Our History

Nancy Craun, owner and founder of Encore Event Partners, LLC began working in the wedding industry in 1990 opening a special event company, Encore Special Events, Inc. In the next 14 years, Encore Special Events produced over 100 weddings a year as a one-stop special event company. The company also managed three wedding venues including Hackwood Estate, The Villa on Paris Mountain, and Wheatland Manor.

In 2004, Encore Event Partners, LLC was opened as an event marketing branding consultant company specializing in wedding venues. Nancy worked with a number of properties including The Stable at Bluemont Vineyard and Breaux Vineyards . Nancy also launched the Blue Ridge Bridal Shows. With the goal of marketing the Shenandoah Valley as a great place to get married, Nancy has worked with the leading wedding professionals in the region.

One of the issues which Nancy addressed as a wedding venue property manager were the complaints brides and grooms were receiving from their guests who were having a difficult time learning where they could stay and finding things to do here in the Shenandoah Valley. In 2011 she launched Go Blue Ridge Travel as a regional planning guide for people who were crossing both state and county lines here in the Shenandoah Valley.

A grandmother herself, she is a proponent of multi-generational travel and is passionate about helping families travel here in the valley. In 2014, she launched the Kids Trail.

Then in 2016, she launched Taste of Blue Ridge, a foodie experience website highlighting people’s emotions about great food in the valley from chefs to farmers to winemakers and brew masters.

Nancy is retiring from the bridal shows but not from her friends – the brides. She has become a lover of blogs and is launching in February 2017 – Blue Ridge Bride.

“Bringing the people together and sharing the wonders of our beautiful Shenandoah Valley is my passion. Enjoy our four websites. Each has its own community of partners. Together we are branding the northern Blue Ridge Shenandoah Valley as a great place to get married, to raise children, and to retire.”

A resident of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Nancy lives and breathes experiencing life in the Valley.