WHO is Riverwood Designs?
We, Joseph and Rob, work together to form a creative, dynamic, and efficient team, who brings vibrant energy and a unique perspective to your event. Joseph is a Certified Wedding and Event Planner and floral designer. His inherent obsession for logistics, organization, and time management ensures that the bridal couple, along with their family and friends, relish the experience that is a wedding day. On the opposite end of logistics is his enthusiasm for creating the ceremony and centerpiece floral designs for weddings. Rob is a Signature Wedding and Event Designer and floral designer. Rob has been interested in interior, floral, and fashion design for as long as he can remember and loves to incorporate current trends and classic elements into the bridal bouquets and bridal party flowers he designs. His event management skills benefit from his Master's Degree in Education Administration. In our "other lives," we have worked in the fields of education and retail management. Along the way, we have created strong ties in a community that extends well beyond our home base in the Gloucester Point/Yorktown area. This is the benefit of Rob's 30-year-teaching career in York and New Kent Counties, his 13-year association with Colonial Williamsburg, Joseph's businesses in Charlottesville and Orange, and his continued involvement with the local community. We maintain a residence in Hampton that gives us a base of operations there when needed. Along with connections to much of Virginia, we bring an understanding of and dedication to exemplary client relationships. We will approach your wedding or event with the same enthusiasm that we approached our 2012 nuptial brunch celebration.
WHAT happens in our first meeting?
Planning and designing your wedding should be thoughtful and fun. If logistically possible, we enjoy meeting couples in person, but we understand that meeting virtually or via email is often essential and just as productive in today's busy world. We carefully listen to your ideas during our first meeting with you, look at your inspiration pictures, and get to know you-your likes and dislikes. Joseph will note details and logistics, while Rob will often sketch the designs you envision. Rest assured, we create beautiful designs whether we meet with you in person, virtually, or via email.
WHERE do we design?
We design for clients at venues throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond, but the couples who engage us hail from as far away as California, Colorado, Florida, and New York, but as close by as our next-door neighbor.
WHEN do we offer designs?
To ensure you receive high-quality designs and the personalized attention you deserve, we typically limit ourselves to designing or managing only two weddings per day and less than 40 weddings per year.
WHAT sets us apart?
Two things - our approach and our delivery. Our approach relies on relationship building. On the day that celebrates your most important relationship, we feel that you should feel at ease and truly enjoy working with all your vendors. We strive to make our clients comfortable and fully included in the design process from our initial contact. Taking an artistic approach to your designs, we pride ourselves on unique color and floral combinations. We research and match flower varieties to your tastes, style, vision, and budget. Delivery of your designs is of utmost importance to us. As the designers, we believe that just as much effort should go into delivery as in the designs; we don't drop and run. Limiting the number of weddings we design per day allows us to give detailed attention to the delivery and set-up of the designs you deserve.
Would you like to get to know us?
Please send us a text, email, DM, or give us a quick call on your way home from work to discuss your wedding day vision or schedule an in-person or virtual consultation. We truly look forward to understanding your vision and creating your dream.
Joseph Barragan and Robert Fraser IV
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