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Karen Hedgecock - headshot

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.



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.