From picking flats of strawberries after school to working in the family Farm Market, Fruit of the Vine, Debbie has always embodied the Zurschmeide Family work ethic. She is a whirlwind of activity and keeps us all honing our team and service skills with innovative education. Her latest reading recommendation is The Pink Bat by Michael McMillan.
Debbie heads the team delivering exceptional service and events at The Stable at Bluemont Vineyard, one of Virginia’s premier barn wedding venues. Her attentiveness to our brides’ and grooms’ vision for their special day and leadership of a team of skilled event professionals is a hallmark of events at Bluemont Vineyard.
Prior to our wedding, we worked with Amy, Debbie, and the rest of the Bluemont staff to do the planning – every interaction was professional and so pleasant! What we really appreciated was that from the start Bluemont gave us a worksheet with a timeline and pricing so we had expectations about the logistics and everything moved according to schedule!” – Christine via WeddingWire
Amy is thrilled to be a part of her 7th season with The Stable , and she is excited to continue helping couples plan the wedding of their dreams! As the Senior Wedding Planner, Amy begins working with our Brides and Grooms as soon as they book the venue to support their entire wedding planning process. Amy takes great satisfaction in understanding our client’s ideas & priorities and sharing ways to create the most impact for guests within budget constraints. Sound like a challenge? Amy has an amazing knack of making the wedding planning process straightforward and fun. Amy also serves as a day of coordinator for many of our weddings! Amy has worked in the event industry for 14 years, starting with our in-house caterer, Joan Wolford from Savoir Fare Catering. She has worked in every facet of the event business but always knew event planning and coordination was her passion. Amy Thunell was recognized by Visit Loudoun as the Tourism Employee of the Year in 2015 for her unparalleled support of wedding clients at The Stable at Bluemont Vineyard.
From the beginning, Amy had our backs – she knew exactly what we wanted and executed everything perfectly. I never had to second guess any decision because Amy always said, “I’ll make it work somehow.” – Natasha via WeddingWire
Genevieve “Jenny” McLaughlin ~ Day of Coordinator
Jenny joined The Stable team in 2013 with a background in corporate event planning.and consistently receives rave reviews from her brides and grooms. Jenny’s bubbly personality, calm demeanor, attention to detail, and genuine excitement for each couple and family help keep her clients happy, relaxed and organized as they work together to plan one of the most important days of their lives. Jenny handles any situation that arises from hurricanes to heart-attacks with an unparalleled grace and confidence.
They have Wonder Woman on their payroll, posing as her alter ego Jenny, the day of coordinator. We had an unexpected guest at our wedding in the form of Hurricane Joaquin, but Jenny quickly set us as ease, improvising on the spot to make sure everything kept running on schedule and that none of us got wet. Thank you so much for making our big day wonderful, stress-free, and one of the best days of our lives, Bluemont. – Ryan via WeddingWire
Janet Dewey ~ Day of Coordinator
Janet joined the Stable Team in 2014 and is elated to help make the remarkable vision you have become a lasting reality. She will be there from the moment she is selected as your Day of Coordinator all the way through to putting the final touches on your momentous day. Her attention to detail and skill in guiding your guests make the day flow from start to finish.
“Janet, our day of wedding planner, was a godsend and she worked her magic behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly. She was awesome!!” – Mrs. Sanata via WeddingWire
Jen Christie ~ Day of Coordinator
Jen joined the team at The Stable in 2015 as a Day of Coordinator and hasn’t looked back. Her experience as an events manager at Visit Loudoun and Savoir Fare Catering translate perfectly to her Day of Coordination role at The Stable. Her warm and reassuring nature, combined with a genuine interest in understanding her clients’ desires, instantly puts people at ease. Her mission is always to make sure every inch of your venue is perfect and decorated to your unique tastes. Jen believes that establishing a connection with each couple and truly understanding their vision for the day is imperative to delivering the best Day of Coordination service she can.
Debbie, Amy, and Jen C. were amazing to work with. Everyone warns of the stress of wedding planning but I experienced a fraction of that (and most of that was of my own making…). Bluemont is the best.” – Wesley via WeddingWire
Rachael Ballenger ~ Day of Coordinator
Rachael has been delivering spectacular wedding service for 3 years as part of the Savoir Fare Catering Team. She joined The Stable Day of Coordination Team in 2015, and immediately felt right at home. Rachael finds the greatest satisfaction in creating the most memorable day for our couples! She has the unique perspective of inside knowledge of the catering process and deftly manages the “little bumps” such as a delayed bus arrival or a brief rain shower that impact schedules better than anyone.
“Rachael=INCREDIBLE. She was basically our personal assistant telling us it was time to cut the cake, toss the bouquet, have the first dance, etc. Things that, had she not been there, probably would have happened at the wrong time. She was a lifesaver. I cannot thank you enough, Rachael! ” ~ Kate via WeddingWire