Jen is a native of Miami, and has lived all over the country. After earning two Masters degrees in Planning and Public Policy, she worked her way up in her first field of non-profit management and advocacy and served as a Campaign Director for a national interfaith advocacy campaign and an Executive Director of a small reproductive justice organization.

Jen is a lover of all things weddings, but especially fun, funky, unique weddings that bring together all the loved ones of a couple and is a truly rad event. In late 2014, early 2015, Jen planned her own wedding celebrations in Florida and California. The planning of both of these two truly life changing events led her to dare to take on the dream of starting her own business and helping others create their dream weddings.

Here's what working with Jen means:

-You will get fast responses to emails, calls and texts.

-You will get to work with someone who has a ton of attention to detail, but mostly cares about the big picture!

-You will get honest answers, no up-selling, and someone who will be committed to making your wedding day wonderful!


In addition to our team at Burlap & Rose, we also work with talented women-led businesses as part of a Collective we have co-founded called LoveSpell Collective. In order to provide our clients with additional services like event styling + design, custom graphic design, and expanded floral service options, we have partnered with Holiday Celebrate and Heartthrob Weddings and we are bringing on additional freelance florists. Read more!


As a New Years Eve baby, Marisa was born to create celebrations of all kinds! Mari comes from a background in graphic design, branding, styling and event planning and utilizes her design and coordination skill set to create meaningful, beautiful, detail-oriented events with a unique sense of style, warmth and ease. In addition to founding her own event design and styling business Holiday Celebrate, Mari closely collaborates with Burlap & Rose Weddings as an Associate Wedding Planner and brings a unique eye for graphic design, florals and event styling. 

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Emily loves love and parties, so wedding planning is an organic and joyful career for her. Emily believes in a wedding being a mindful, holistic, healthy and happy event, reflective of the couple's community and culture. Emily strives to help her brides and grooms (or brides and brides, or grooms and grooms, etc) to move through their wedding planning process with purpose and excitement. Working with Emily will be a journey in blissful productivity, leading you toward a wedding day that reflects your personality and partnership. She wants you to look back and think about how much fun you had saying I DO, and promises to handle the more dramatic member's of your wedding party very carefully. Do your best, Mother In Laws, I dare you!



Kat Garner grew up in beautiful Los Angeles and currently lives in Redondo Beach. She studied Visual Communications and Costume Design for Film and Television at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles. Kat currently works as a freelance wardrobe stylist and has a love for fashion, florals, and events.


Dylan is one of five sisters (The oldest: Jen!). Currently residing in LA, Dylan loves classical music, yoga, and going on new adventures. When not helping her sister at weddings, you can find Dylan volunteering at places like the LA LGBT Center and the California Historical Museum. Dylan loves seeing what kinds of interesting takes people put on their wedding rituals, and loves to help pull all the details together to make people's day all that much more memorable!


Chief Support Officer, Main Advice Giver and Husband Role Model. Also hailing from Miami, Joey is Jen's partner in the biz and life, and often the perfect assistant for destination weddings. When Jen and Joey travel for weddings together, Joey often helps with set-up and break-down, and helps keep everything light with his amazing sense of humor. You can often find him with binoculars in hand checking out the birds of Southern California.

We also host interns and apprentices throughout the year. If you are interested in working with us, please email! Special thanks to our interns and apprentices of 2016: Kendra, Myah, Waverly, Tracy and Ashlee.