intimate church hill late fall wedding


Sara and Tracy wanted an intimate family dinner for their closest family and friends in the city where they fell in love. That day in November, mother nature was really showing off; 75 degrees with every tree leaf in the city changing over. It was more than they could've hoped for. 

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The rundown: 

Guest Count: 40
Intimate, Cozy with lush colors and good food
Dinner: Plated by Julep's
Budget range: $20,000 - $25,000

Planning and design by Christine

Color palette:

Planner Notes:

Sara and Tracy hired Christine for full-planning as she helped them secure a cozy venue for the reception and a park in the neighborhood where they own a home. Julep's hosted their dinner for 40 guests on a Sunday night and went above and beyond to provide the ladies with the perfect low-key, romantic evening. 



Photography: Bri + Wes Photography
Ceremony Venue: Reed Square Park
Reception Venue: Julep's New Southern Cuisine
Musicians: Molly Payne 
Gowns: Urban Set Bride
Caterer: Julep's New Southern Cuisine
Florals: Amanda Burnette
Wedding Pies: WPA Bakery
Hair + Makeup: Elle Style Studio

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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!
— Bride, Sara