APW is focused on creating a culture that supports laid-back, feminist weddings. All that stuff wedding media tells you that you have to have? We think you don’t have to have it (unless you actually want it). And we don’t believe that all those things people tell you are traditions actually are traditional. Our wedding content is a mix of real wedding stories sharing what couples learned, how-to’s, and personal essays normalizing the messy reality of wedding planning.

In addition, we are working to build a cultural conversation about what it means to be young(ish) and married right now, in this cultural moment. We’re working to collectively build a positive egalitarian idea of what marriage can be in society, and what it can mean in our lives. Our marriage content is a mix of personal essays from both staff writers and readers on a whole variety of subjects around relationships.

Keene’s site offers almost-engaged girlfriends, brides-to-be, and new wives something like what Sassy magazine, in its early-90s heyday, offered pre-teen girls terrified by Seventeen: a space where messy reality is normalized and confronted. Most of the site is devoted to real-world wedding stories, with budget advice and how-to’s included…. But the most striking posts delve into complicated and touchy issues like coping with toxic family relationships, planning second weddings, dealing with infertility—all things that are routinely airbrushed out of the glossier wedding media. —Tablet Mag

 

Editor-In-Chief

Meg Keene

Meg started out in the world knowing that she wanted to make things and boss people around (in a nice way). When she was nine, she had her mom order her a set of business cards that said “Aspiring Artist.” She’s always had a fondness for business stationery. She attended NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts where she earned her BFA in experimental theatre. She is probably better at postmodern nudity than you are, or at least more qualified. After graduation she founded and managed a small theatre company, and worked in on and off Broadway in theater management. Once Peter Yarrow sang “Blowing In The Wind” in his living room to raise $1,000 for a show she produced. That was a good day. When she got tired of theatre, she moved to San Francisco where she worked in the research department of an investment bank. That is a long story. Also a long story, shortened is this: Meg founded APW in 2008, wrote a best selling wedding book, and no longer has to deal with professional nudity, postmodern or otherwise. Plus, she took the “Aspiring” off her business cards. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com

Digital Director & Style Editor

Maddie Eisenhart

In the eighth grade, Maddie wrote a personal essay about making out with her boyfriend for the first time, and read it out loud in front of the whole class, thus jumpstarting an early career in Exploring Your Feelings in Public. Maddie graduated from NYU in 2008 with a degree in Mass Media and intentions of becoming Tina Fey, but quickly realized that she looks terrible in glasses. After a brief and traumatizing stint in the entertainment industry, she jumped ship and sailed off into the sunset on the S.S. APW. As APW's Digital Director and Style Editor, she spends a significant part of her day thinking about trends on the internet, the future of Miley Cyrus' career, and whether flower crowns will be out of style this year. A Maine native, she currently lives on a pony farm in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Michael, and their lazy mastiff Juno. Current hair color: Pink.

Content Manager

Najva Sol

Najva Sol is an Iranian-American fashion designer, photographer, writer, consultant, and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Storytelling is her life. She launched her sustainable clothing brand Vaunt & Sol in 2013 with model & best friend Nicole Vaunt. The line is equal parts functional beauty & wearable art with a dash of inspiration from her middle eastern heritage. As a photojournalist, she’s shot everything from Art Basel to the Democratic National Convention. Getting hired by Moleskine & sponsored by Lomography in the same year made her low-fi childhood dreams come true. Najva consults on social media, brand strategy, and digital community for select clients, but only uses her powers for good. Her first major published piece was a chapter in “Love Insh’Allah: The Secret Love Lives of Muslim American Women”— but she also writes freelance for a variety of outlets. She’s spoken at lots of fancy places, like Harvard and Columbia, and been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Time Out New York.

Advertising Manager

Keriann Kohler

After spending her formative years in a monastic pursuit to become a professional ballet dancer, Keriann (better known on the interwebs as KA) has refused to commit to a career path. Leaving NY for LA, she earned a BA from USC in "SocialScienceswithanemphasisinHistory" with minors in Business, Architecture and Film; and worked in theater management, set design and real estate. She eventually returned to NY, but never got the memo that grown-ups only have one job. After years of managing the businesses of several creative entrepreneurs—and a nudge from Meg—she realized that WAS her job, and a business as a business manager was born. KA can also be found acting, renovating the house she grew up in, and planning hypothetical travel adventures. APW once taught her commitment-phobic self that while diversification is good for business, marriage isn’t so bad for a relationship, and she’s been happily married to Scott since 2011.

