Our Story


An Arkansas native and Northwest Arkansas resident for the last two decades, Amanda Reed brings with her a strong background in design and a love for creative organizing.  Amanda began in 2011 as an Event Planner, and within just a few months, a plan to start her own planning firm and Amanda Reed Weddings and Events, was born.  She has both a degree in interior design and years of experience in the field, two elements that contribute to successfully executing a detail-oriented wedding.  The Amanda Reed Experience uses a creative approach to designing and planning any event, noting “The unexpected touches and surprises at every turn truly make the event memorable for everyone involved!

Amanda makes her home in the crossroads of Northwest Arkansas – Springdale, with her husband, Jim Ed, their children, Addison and Sutton, and their Golden Doodle, Kylo. In their spare time (ha), they enjoy anything 30A, a long list of kids’ activities and sporting events, lake days and cheering on the Razorbacks.


Born in Georgia, raised in Texas, and now an Arkansan for the past decade, Stephanie Benton has always had a southern hospitality heart. Stephanie graduated from The University of Arkansas with a degree in Hospitality Management and has worked in the hospitality industry ever since. Her passion for serving others is what drives her motivation to give her clients and their guests the very best experience. Stephanie’s attention to detail, and brilliant mind for event logistics makes her a valuable asset to the Amanda Reed Weddings team.

Stephanie has planted her roots in Fayetteville with her husband, Collin, their daughter, Emma Grace, and a spunky black lab, Remi.  They love taking jeep rides with the top off and getting outdoors!


Taylor was born and raised in Springdale, living most of her life on the family farm.  She graduated college from John Brown University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.  After college, Taylor began working at The Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP when it opened in 2014.  While working at the theater, she worked several shows, events and weddings, including the annual Art of Wine event.  Taylor began working with Amanda Reed Weddings and Events in the Spring of 2018.  She enjoys the creativity and relationship building that comes with wedding planning.

Taylor currently lives in Springdale with her husband, Will, and their three dogs, Diddy, Duchess, and Scout.  Will and Taylor welcomed their first born daughter, Eleanor, this past February.


Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Katie found herself studying at the University of Arkansas for her bachelor’s of science degree when she stumbled upon the Amanda Reed Weddings team. While an unlikely match, Katie fell in love with the wedding industry and the rest is history. Her passion lies in all things detail, place settings, and watching each event unfold.

While she’s not knee deep in wedding design, Katie loves playing with her golden retriever, Camper. Katie also has a passion for dance and teaches a few classes a week as a dance instructor. Voted most likely to get down with you on your wedding day!