables were set, decor done, everyone was where they needed to be and I had not a worry in the world! She also had a very good pulse on everything that was happening throughout the day and evening, and a very good pulse on everyone as well, which made our timeline and schedule completely air-tight. Christine worked really well with all of the vendors and they all think the world of her. She is truly the best and I would not hesitate to strongly recommend her wedding planning services.”

Bride + Groom - Coordination + Design by Christine
Posted on Google

Kenzi + Beau // April 2019
“If there's one thing to have at your wedding-- it's a wedding coordinator. If there's one wedding coordinator to have at your wedding-- it's one from The Hive Wedding Collective. Ciera, GIRL! I don't think our day could have gone any smoother-- I wouldn't change a thing. I'm a wedding photographer, so I knew from the very beginning we'd be hiring a wedding coordinator.

My now husband and I chose a date a lot sooner than we anticipated, therefore we had 3 months to plan this thing. Ciera was the first and best decision we made. I absolutely adore her spunky attitude, she's up front, no BS, and super informative. Since there were only 3 months to plan, we went with the 90 Day Wrap Up package. She was there when I needed her, met me at Rent-E-Quip (another MUST vendor) to help decide on tablescapes and other rentals. They were a huge help in keeping us within budget. She was in constant contact with all my vendors, found LAST MINUTE lighting when the other fell through, and designed ONE HELL of a timeline for the day.

One of my bridesmaids was my florist, and she told me that Ciera was the most helpful coordinator she's ever worked with. I heard from multiple people that Ciera consistently offered her hands to help, even when they were full. Our guests, wedding party, and parents couldn't stop raving about how much they loved her. She brought us our signature cocktails while we were doing portraits AND HELD THE CUP WHILE I SIPPED. I was worried about my pantyline showing in my dress and SHE REACHED UP MY DRESS AND FIXED IT.

Ciera was attentive, HILARIOUS (which is a must for my group), and sassy strict when she needed (and we needed) her to be. THE REALEST OF THE REAL. A+++. The Hive Wedding Collective ladies will be the best decision you make if you want a worry-free wedding day. Ciera, we LOVE you! I've never used this many CAPS in a review.”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Ciera
Posted on Google

Maura + Mitch // March 2019
To be perfectly honest, I didn't think I needed a wedding planner. I was quickly proven wrong - having someone there to help me avoid pitfalls, focus my efforts, keep my budget on track, & be both supportive yet practical was truly an incomparable experience. Christine & her team were the most incredible team to work with throughout the entire wedding planning process. From finding the perfect dress, to organizing all the little details, & finally pulling together the most spectacular wedding day. Christine goes above and beyond! She was communicative & helpful the whole way through, gave us wonderful advice & helpful tips, all while keeping in mind our vision & expectations for what our day would hold. Not only is she a magician through her work & professionalism, but she was also, & most importantly, our saving grace - keeping us sane & organized on our wedding day.

My heart goes out to The Hive Wedding Collective and specifically to Christine Greenberg for putting together such a beautiful, meaningful, & unforgettable experience. HIGHLY recommended to any bride.”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Christine
Posted on Google


Alero + Emmanuel // March 2019
“Ciera at the Hive Wedding Collective a GEM of a wedding planner! After trying to plan my wedding solo in 3 months, I wisened up fast and decided to find a real expert. 

From the first call, I picked up on Ciera’s expertise, confidence and good naturedness. She had a positive energy about her that was simply infectious. She was super helpful when it came to recommending other vendors that I was struggling to find. She found me an amazing makeup artist, a DJ with experience playing to Nigerian weddings and an affordable limo service that was quality and in my budget. 

She worked very well to coordinate the big day down to the minute and worked well with all the different vendors - I did not have to worry about a thing on the day of and just spent the whole morning getting ready and hanging out with my bridal party. She was flexible where we needed it and adamant on the planning areas that would ensure we had a smooth day. 

