At Just Marry!, we are committed to creating a trusting and genuine relationship with you and your family as you begin this new chapter in your life. Our highly regarded team is not only trained in every logistic of wedding planning, but has the poise and style to make your planning absolutely outstanding!
At an early age, Rachel discovered her passion for organization and her keen eye for detail. Rachel has always been considered the planner of the group for family and friends. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Organizational Communications. Upon graduation from UCF, she gained professional knowledge in event planning and social media and decided to forge a career out of those experiences!
When Rachel isn’t planning events, she’s spending time with her husband, two cats, friends, and family. She loves to spend the day at the beach, seeing the newest movies, and catching up on the latest fashion trends at the local mall.
“I love seeing the moment that the couple first walks down the aisle together as newlyweds! It’s a beautiful moment that I am honored to witness.”
Susan founded Just Marry! in 1992 in the bedroom of her parents’ home. Since then, she has collaborated with thousands of couples to plan their big days. Her tenacity, talent and persistence helped her grow her company to include divisions for weddings, social events and corporate destination management. She is also a renowned speaker, author, business coach, and TV personality. She is the National Wedding Expert for Perfect Wedding Guide and is one of Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine’s A-List Planners.
While she has received many accolades and awards, Susan’s proudest business accomplishment is her company and team she has built. Just Events! Group, Inc. is a family-friendly business filled with employees who genuinely care about their clients and each other. When Susan isn’t entrenched in the business, she loves traveling and having adventures with her husband and four children.
“I enjoy listening to my clients describe their perfect wedding and helping make it a reality. Together, we can make magic happen!”
Michelle began her career in the event industry nearly 10 years ago in New Orleans, and focused on Event Planning and Tourism Hospitality throughout her education at the University of New Orleans. She loves every aspect of events, from meticulously setting up to assisting bridal parties and executing ceremonies. She enjoys thinking ahead, staying organized, and being flexible.
A former Just Marry! destination bride, Michelle truly relates to her couples. She understands what it’s like to plan remotely, and strives to make her couples feel as comfortable as possible! Her second home is Walt Disney World, where she got engaged and married and continues to celebrate major life events.
When Michelle isn’t planning events, she loves spending quality time with her family and traveling to both new and familiar places, especially Walt Disney World and the beach! She also enjoys rehabilitating endangered and hurt animals at her local zoo and aquarium.
“My Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin wedding was a dream come true! I carry that day in my heart and I’m honored to now plan these weddings for couples all over the world.”
Jennifer has been working in the event industry for the past eight years coordinating weddings, social events, and corporate events. Her commitment to details defines her enthusiasm for creating unique and unforgettable events that celebrate the most important day in a couple’s lives. Along with her passion for creating personal relationships with her couples, her keen eye for every aspect of design helps her create a seamless and beautiful event every time. She has a passion for making a couple’s ideas come to life.
Jennifer’s favorite aspect of any wedding is the floral, believing that floral is the breath of life in an event. When she’s not hard at work on creating wedding masterpieces, you can find her steps away from the ocean or at the local farmer’s market with her family.
“I have truly fallen in love with every detail that goes along with designing everything from an intimate soiree to a lavish celebration. Everything starts from an idea, so let’s get to work! Happy Planning!”
Karen started with Just Marry! in 2009 as the assistant to the company president, Susan Southerland. Her background in high-level administrative positions gave her a strong base for wedding planning, and within two months she was coordinating weddings. Although she has stepped away from wedding planning to focus on company growth, she’ll always have a fondness for making couples’ wedding dreams come true!
Karen has a talent for understanding people. She knows the importance of recognizing individual personalities and unique needs. When she isn’t managing our team of planners, you can find her relaxing at the beach, writing, and spending time with her family.
“When it comes to capturing my personality, I think Myers-Brigg is spot on. I’m an INFJ, a person who enjoys consulting and cooperating with others and helping them reach their full potential.”
Since the day she was a flower girl in a family friend’s wedding, Leanna fell in love with every aspect of weddings. She decided that one day she would be involved in making others see the beauty in them, too. She has always been a planner and has a passion for making others happy. She has worked in the events industry with artists, business owners, children, and now weddings…which is her true passion! Leanna recently earned her Gay Wedding Institute (GWI) Certification, and is excited to plan weddings with all couples seeking to have an Orlando destination wedding.
Leanna loves being able to say she has her dream job and that she doesn’t “work” a single day. When she isn’t planning clients’ special days, she’s planning things to do with her friends and family. She loves spending a day at the beach, on the boat at the lake, or simply having dinner and chatting with her family.
“I love learning all about the couple and where their love first kindled. Then my job is to bring that light into their wedding day!”
Kimberly first found her love of planning through catering dinners and events for her friends and family. She loved organizing those occasions because it took the stress off everyone else and it was something she had a passion for. She went to Florida State University to obtain a Hospitality Management degree to fulfill her dream of becoming an Event Manager. She loves organizing an event from the start and then being able to see how spectacularly it all comes together.
When Kimberly isn’t planning events, she’s planning her next travel adventures with her friends and family. She also loves spending the day in the sun with a good book, cheering on her collegiate football team, and exercising with her dog.
“I love seeing the joy the couple has on the wedding day. They finally get to see everything they’ve planned come together. It’s exciting to see how happy they are on their special day!“