Meet The Team

Fresh Look Photography

Tara Jones is the heartbeat of SSWE and the reason any of us are here creating couple's happily ever after! She loves planning weddings and other events, such as showers, charity events, and company parties. She definitely got this from her mom who also LOVED to entertain!  

  • I love spending time with family and friends

  • Photography is my vibe (especially landscape and nature)

  • Traveling, I am always geared to go somewhere

  • Fishing - A past time I enjoy doing with my husband and our two boys

  • Mountain living, need I say more! My home in my dreams!

  • Coffee and Sweet Tea

  • Spa treatments

"I am a southern classy gal born and raised in North Carolina! I love spending time with my husband, Bill, and our two grown boys, Matthew and Nathan! I am a blessed woman because I have a husband that takes great joy in helping me with most of my events; so I guess you can say he is the muscle behind it all!" 



Executive Planners

2020 Interns


Virginia Executive Planner

From making your dream come true to all the steps along the way I am here to help SSWE make that happen for you! My name is Jessica and making your dream a reality is my priority!

During my free time, you will see me doing the following:

  • Spending time with my amazing husband and our two-year son.

  • I love shopping

  • Traveling anywhere that allows me to be adventurous

  •  Spending time with my Family and extended family 


I fell in love with doing weddings when I planned my own wedding in 2016 and knew this was something I would love to do. I know how special and amazing I felt on my wedding day and want the same for you💕


NC - Executive Planner

Hi there! My Name is Autumn Jordan, I'm currently a Junior at Western Carolina University. I'm majoring in biology with a minor in mathematics and chemistry. I'm a former paramedic, making a change in my career path! I'm excited to start my journey with Simply Southern Weddings and Events in North Carolina.

My hometown is Hillsborough, NC.

During my free time you will find her doing the following

  • Baking tasty and decorative treats

  • Spending time outdoors kayaking on the lake or chilling in my hammock

  • Spending time with my family and friends and my boyfriend, Trey Bae! 😘


I'm eager to help create your dream wedding!


Kayla brings a blend of experience, education, and a positive attitude to the team. She earned her Marketing degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she served as the Vice President of the Business Student Ambassadors. This is where she gave tours of VCU’s School of Business, planned events to connect current students with alumni, and ultimately caught the planning bug. Along with working on the SSWE team, Kayla works in the health insurance industry as Cost of Care Analyst Sr.


With an upbeat attitude and eye for detail, Nicole is so excited to work with you! She recently graduated from Regent University with her masters degree in journalism and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in communications. Weddings have been her passion for as long as she can remember— she’s practically had her own planned since middle school! Nicole has experience in event planning through her sorority as well as an event staff position during her undergraduate career at Christopher Newport University.

  • Nicole loves country music, sweet tea, and all things mint colored!

  • When she’s not working on school or helping with your wedding, you can find her at the beach or with her horse, Denver!

  • Her favorite flowers are magnolias and Dolly Parton is the person she’d most like to meet!

  • Nicole is passionate about Ronald McDonald House Charities— save your pop tabs, y’all!


My name is Jessica Williams and I graduated from Uva in 2018 with a degree in kinesiology. I currently work as a rehab technician for Bon Secours in motion. Even though PT is my first love event planning/wedding planning has always been a close second so I’m really excited to see what new things I can learn from being apart of this team! 


Ashlea has recently had a change in heart and is looking into event management as a career switch. She has always enjoyed planning events especially throughout her time in college when she was active in her sorority holding many positions, including President. She finds herself always happy and willing to chip in and help at any event.

- Ashlea is an enneagram 7, which can be described as “The Enthusiast” and are known for their sense of adventure, being filled with positive vibes, and the life of the party.
- She has a dog named Mako who is her whole world. And fun fact, she loves sharks and his name was Mako when she got him… it was fate!


  • Lacrosse is a huge passion of hers; she played throughout college, referred some, and still coaches to this day.

  • Ashlea loves volunteering, especially in her church and by doing mission trips.

  • Some of her favorite things are country music, the beach, Cheerwine (or Dr. Pepper), and Mexican food.


Josie is an organized, intelligent, and driven person. Her strengths are being detail-oriented and knowing how to manage her time.


She grew up in Pennsylvania, where she ultimately completed college at Bloomsburg University with her teaching degree. She has been teaching in Virginia for four years and looking for something different.


When she is not helping with weddings or teaching, you will find her doing the following:

  • Basking in the sun on the beach

  • Enjoying a boat ride on the lake

  • Cooking and baking for her family and friends

  • Being an organizing enthusiasts you will find her at Target looking for new ways to organize.


Event planning has always been an interest of hers. She is looking to learn everything she can about the industry in order to open up her own venue someday. She cannot wait to see what the SSWE team has in store for her.⁠

Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

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