In the end, my wedding was even more joyful, exciting and beautiful than I had imagined. It’s been about 2 months and my friends and family are STILL talking about how special the day was for them. I am beyond grateful for Ciera’s work and encourage anyone who wants a wonderful wedding to give her call!”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Ciera
Posted on WeddingWire

Harley + James // January 2019
“We hired Heather in the middle of moving from out of state, when we definitely needed some help getting ourselves together. From the very first phone conversation while we were still living in New York to the wedding itself in Richmond, Heather could not have been more personable and professional. I felt like she understood us very quickly, our preferences and styles, and used great judgment throughout every step.

From speaking to friends who have used other planners, this can be a tough balance to strike - maintaining a degree of seriousness and boundaries while supporting clients with such an intimate process. I cannot imagine anyone managing this type of feat better than Heather. She was excellent both in communication with us as well as our vendors. All of her e-mails and conversations were clear and structured with follow-up items that were always followed through with, and often to extra mile at that. The day of, everyone couldn't stop commenting on how calm and collected she was, and how she lent a sense of stability to the whole day.

Long story short, I cannot imagine working with a more skillful, intelligent, and intuitive event planner and highly recommend her to anyone embarking on this potentially stressful and emotional process. Whatever your style and preference, I have absolute confidence she will find a way to exceed your expectations.”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Heather
Posted on WeddingWire

Emily + Chris // December 2018
“We hired Christine about 15 months before our wedding and besides getting engaged, it was the best decision we made throughout the entire process! Our venue required that we hire a day-of coordinator, and Christine was highly recommended to us. After our first meeting with her, we knew we needed her for more than just her 90 day coordination package. We hired Christine for partial planning (we didn't do full planning because we had already found our venue). Both her knowledge of the wedding world and expertise regarding vendors/quotes/etc. were INVALUABLE. For the amount of work she'll do for your wedding, she's a total steal. Just stop reading this review right now and hire her.

Throughout our engagement, our lives were the definition of crazy. I finished law school, studied for and took the bar exam, and moved to another state to start a new job. My now-husband left his job and followed me to start a new career as well. At least once a week during out engagement, we recognized that if we didn't have Christine, our wedding probably wouldn't have happened. I'm incredibly type A, but I also get overwhelmed somewhat easily. Christine was always there to orient me, calm me down, and tell me how ahead of schedule we were. I knew I could text, call, or email her any question and she was always so quick (kind of mind-blowingly quick) to respond. Christine was always great about presenting us with options so we could just point and choose. Let's not forget Christine's most important skill: wrangling humans. Whether it be vendors, your drunk uncle, or every single wedding guest, Christine gets it done. We had some hiccups with a couple vendors and Christine was SO GOOD about straightening everything out so I didn't have to. Every dollar will be well spent with Christine guiding you.

We are so incredibly thankful that Christine was by our side for 15 months of wedding crazy, and she's one detail from our wedding that we would choose every time over. Thank you, Christine, for putting up with our crazy. We love you dearly!”

Bride - Design + Coordination by Christine
Posted on Google

Elizabeth + Jake // December 2018
”Christine was the first vendor I hired because I was completely overwhelmed with the choices and venues and didn't know where to start. On top of that, I was beginning a new job as a lawyer and didn't have much time to handle planning a wedding myself. Christine was able to suggest top 3 vendors for everything we needed which made my choices throughout the process so much easier.

When Hurricane Florence was projected to wreck Richmond, Christine called already prepared with a back up plan and made the whole experience a lot easier (or as easy as postponing your wedding can be!) Day of, Christine kept everything on schedule and made sure everything was handled. She made our reception space look BEAUTIFUL and I was just so pleased with how everything turned out.

