MEET OUR TEAM

Planning dreams, one detail at a time...

LAURA JOSEFINA KELLY

Owner and Founder

MEET LAURA:
How did Josefina Events originate?
I went to school for fashion design and spent many years working in Los Angeles as a stylist and doing set design for commercials, tv shows, and music videos. Although I loved the craft, I always loved working with people. I took some time off to travel the world volunteering internationally, spending months at a time in places such as Costa Rica, Nepal, and India.
Once I returned to the US, I was able to combine my craft with my passion to help others and worked for various nonprofits raising funds by designing and producing fundraising seminars, galas, and golf tournaments. Before long, people were asking me to help them with their weddings and other social events.

As fate would have it, Josefina Events was created and it's been a fabulous ride since!

What do you love the most about event planning?
Telling a story. I believe events are opportunities for people to showcase their personalities, especially weddings. It's so much fun to create experiences through music, food, ambiance, and decor.

What are your passions?
Travel, food, dogs, yoga, my loving family, and helping other women be successful.

Favorite Quote: It’s not happy people that are thankful; it’s thankful people that are happy.
Favorite Food: No matter how much I travel and how old I get my favorite meal has stayed the same since I was 5 years old. Give me a pepperoni thin crust pizza and a bowl of cookies & cream ice-cream and I’m in heaven.

DANA BLANCAFLOR

CO-OWNER, SAN DIEGO SPECIALIST

MEET DANA:
Hometown: San Diego – Born, raised and proud to be a San Diego lifer!
Why did you join the Josefina Events Team?I have always loved weddings and planning ALL events! After working for Laura I fell in love with her method. We believe in making memories, not just “getting through the next event.”
Favorite thing to do: Spending time with my daughter. She amazes me; the true definition of LOVE.
Favorite Quote: The best kinds of friendships are fierce lady friendships where you aggressively believe in each other, defend each other, and think the other deserves the world.
One thing I can’t live without? Girl’s Night Out! I love a good cocktail with great friends and lots of laughs!

Ashley Matondi

Wedding & Event Specialist, Palm Springs

MEET ASHLEY:
Hometown: I grew up in Redlands, CA and Ashland, OR. I spent the first part of my childhood in Redlands, where every weekend you could find us at the beach enjoying the salt, sand and sun. When we moved to Oregon, I fell in love with all the changes each new season brings and the solitude you can only find in nature.
If you could travel to one destination where would it be and why: Ahhhhh! This is impossible to answer. I love to travel anywhere and everywhere, I couldn’t possibly choose just one destination.
Favorite quote: Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
What do you enjoy most about planning and designing events: I love to help couples create events that reflect their story and weave their uniques personalities together. When all the details come together and you see that story come to life, you know you’ve done your job.
One thing you can’t live without: My friends! I can’t imagine getting through life without them. We all need people who can celebrate our victories, hear our frustrations and best of all, have epic adventures with.

Jackquelyn Dinh

Wedding & Event Specialist, San Diego

MEET JACKQUELYN:
Hometown: I was born in Vietnam and came to San Diego at the age of 4. Since then, my life has been staged in San Diego.
If you could travel to one destination where would it be and why: If I could go anywhere in the world, I would spend just one day in the Arctic Circle. I’ve always wanted to see penguins in their natural habitats and spend a night in an igloo.
Favorite Quote: Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
What do you enjoy most about planning and designing events: The look on any member of the event to see their vision come to life and see how amazing the event turned out to be.
One thing you can’t live without: My life would be boring and tasteless without my peppers. From thai chili peppers to jalapenos, I love all peppers in between. No dish would be the same without that little spiciness to flavor the day.