thoughtfully curated ~ intentionally detailed

Hey lovely! It’s me, Mia!

In 2018 I was teaching fifth grade, secretly daydreaming of being a wedding planner, & expecting my first child. So, I stepped out of the classroom & into my passion for weddings–invigorated by the joy, beauty, & love of one of life’s biggest milestones. Being part of the Charlottesville wedding community has allowed me to build collaborative relationships with top industry professionals throughout our beautiful state. I absolutely love heading into a wedding day with a thoughtfully curated team of vendors that suit my couple’s style, aesthetic, & investment. As a wedding planner & designer, I seek to cultivate relationships with my clients that allow me to insightfully create a wedding day that speaks to each couple’s core values, priorities, & vision. I believe wedding planning doesn’t have to be stressful, but rather a creative & collaborative process that should feel joyful & easy. So, let’s create the intentional details together that make your day uniquely yours!

I live happily ever after on a sweet little homestead with my gorgeous husband, two beautiful daughters, six chickens, and two rescue pups. I love a good book, game nights, & cooking adventurous meals at home. When I’m not planning weddings, I can be found homeschooling, gardening, hiking, or baking!

xoxo

~ Mia

Meet Our Team

Sarah, Lead Coordinator 

Sarah is originally from Pittsburgh PA. She went to college in the big city then decided to move around to different states to experience what else there was to see. She landed in Charlottesville and started working in the wedding industry in 2021. Her experience as a wedding coordinator has led her to be extremely detail oriented and hard working.

Sarah’s favorite wedding styles are classic and industrial. She loves a good black and white wedding on a rooftop or in a gorgeous ballroom. 

Some trends she’s loving right now are silk flowers, signature cocktails, personalized cocktail napkins, and all the hanging lights. 

When Sarah’s not at a wedding you’ll find her mixing creative cocktails at the bar, working out, exploring the outdoors with her dog, Ike, taste testing at her finance’s restaurant, Tonic, and thrifting to find hidden treasures

Arushi, Lead Coordinator

Arushi came to the wedding industry because of her passion for bringing people & communities together. Her core values are intentionality, care, active growing and emotionally intelligent leadership.

Her fave wedding aesthetics are Bohemian, outdoor, modern and rustic style weddings. She is drawn to classic elegance and a modern minimalistic aesthetic. Anything with muted or fall color palettes with natural backdrops, tents or alike, have her heart!

 A trend she’s loving right now… Arushi is captivated by upside down hanging flower installations, dried florals on V-shaped arbors, the comeback of donut walls & fun dessert displays, and champagne walls. Also a little shoutout to people who are offering intentional favors to their guests.

When Arushi’s not at a wedding you can find her… planning events for a local university, helping with events for a local young professional association, and experiencing the world through reading, travel, writing, art and dancing.

Lydia, Lead Coordinator

Lydia joined the LAE team in 2021 while working on her degree at JMU. She loves the arts and helping curate beautiful weddings. 

Lydia’s favorite venues use Virginia’s natural beauty as a backdrop, especially Fall weddings that capture the leaves changing. 

Her favorite wedding trends at the moment are colorful wildflowers in bud vases and linen runners on farm tables. 

When she’s not at weddings you’ll find Lydia hiking with her partner or attempting to learn a new craft. Crocheting is not working out as planned so she’s open to suggestions for her next project.

Ashlyn, Assistant Coordinator

Ashlynn recently graduated from James Madison University with her Master’s in Communication and Advocacy. That means she is just now adjusting to life outside of school and learning so much about who she is! Ashlynn grew up in Northern VA and moved to Harrisonburg for college. She fell in love with the area, so she has stayed nestled in the Shenandoah Valley with her amazing partner and their hamster, Potato. 

Ashlynn’s favorite wedding aesthetic is natural woodsy- She loves earth tones and natural wood accents. She thinks it is beautiful and sets such a lovely, calming tone. 

A trend she is loving right now is dried flowers and statement arbors at the altar! 

When she’s not at a wedding, you’ll probably find Ashlynn working her full-time job at Massanutten Resort (doing sustainability and strategic initiative work). And if it is winter, she is definitely snowboarding and taking full advantage of the few months of winter we have in this area! 

Mary, Assistant Coordinator

Mary came to LAE in 2021 and resides in Richmond, Virginia. Her step into the wedding industry as an assistant coordinator spearheaded her decision in returning to school for floral design. Mary’s double interests in the wedding scene make her well suited to handle anything wedding chaos can throw while maintaining an eye for the detail and small moments.

Mary’s favorite wedding aesthetic is bohemian cottage core with deep jewel tones or desert hues. She loves mix-matched and eclectic details with sentimental stories behind them. Outdoor locations, specifically national parks are her kryptonite.

Her favorite weddings trends are  statement arbors and floral installations, signature drinks (A & NA) and all the twinkly lights!

When she’s not weddings she coaches competitive gymnastics at a local club and slings coffee at a nearby Starbucks. But when she’s not working you can find her brewery hopping in downtown Richmond, reading or tending to her house plants and gardens with her husband and rescue pup.