MEET THE TEAM
The McBride Events team comprises three certified and experienced planners whose style and exceptional know-how distinguish them as a top experts in the planning field. Each with their distinctive skills ensure that details are checked and re-checked, and that every aspect of an event is given the care needed to make it spectacular.
Jenn McBride, Founder and Event Producer Calm and creative, Jennifer is the visionary behind McBride Events. She is a dream maker who loves being “part of the moment”, and who delights in finding new ways to exceed her clients' expectations. Jennifer took the best of her experience in the hospitality industry and combined it with her training as a marketer/planner to launch the company in 2001. Within the year, the Virginia Commonwealth University grad with a Master's in Business Administration in Marketing and former Martin Agency team member, had parlayed her skills into a top-notch wedding and events planning business that received enthusiastic acclaim. Jennifer helped create the “Event Design” category of the NBC 12 Dream Wedding and served as their exclusive planner for several years. McBride’s weddings have been featured in The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Virginia Living, and Richmond Bride. She has served as an advisor to ISS Maryland/Virginia/D.C and as a key speaker at The Wedding MBA and The Special Event 2013 and 2014. Jennifer has won several accolades for her work as a “dream-maker,” including Best Planner in Richmond by the readers of Richmond Magazine.
Amy Lewis, Partner and Event Producer Amy has built a respected reputation based upon the warm, collaborative relationships she creates with vendors, artists and fellow designers. Her network of talented professionals, along with her eye for detail is what makes each event a truly original experience.
Born and raised in Virginia, Amy began her journey in the events industry in 2005 with an internship. After receiving accommodations from The Wedding Planning Institute, Amy went on to plan events and teach event planning at the University of Richmond. Amy’s favorite part of each event is just a few hours before which she describes as “beautiful, organized chaos. There are always unpredictable challenges to tackle on the event day, but finding solutions and being creative is what makes it so fun. I love seeing all of the pieces come together!” With over a decade of designing and planning events, Amy still enjoys working one-on-one with clients, bringing their fashion sense, style and glamour to make the event uniquely theirs. Amy’s work has been featured in The Knot Magazine, Richmond Bride Magazine, Style Me Pretty, and Borrowed and Blue.
Dee Kirchmier, Senior Event Producer Your magical event needs a logistics expert orchestrating the layers of complicated details. As a senior member of McBride Events, Dee Kirchmier is the realist who sees clearly how to get the Bride down the aisle and keep the overall event budget on track. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Mass Communications with a degree focus on Public Relations. She has combined her natural aptitude for organizing with her love for events to create a lasting marriage.
Her prowess with logistics makes her a strong leader for McBride Events. After 10 years with the team, Dee has mastered the event planning process, focusing on dotting the proverbial I's and crossing the T's. She is a seasoned leader who can make even the most complicated event appear flawless. Dee is a destination events expert, creating exquisite wedding celebrations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Georgia Coast, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Mexican Riviera. Where will she take you?
“Thank you very much for coordinating our wedding on December 13th. You helped to alleviate the burden and headache of planning our wedding; even down to the fine intricate details. The entire process ran very smoothly due to your help, time and expertise. You also paid a tremendous amount of attention to us and our requests; we could not be more thankful! Our friends and family still comment on our wedding and reception and how organized, well planned, and beautiful it was. Thank you again for all your help; we could not have done with without you!”
-George & Hollie