"I prefer the sassy version"
Owner // Planner // Lead Coordinator
I’ll be honest with you all - being a wedding planner and event manager was not always in the stars for me. I'm a Registered Nurse by trade - working for over 5 years now in the Emergency Department. I am trained to handle people's worst days with accuracy and efficiency. I help lead my team through stressful and taxing moments, and I need to have precise communication so that no details are missed.
Now, imagine all of these qualities taking shape in your event manager. I have fallen in love with being there for my client's best day of their lives. We're going to have the most beautiful time ever together, I promise!
"my coordination game is on point"
Karen joined Rockfish Valley Events by Design in early 2020 and has been killing the game since then. As a experienced mom - she easily deals with any hiccups or unruly guests that dare to try and upset your day. Oh, she also has experience in the hotel wedding industry. I always think wrangling a couple of strong-willed children on a daily basis qualifies her for this position more though.
Read through our reviews, and you'll find Karen's name plastered everywhere. Our clients love working with her level-headed, rational and calming demeanor. She fills in any gaps that I leave behind, and that's why we make a great team.
"I'm really too young to be watching this"
Fast forward to 2021 - we've taken on more weddings than we ever imagined and we need some help! Enter Haley - our precious assistant-now lead coordinator. She will be graduating in Dec 2023 from JMU with a hospitality degree. We have truly enjoyed watching Haley blossom into a strong lead and define where she wants to grow in the industry. Our Showalter's expert - she will likely be guiding you through your big day if you book in the Shen Valley with us!
Haley is now stuck with us for the next few years - and I think she's learning a lot. She's at least learning that just because you're a grandma, doesn't mean you can't break it down on the dance floor! We had to initiate her somehow ...
Any team pictures on our website with these beautiful skirts are credited to Amanda Shrader Photography. Please go check out her inspiring movement at the link below. A fellow lady boss who is making big moves within the industry, while empowering other bad ass females to do the same. Thank you Amanda!