About Us

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Quality Experience from Beginning to End

I grew up in a family that owned an event based business, and I LOVED working there. By the time I was 20, I was managing all the sales and marketing for my parent's business.

After taking a break from work to start a family, the opportunity to purchase a wedding venue miraculously appeared, so I jumped at the chance to get back into business. When I bought Oak Hills, I had no idea that it would become like a second home to me. The people I work with have become like family!


I also had no idea that my husband would like the venue as much as I do. Shortly after purchasing Oak Hills, my husband Adam quit his job to come work with me full time. I love working with my best friend. We truly enjoy finding ways to improve the venue as well as our customer's experience!  We sincerely want every person that walks through our doors to have a quality experience with us from beginning to end.

Shirelle Benard
Co-Owner & CEO

Sincerely Caring About You

When I'm at a ripe old age of 101, I want to be able to say that I did it all!  My goal-oriented and carefree personality have allowed me to enjoy some amazing adventures and opportunities already in this life.  Career wise, I have spent nearly 20 years working in either event planning, fashion, home design or teaching/coaching.  But above all, the wedding world has definitely given me one of the most fulfilling and fun opportunities so far. 

Besides planning weddings, other things that I enjoy and that make me who I am are: going on adventures with my husband and four kids, dancing (I'll never stop... even when I'm 101), teaching group fitness (anyone interested in a bridal bootcamp?!), cats, Book Club, CrossFit, thrift shopping, going to movies, licorice, and swinging on swings. 

I feel so fortunate to work at a place that allows creativity, while meeting so many wonderful people all at the same time. I truly and sincerely care about every single couple that I work with and consider them my friends.  And friends don't let friends have bad wedding experiences!

Aleesha Merrill
Venue Director

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