Overall, Christine was the right fit for me because she was straightforward and knows how to lead you to the right vendors for your event. Her laid back personality kept me grounded and balanced out my stress! I honestly didn't have a worry in the world on my wedding day because I knew any issues Christine would handle. You can't go wrong with The Hive. Thanks for everything lady!!”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Christine
Posted on the Knot

Ashleigh + Steven // November 2018
”My husband and I were fortunate enough to work with Heather. Heather was an absolute dream. She helped us consider dozens of details we never would have thought of until the day of our wedding, she assisted us in finding vendors that fit our tastes and budget, she kept all of our vendors updated with changes and our timeline. Day of everything was executed flawlessly. If there were ever any hiccups we never knew about them and Heather took care of them. If you want significantly less stress and a seamless event, hire Heather - easily one of the best decisions we have made!”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Heather
Posted on WeddingWire

Christine + Michael // September 2018
”I hired Noelle for her partial planning services 6 months before my September 15th wedding. The vendors she recommended were superb and she was responsive to all my questions and concerns during the planning process. I was so glad I had Noelle when less than a week before the wedding, we had to move the wedding to an indoor venue because of Hurricane Florence. In a short period of time, she found us a new wedding venue for the same date, kept the vendors off my back and away from the stress, smoothly moved all the vendors to the new venue, and arranged any needed modifications where needed.

On the day of the wedding, she artfully arranged our personal decorations better than I imagined, and kept the event smoothly running and relatively on time. Thanks Noelle for making our day beautiful!”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Noelle
Posted on The Knot

Lane + Rory // September 2018
”Christine from the Hive Wedding Collective totally exceeded any expectations I had. It quickly became apparent that I would need more help than previously thought - originally planning on doing a lot of it myself. Throughout the entire process of planning Christine was there with lists, timelines, to do's. She had lists of tasks for both of us to complete; lists of things that we needed to decide if we were renting, buying, or borrowing; timelines of when things needed to be finalized. All of this was done in a way that was never overwhelming. She took charge, but let my partner and I feel like we were in control and apart of the process, something that was very important to us. When I changed my mind a couple of times, at not the most opportune times, she was totally cool with it and was happy to accommodate whatever it was. This cannot be understated, everything that Christine touched decreased my stress level by astronomical amounts and greatly impacted how smoothly things went day of.

There was a time during planning that did become overwhelming for me, and Christine scheduled a phone call with me. Not knowing how much I needed someone to calm me down and tell me to chill out without directly saying it, Christine did just that. I left that phone call feeling calm and excited again. As I walked down the aisle, adrenaline and nerves pouring out, she walked behind me giving me encouragement and focus. Christine made that moment so much more special for me. I won't ever be able to thank her enough for that.

Christine and her assistant flipped the ceremony space to a reception space and created a cocktail space with less than ideal weather conditions. THIS WOMAN IS MAGIC! The Hive Wedding Collective rules!”

Bride - Coordination + Design by Christine
Posted on WeddingWIre

Mo + Matt // June 2018
"Christine and her team were amazing, from our first phone call I felt connected to her, she got me! I did the 90 day wrap up package and it was seamless, she stepped in and didn't miss a beat, to say she was on top of it was an understatement. I love how connected she is in the RVA wedding scene and you can tell the vendors really love working with her too, it made life so much easier. In a stressful world of wedding planning, Christine's presence puts you at ease, her complete confidence in her craft make all your worries wash away. She handled stressful situations with grace, offered great advice, and made me laugh along the way! Our families were all so thankful for her and assistant, they made the day a dream come true! Not all heroes wear capes, some wear stylish AF tool belts full of magic! Thank you Christine!"

Bride - Coordination + Design by Christine
Posted on WeddingWire

Cait + Phil // May 2018
"Heather was an absolute pleasure to work with for our wedding on May 12, 2018. She was originally recommended by our venue, Seven Springs Farm, and once we met with her we understood why. She listened to what our vision was for the day and helped us to curate the aesthetic we were going for. She offered insightful advice and helped us to edit, in addition to giving us really helpful information about navigating the wedding industry. We eschewed a lot of traditional wedding customs (no cake, no first dance, etc) and not only was she not judgmental, she encouraged us to be true to ourselves!
She really helped out a lot behind the scenes, including coordinating with our rental team at Rent-E-Quip and catering team at MOSAIC. She also made recommendations for finding vendors that matched our style and worked well with the team. She's extremely professional, organized, and calm. Our wedding day went perfectly and Heather was a huge reason why. I'll never forget that during our initial interview, we were talking about logistics and when I was talking about people asking me questions on the day, Heather gently interrupted me and said the only question anyone was going to ask me on the wedding day was if I wanted more champagne because she would know the answer to any other question. She was true to her word and more. We love Heather!"

