At Hitched Events, we work as a team to plan and execute your wedding or special event. While each of our clients have a Lead Planner overseeing the details of their event, our entire team is engaged throughout the planning process. You can rest assured knowing that you have a capable support system working behind the scenes on your event. Let’s meet your event planning dream team, shall we?
Kimberly is an event planning guru.
Looking for a pro? You found her! Looking for experience? Kimberly’s got 16 years worth, and a whole slew of stories to go with it.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Kimberly Rhodes began her career planning events for a multi-chain retailer. From company parties, golf tournaments, and trade shows, to store grand openings and in-store promotions, Kimberly was thrown into the world of event planning and never looked back. A few years (and a few promotions) later, she joined a financial services firm, where she gained experience planning corporate meetings and multi-day conferences for C-suite executives.
After planning events in the Dallas area, romance (and a future husband!) led her to New York City where she tackled her role as Director of College Events and Programs for Columbia University, where she was tasked with planning big budget events worldwide. Even with 10+ years experience under her belt, it wasn’t until her own wedding that Kimberly realized this whole wedding planning thing was where she wanted to focus her event expertise. So, in 2011, Kimberly and her husband moved back to Dallas, and Hitched Events was born!
Kimberly’s superpower is her ability to listen. She’s not just a wedding planner, she’s a confidante, part-time therapist, and advocate for her clients. Her unique connection to her couples means she knows their likes and dislikes like the back of her hand, and her skill for playing matchmaker means she knows what they want before they do, and the best place to get it. Sure, Kimberly eats, sleeps, and breathes weddings, but that doesn’t mean she still can’t find time to hang with her hubby, and her (super spoiled) dog, Deacon!
Kimberly is a Professional Wedding Planner with the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), a Certified Wedding Planner with the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners (AACWP), and a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE), where she serves on the Board of Directors. She received the “Rising Star of the Year” Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of NACE in 2014 and was named the “Event Professional of the Year” in 2015.
Chelsea. The single most organized bride in Hitched Events history.
Chelsea Wilderotter grew up in Coppell, Texas and attended Southern Methodist University, where she earned a degree in Marketing. Her career kicked off in the software industry, but it wasn’t until she started planning her own nuptials (with the guidance of Hitched Events!) that Chelsea fell head over heels for the wedding industry. In fact, Kimberly was so blown away by Chelsea’s organization and passion for planning, she just had to add her to the Hitched Events team!
Unmatched in both enthusiasm and professionalism, nothing fuels Chelsea more than the prospect of making a couple’s vision a reality and ensuring every detail of their day is as beautiful as the love they share.
Although she’s passionate about perfecting every last detail of her clients’ events, Chelsea’s also all about spending time with her two beloved German Shepherds and cuddling up with her precious family (and maybe a nice glass of wine from their family winery, Wilderotter Vineyards).
Stephanie has a fine eye for fine details.
A native of Rockwall, Texas, Stephanie Torres graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. Stephanie’s love of event planning began when she planned her own wedding, and shortly after, she decided to leave the corporate world and transition to event planning for her Alma Mater. She spent nearly three years assisting in the planning of events across SMU’s campus, but it was the individuality and creativity of weddings that really set fire to Stephanie’s imagination and spurred her move to the Hitched Events team.
Stephanie loves weddings, from the first spark of inspiration to the marriage of design and ambiance at the final event. To Stephanie, even a well-oiled post-event cleanup is a marker of success, but the best reward is always seeing all those happy faces as the day unfolds.
In her down time, Stephanie loves to hang with her husband and their two kids, whether vegging out with some sports on TV or indulging her foodie side on a fun date night, or expressing her creativity outside of events by designing beautiful paper goods.
Monica is our newest addition.
Monica Shockley hails from Carrollton, Texas, and recently graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Marketing. What began as an internship at Hitched Events evolved into a full-time position as Kimberly’s right-hand woman in the office.
Active in both her sorority and marketing organizations on campus, Monica felt a natural inclination toward event planning – so when she arrived for her interview and presented a mood board, Kimberly knew that Monica would be a great addition to the Hitched Events team.
Monica loves to watch a wedding vision come to life and all of the creativity that it entails, but her ultimate bonus is assisting each Hitched Events couple on their big day.
When she’s not manning the office, Monica likes to keeps active with pilates and dote on her new puppy, Kalimera (named in honor of her most recent travels to Greece)!
Deacon believes you’re only a tail wag away from a great event.
Born in the Catskills of New York, Deacon yearned for the bright lights of the big city as a young pup. He quickly found companions in the Rhodes family and has been their sidekick in journeys across the country ever since.
When Kimberly founded Hitched Events, Deacon quickly assumed the role of unofficial Hitched Events mascot. Although his schedule as a dog-paw model and spokesdog for Squirrel Chasers Organization Of Texas (SCOOT) keeps him quite busy, he still finds time to make occasional guest appearances at the Hitched Events HQ.
When he’s not at the office, Deacon is an obsessive fetcher and can be found emptying his toy box to find anything that his father can throw.
Ready to meet your wedding planning BFFs? Contact us today to learn more about our team!