About Us

Asheville is a beautiful and magical place. We feel fortunate to wake up every day and plan amazing events all over the region. A lot of coffee, a little bit of wine and our client’s dreams have led to 10 years of incredible weddings, festivals and corporate events. Thank you to all of our past clients and future clients for giving us the opportunity to do what we love.

Missie, Becca and the Asheville Event Co. Team

"We just wanted to thank you again for everything you did for Moogfest this year. We know you put in a lot of hard work and hours and we just want you to know how much we appreciate and enjoy working with you! Cheers to next year!"
- The AC Entertainment Team
Melissa “Missie” Porter Managing Partner

I've been an event planner my entire career and wouldn't know what to do otherwise. I love planning and executing events. I love people. I really love my job and the company Becca and I created.

My experience in managing nearly 800 events has been varied – everything from highly stylized themed parties and luncheons in the nonprofit sector to bridal shows, weddings and fashion shows in major markets in the Midwest. I even worked in the marketing department producing team events and conferences for an industrial manufacturer at the corporate level.

For eleven years, I worked as the Festival Director for the City of Asheville, North Carolina. I was responsible for 5 festivals, including Bele Chere – one of the largest, free music festivals in the Southeast - and consulting and permitting 100 events annually with an attendance of over 500,000 people. I managed a team of 6 staff members and served as the key media spokesperson to major media across the Southeast. I was the founder and director of the Asheville Film Festival & secured over $1 million in funding for city-wide festivals.

In 2008, Becca and I launched Asheville Event Co., a full service event planning and consulting company and we now manage over 40 events per year including weddings, corporate events and festivals.  We are special event experts in budgeting, site research and selection, event logistics, vendors, sponsorship development, volunteer recruitment, community relations, marketing, public relations and all things Asheville, North Carolina.

I’m a mom, a wife, a runner and an animal-lover. I love rock music, shopping, the beach and calling Asheville, North Carolina home.

"You have orchestrated perfection! I reach down to my soul to find words of gratitude and none match my overwhelming appreciation for your gifts of time, talent, skills and finesse. The only one, which speaks to my heart, is - thank you friend."
- Donna, MOB
Becca Stefan Knuth Managing Partner

I like to say that I escaped LA when I moved to Asheville. My career began in the entertainment industry working on feature films and commercials as an Assistant Director for a number of major motion picture studios. During those years, I developed a solid background in organization and logistics, which led me to become an event and meeting planner.

My event planning career began when I arrived in Asheville over 10 years ago and was hired by a marketing company to plan and organize corporate events and meetings. I planned and implemented all types of events from Tailgate parties for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to large scale corporate events and meetings, as well as hundreds of upscale weddings and special events.

I love love and have always been a hopeless romantic, which is likely what lead me to Hollywood in the first place. Ironically, I ended up in Asheville - finding the love of my life - and working with brides on well...a day filled with love.

Melissa and I have experience and a level of professionalism that exceeds most of our clients and vendors expectations. We truly love what we do and take pride in being a part of something that comes together and is one of the best days of someone’s life - be it a wedding, a corporate event or a festival.

I love the outdoors, the fresh air and the mountains. I enjoy spending time with my family and appreciating this wonderful city that I live in.

Asheville Event Co. has values and a philosophy that continue to make our events successful.

"I could go on and on for days with just how much she helped us throughout this entire process. In the end, I don't think I could have done it without her."
- Erin, Bride
Caroline Livengood Lead Planner
I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, but my career started in Los Angeles. I worked as a coordinator on feature films and TV shows, sharpening my skills in organization and multi-tasking. From arranging an ice cream truck to treat the crew at midnight, to scouring LA for ball caps that are the “right” shade of blue, to finding a crane at 10PM after the first one breaks down, I have tackled just about every challenge out there! After 6 years in Los Angeles, I felt like I had been away from Asheville for too long, and have loved making my home back in the mountains. I love everything about event planning here in Asheville - the people and the locations are the best you will ever find. When I’m not working you can find me hanging at home with my husband and daughter, or out on the town sampling one of the many local brews.
“I can’t thank you enough for all of your help with Whitney & Brad's wedding, not just on Saturday, but for these past months. You truly exceeded all of our expectations!”
- Rhonda, MOB
Liz Whalen Tallent Associate Planner

I live for the details when it comes to wedding and event coordination! Flowers, décor and special touches are some of my favorite elements involved in the wedding process – all the little things that come together to make a big impact on your guests and help make your special day truly unique and “you”.

For the past 7 years, I’ve served as the main event coordinator at the Orange Peel, a historic event and concert venue in Downtown Asheville. At the Peel, I’ve directed everything from intimate rehearsal dinners to elaborate wedding receptions to 1000-person benefit concerts and weekend-long festivals, and everything in between. It’s given me a great opportunity to meet and work with all the best vendors in our area. Asheville is certainly blessed with some of the most talented event companies around and I always enjoy working with our area’s gifted events professionals. I love meeting new clients and their families and helping them make their vision a reality with as little stress as possible!

In addition to my work at the Orange Peel, I’ve worked with wedding teams to execute events around Asheville from sites like The Venue to the Biltmore Estate. My goal is to help you relax and enjoy your day, knowing that all the pieces will come together seamlessly and that I’ll make sure no 't' goes un-crossed or 'i' un-dotted. I want you to have an experience that not only meets your expectations, but leaves your family and friends raving over what a great and memorable time they had.

In my spare time, I can be found enjoying our city – particularly Downtown - and spending time with my family: my husband, our son Ben, twin daughters, Helen Kate & Louise, and black lab, Suzy, in our North Asheville neighborhood.

Morgan Marshall Marketing & Event Assistant
My wedding day has so far been the best day of my life and getting to be a part of the wedding day for other people is what I love most about working in this industry. I grew up in Wilmington, NC and, until the fall of 2019, I lived there my whole life! I went to school at UNCW for Community Health Education and spent an amazing 5 years teaching food and nutrition programs in my community. I loved planning and marketing my classes and working with the public, and about 3 years into that role, I wanted something more creative and started working part-time for two companies in Wilmington - one, an event company, and the other, a floral designer. Transforming spaces or starting from the ground up to create beautiful weddings and events - oceanside, historic downtown venues, convention centers and everything in between - has been truly rewarding and become a passion of mine that I look forward to exploring more. I love the creative aspect of this work and I am excited to combine past experiences with new skills in my work with AEC.   In my spare time, you can find me outdoors - usually with my husband and our two sweet pups! I love hiking, running, reading, cooking, and exploring the beautiful place we now call home. In my short time here in Asheville, one of the most notable aspects has been the kindness of the people I have encountered. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms!
Jyl Deering Associate Planner

I believe wedding planning has always been something I have been drawn to in my life. I started my wedding career in college, selling bridal gowns in Boston. I loved the experience but missed seeing the final package of the entire wedding. With that, I moved into the hotel side of weddings, from selling event space as well as servicing weddings.

I am from the New England area, and I am a transplant to NC, but consider NC my second home. The mountains of NC are truly magical, and my favorite place to help plan and host weddings. Spring is my favorite time in the mountains when things are blooming and the temperatures are perfect!

I love the logistics of weddings, timing, budgets and getting the core team together for the couple. I have a soft spot for romantic wedding dresses, an amazing band, and farm to table food.

When I'm not working I love to spend time with my 2 cats, food-based travel & cheering on Duke basketball.