Bride - Coordination + Design by Heather
Posted on WeddingWire

Maggie + Justin // April 2018

"I genuinely don't think the wedding would have been the day my now-husband and I had hoped for without Ciera from the Hive Wedding Collective. Let's start at the beginning: Ciera was with us from Day 1. We interviewed other planners, but no one seemed to care as much about us as individuals/a couple as Ciera, only about the aesthetics and $$. Ciera listened to how we saw our relationship, then transformed that into how the day would look and feel. The middle: Ciera was with us through it all. She answered calls and emails promptly unless she was out of the office, which she always told us about in advance. She handled unresponsive vendors with ease.

Take, for example, one of our most frustrating vendors, who let us sign a contract then stopped answering calls or emails. Rather than throw up her hands or go crazy like I would have, Ciera just drove on over to the vendor until he answered all her/our questions. Ciera connected us to vendors she's worked with before, but she never pushed us to use anyone she knew. She also never tried to push our budget beyond where we wanted.

Finally, the day of: wow. I'm not a prototypical blushing bride who has been dreaming of The Big Fairy Tale Day for decades, but I've got to say that with Ciera's help, we pulled off the dreamiest day of my life so far. She was a constant presence in the background, always ready to check in on the state of the flowers, the food, my sanity, etc. She set up the reception venue, and it was Instagram-worthy perfection. When I didn't like a song the DJ was playing, Ciera handled it. She brought food and wine to me before I knew I needed it. I know she did a thousand things that day that I never saw, but I'm so grateful to her and Keneil (her day-of assistant) for everything they did to make our day so amazing.

Final word of advice to new brides/grooms from a now-wife/husband of a whole 4 days: HIRE THE HIVE!"

Bride - Coordination + Design by Ciera
Posted on WeddingWire

Sarah + Justin // April 2018

"Our wedding day was perfect in every way and we have Heather to thank for a HUGE part of that! She is amazing at her job and I can't express that enough. There were a handful of times I started to get overwhelmed with certain details so I would reach out to Heather and she immediately knew exactly what to say to make me feel at ease. By the day of the wedding I was cool as a cucumber. Thank you again for everything!"

Bride - Coordination + Design by Heather
Posted on WeddingWire

Dan + YJ // March 2018

"Christine was absolutely terrific. She's calm under pressure, easy to work with, has great taste, and made planning our wedding party in DC drama-free FUN. Would recommend her to anyone in Washington or Virginia. With something this important, you really want an ally in your corner who you can trust and rely on -- and that's who Christine was for us."

Groom - Coordination + Design by Christine
Posted on Google Reviews

Alicia + Dan // October 2017

Our experience with Wood Grain & Lace was amazing! Due to the nature of our event, WG&L accommodated our needs by customizing an a-la-carte service package which was so helpful! Then, we were recommended to work with Ciera Pope who had coordinated several weddings at our venue and I can't speak highly enough of her exceptional organization and communication skills. As someone who coordinates logistics every day, it was great to have Ciera on top of things and communicating progress along the way so I could sleep at night. She was also helpful in organizing and suggesting vendors when budget constraints hit. The week of our wedding, she managed the transportation of our decor, coordinated our rehearsal and communicated with all vendors re: timeline and needs for the day of. Our vendors even commented on how amazing and communicative she was! It was the smoothest experience for which I will always be grateful! If you are wondering if it is worth - I promise you, there is nothing more precious than being able to relax the week of or day of the wedding because you can trust that things will be taken care of!

