It’s safe to say that Ashley Port, owner and founder of BK Events, has been planning parties since the first grade. As the eldest daughter in a family of five kids, the self proclaimed “mini mom” took it upon herself, at age seven, to host an event honoring her teacher before the school year came to a close. She crafted a lunch menu, hand-picked peonies and hydrangeas from her mother’s garden, and set it all up on a silver platter to serve her teacher. “I have no idea how this was even allowed,” she jokes now, “but I guess it really was the beginning of my career.”
A decade and a half later, Port completed a program at the respected Hotel & Hospitality Management School at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During her schooling, she interned at The Bellagio Resort in a very niche department known as “High Rollers Special Events.” It was there she learned the value of intricate details, how to plan elaborate parties from conception to execution, and create over the top décor.
Upon graduation, Port moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles, CA, where she landed a highly coveted position working for legendary wedding planner Mindy Weiss. While under her tutelage, Port honed her design skills and planning techniques while working on events for the Hollywood elite, Fortune 500 companies and fantastic families all across the country.
In 2009, after three years with Weiss, Port decided it was time to venture out on her own, and with Weiss’s blessing, BK Events was born. The company’s foundation is simple: quality over quantity. Port focuses on meeting every client’s needs, no matter the reason for celebration. Port is defined by her innate creativity, design individuality, and meticulous attention to detail. “When you hire BK Events, there is no stone left unturned,” she says. Port and her team provide a full range of events services, from weddings and holiday parties to Bat and Bar Mitzvahs and baby showers. Perhaps most importantly, they are always present yet invisible. “We anticipate our clients needs, oftentimes before they are even aware of the needs themselves!”
Simply put, BK Events are about clients and their loved ones. Though trends are ever-changing, Port’s events are classic, timeless, and always memorable. “My role is to make clients feel like guests at their own party,” she says. “We create, you celebrate.”