MEET THE TEAM AT BURLAP & ROSE WEDDINGS
Based in Los Angeles, CA//Austin, TX
and… All Over. We Love Travel!
After almost 4.5 years in the biz, Burlap & Rose recently celebrated the success of our 115th planned + executed wedding! How have we accomplished that? With a great team of dedicated, talented folks…
Read on to learn all about our awesome team!
Jen Clary is the founder + owner of Burlap & Rose Weddings. A native of Miami, she has lived all over the country, from Washington state to Washington DC, and now resides in Austin, Texas. After earning two Masters degrees in Planning and Public Policy, she worked her way up in her first field of non-profit management//advocacy, serving in several managerial positions with organizations dedicated to social justice.
Jen has always loved planning events, and made the transition to wedding planning after her own back to back coastal wedding celebrations to her middle school sweetheart, Joey. (Yes, they had two weddings, because… two is better than one?!) Jen is a lover of all things weddings, but especially fun, funky, unique celebrations that bring together all the loved ones of a couple.
Jen also believes in giving back, and has a life-long history with volunteer work, from being a Girl Scout Camp Counselor, to mentoring + tutoring young women, to volunteering in state/national parks. Baby Lucy is Jen’s biggest accomplishment and our newest team member... (ridiculously cute pic at the bottom of this page). Jen is currently a member of the Rising Tide chapters in LA and Austin, the Young Women's Alliance, and is also involved with Boss Babes ATX. Balancing new Mamahood and being a small biz owner(while also sneaking in time for travel, reading + yoga) is Jen's idea of living the dream!
Here's what working with Jen + Burlap & Rose means:
-You will get fast, personalized responses to emails, calls and texts.
-You will get to work with someone who has 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!
OUR ASSOCIATE PLANNERS
Born in Puerto Rico, Luisa Cartagena is a transplant to LA via Boston. In addition to serving as our Office Manager at Burlap & Rose, she maintains an active career as a freelance flutist and music educator. Luisa brings her creative side to life by being one of the driving forces in our Florals program!
.Luisa also loves playing music at weddings and is available to help plan the music for your wedding with her vast network of musician contacts! Luisa is highly connected in the industry, working with renowned artists and is also active in several music groups in the Los Angeles area. Her main ensemble, TrioLA, is composed of flute, harp and cello… which is a perfect combination for any ceremony and cocktail hour! Craving a killer Rock band for your wedding, a Salsa band for a rocking reception or a pianist for your cocktail hour? Luisa can help you find some of the best, and most affordable, musicians in Los Angeles to perform for your event.
Aletha has always been a planner, from parties and vacations to outings with friends or with children as a nanny. Aletha has a background in theatre, film, and childcare. In other words, lots of creativity and people wrangling! Working as an Associate with Burlap & Rose has given her the courage to follow her dreams and start her own wedding and event planning business, Romance and Revelry. Aletha’s goal is to create whimsical and fun weddings that your guests won’t stop gushing about and to ensure that your wedding day runs as smooth as can be.
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 also works as a freelance wardrobe stylist and has a love for fashion, florals, and events. She recently married her long time love Tim at one of our favorite venues (The Hudson Loft!) and she now really understands from the inside out all the fun of wedding planning!
ALEX DAVIS SATO
Alex Sato is a native of Pittsburgh, but moved to LA 7 years ago. Alex also recently got married herself, and has a passion for pickling and canning, floral arranging, and dinner parties. You can usually find her working as the Grants and Contracts Manager at The Center at Blessed Sacrament, and to release her creative side, she loves helping to coordinate beautiful rituals and wedding days!
Bethany Sand-Dahl lives in LA with her husband Chris and dog, Sirius Black (he is a very good boy, thank you for asking). She graduated from FIDM and works as a print and graphic designer in the fasion industry. Passionate about nature, getting outdoors, sustainability and really good design. Flowers are her favorite thing.
Jen is the oldest of FIVE girls (yes five sisters, along with one stalwart brother) and sometimes we bring in “The Sisters” to make it a family affair! With so many girls in this family, we were always playing dress-up and having mock weddings, so bringing on the sister crew is a natural fit. From left to right, meet Dylan, Jessica, Jamie and Taylor(and that’s Jen in the middle on her wedding day!) Equal parts smart, savvy, sweet (and ok, adorable!) our sister crew all know how to bring together an amazing party.
The Sisters will often join for out of town weddings, or larger productions when we need extra hands on deck, and they always bring a killer smile and great attitude!
Meet Joey, 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 when we have more extensive productions, and helps keep everything light with his amazing sense of humor. Joey is an avid birder and will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about birds if you ask! Joey is also an Ordained Officiant and can be booked for Officiant Services. He will also often help with large scale design and floral productions, and you can usually find him with a camera in hand pursuing his love of photography.
AND FINALLY… MEET LUCY
Daughter of Jen + Joey. Future Boss Lady Extraordinaire. Native Texan. The light of our lives!
We also host interns and apprentices throughout the year. If you are interested in working with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org! Special thanks to our current and past interns, assistants and apprentices: Bethany, Nadia, Mari, Emily, Kate, Kendra, Myah, Waverly, & Ashlee.