Bride - Coordination + Design by Ciera
Posted on WeddingWire

Stacey + Brian // October 2017

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Ciera was great to work with. She was very flexible with regard to meeting times and helpful with suggestions. She was very concious of our budget and recommending different vendors and scenarios. She did a great job of keeping the vendors on track and all of them commented on how pleasant and easy she was to work with. Her day of wedding work was above and beyond. I can't imagine the day going any smoother and Ciera and her assistant made this happen. We had to get a tent at the last minute and she made this happen seamlessly. I would highly recommend Ciera to anyone who is looking for a young, energetic and hard working planner. She also had a great way of relating to the bride and groom, which was very important to help us through the process."

Mother of the Bride -  Coordination + Design by Ciera
Posted on WeddingWire

Karli + Brandon // October 2017

"If there were more stars to give, I would give them. I wish I could use emojis on this review, because I would use every happy emoji in existence, plus about 15 champagne toast emojis. Christine is AMAZING. We began planning our wedding just over two years prior to our big day. Long story short, we would be living far from home the year prior to the event and I was concerned I would lose my mind trying to plan a wedding. So we sat down in Christine's cozy shop over two years prior to our date and I thought, 'this lady is going to think I'm insane'. Thankfully....she didn't. Instead, she hopped right into planning.

From day one, Christine was calm, cool and collected. She was always prepared to answer any question I had. We told her a vague description of what we wanted...a fall wedding minus pumpkins, hay and mason jars, with a touch of Star Wars....and boy did she deliver. Granted, I may be biased, but we had the classiest Star Wars wedding I think maybe ever. I have a hard time believing very many people would have embraced such a description the same way Christine and her team did.

Just a word of advice to the future WGL brides, give Christine the reins, and roll on from there. Everything will be more then you could have ever hoped for. The vendors Christine brought in absolutely killed it. They were beyond incredible and my guests couldn't have had a better time. I could never thank Christine enough for all she did for us to make our day what it was. I will never forget, early on she told me....'your wedding day doesn't have to be the best day of your entire life, it just has to be a good day'.....Every bride should take this to heart; because if you're lucky you will have a life full of best days. This statement made planning a wedding a lot less stressful then it could have been, because it didn't feel like it had anything to live up to. Our wedding was a blast and I could not imagine it without Christine (and of course her wonderful team!). Everything was impeccable.

There really are no words to describe how thankful I am we walked into Christine's shop that day. Our day would not have been the same. If you're hiring a wedding planner, hire WGL. Christine and her team will surely deliver."

Bride - Coordination + Design by Christine
Posted on the Knot and Facebook

Rachel + Geoff // September 2017

"Ciera was wonderful. We went with their partial wedding planning package to save a little (because our venue was a bit expensive) and I feel like I never noticed it. Ciera was thorough, detailed, responsive, and a huge pleasure to interact with. At our rehearsal and wedding she had everything running smoothly and efficiently so we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Would definitely recommend."

Groom - Coordination + Design by Ciera
Posted on WeddingWire

Kelly + Mike // September 2017

"We planned our wedding from another state while both working 60+ hours a week. I don’t think we could’ve kept our sanity without Heather. She was kind, thoughtful, and reassuring throughout the entire long process. She solved problems before we knew that they were problems, negotiated great prices from vendors, and steered us through some tough situations.

Our venue, in particular, was really difficult to deal with and surprised us with last minute relocations of our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception thanks to their construction project and a loud concert nearby. Heather went to bat for us by pushing for a discount, and tried hard to find a way for us to still use the original spaces. In the end, we reluctantly relocated the wedding, and Heather found creative ways to improve the space. So we had a lovely wedding despite having to go with our backup option, and it was largely due to Heather. It was a pleasure to work with her, and I highly recommend WGL!"

