Born and raised in Richmond, I’m truly a southern gal who has a passion for historical houses. It has always been my dream to own a Federal style house. Woodland certainly met that dream, and at first site, I knew Woodland was the perfect venue for weddings and parties: Sitting on a knoll surrounded by 200 year-old trees and boxwoods, Woodland presents itself majestically!
With the help of my daughter, Erica Hutchison, owner of Black Creek Flowers, a wedding and event florist serving Virginia, has guided me all the way with her expertise in the wedding industry. My son, Brett Ludeke, a photographer in Northern Virginia, has also been a tremendous help with marketing. It has been a wonderful experience to have my children and my fiancé, Mack Franklin, who mean the most to me, involved in my venue. Their assistance has been invaluable.
Although my 39 year career has been in financial services, I love the fact that I can take my passions and build upon it. I am very sentimental and have many family antiques and that things that I am able to showcase at Woodland. I even owned, for a short time, a decor consignment shop that was located in New Kent County. So I definitely treasure things of the past, and decorating and maintaining Woodland has allowed me to explore that love!
Erica is the daughter of Linda, and as the owner of Black Creek Flowers (a wedding and event florist) and with her knowledge of the wedding industry, she assists her mother in administrative duties with Woodland Manor Events. Inspired by her parent’s love of nature and gardening, she began her career in floral design as a high school student.
Her love of flowers and weddings carried her all the way through college at Longwood University and after, when she opened her retail flower shop in 2010. In 2016, she reopened her business as a home-based wedding and event florist, allowing her more time with family. Like her mother, Erica has a passion for historic homes. Helping her mother restore Woodland Manor to its former glory for Weddings and Events has been a dream come true.
Noelle initially started her career in the kitchen, working as an Assistant Pastry Chef in Charlottesville, VA. Her love for catering led her to a career in Hospitality, specifically in the field of Catering and Events. Noelle spent 14 years in the hospitality industry, working for many well-known venues including the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, VA, The Richmond Coliseum, Richmond Centerstage, Altria Theater, Starwood Hotels and a leader on the opening team of Quirk Hotel.
In addition to wedding planning, Noelle is also the owner of Gifted, a design focused business that provides welcome bags and bridal party gifts for weddings. She loves spending time with her partner and her 11 year old daughter, and she especially loves shopping and sourcing unique and locally made products for her gift boxes.