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. Prior to starting Burlap & Rose,  Jen planned her own wedding celebrations  and this is what inspired her to dare to start her own business and help others create their dream weddings! Jen also believes in giving back, and has a life-long history with volunteer work, from being a Girl Scout Camp Counselor to volunteering in National Parks. 

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!


Since our founding 2.5 years ago, we have mentored four young women pursuing their dreams of entrepreneurial start-ups in the event planning and floral design industries. We have also created a robust Apprenticeship program where our Assistants train with us first during a trial Apprenticeship program, and learn the many ins and outs of the wedding + florals work we create! If you are interested in working with us, please email us at

In addition to our team at Burlap & Rose, we also work with talented women-led businesses in a collaborative effort we co-founded called LoveSpell Collective.




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. Kat is also a bride to be in 2017, and can especially relate to the excitement and nerves of the wedding planning process!



Meet Luisa Cartagena, a recent LA transplant, a native Puerto Rico who comes to us by way of Boston. Luisa serves as both our Office Manager and Associate Planner, and she has a knack for creating amazing florals. Luisa loves hiking, traveling and lots of coffee!  Her favorite weddings are non-traditional weddings and she herself got married at Boston City Hall! Luisa is a talented musician with over 15 years of experience playing the flute, and she is also available to book for your wedding ceremony or cocktail hour! Check out more info at



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 wrangling! Working as an assistant with LoveSpell Collective 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. In addition, Aletha recently got ordained by the American Marriage Ministries, and is our in-house Officiant! She is available as a back-up in case of Officiant Emergency, and is also available for bookings for Elopements and Small Weddings. 


Sometimes we bring in the sisters to make it a family affair! With five girls in this family, we were always playing dress-up and having mock weddings, so brining on the sister crew is a natural fit! From left to right, meet Dylan, Jessica (That's Jen on her wedding day in the middle!), Jamie and Taylor. 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!


Last but not least rounding out our team is our 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. Joey is an avid birder and will tell you more than you ever knew about birds if you ask! Joey will often help with larger design and floral productions, and out of town weddings, and you can often find him with a camera in hand pursuing his love of photographer. 

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.