Bride - Coordination + Design by Heather
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Nina + Corey // September 2017

"My husband and I were living in California and we had to plan an Indian wedding for 200 guests in our hometown of Richmond. Ciera was amazing. I would highly recommend her. We had two catering companies, a Brahmin, an officiant, a mandap and florist coordinator, lighting effect, DJ, and two rental companies. To top it all off we weren't going to be in town until the week of the wedding. That's a lot of moving parts, but Ciera stayed calm and walked us through all the steps. She made sure everything ran smoothly. The best part was my husband and I spent our wedding day visiting with our guests and dancing the night away. If you want a worry free wedding day, definitely hire Ciera at Wood Grain & Lace." Nina

"We had a great experience working with Ciera for our large 200 guest wedding. She was always on top of things from well before the wedding day, and on the day of kept everything running smoothly, and made sure everyone had a good time. I would highly recommend Ciera!" Corey

Bride + Groom - Coordination + Design by Ciera
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Michelle + George // August 2017

"My husband and I were planning our wedding from Brooklyn, NY, to be held in Virginia, where he grew up. We had a clear vision of what we wanted but were struggling to find a venue that met all of our criteria from so far away. After speaking with 5 different wedding planners, we made the perfect choice by selecting Heather! We had an immediate connection with her and could tell right from the start that she was the best person to help us plan our wedding and bring our vision to life. Heather helped us with every single part of the planning process, starting with finding the perfect venue and vendors and ending with coordinating every aspect of our perfect wedding day.

After choosing our venue and defining the look and feel of what we were going for Heather did all the research and provided us with a list of the best options to choose for each vendor category. From jumping on last-minute phone calls and exchanging texts to regular email communication, Heather was always available to make sure we were all on the same page and help guide us- especially on the days when we felt like we had LOTS of questions and things to discuss.
The day of our wedding was perfect. The morning of, I remember giving Heather a tub of décor items that I purchased. There were a few last-minute ideas I had never communicated to her, but when I walked into the reception area to see the setup, everything was EXACTLY as I had imagined, like she read my mind! The day was absolutely perfect and everything went so smoothly. We had so much fun! We didn’t have to worry about anything except enjoying ourselves and Heather and our awesome vendors took care of the rest!

We can’t imagine planning the wedding without Heather."

Bride - Coordination + Design by Heather
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Rachel + Bryan // July 2017

"Thinking about hiring a wedding planner? Do it. Thinking about hiring any other wedding planning team besides Wood Grain & Lace... Don't do it.

My (now) husband, Bryan, and I went into Christine's other venture, Urban Set Bride, to meet with her about a year before our wedding. I remember I was immediately sold when she shared with us that your wedding day is meant to be a wonderful, beautiful, special day but, if your lucky in life, you have a lot of those. She said that her goal is to allow brides to enjoy the process and not get wrapped up in the "this has to be the best day of my ENTIRE life” mentality.

When we ended our hour long consultation with Christine she told us to go home, sleep on it, and let her know later this week what we decided. Bryan and I took about 7 steps out of the building before we turned around and went back into the shop and were like yeah... we're kind of obsessed with you. And, turns out, first impressions can sometimes be spot on. Christine was incredible throughout the entire process. I appreciated her honesty and candor when I asked questions about stuff I wasn't sure we needed. It was incredibly helpful in allowing us to stay on budget and cut out things that wouldn’t add to our day. She was incredibly responsive and her attitude kept me cool throughout the entire process. I truly can't imagine not having her on the day of. She kept everything on schedule and running smoothly and really allowed for Bryan, my family and me to be in the moment and enjoy our day.

You pay a boat load of money for a wedding and I can say, without question, that WG&L was the best thing we spent money on. What I remember most about my wedding day is how I felt. If I had needed to worry about whether the ceremony musician showed up on time or the caterers were setting up the tables the way we had discussed I wouldn't have been able to be in the moment and take it all in. While I wasn't one who had a "vision" for my wedding and was just excited to the damn thing and go on a honeymoon, WG&L truly made the day so special and now I understand why people call this one of the best days of their lives."

