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Meet the team

Kiss stress goodbye with Southern Skies Events! From day one to day-of, the Southern Skies team is here to make sure you enjoy the planning process.

We are a team of passionate, creative & experienced planners, here to help design your dream day, allowing you to focus on sweet moments with friends & family.

Whether you're hosting an intimate backyard wedding or an elegant black-tie affair, working with the Southern Skies team guarantees you and your guests will receive exceptional care from people who are driven to turn your dream into reality.

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Jen Shaefer

Hello and welcome! I'm Jen and I'm the owner and lead planner at Southern Skies Events

I was born in the Midwest, but grew up in Raleigh, and feel so lucky to be living my dream creating modern, elegant events! I started in the industry 10 years ago as a dishwasher, and worked my way up to planner. While I've been part of close to a thousand events in my time, I've personally led over 300, and absolutely LOVE what I do.

When I'm not planning an event, you'll find me playing sports (I'm an athlete at my core), hanging out with my family or exploring Pinterest boards.

I'd love to meet over a cup of coffee or glass of wine to learn more about you & your event vision! Check out our contact form and feel free to ask for me specifically or for one of my amazing teammates.

Meet the Team! 

Originally from Massachusetts, Kelsey brings a bright energy to any event. While she has an eye for details, her genuine love for each couple makes her extra special.

As a newlywed herself, Kelsey connects with brides on a deeper level and knows how to be most helpful during a typically stressful time. Her favorite part of any wedding is watching kids steal the show with their adorable dancing, and she’s a big fan of neutral color palettes this year. “Add a pop of green floral and I’m in Heaven!” 

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Another NC transplant, Brandi has a true talent when it comes to planning. Her professionalism & sweet disposition are a powerful combination, and with hundreds of events under her belt, you can breathe easy.

Brandi loves navy color schemes, seeing new trends incorporated into weddings, and of course– signature cocktails! When she’s not planning, you can find Brandi training and cuddling her new puppy, Scout. 

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Even though she was born and raised in Florida, Krista has no shortage of true southern hospitality. Her excitement and passion for weddings is obvious upon first meeting. You’ll feel like you’re talking to a friend as she walks you through everything our team has to offer.

In her spare time, Krista can be found snuggling with her rescue pup, Cali, watching a true-crime marathon, or pre-planning her own dream affair

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Maura sniegoski

Our most recent addition and new mom, Maura is the happiest person you'll meet and absolutely one of a kind. 

 Having been in the industry for years, she has extensive knowledge of weddings, corporate & private events to help you choose the perfect package. Make sure you check out her own incredible Baltimore wedding, featured on our site!  

When Maura's not talking to couples & clients, she's laughing and loving life alongside her husband, John and son, Jack.

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"I was calm and confident on our wedding day, because I knew Jen had made sure everything was perfect!"

"Jen is kind and professional, but most importantly she is a great teammate."

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“I was calm and confident on our wedding day, because I knew Jen had made sure it was perfect!”

“Jen is kind and professional, but most importantly she is a great teammate.”

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"In the 15 years I've been ordained and doing weddings, you are--by far--the very best, most organized, most pleasant and engaging coordinator I've ever had the pleasure of working with."

"Southern Skies' services are the best money you can spend on your wedding and yourselves."

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