Meet Our Team
Taylor Boesen | Owner, Design & Event Coordinator
The owner & founder of White Willow Events, Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in Event Management from Iowa State University, took her dream + created it into reality. She has over 10 years of experience + a constant passion for planning, designing, and executing unforgettable events. Her love for events has extended into creating our sister company, Willow on Grand, a wedding and event venue located on Grand Avenue here in Des Moines that opened in February of 2022. She can be found managing both businesses, while also coordinating and designing all kinds of events. Taylor is a Des Moines native, and resides in Beaverdale with her husband Tim and daughter Scarlett.
Tasha Palacioz | Event Coordinator
After a few years of a traditional corporate 9-5 job, Tasha transitioned into the event world + hasn’t looked back. She received her bachelor’s degree in Advertising + Marketing from Iowa State University, and has over 5 years of experience combined with a love for planning + organizing memorable events. Tasha is a Des Moines native, and resides in Des Moines with her son, Jordon.
Rachel Rullestad | Event Coordinator
Another DSM Metro native, Rachel grew up in Ankeny and continued on to graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Marketing & Event Management. She has over 5 years of experience, and has definitely found her niche in planning + executing all kinds of weddings and events, as well as serving as our team logistics coordinator.
Alex Baltes | Design & Event Coordinator
Originally from the small town of Hampton, IA, Alex moved to Des Moines after graduating from Iowa State University with her bachelor’s degree in Event Management + Apparel Merchandising to pursue her love for wedding design + planning. Alex has over 5 years of experience, and enjoys using her eye for design to execute beautiful + remarkable events.
Rebecca Thomsen | Business & Accounts Manager
Serving as our business & accounts manager, Rebecca is also the mother of our owner, Taylor Boesen. She manages all of us, as well as everything that is needed to make White Willow Events run as smoothly as it does! Rebecca spent many years working in corporate travel & events, as well as time creating and managing her own travel agency. She is now fully dedicated to managing both White Willow Events and our sister company, Willow on Grand.
Emily Klein | Event Coordinator
Emily grew up in Cedar Rapids, IA, and found her love for events through her time as a White Willow Intern in the fall of 2020. Emily was excited to continue her career in the event industry when she graduated with a degree in Event Management from Iowa State University in the spring of 2021. Emily resides in Des Moines with her fiancé Gus + sweet pup Murphy.
Rachel Prideaux | Event Coordinator
A Des Moines girl at heart, Rachel [who also goes by Rae] was born and raised in Beaverdale and has a knack for organization and hard work. She graduated with a degree in Event Management from Iowa State University in the fall of 2021, and has over 5 years of experience in the event industry. After trying out other avenues of the industry, she found a love for weddings and social events that we at White Willow specialize in.
Amanda Hollinger | Event Coordinator
With over 10 years of experience in the event industry, Amanda has done it all from catering, to venue operations, wedding & event planning, and sales. She has the ability to adapt to any situation and can be found working at both White Willow, as well as at our sister company, Willow on Grand. Amanda resides in Norwalk with her husband, Chris, and children Wyatt and Hattie.
Anna Regole | Design & Event Coordinator
Anna graduated from Iowa State University in the spring of 2022 with her bachelor’s degree in Event Management & Hospitality, and is originally from Batavia, IL. She’s always wanted to work in weddings for as long as she can remember, and her internship with White Willow in the summer of 2021 solidified her love for the industry. Anna enjoys seeing all of the small details coming together for an event, and working with clients to achieve their overall vision.