Meet the Team
Jenna Culley Events launched in 2012 under the creative direction of CEO & Creative Director, Jenna Culley, and has been serving Twin Cities' couples, families, corporations and foundations since. Our team believes that, while planning an event or wedding can never truly be stress-less, we can give you confidence in the decisions you make and the vendors you choose so that when you get to the day-of, you can fully enjoy it, knowing that every detail is being handled. We love working with a wide variety of clients and couples, can handle everything from planning to production and specialize in event design. Book your consultation today to speak with one of our team members and get your customized proposal.
Jenna Culley is a born and raised Wisconsin girl but began her career in New York working at high end, private clubs learning how to plan, execute and design over-the-top events. When she returned to the Midwest, she launched Jenna Culley Events (previously known as Jenna A Events) in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area and brought all of that big city experience layered with her small town smile. She now has a team of planners that hold her same service-driven values and perfectionist tendencies. Jenna lives in Oakdale with her husband, Justin, and their three children, Cate, Ava and Wyatt.
Heidi Almendinger is an integral part of the JCE team. Heidi has 24 years of experience in the wedding and events industry including bridal and menswear, but also working in the catering and venue world. Since joining the team in July of 2021, Heidi has not only planned numerous weddings, but improved the day to day office operations as well as the logistical aspects of the business. Her favorite part of planning weddings is seeing it all come together in the end and helping turn our couple’s dreams into reality. Heidi lives in Farmington with her husband and two daughters.
Erin Rothmeyer has juggled living between Minnesota and Wisconsin her whole life. Right after graduating from UW-Stout, she started with Jenna Culley Events as Jenna’s very first event assistant. In 2016, Erin stepped away from the company to pursue other passions for about five years, but returned to the team at the beginning of 2022 - and we couldn’t be more excited! Erin is our Administrative Specialist. You will hear from her via all of our social media channels; she is behind the scenes getting everything prepared for our lead planners, as well as taking care of all of the day to day office tasks. When Erin is a part of wedding days, her favorite part is when the couple does a Reception Room Reveal. Seeing the vision become reality and in tip top condition is the best! Erin lives in Shakopee with her husband and two kids.
Liz Erdmann is a true Midwesterner, growing up and living in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Liz and Jenna met in college and have been friends ever since. Their talk of event planning started while watching Gilmore Girls in their dorm; Liz being the Sookie to Jenna’s Lorelei. Liz has been a part of Jenna Culley Events from almost day one and has loved every part of it. Working as both assistant and lead planner has allowed Liz to learn everything about event planning - from room set up to timeline execution. No matter how many weddings Liz has worked, bringing the couple in for a room reveal of their reception where they finally see their vision and hard work come to life will always be her favorite. Liz lives in Roseville with her husband and two step sons.
Leah Gangl has always wanted to be an event planner. Helping people make lasting memories is her mission. After getting her degree in Communications and Event Planning from UW - Eau Claire, Leah held positions in several different industries. She became skilled at planning small town launch events, larger non-profit fundraisers and even planned events in New Zealand. She shifted her focus to wedding planning in 2019 and now enjoys being a lead planner with our team; working with couples with the same passion and desire to create an unforgettable day. She specializes in thrifty and alternative weddings- “thinking outside of the box is my specialty!” In 2021 she added on wedding artistry and graphic design. Creating custom artwork, signs and large-scale décor to accentuate a couple’s personal style. Her artwork was published in the Minnesota Bride Magazine Fall/Winter 2021 and Spring/Summer 2022. Leah lives in Oakdale with her husband and three daughters.
Sarah Shimota grew up in a small town in Minnesota with a very large family, so to say she is experienced with large events is an understatement. While Sarah’s background is in nursing, she has loved helping friends and family coordinate their wedding days. Sarah has been a part of the team since 2021, starting as an assistant planner, and worked her way towards being a lead in 2022. Her favorite part of any wedding day is after the ceremony and right before the reception. “All of the guests are tucked inside the reception area, and the couple has this moment where it’s just the two of them… they are just beaming at one another - giddy with excitement to continue the rest of their dream day and the rest of their lives together”. Sarah lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her pup, Murph.
Wendy is a Lead Planner and brings a lot of experience to the team! Wendy has spent 6 years in men's formalwear as well as the wedding industry. She has also been hosting an international fundraising event for a childhood cancer charity for the last 12 years. Wendy has been a part of the team since 2021, starting as an assistant planner, and worked her way towards being a lead in 2022. Her favorite part of any wedding day is simply all of the hopeful thoughts of the future as a new family begins! Wendy lives in St. Francis with her three daughters.
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