With 18 years of experience, Katherine Shell Benson knows exactly how to make a bride feel at ease every step of the way.
Event planning wasn’t always the dream for Katherine Shell Benson of Bella Baxter Special Events. She started out as a classically trained chef who worked as a catering manager for a company in Little Rock. But she’s always loved events—so much so that she married someone who’s also in the event industry.
She opened Bella Baxter 10 years ago and specializes in everything from weddings and VIP parties to corporate and nonprofit events. Though she has her hand in several different genres of event planning, wedding planning has her heart. “There is something about love and a wedding ceremony that brings happy tears to my eyes every time!”
Something Katherine wishes more brides knew is just how beneficial having a planner with you every step of the way can be. “Wedding planners make everything go smoother during the wedding planning process and on your wedding day,” she says. “We are the ultimate project managers and you are the CEO. We are there to execute your vision and alleviate stress. Weddings are meant to be enjoyed, by all who attend, but especially by the couple–wedding planners make sure that happens!”
We’re dying to ask Katherine…
What’s something brides would be surprised to know that you can help them with?
“We are a concierge service event planning firm, so if you want something as wacky as dolphins swimming down the Arkansas River during your ceremony or as simple as invitation tracking, we will make it happen! You only have to ask.”
What's something you wish every bride knew before starting the planning process?
“It should be enjoyable. If you’re not having fun, then something is wrong.”
If a bride gave you full reign to design the day however you wanted, what would you do?
“A multi-course fancy dinner with all the bells and whistles, in a spot no one had ever [thrown] a party before, with an after party that has a kicking band and a burger or taco truck outside. I love fancy events that end with all-out throwdowns.”