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My name is Jen and I'm the owner of Southern Skies. The name comes from my love of seeing the NC stars on a clear night with its calmness and unfiltered beauty. I've been planning events since I was 16 and been planning professionally since 2014. My goal for Southern Skies is to plan beautiful weddings for amazing couples, help take their stress away and do it with kindness. I'm a true believer that love is love and life is a celebration that always calls for a glass of bubbly! When I'm not planning weddings, you can find me at my laptop with a glass of red wine, brunching with friends or exploring the world.


jen shaefer

Part-time engineer, full-time lover of animals and weddings.  Find her at a concert, spoiling her dog, Roxy, or coaching Cheer!

lauren gallagher

laura baumbach

New Yorker turned North Carolinian. Long-time wedding pro and lover of vision boards. Find her spending time with her husband and rocking mom-life.

Jen was so thorough every step of the way: from designing a personal inspiration board, accompanying me to each and every appointment, helping me narrow down vendors that were in my price range and thinking of all the small, tiny, details that helped separate our wedding day from any other- it was absolute perfection. Her attention to detail, professionalism, organization, time management skills and all of the resources she provided made planning my wedding almost as much fun as the actual wedding.


- Brooke + Matt

Morgan Nielson

Christina Perkins

Meaghan Kane

Bria Foster

Sarah Holland

Original NorEaster and recent NC State grad (Go Pack!). Find her enjoying a yummy cup of coffee, nurturing her many plants or exploring NC with friends!

Another North Carolinian we stole from New York. Lover of the arts and all things creative. Find her connecting with local artists, creating TikToks or watching design videos.

Recent bride and two-time Raleighite. Firm believer in happily ever after. Find her at an antique shop or snuggling her English Bulldog, Franklin & cat, Grits.  

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Bio coming soon!

In being authentic. Be unique, be weird...you do you. I just hope I'm lucky enough to come along for the ride.

In teamwork. Having each other to push ourselves to our full creative potential and working together to make couples' dream weddings come to life.

In love. Each of our couples has a unique love story, and we're here to help you tell it through the special details on your big day.

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