We are a collaborative combination of meticulous planners, designers, green thumbs, graphic gurus, organizers and storytellers. We keep each other organized, we challenge each other, we finish each other’s sentences, and even when we have been up for 24 hours straight, we still manage to find a way to inspire each other.
At the end of a very long event day, each of us shares the same overwhelmingly fulfilling moment. When all of the work is done, every last candle is lit, every flower placed, every boutonniere pinned and every grandmother seated, we stand back and take in the scene we have helped to create. It is that moment when all of the planning and design becomes the very thing that we live for-– an experience that moves us with a powerful story of love and family.
Written and narrated by Jennifer of Salt Harbor Designs
To assist our clients in communicating their story in a way that is authentic to who they are and what they believe and to create a powerful experience that becomes a meaningful part of that story– an experience that will be retold for years to come.
BOTTOM (LEFT TO RIGHT):
SARA LEVESQUE – EVENT COORDINATOR & DIRECTOR,
JENNE HARRIS – PROJECT MANAGER,
JENNIFER ROSE – OWNER, EVENT DESIGNER,
ANNA MINTZ – OFFICE MANAGER
TOP (LEFT TO RIGHT):
KATIE PISCHERA – EVENT ASSISTANT, WEBSITE DESIGNER,
HEATHER TAPP – EVENT ASSISTANT
Salt Harbor was founded by Jennifer Rose, a scenic and floral designer who graduated with a Masters in creative writing. Jennifer spent years trying to choose between artistic avenues, but always felt torn between theater, flowers, interior design, writing, and music. As a child she would spend hours filling tiny vases with blooms from the garden, collecting paint swatches from the hardware store, and rearranging furniture in her childhood home. Throughout high school and college she became set designer and artistic director for a community theater programs in Ohio.
Jennifer moved to Wilmington in 2003 for grad school and began working for local florists. It was there that she began to recognize that events and weddings were often pieced together by a series of vendors who had little communication between them. When she founded Salt Harbor in 2007, Jennifer hoped to offer an alternative and provide one cohesive design from start to finish. She quickly realized that clients loved not only the idea of someone to make sure all of the details worked together, but also someone who could help them tell their story. The career became the artistic outlet that Jennifer had always searched for, one able to encompass so many of her creative loves– story, color, flowers, paper, design, texture, and gatherings.
Jenne Harris and Jennifer met in 2005 while working for a Wilmington flower shop. Throughout her adolescence and early adulthood Jenne worked in a family-owned florist, and when Jennifer started Salt Harbor, she was always the first call whenever a huge job was booked. For a long time, she was affectionately known as the “pickle girl,” coming to the rescue on huge event weekends. She is now a regular fixture at SHD and has become the go-to rigging and hanging installations expert!
In the fall of 2007, while Jennifer was still designing out of her garage and in desperate need of help, Anna Mintz joined Salt Harbor and quickly became Jennifer’s organizational godsend. Anna finished her business management degree the following year and started working full time for Salt Harbor and has been a part of the team ever since. She is now office manager, running all of the logistical pieces of the business from estimates to scheduling. She is an organizational genius and expert manager.
While Salt Harbor’s primary focus has always been design, in those beginning years clients continually requested additional coordinating services. Sara Levesque joined the team in 2008, after serving as an event planner for restaurants and hotels around the world, and quickly became the lead planner for Salt Harbor. Sara’s meticulous, thoughtful and extremely detailed nature made her the perfect person for coordinating events large and small. Adding Sara to the team allows Jennifer to focus on design, while Sara embraces all of the coordination pieces of each event.