Fall Wedding

Tricia & Cody's Glamorous Autumn Wedding

Tricia & Cody November 3, 2017

From the candelabras in the ballroom to her exquisite Calla Blanche dress, Tricia and Cody blew all of their guests away with all of the special details. Tricia, being anything but the typical bride, knew from the beginning she wanted a dress that made a statement. The fact the bridal salon had said no other girl had tried this dress was the icing on the cake.

The lace cap sleeves, ivory/nude color combo, with a sheer illusion back and cathedral length train made it breathtaking. The dressmaker let Tricia tweak a few things to make it her own. "I wanted more of a mermaid shape, so we added a full crinoline skirt underneath the bottom of the dress to really make the bottom pop, show the beautiful lace detail, and give that hourglass shape."

So imagine for a moment, this vision against the Autumn Virginia mountains at Trump Winery on a warm November day.....you have a beaming bride. The ceremony was held at the exquisite chapel on Trump Winery grounds where her train delicately swept across the marble floor to her "soon to be" husband, Cody.

The guests were invited to Trump Grand Hall where they enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio overlooking a full view of color. They later entered the ballroom enhanced with intricate florals and candelabras on shimmering linens. Cody secretly prepared a skit with his groomsmen reenacting his love story with Tricia. Laughs echoed throughout the ballroom as the groomsmen pretended to be their dog, Tricia, and Cody. The night ended with dancing, a sparkler departure, love and laughter as everyone celebrated Tricia and Cody's first few hours together as man and wife... #TriciaCrackedTheCode!

-Tricia & Cody, 2017

Mandy & Benjie: All About the Dress

Mandy & BenjieOctober 28, 2017

There is nothing more important than feeling like a million on your big day, and you should!

Mandy Gross, one of our incomparable 2017 brides, could not have said it better. She entered the shopping process relatively open-minded, wanting to find a dress with exactly that feel.

"I didn't want to rule out any one silhouette without actually trying it on for myself. So ball gown, A-Line, sheath--you name it, I tried it!"

As wedding professionals, we could not agree more. We recommend trying various silhouettes no matter what you “think” you have in mind.

"You only get married once, might as well try on all the pretty dresses and baubles while you're at it," Mandy said. "When I finally slipped into a gorgeous champagne lace trumpet gown by Kenneth Winston, I immediately knew it was the one! I added on a thin beaded crystal belt and a chapel length veil for good measure, and I most definitely felt like a million bucks on the big day."

"I came out of the dressing room with the biggest smile on my face and to the shrieks of 'Yes Girl!' and 'Say Yes to that Dress!' from my bridesmaids."

And as her directors can easily say, she absolutely looked like a million on her special day. From the strapless sweetheart neckline to the intricate beading on the train, Mandy was a dream to look at. She wore it so effortlessly throughout the gorgeous October day, with the warm fall light glistening from delicately placed beads.

You could see in Benjie’s big smile that this was the indeed dress for her, and this was the gal for him.


Kenneth Winston Bridal Global Bridal Gallery Barb Wired Events Trump Grand Hall Dominique Attaway Photography Eric Stamer Catering Passionflower Cakes Harpist Eve Watters DJ Dennis Payne Tourterelle Floral Design Glam Squad Hair & Makeup Photo Booth of Charlottesville A&A Transportation

From Another Point of View: Barb's Baby Boy Gets Married

Kelley & JeffOctober 1, 2016

Barb's Baby Boy Gets Married

From the Mother of the Groom, Barb Lundgren: October 1st was THE wedding of 2016! I do not mean in any way to take away from all of the beautiful and wonderful couples we have worked with. However, this was the day my youngest son was married – my baby boy (he loves that).

Having a future mother-in-law for a wedding planner could be ideal or, well, it could be problematic. In our case, it was a true blessing for all of us. Kelley and I had actually started planning long before Jeff popped the question. How silly of us! No, we didn't have the whole thing planned out, but we had definitely talked about what we would do "when the time comes." And when the time came, we were so ready!

Kelley’s Mom was grateful, since this is her only daughter, and she claimed to be clueless to any first steps. What fun this was going to be for me! I could enjoy all the planning and then hand the reins to my staff to celebrate and enjoy the way a parent should – the way I always advise my client parents to do.

Enough about that. Let's talk about the wedding!

Kelley and Jeff were planning from a distance, but the venues were in Jeff’s hometown of Charlottesville, where I have been planning events for nearly 20 years. We had about 18 months to plan, and Kelley was wasting no time.

Jeff could not quite understand the "hurry" and thought we were too far ahead. But Kelley wanted to enjoy the planning process. As it turned out, we got the major items out of the way, so they could take a break for the spring and summer months.

First came the venue, and we had a short list. We made a weekend adventure of shopping with Kelley’s parents – but we had only visited two locations when they made their choice of Trump Hall. For many reasons, this was the obvious choice, and not only for its beauty and amenities. The farm estate had history for Jeff.

I worked on this property under previous owner John Kluge, and as a little boy Jeff got off the school bus there. We were there for ten years, and Jeff’s brothers and sister-in-law also took jobs there over that time. And more recently, in May 2015, Jeff surprised Kelley at the Trump tasting room to pop the question.

Every aspect of the wedding fell together into Kelley’s vision as they shopped for the perfect team of vendors who not only fit the mold for her and Jeff, but for the venue and its beauty.

Wedding week was finally here, and the most important vow the families took together was “don’t blink.”

Jeff and Kelley arrived in Charlottesville on Wednesday, and it was “that day.” Everyone has it: the day during wedding week when everything seems to be going wrong, and you begin to wonder why you ever went to all of this trouble and expense. My experience playing the “fairy godmother” as a planner and also a mom paid off, as we worked together to get things in perspective.

