About Us

Quality Experience from Beginning to End

I grew up in a home with a father who had multiple successful businesses. I loved helping him in any way I could, especially when it came to his event based businesses. It has helped me become the driven person that I am today.  So when my husband and I had the opportunity to buy a wedding venue, I eagerly volunteered to retire my role as a "stay-at-home mom" and jump back into the family business life! 

 

When I'm not at Oak Hills I love cooking plant-based meals, dancing, lifting weights, listening to books on audible, and volunteering in my church and neighborhood. I also LOVE to sing.  

 

The majority of my days are spent at Oak Hills with my husband and a lot of times our children tag along too. (Not DURING events though!) We love working as a team to find 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 in a job 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
Director of Events

Driven and Excited to Plan Your Dream Wedding

 I have always enjoyed parties, big celebrations, and seeing people smile from ear to ear when a big event is going on, especially when they are the star of the show! With this love, I decided to go to school for various design programs that were both 2-year programs, but finished in 4 months each. I have also lead various activities at college including dances, concerts, and dinners. Because of these experiences I am driven to make your wedding a great experience for everyone involved! 

 

In my free time I design and create bridal bouquets. I enjoy hiking and fishing with my family. I love late night dance parties with my 2 sisters and 3 brothers when our parents aren't home. I have competed in chalk art competitions where they money was donated to families struggling financially because of cancer treatments. I love roller coasters and ice cream on a hot summer day.  

 

I have always enjoyed attending wedding receptions (but truth be told, when I was younger I mostly went for the food) and seeing the different styles and decorations chosen. As an Event Coordinator at Oak Hills, I get the pleasure of helping carry out these various ideas and interests that people have for their wedding day. I absolutely love watching it all unfold and seeing the couple's faces light up as all their wedding dreams comes to life. I am driven and excited to help make your wedding day dreams come true!

Jessica Richards
Wedding and Event Coordinator

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

The venue was gorgeous and hosted one of the best weddings I've seen. The bridal room is gorgeous! The staff was amazing. From keeping all the bridesmaids and groomsmen in check (sorry we were a rowdy bunch!) To making sure everything was always clean and the guests were always served. The staff also wore masks (and gloves when necessary). Absolutely beautiful venue and great staff!

- Laura 

Google Review