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 with 200-year old trees and boxwoods, Woodland presents itself majestically.
With the help of my daughter, Erica Hutchinson, owner of Black Creek Flowers & Sweets located in Mechanicsville, Virginia, has guided me all the way with her expertise in the wedding business. My son, Brett Ludeke, owner of Idea Lab, has also been a tremendous assistance in the marketing of Woodland. It has truly been a wonderful experience to have my children and my finance, Mack Franklin, who mean the most to me, involved in my venture. Their help has been invaluable.
Although my 40 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 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 treasure things of the past and not to mention my love of chocolate.
Linda Ludeke, Owner of Woodland Manor Events
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 open 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 flory.
Erica Hutchinson, Daughter of Linda Ludeke