Our Team

As a family-owned and operated business, we are passionate about your wedding vision and feel honored to be a part of one of the biggest days of your life. With attention to detail and client-focus, our team desires to provide an unforgettable wedding experience from your tour of the grounds to your wedding reception exit.

The Owners

Tom and Diane McCormick

Tom and Diane had a dream of serving couples in their commitment to each other as husband and wife. Inspired by planning their daughter's wedding in May 2017, they began their search for the perfect space to welcome brides and grooms. Tom and Diane immediately fell in love with The Barns of Kanak and took ownership of the property in August 2018.

Diane leads The Barns by welcoming new couples and giving tours on the property. She also serves as a day-of coordinator and your point of contact for questions throughout the wedding planning process. Because of her sincere interest in each couple's love story, she will quickly make you feel like family. Born and raised in Arizona, Diane loves antiques, traveling, and the tiny details that make a wedding unique.

Tom serves The Barns by managing the grounds, overseeing operations, and organizing corporate events.He has a passion for serving others and will make your wedding a top priority. With years of experience in the customer service industry, he is a compassionate and client-focused member of The Barns of Kanak team. Also from Arizona, he loves spending time with his family, being outdoors, and planning trips around the world.

Client Experience Consultant

Kylie Hester

Kylie graduated from the University of Richmond with a dual degree in Business Administration and Dance. She recently moved back to RVA after spending a couple years down in Charlotte, NC. At The Barns, she coordinates weddings, leads our marketing efforts, plans special events, and fills in other areas where needed. Kylie's main role is ensuring that all the behind-the-scenes work is taken care of before your event. She meets with you regularly to review your timeline, vendor information, and other wedding details. She also serves as a point of contact for any questions you have along the way.

Kylie loves building relationships and living vicariously through brides. Planning her May 2017 wedding was one of her favorite seasons of life, and she can't wait to get to know you and your wedding vision.

When she's not coordinating a wedding, you may find Kylie taking a dance class downtown or teaching her boxer-mix, Dallas, how to do funny tricks. She also loves ice cream, calligraphy, and volunteering with Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Social Media Manager

Madison McCormick

Maddie graduated from Christopher Newport University in May 2019 with a degree in Psychology. She was also involved in CNU's President's Leadership Program. Maddie loves photography and the stories that can be told through pictures. As the Social Media Manager for The Barns, she ensures that our Facebook and Instagram are up-to-date, and collaborates with our beloved photographers to share our couples' wedding day moments.

Maddie loves dogs, especially her golden retriever, Mango. She also enjoys playing sports such as field hockey and soccer. With a passion for other cultures, Maddie hopes to pursue a career abroad after graduation.

Grounds Assistant

Tommy McCormick

Tommy graduated from Matoaca High School's Information Technology Program in June 2019. He assists on the property in numerous ways, ensuring that the venue is in pristine condition before every event. Guests will also meet Tommy as they drive onto the grounds for events, as he leads our Parking Assistant team.

Tommy loves spending time with his friends, playing lacrosse, and working on cars. Tommy recently enlisted in the United States Air Force and will soon be leaving us for basic training.

Grounds Assistant

Jonny Hester

After graduating with an engineering degree from Old Dominion University in 2014, Jonny moved down to Charlotte, NC to pursue a career with JR Motorsports, an Xfinity Series team in NASCAR. In January 2019, he moved back to Richmond to start a new career with Southside Electric Cooperative. At The Barns, Jonny helps to ensure all is in order before guests arrive for the big day. You will also find him serving drinks behind the bar at some events, too. He is a versatile and important part of our team. We have yet to find a job that's too big for him!

Jonny enjoys watching ESPN, playing softball, and woodworking. You may even see some of his beautiful craftsmanship in our rental inventory!

Assistant Coordinator

Katherine Caricofe

Graduating from Longwood College with a degree in Elementary Education and English, Katherine serves The Barns in a variety of ways. She works in education full-time, but you'll find Katherine coordinating or bartending at almost every event at The Barns. Katherine loves seeing each family fully embrace the joy of their special day because of the confidence they have in The Barns of Kanak's professionalism. Giving is Katherine's specialty, and you'll notice her giving a lot of joy, love, and laughter at The Barns.

Katherine's two daughters, Grace and Caroline, are her world, and she serves as their personal Uber despite her busy schedule. When she's not at The Barns, you may also spot her enjoying a visit with Grace at JMU, cheering on Caroline at a softball tournament, or watching yet another episode of Grey's Anatomy. It won't take you long to become friends with Katherine!

Event Coordinator

Delaney Hall

Delaney graduated with her associate's degree from Richard Bland College in Spring 2018. While at Richard Bland College, she was a part of the Promise Scholars Program where she attended half of her courses at William and Mary. Currently, she studies through the Liberty University Online Program and will graduate in Spring 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a cognate in Strategic Marketing and Management. She brings experience from her previous role as an Events Assistant at Richard Bland College, too. When it comes to weddings, Delaney loves the creativity and personality that can be seen in the tiniest, unique details.

 

Delaney is also a bride-to-be herself! Her fiancé, Ryan, surprised her with a proposal on the observation deck at Carter Mountain Orchard, and they will be getting married in June 2020. In her free time, she also enjoys going to the gym, watching TV with Ryan and their dog, Maggie, or riding her horse, Clue.

Farm Dog

Mango

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Mango comes to The Barns with over 4 years of customer service experience. His specialty is making people smile with doggie kisses and booty-shaking tail wags. When he's not running around the grounds of The Barns, you can most definitely find him taking a snooze.

Farm Dog

Dallas

Although Dallas only has 2 years of event experience under his belt, he sure does learn quickly. His diverse breed mix (Boxer, American Staffordshire Terrier, Chihuahua, and Bull Dog) gives him a unique perspective on the team. When he's not frolicking on the grounds, he loves learning fun new tricks to show off to other pups and human friends.

Photos by Remy Thompson Photography

5503 Ruffin Road

Prince George, VA 23875

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