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Our Team


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Karen Hedgecock | Lace House Manager

803.737.2235 |

Originally from North Carolina, Karen has lived in Columbia since attending and graduating from USC. Karen’s personable nature and excellent problem solving skills allow her to create strong client relationships with the goal of them having a wonderful experience while celebrating at the Lace House. Karen also enjoys working with the Midland’s top wedding planners, caterers and other vendors.

Outside of the Lace House, Karen cherishes time with her family, where you can find her cheering on the Gamecocks with Michael, her husband of over 20 years. She also enjoys taking care of her children, Myles and Mary Margaret, her two greatest blessings. Myles is a passionate baseball player and Mary Margaret is a creative artist. 


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Sarah Truel | Senior Venue Specialist

803.622.0173 |

Our Senior Venue Specialist, sometimes referred to as the "Bride Whisperer," Sarah has been part of the Lace House team since 2016. With honest enthusiasm and a passion for weddings, she always puts in the extra mile to help make your dream event come true. Being one of 10 siblings, she loves meeting new people and understands the value of relationships.

Born in the Dominican Republic and an avid traveler, Sarah enjoys camping at Lake Jocassee and skiing in Colorado. She lives with her bearded fiancé Joe, two cats, a dog and a lint roller.




Rachel Bush | Sales Assistant & Social Media Coordinator

803.995.0186 |

The newest member of our team, Rachel is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and will graduate from the University of South Carolina in December 2021 with a B.S. in Tourism Management and a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. With a passion for creativity and genuine desire to learn, Rachel is excited to make her mark here at the Lace House.

In her free time Rachel loves to travel, scuba dive, and do anything adventurous. She loves to find the best spots to see and eat in any place she visits, and considers Yelp her very best friend.



richRichenda Batson | Sales Assistant

803.737.2235 |

Richenda joins the Lace House team after a successful career as an event planner, caterer and co-owner of Applause Catering.  Richenda is a natural at organizing events and provided excellent customer service throughout her career.  She created outstanding food and beautiful memorable experiences for her clients. Richenda catered numerous events at the Lace House giving her a unique perspective to our team. 

When Richenda is not helping you with your event at the Lace House you will catch her in her garden.  She is an avid Lexington County Master Gardener and enjoys digging in the dirt.  She is fortunate to have 3 children, a poodle, two zebra finches and a flock of chickens. 


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Hayes Bennett | Social Marketing Coordinator

803.737.2235 |

Before joining the Lace House team in 2018, Hayes was the assistant director for athletic communications at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. With almost four years of social media management experience, Hayes is dedicated to seeking out the most recent trends in order to promote the Lace House and your special occasions.

Born and raised in the Carolinas, Hayes loves learning about and exploring the Capital of S.C.! When she isn’t scrolling, pinning or posting, you can find her searching for the best places to grab a bite in the midlands or catching some rays by Lake Murray. (On rainy days, movies and popcorn make for a girl’s best friend.)


Lace House Venue Hosts

Liz Casey 
Lindsey Crider
Lauren Crider








Sydney Hoffert
Lily Hutton
Jodi Jenkins








Sam Kull
Rachel Lofurno
Seth Stamper








Stephen Truel
Ginny Wright