Copy Editor

Kate Bolen

Kate’s English BA from the University of San Francisco solidified her love of words, grammar, punctuation, and all things lit nerd. She resides in sometimes-sunny San Francisco with her cuddly husband Kevin and her supportive cat Nori. Privileged to be APW’s first reader, Kate had long dreamed of copy editing Meg’s work before it became a reality, and she is constantly in awe of and grateful for the amazing community that is APW. This crafty world-traveling native-Texan foodie anglophile Netflix-addict has more interests than she has time, so when not editing or creating, she contents herself to defend The Earth with her amazing powers of recycling and composting. She thinks bow ties are cool.

Editor, Ask APW

Liz Moorhead

Liz grew up knowing that being an artist was not a sensible career choice. So, she tried everything from waitressing to telemarketing to teaching, and she completed three degrees including a Master’s of Education. Then, her son was born and she realized art was one of the few things she could do from home. While wearing sweatpants. Now, she paints custom stationery, screenprints tea towels, designs logos and websites, and blogs about the whole shebang. She somehow finds time in her day to type up impassioned opinions about weddings, etiquette and feminism, usually while shaking a fist and mumbling expletives around mouthfuls of cheese fries. Whatever other spare time Liz has, she spends sipping bourbon with her husband and playing Don’t Throw That in the Toilet with her son.

Staff Writer

Stephanie Kaloi

Stephanie is a photographer, writer, and Ravenclaw living in Portland with her husband, their six year old metalhead son, and a crew of adopted animals. Her writing has been published in The Good Mother Myth, xoJane, and TIME. Current goals include successfully moving to Chattanooga (this August!) and becoming a professional kitten cuddler.

Writing Fellow

Eve Sturges

Eve Sturges lives in Los Angeles with her tweenage daughter and brand-new, super nice husband. With a master's degree in counseling psychology, Eve is working towards therapist licensure and is developing her own life coaching program inspired by her blog The Magpie List. Her writing can be found at places like Rookie, Feministe, Trop Magazine, and CleanPlates. Embarrassing videos of the storytelling show she produced with comedian Melinda Hill are on youtube. Finally, its important to know that Eve gets pretty upset when there isn't chocolate in the house and really happy when she cuddles with babies. Follow her instagram @magpielife.

Writing Fellow

Ojus Patel

Ojus spent her childhood getting lost in literature, but always hated writing. That all changed when she read To Kill A Mockingbird and was struck by just how powerful words can be. Since then, she has spent a lot of time dissecting human behavior and emotion, collecting BAs in english and psychology and an MA in education through the process. Now, she continues the perpetual study of human behavior via writing and photography. She lives with her wonderful husband outside of Chicago, where she spends most of her time chasing their awesomely wild toddler. She's also forever chasing the enigma of the perfectly crafted sentence.

Writing Fellow

Jennifer Tomscha

Jennifer Tomscha is a native of the Great Plains now living in the neon future of Shanghai, where she teaches in the Writing Program at New York University’s newest campus. In 2010, she met her now-fiancé Dan in a fiction workshop at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), where they first fought about the proper spelling of the word “koozie.” They’ll be married this summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota, beside a lake with paddleboats. Her email is currently monitored by both the NSA and the CCP, and she is at work on a novel about love, surveillance, and the multitude of Jennys.

Contributor

Manya Dotson

Since leaving NYC’s glossy magazine editorial world in 1999, Manya has been living in Sub-Saharan Africa trying to be useful raising money for, designing, and managing public health projects. Manya (who is an American) currently lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya with her beloved husband, Brian, and two daughters, aged 14 and 9.

Contributor

Kelsey Hopson-Shiller

Kelsey is a California native, residing in Denver. She married Julie, a Jewish girl from New Jersey, in September 2014. She works too many jobs, including one as an animal assisted therapist at a local high school, has too many pets, and really likes reading books in the sunshine, especially if there's bourbon involved.

Contributor

Hayley Cotter

Hayley is a Boston native who traded her snow boots for flip flops and moved to the Caribbean with her then-fiancé, Nick. Their engagement spanned the better part of three years, six address changes, and countless flat tires, and they recently (finally!) tied the knot. (Much to the chagrin of friends and family, who had anticipated a barefoot beach wedding, they were wed in a "reverse-destination wedding" in Ohio.) When she's not busy at her grown-up job, you can usually find her in a hammock, napping, reading, or pondering married life.

DIY Contributor

Michelle Edgemont

When Michelle was a child, there was a local newspaper article written about how all of her crafts won in the adult categories at the state fair. She has been a crafting superstar ever since. After working as a textile designer in NYC for six years, she combined her love of creating, mixed with her love of weddings, and launched a company that has a purpose—to design modern weddings with artistic, custom decor and colorful florals. APW was her dose of sanity in an insane wedding world while planning her wedding in 2009. Her work has been seen on all corners of the wedding blog world and she is a regular contributor to HGTV. When she’s not creating artistic wedding decor, she likes to veg out on the couch and marathon watch TV series while eating candy.