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.  —Tablet Mag

 

CEO & 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, and has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner.  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 two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com #NASTY

Chief Revenue Officer

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 Chief Revenue Officer, she spends a significant part of her day thinking about trends on the internet, feminist pop stars, 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 mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

Brand Manager

Najva Sol

Najva Sol is a queer Iranian-American photographer, writer, consultant, and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Storytelling is her life. 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.

Content Manager

Stephanie Kaloi

Stephanie has been sitting by herself on the swing set and making up stories about what she sees for more or less her entire life. She started carrying a notebook around the age of seven, and by the age of nine was rabidly documenting anything and everything around her (including the license plate numbers of every single car passed on her family's regular road trips). Her first foray into the world wide web was in 1999 when she quickly became a big fan and regular user of Angelfire, Geocities, and LiveJournal and taught herself how to code. Stephanie received a BA in Sociology and Global Studies in 2008, and has been regularly paid to observe and write about people since. She began her official online career as Managing Editor of a now-defunct parenting site while simultaneously launching a successful (and still operative) photography business, and has spent the years since editing, writing, and photographing subjects around the world. She travels regularly with her band of misfits (aka her husband, son, and assorted pets) and freelances for a variety of publications and outlets.

Advertising Manager

Keriann Kohler

After spending her formative years in a monastic pursuit to become a professional ballet dancer, Keriann embarked on a mission to make up for lost time by doing All The Things. Highlights include: an undergrad honors thesis on set design and starlets during the golden age of MGM; working front of house for Suge Knight, Yo Yo Ma, and Democratic Presidential Debates; studying art history in situ in Italy; set construction for everything from grad theses to Tyra Banks to the Oscars; a decade of working for a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts magazine; acting in an award-winning short film; and—of course—getting to connect amazing small businesses with awesome APW clients. A reader since way back, the APW community taught her wanderlusting, commitment-phobic self that while exploration is good for life experience, marriage isn’t so bad for a relationship, and she’s been happily married since 2011.

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 sons.

Writing Fellow

Jareesa Tucker McClure

Jareesa Tucker McClure is a thirty-something newlywed in the Twin Cities. She’s a chemist turned supply chain project manager (and part-time writer) who spends her time knitting and running a Twin Cities Black professionals organization. Follow her rants on Twitter at @Jubilance1922 or on her blog, Black Girl Unlost.

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.

Contributor

Eve Sturges

Eve Sturges lives in Los Angeles with her tweenage daughter, baby boy, and super nice husband. With a master’s degree in counseling psychology, Eve is working toward 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 Cosmopolitan.com, Rookie, Feministe, Trop Magazine, and CleanPlates. Embarrassing videos of various shenanigans and the storytelling show she produced with comedian Melinda Hill are on YouTube. Finally, it's 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 on Instagram @magpielife, or if tweeting is your thing, @magpielifela.

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.