Meet Our Team
Amanda Richardson
Founder & CEO
Amanda is a professional event planner who has built her business on 10+ years experience in the catering and food industry. With a bachelors degree in business from CTU, she has successfully written an Italian gourmet cookbook for Dinner Parties called Bella Sapore, Beautiful Flavors (to be released late 2017).

Amanda has also worked as a personal chef, catered, planned & designed events, consulted with industry leaders and offered her services up and down the east coast. Launching into the industry by creating an allergy-friendly catering and retail business before Celiac Disease & gluten free was even understood. Ultimately though, the true nature of her passion has consistently been combining her love for food, wine and entertaining and creating an event that will be remembered for a lifetime.
Alyssa Ackerman
Senior Planner & Graphic Artist
Alyssa is upbeat, energetic and passionate about events! She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, concentrating in Public Relations and Advertising from the State University of New York at Cortland. 

Alyssa received her professional event planning experience working for the President’s Office at her Alma Mater. She's worked to plan events from inception to execution, gaining exposure to large-scale events of up to 8,000 guests while hosting high-profile clients. Alyssa brings her advertising creativity to Events by Bella with a background in stationary and graphic design. 
Jessica Alfaro
Director of Operations
Jessica's passions lie within event coordination and traveling, which have taken her to many places around the world but nowhere is quite like home for this Carolina girl. Jessica creates a relationship with most clients as she is the researching hands behind every client's individual and specific needs.  Let her help you find the perfect peach cobbler you were imagining on your big day!

Jessica combines her Carolina roots with her time spent living in California to seamlessly blend Southern charm with a West Coast boho style.  She is a graduate from University of California, Riverside and just recently moved back to her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.  You'll never find her without her planner in hand, making her a great asset to the Events by Bella team, ensuring the team is always organized and offering up her help whenever possible.  
Craig Richardson
Creative Director
​​Craig is not only Amanda's husband, but also an intricate part of the Events by Bella team. By day, Craig is a Landscape Architect, but nights and weekends he works to create the beautiful Ads in both our print and online media.  Could not do it without him!