In 2010, Margaret set out on an adventure to convert a charming old barn on her family’s Virginia farm into an event space. The unique venue needed an in-house planner and Margaret organically adopted the role. That experience led her to take on her own wedding clients and she has since planned, coordinated, and consulted on special events at locations throughout central Virginia and beyond. Her ability to strategize essential logistics while curating thoughtful design elements have helped her to create memorable events filled with character and original detail. Her professional background in the music industry helped develop her knack for efficient project management and creative direction by way of tour development, album releases, festival ticketing, and identity branding. In her relentless quest to never sit still, Margaret also coaches a high school lacrosse team and manages Panorama Events, but is intentional about her work-life balance.
When she’s not working, you can find her in overalls tending to her ambitious vegetable garden, embracing the outdoors, or spending time with family and friends over wine and culinary experiments. She loves champagne in a can, accordions, oysters, maps, ranunculas, balloons, woodstoves, dark chocolate, sending mail, breakfast, the Cowpasture River, Hog Island Bay, and Tula, her ninety-five pound Bernese Mountain Dog.
Photo by Catherine O’Hara
I am a firm believer that planning parties is simple. Complications only arise when you start having to make decisions based on family dynamics, budget constraints, and societal expectations. Mix that all in with pretty inspiration boards, “blog-worthy” photo shoots, and over-flowing pinterest boards and your intentions can get a little cloudy. So let’s not start there. Let’s start with a feeling. Let’s talk about how you want your celebration to be remembered next month, next year and on your 50th anniversary. Next, let’s communicate this milestone to your guests by making them feel warm and welcome at a party you feel proud to host. Whether that’s done with a hand-written placecard, a mariachi band, or a room full of white drapes is your decision, I will help make a connection between your vision and reality.
Throughout the process, I’m here to keep you on task, rebound ideas, and above all, to provide honest feedback. I’m here to advocate your wishes to vendors and family members alike, and will always try and find a balance between sensible and remarkable. I’m here to encourage you to simplify and to edit (but not lower) your expectations. I’m here to remind you that regardless of your skill at the sewing machine, you still need to budget for heaters at an outdoor wedding in March. I’m here to ask you, 72 hours before your ceremony, whether you really want to be hand-tying ribbons and adding individual watercolor accents to your programs. If you do, I will support you to the bitter end. If you don’t, I will recommend that you grab a glass of wine and kindly remind you that your happiest journey is just beginning.
Photo by Cramer Photo