Photography by  Michael Simon Photography  

Photography by Michael Simon Photography 

 

Philosophy

We are a team of diverse women that are committed to creating experiences for our clients and empowering our local industry to serve clients better. We have a range of backgrounds in fashion, catering, hotels and the travel industry and our different experiences bring a well-rounded team to the event planning table.

Our philosophy is less is more. Find three things that are important to you and let’s invest in those things. Cluttered tchotchkes and trendy décor distract from the real reason you’ve gathered your family and friends together.

We aim to provide clarity, style and organization to the planning process. Our years of experience will help guide you to a successful event that is personal, meaningful and filled with love. We will take your vision and design it into a tangible experience that represents who you both are as a couple.

 
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Christine Greenberg, queen bee

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.

Christine continued to plan weddings under the name 'Wood Grain & Lace Events' as a side hustle until she decided to leave her full-time job in 2013. She hired Ciera a month later and they recruited a team of assistants to help them grow the company.

In 2014, Christine opened a bridal boutique with her mother called 'Urban Set Bride' and maintains 12 - 15 planning clients a year. 

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

And after 7 years in business, the team decided that 2018 would be there year of a refresh. WGL transformed into the Hive Wedding Collective! 

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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 40 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 joined 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 the Hive 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 builds and delivers personalized gift boxes and wedding welcome bags with locally sourced wares.

 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. 
 

 

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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.

 

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Keneil Rainey

 

Keneil works full-time at Capital One and serves as our lead assistant. She has been along our side since 2016 and brings confidence, positivity and quick thinking to every event.