That’s our goal, to exceed our client’s expectations and deliver events that exude joy and engaging activity. Through creative design and thoughtful approach to strategy, our portfolio demonstrates that we provide services that elevate every aspect of an event. And above all, we care. Like, a lot.
Our Guiding Values
We believe every event should be one of a kind experience, even if it’s one that happens annually. That means we’re constantly looking for new ways to get creative and bring a unique, never-before-seen element to our clients and their guests.
No matter surprises pop up in business (or life) you can always count on our team to be there for everything pertaining to your event. We are ready for the unexpected and prepared to handle every detail so you can focus on other priorities that need your attention.
Experts say we spend the majority of our lives at work, so why not make it fun? We believe joy should be part of both our professional and personal lives and bring that concept into each event we execute.
Meet the Founder
Jessica Shea, CMP
CEO & Head Event Strategist
Having always been inspired by the transformative power of creativity and style, Jessica made a personal passion her profession leading to the launch of J Shea in 2012.
It’s with her meticulous attention to detail and enthusiasm for extraordinary experiences that has allowed Jessica to conceptualize, style and produce full-service, one-of-a-kind, custom events for corporations, associations, and individuals.
Drawn to a creative environment, Shea worked with the Washington Redskins in the special events department at FedExField. From there, she took leading roles in event planning with the Health Industry Distributors Association and Talley Management Group, while getting her certification in meeting planning (CMP).
She is very involved in her local community and event industry, volunteering her time to produce multiple events to raise money for industry foundations and charitable organizations.
In addition to playing mom to three, Jessica’s events have been featured in publications including BizBash, The Washingtonian, and Meetings & Conventions magazine.
Years in the Event Industry: 20
What you love about events? The opportunity to create an something someone has yet to experience ever before. The creative process is definitely my favorite.
Favorite Cocktail (or Mocktail): Cabernet-all-day. If it’s 70+ degrees outside, I love a good craft margarita.
Random fact! Ready, go! My mom, dad, brother and I all went to the same university, Ithaca College. While my brother and I attended, both of my parents also worked there. You could say life on campus for us was a family affair. It’s also where I started my career in events.
What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend? The weekends are spent with my 3 kiddos and all of their activities. That time is precious to me. In the evenings my husband and I like to enjoy a nice bottle of wine, eat great food, and just relax because we rarely get time to do that during the week! #momlife
Share your definition of the word JOY: Joy for me is making other people feel good. And that’s what I love to bring to the events we plan: making people feel joy, because in the end that’s what matters in life.
Our Stellar Team
Megan Juffer, CMP, HMCC
Megan is passionate about putting her project management, operations, and marketing skills to work for her clients. As a Certified Meeting Planner and expert in strategic meetings management, she is known for her detailed and driven approach to business and finds joy in managing all the details and loves taking an event from concept to launch and beyond.
An Iowa native and graduate of the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, Megan enjoys traveling the world, exploring the great outdoors and trying new things!
Years in the Event Industry: 12
What you love about events?
No two events are ever the same! There’s always a new detail that can be incorporated or a new challenge to solve. Every day is different in the life of an event planner!
Favorite Cocktail (or Mocktail): I’m a Cabernet lover, but I can’t say no to a jalapeño margarita on a hot summer day!
Random fact! Ready, go! I’m a road cycling enthusiast and have completed RAGBRAI (the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) three times! That’s more than 1,200 miles in the books! When I’m not out on the road, you can find me spinning at home on my Peloton.
What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend? Explore! Whether I’m traveling in a foreign country or attending a local event in my hometown, I love to get out and about to experience something new.
Share your definition of the word JOY: Joy is making a client over-the-moon happy, snuggling with my two puppies, completing a home improvement project with my soon-to-be husband, going for a long bike ride on a cool summer evening, and enjoying a glass of wine (or two!) at girls night out.
Courtney Smith has more than 15 years of event experience and is a certified meeting professional. She spent 10 years as the Director of Event Planning at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center where she managed both group and social business of 50 to 3,000 attendees.
She’s well versed in planning multi-day conferences, trade shows, political luncheons, gala dinners and weddings. Her top strengths lie in venue, vendor, and budget management with additional experience as a technical director for high level shows.
She lives in Aldie with her husband, daughter Cameron, son Jax, and their Puggle Gus.
Years in the Event Industry: 15
What you love about events? I love seeing an event come together from start to finish – event conceptualization, program and decor elements, and food and beverage components. It’s important to tell a meaningful story so the event resonates with your attendees. I also love bringing people together through an event.
Favorite Cocktail (or Mocktail): I’m not too picky! I enjoy Margaritas, most beers (current favorite is from a local brewery Solace), and I love a good sparkling wine or rose.
Random fact! Ready, go! I love queso. I’d eat it every day if I could! I love it so much that my husband and I got married on Cinco de Mayo. I’m also a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I know more about football than most men.
What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend? Spend time with my family. We love to get out and enjoy the outdoors and local wineries / breweries. It’s the best of both worlds – the kids can run around and we get to enjoy an adult beverage!
Share your definition of the word JOY: A well-executed run-of-show where it just flows from one aspect to another brings me great joy – and a tremendous feeling of accomplishment I thrive on. Outside of work it would definitely be making memories with my family. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful husband, daughter and son and anytime spent with them is pure joy.
Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist
Casey’s interest in art and design began at an early age, which she fostered during her college years at the School of Media Arts & Design at James Madison University.
She worked for highly renown firms Burson-Marsteller and Hudson Studio before moving into a more all-encompassing marketing role for an orthodontic practice in 2008. There she helped grow the business into the DMV’s most successful practice.
Fast forward 12 years and three kids later, Casey focuses on designing full event packages and planning and implementing marketing & social media strategies for our clients events.
Years in Marketing/Graphic Design: 20+
What do you love about your work: I love using my creativity to communicate digitally (online or in print). Finding innovative & impactful ways to get a message across and helping clients manage perception is what I find most satisfying. A big part of my life’s work is a commitment to giving back and to helping those in need, that passion is what I find most fulfilling.
Favorite cocktail (or mocktail): A good pinot noir or a mimosa with just a drop of OJ 😉
Random fact! Ready, go! 1) I was a Virginia state champion gymnast when I was young; 2) I am running my first marathon this November; 3) I met my husband when I was 17 years old; 4) I have 3 daughters that keep me on my toes.
Fave thing to do on the weekend. A sunny day on the soccer fields with my girls, enjoying a glass of wine at one of the many local wineries, having a spa day at Salamander with friends, or eating out with my husband.
Your definition of the word JOY. For me joy is the feeling created by the combination of love and connection. What brings me joy: Coffee in the morning, an email saying my blood donation has saved a life, a smile from one of my three girls or really doing anything to make someone else’s day a little brighter.
Explore some of our recent event designs and case studies in the J Shea portfolio.