Lots of errands, hustling and bustling around the house, unpacking, re-packing... it was an amazing blend of happiness and chaos. Two families coming together and bonding for the future. In all of my years of putting weddings together, this was a new experience for me, and we were all having the time of our lives.

Friday came, with plans for picking up dresses, manicures, pedicures, and a winery bridesmaids luncheon complete with gift bags for all. The Moms were treated to their own extra large wine glasses – imprinted with “Mother of the Bride” and “Mother of the Groom” – to enjoy at all of the weekend events.

It was a cloudy, rainy week, and the rehearsal was done under rain plan. Of all the things that might have stressed Kelley, I never heard her mention the weather. This is the sign of a strong bride: she knows what she absolutely cannot control.

The other good sign is when you get to a point where the couple lets go of all of those tiny things that were stressing them out weeks before. Jeff and Kelley were ready to be married, and it was all about the strength of their marriage. They were surrounded by the closest of family and friends. That was all that mattered.

Wedding day dawned with more clouds and drizzle. The bride and bridesmaids arrived at the family farm for a mimosa brunch and a full morning of hair styling and make-up. The guys were on another part of the farm shooting skeet until time for everyone to travel to Trump Hall, where the bridal party dressed and prepared for the First Look.

Kelley and her parents, Sandi and Steve, are very emotional, and one of their worries as the day got closer was how to get through without tearing up at every turn. Steve, in his infinite wit, took care of breaking the emotional strain by showing up for Dad’s first look with an unexpected prop.

Did I mention clouds and drizzle? Just hours before the ceremony, the clouds parted, and the sky filled with the most beautiful fluffy formations in baby blue skies… perfect! And the perfection continued throughout the rest of the afternoon and evening.

The bride and groom met in the Albemarle Estate garden for their First Look. No two were ever so stunning or so in love.


Finally, it was time to make it official. With the perfect backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the dream wedding was happening.

What a gorgeous bridal party! Kelley was a vision, and you could see it in Jeff’s eyes as he watched her down the aisle. With their best friends and families taking part, at last they were married.

The meal was perfection in its own right. And the night only got better, with hilarious toasts by Kelley’s maid of honor Kendra, Jeff’s brothers and best men Keith and Gary, and Kelley’s brother Parker. The cake cutting was also entertaining, as Kelley led in the thank yous to her parents.

Time for dancing – starting with a touching Father-Daughter dance. Kelley's Dad surprised her with the Elton John song “You Will Be Blessed.” Jeff and I could not do the traditional sentimental stuff that sons usually do for Moms… I requested “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns & Roses. He started with air guitar, and I joined in! And who was the most entertaining on the dance floor but the Junior Groomsman, Jeff’s nephew Trenton, who at one time challenged the AGR Frat boys in a dance off.

A sparkler exit and they were on their way in Jeff’s Ford 150, now decorated by “friends” and family.

We didn’t blink… we savored every moment and every experience. Every effort was worth it, and we would do it all over again. We love you Jeff and Kelley.

Event Planning and Coordination: Barb Wired Event Management

Barb Wired Team: Iris, Lauren & Vicki

Venue: Trump Winery

Photography: Kate Supa

Dresses: Modern Trousseau and Sealed With A Kiss

Hair: Brianna B. Adams

Make-up: Samantha Vignoe

Floral décor: Blue Ridge Floral Design

Catering: Eric Stamer

Rentals: MS Events

Cake: Albemarle Baking Company

Ceremony, Cocktails & Reception Music: DJ Derek Tobler

Jennifer & Lucas's Autumn Vineyard Wedding

Jennifer & LucasOctober 25, 2015

Jennifer & Lucas outdoor wedding at Early Mountain Vineyards

Jennifer and Lucas chose Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, VA, as the perfect spot for a cozy yet sophisticated fall wedding on a beautiful day in late October.


The wedding party enjoyed a lovely rehearsal dinner at nearby Lafayette Inn. They spent the morning of the big day at the Early Mountain Cottage for hair and make-up with On Location Bridal.


Guests gathered outside for the ceremony, overlooking a breathtaking view of the vineyard grounds. With just a slight autumn chill in the air, the weather was perfect for an outdoor ceremony.


Beautiful Jennifer took the groom's breath away as she walked down the aisle in her gorgeous gown from Sealed with a Kiss. The ceremony, officiated by Rev. Bhavani Metro, was extremely personal and beautifully touching.



After a cocktail hour in Early Mountain’s cozy tasting room, the guests moved to the ballroom for the reception. Jennifer and Lucas had a beautiful guest book filled with their own photos for their loved ones to write in. The décor featured wine corks and fall-colored floral arrangements by Nature Composed.


The couple chose a sweet and personal way to display the table numbers, using picture frames showing a childhood photo of the bride and groom each at the age corresponding to the table number. Dinner at Home provided a plated dinner and scrumptious desserts. Offering a wonderful selection of candies as favors was very popular. Throughout the night, guest after guest came up to fill a bag of treats.


Upbeat music from DJ Derek Tobler made for a fun and lively dance party. The dance floor was packed until the end of the night, while Citrus Ceremonies captured the dance moves for the wedding video.


When the newlyweds made their romantic departure at the end of the evening, all their loved ones gathered to see them off with a sparkler exit. Camryn Limousine saw the guests safely home. The day was spectacular and perfect!


Photo credit: Jack Looney Photography

Vendors Early Mountain Vineyards Dinner at Home Citrus Ceremonies Nature Composed DJ Derek Tobler Rev. Bhavani Metro On Location Bridal Sealed with a Kiss Camryn Limousine Lafayette Inn Jack Looney Photography