A full-service wedding planner in Charlottesville, Virginia, Amore Events brings care, compassion and creativity to every event it creates. Taking a fresh approach to each celebration, the company believes your event should be as unique as your union. Encouraging personalized concepts through an understanding of wedding industry trends, Amore Events is sure to infuse your affair with the style and imagination it deserves!
Award-winning Event Planners Karen McGrath and Cody Smith are seasoned professionals. Together they have 20+ years of small and large-scale events in Central Virginia, Regionally, and Nationally. Karen and Cody's team of planners, consultants and assistants contribute to Amore's successes.
Karen, Cody and and their team take great pride in providing an unparalleled level of service to all couples. To ensure no stone goes unturned and no detail is overlooked, the following services are provided:
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Nicole · Married on 02/26/2016
Cody is not just a wedding planner, she's an amazing and passionate human being FIRST. It just so happens, she's PRETTY DAMN GOOD at wedding planning. I'M TELLING YOU, BRIDE TO BRIDE, WOMAN TO WOMAN, YOU NEED HER.Sent on 03/01/2016
Every bride needs the positivity that Cody exudes. Her enthusiasm, her love for you and your ideas, everything, is contagious. In the times where I ever doubted anything, freaked out over nothing, she was there to tell me everything was going to be O.K. and not to stress out. She understands the process and she WANTS to be a true friend to you and she WANTS you to be able to tell her anything. Because she WANTS to be that for you, because THAT is the person that she is.
The actual wedding planning and logistics seemed almost too easy because of Cody. In February, she heard all my ideas; by April we had talked to all the vendors; and by October we were just waiting until the wedding February. She knew exactly what I wanted, she knew exactly who to go to, she knew exactly what to get. And I just needed to show up!
The day OF the wedding, went off without a hitch!!! I mean, I cant believe how much I DIDNT have to do. All my guests told me, "that was such a good Idea!" ...That was cody. "Oh I really like how you put [these] there"....That was cody. Like I said, she made a vision come true. to every last detail! And I didn't have the typical country-rustic wedding. We had FULL RED CARPET, full GLAM, and FULL GRAND wedding. Which was no easy feat!! She has such a good rapport with vendors which made everything SO MUCH easier.
I honestly don't know what I would have done without Cody. Stop wasting your time looking for wedding planners and just get Cody. There will never be enough words to describe all that she has done and all that she is. I will be forever thankful.
Morgan · Married on 03/30/2019
Outside of marrying each other, cody is the best wedding decision we made!
Cody is the best of the best. Her professionalism is unparalleled. Every thing in our wedding was so meticulously laid out from day one. She kept us up to date on all of our vendors, everything she was doing, what we needed to do and the time frame it needed to be done in, and laid out a design plan with updated visuals so we never questioned how everything was looking.Sent on 05/03/2019
Because of her tenure, connections, and tireless work ethic she was able to give us our dream wedding while staying in budget. She saved us so much money while still giving us everything we wanted. Even up until the day of the wedding she was negotiating to make sure everything was above and beyond our expectations.
She even has her own inventory of items that added unique details to our wedding without having to find and purchase them ourselves.
Cody made the entire process enjoyable and stress free (well as much as possible, lets face it, you’re still dealing with family). I am naturally a very stressed out neurotic person and I was terrified how I was going to handle planning wedding. Cody stayed calm no matter what the situation and always reassured me that everything was going to be perfect, she even talked me through situations that were outside of planning (she should have billable hours as a wedding therapist). She makes you feel like you are her only client and top priority. My husband and I both felt like we were planning our wedding with a life long friend who cared about us like family. During our weekly calls she got to know us as individuals and as a couple and used that to design everything to our taste. She even surprised us with some of her own inventory items for our sweetheart table to make it extra special. It was so thoughtful and heartwarming and just shows you how much she cares.
It has been a month since our wedding and we still have relatives and friends calling ad telling us it was the best wedding they have been to. They noticed every detail and all the hard work and it is all thanks to Cody and her amazing vision. She is so detail oriented, but her whole heart goes behind each of those details.
I can go on and on but its better if you just see for yourself, so do the best thing for your wedding and CALL HER!!
Emily · Married on 01/26/2019
Best In The Business: Exquisite Taste, Artistic, Incredibly Organized, & Thoughtful
Our wedding was gorgeous, and it's because Cody is a creative leader with the patience of a saint and the professional tact of a Fortune 500 executive. If her 500+ perfect reviews haven't convinced you of her skill, then you should know that I had to change my original venue 60 days out and Cody magically took my heaping mess and transformed it into the best day of my and my husband's lives. We held our ceremony at the UVA Chapel and then hosted our reception at Common House on the mall. Cody planned the first-ever wedding at Common House, leading not only her own staff, but also working seamlessly with the venue's entire staff + my external vendors to ensure everything from music to flowers to food to drink to toasts and so much more were amazing.Sent on 02/12/2019
I can't put into words how incredibly amazing and hardworking Cody is. She went above and beyond thinking of details I couldn't even begin to forecast, making our wedding absolutely beautiful, personal, and unique. This woman recreated Kate Middleton's bouquet for me, which required flying flowers in from freaking Europe. She even coordinated our sword arch the day-of as a last minute request. Her timelines are a detailed work of art, and she handles coordinating with staff and vendors, ensuring everyone is exactly where they need to be at the perfect moment.
Of all the expenses involved in a wedding, I would say Cody's services are the most imperative. I promise it will be the best decision you make. And just as a side note–she and her family are good people, and I feel honored to have gotten to know and work with her. Ooorah.
Cody is such a sweetheart, and we frequently send our inquiring brides her way if we are not a good fit or have our dates booked.
When I know I have a wedding that Cody has planned I always know it's going to be something special and I can't wait to get there on the day-of to see what she has created. Cody is talented, kind and the most genuinely enthusiastic person I know. Cody lives and breathes for her brides and any one of them who has the opportunity to work with her is a lucky girl... in short, she is the best at what she does!
Cody is one of the most amazing event planners I have had the pleasure to work with. Her love and passion she has for her work and couples definitely shows with everything she does. You can't go wrong trusting Cody with your wedding or any special event you may be having.