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Megan & Tony's Country Wedding at Hermitage Hill

Megan & TonyMay 5, 2015

country outdoor wedding reception at Hermitage Hill

country outdoor wedding reception at Hermitage Hill

With phenomenal views, a gorgeous pastel color palette, sleek naval uniforms and charming Christian melodies, Megan and Tony were blessed with the country outdoor wedding of their dreams at the spectacular Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables in Waynesboro, VA.



After the ceremony, all the guests gathered for a lovely cocktail hour inside the stable. As they enjoyed drinks and finger foods, guests were able to interact with the beautiful horses while socializing with family and friends.



During the cocktail hour, the bridal party and close relatives took time for photographs by Ron Dressel. Hermitage Hill Farm offered a variety of scenes for the photographer to capture the moment with this lovely couple.



Guests took a break from the dance floor to witness the bride and groom cutting their beautifully decorated cake from HotCakes.



At the end of the reception, guests lined up along the stable, forming an aisle for Megan and Tony to make their grand departure as Mr. & Mrs. Sham.



Vendors Venue - Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables Caterer - Hank's Barbecue Dessert - HotCakes Photographer - Ron Dressel Photography Floral Design - Verde Natural Florals Wedding Planner - Barb Wired LLC

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

Fall in Love with Virginia’s Greenest Winery: DuCard Vineyards

Follow your heart along the country roads of Madison County, Virginia, to a boutique winery overlooking the Shenandoah National Park. You’ve arrived at DuCard Vineyards when you see the twining vines of their whimsical LOVE sculpture. Amid mountain views and rows of carefully tended grapes, you’ll find gorgeous indoor and outdoor sites for an elegant country wedding.

DuCard has been dubbed “Virginia’s Greenest Winery” for their environmental stewardship – from solar power and reclaimed wood to charging stations for electric cars. Natural materials appear throughout the construction and decor.

Ceremony sites include the “Mountain View,” looking across the vineyard and into the Shenandoah National Park, and “In the Vines” – an intimate site nestled among the vineyard rows.

Couples can choose an open-air or tented reception for up to 100 seated guests on the terrace with adjoining indoor space, or al fresco seating on the streamside patio. DuCard’s lovely cathedral-ceiling tasting room seats 30 with a bar, fireplace and couches besides.

Your bridal party will love the fully furnished Hilltop Cabin situated above the vineyard, with all the accommodations you need for wedding day preparations.

To inquire about booking your event, please contact Barbara Lundgren at 434.531.3247 or barb@barbwiredllc.com.

DuCard Vineyards – 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison County), VA 22719

C-Venue simplifies your search for your perfect venue. Call 434.531.3247 or email barb@barbwiredllc.com to get started.

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