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Hi, I'm Jen, the driving force behind Southern Skies—a homage to the peaceful and unspoiled skies of North Carolina. I've been creating professional, memorable events since 2014 and my vision for Southern Skies is to design unforgettable weddings that reflect each couple's individuality, all while embracing a relaxed and enjoyable planning process. True to my belief that every milestone is an occasion, I love to celebrate the everyday! Off duty, I'm either delving into a new wine, catching up over brunch, or feeding my passion for travel.

OWNER, LEAD PLANNER

jen shaefer

Part-time engineer, full-time lover of animals and weddings.  Find her at a concert, spoiling her dog, Roxy, or planning her own dream wedding!

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.

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- 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!

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Say hello to the faces behind Southern Skies, where our passion for planning meets your vision for the perfect event. We're a blend of different backgrounds and bold ideas, all dedicated to creating an amazing event. Let's get to know each other and start planning an event that feels like home.

In being authentic. Be unique, be weird...you do you. We just hope we're 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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