Bride - Coordination + Design by Christine
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Keely + David // July 2017

"I stumbled upon Ciera and WGL after a few weeks into my planning, I couldn't focus at work and desperately needed help. We had a short engagement (less than 5 months), and after my first phone call with Ciera, I knew she was the one. She's respectful and accommodating. My main concern was planning MY wedding, not letting someone design and steer our plans in order to get into a magazine or blog. She understood what I meant right from begging, and always let ME decide. Apparently we were her first couple that she had never met...did I mention we planned the wedding from another state!? Either way, on rehearsal day, it was game on and Ciera and I definitely meshed. Our wedding day was perfect, her assistant was fantastic and friendly, and they both seemed to get along well with the other vendors. Overall, I'm incredibly pleased. I'm a perfectionist and have a VERY clear picture of what I want and expect, and Ciera never fell short of the mark. Our day was perfect because she worked her butt off for us. Thanks Ciera!!!

Bride - Coordination + Design by Ciera
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Nena + Tre // May 2017

"Hire Wood Grain & Lace! Do NOT try to plan & execute your wedding vision alone. Where do I begin? Christine is super fun! It’s refreshing to work with someone that is straight forward and down to earth, yet totally gets your vision and your need for everything to be perfect. She was super helpful during the planning process ensuring that we stayed on track with tasks and offering suggestions as we thought through various things. She would also tell us when things didn’t make sense or wouldn’t be the best use of our money, which I totally appreciate! When we struggled making decisions, she took the time to go through all of the options (including creating multiple tablescape versions) so that we could find what was best for us. She even helped snag some hard-to-find items we needed at the last minute and helped to ensure our rehearsal dinner was a success.

I can’t say enough about how awesome my daughter’s wedding was and I know it couldn’t have been possible without Christine & her assistant. Thank you ladies!!"

Mother of the bride - Coordination + Design by Christine
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"We hired Christine after an in person consultation and were so happy with our decision. She was personable, organized, and really knew her stuff. From start to finish she always had great advice and kept us on track as we neared the big day. On the wedding day she made sure everything went smoothly. I am a complete perfectionist and control freak and I had nothing to worry about with Christine and team in charge. Do not make the mistake so many brides make and try to do it on your own. Hire Wood Grain and Lace to take care of all your wedding needs and you'll have a stress free wedding day."

Bride - Coordination + Design by Christine
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Alice + Nikolai // May 2017

"We didn't initially plan on hiring a coordinator but quickly realized planning a wedding from out of town might be a little tricky, so we reached out to WGL and connected with Ciera. Immediately we knew we NEEDED her- she is smart, funny, quick, no nonsense but also non judgmental and accommodating and asks all the right questions. She was on top of everything, replied quickly and wisely to even my spaziest of emails, created a perfect day-of agenda, joined us on site visit, met with our musicians to make a plan, flagged things we never thought about, connected us with great hair and make up people, DJ and a florist, and honestly kept us sane. Also her instincts are 100% on point- for example I wanted to tweak the day-of schedule to run our reception a bit later which she accommodated, but ultimately on the day of I realized that her initial plan would have been perfect. The rehearsal went perfectly with Ciera at the helm (everyone present was like "woah, I wish I had her at my wedding!") and on the wedding day Ciera and Brandon who assisted were AMAZING. We were able to completely relax and enjoy the day because the were 10 steps ahead of everything. We just showed up and partied! It was so nice to build a relationship of trust where we knew we didn't have to worry about anything without needing to ask our friends and family to take on a lot of tasks- everyone was able to fully enjoy the day. Everything was perfect and went better than I could have hoped and WGL was a HUGE part of that. Ciera went so above and beyond and her services felt like a bargain. Hire WGL/ Ciera!!"

Bride - Coordination + Design by Ciera
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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 - Coordination + Design by Heather
Posted on Wedding Wire and the Knot

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 - Coordination + Design 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 - Coordination + Design 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 - Coordination + Design 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 - Coordination + Design 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 - Coordination + Design 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 - Coordination + Design 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 - Coordination + Design by Christine
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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 - Coordination + Design by Christine
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