About Us

Who We Are

First things first—OMG, you’re engaged! Can you tell we’re excited? But, we also know better than anyone how overwhelming wedding planning can be and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

We know we’ve been around for 86 years, but this is not your grandmother’s Brides. Our 10,000+ library of articles gives our 4 million monthly readers the expert advice and beautiful inspiration they need to help plan this momentous occasion, and our award-winning team of editors, writers and experts are the top in the industry. Every day, we meet with wedding planners, photographers, and real brides to maintain an authentic and celebratory approach to weddings. We are active participants in New York Bridal Fashion Week, where we report live on trends before they break on the internet. And we stay on top of every celebrity engagement to bring you the latest ideas that you can borrow for your wedding.

We’re committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, and every type of celebration. Whether you’re only just thinking about getting engaged (or hinting at it and looking for the perfect ring), in the throes of wedding planning, or already navigating newlywed life, Brides is here to inspire, guide, and entertain you during this exciting, and trying, time. Looking for the most gorgeous wedding dress? Exactly how to word a wedding invitation? Or wondering how to propose to your bridal party? You’ve come to the right place.

So get ready to cry tears of joy as you browse thousands of beautiful images of real weddings, real couples, and real emotional moments.

Editorial Guidelines

Our editors and writers take great pride in the quality of our work and create original, accurate, expert content that is free of ethical concerns, conflicts, or misinformation. We share everything you need to know today, while making sure our library is kept accurate. If you see something that doesn’t seem up to date, please let us know by emailing us at contact@brides.com.

As is common in the media industry, Brides editors and writers are sometimes provided with complimentary products or visits to properties for review purposes. While it does not influence our coverage, Brides believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. This disclosure is present in any articles where applicable.

Our product reviews are independent and based on research and product testing. If you visit links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases, but we never receive any compensation or consideration for the content of our recommendations.

Fact Checking

Our writers confirm all information and data gathered for all articles, including news. We consult relevant, diverse, qualified sources to ensure we’re providing proper context and background to the reader. 

Each news article is thoroughly reviewed by a staff editor and fact checked by staff. Articles are rigorously evaluated for accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. 

If you have noticed an issue you would like to bring to our attention, please let us know by emailing contact@brides.com.


Our editorial teams are committed to telling readers whenever a factual error has been made on a news story at the time of publication. We will correct the error as quickly as possible and alert readers to the correction. All corrections will be clearly labeled as such, and will include what was changed and when. When an article is factually correct, but the language is not as clear or detailed as necessary, the story may be updated without an editor’s note. 

News articles often cover a distinct event in time, so they are not routinely updated. Our editorial teams are continually evaluating and updating evergreen articles to ensure they are timely, accurate, and relevant. Each article is date-stamped to reflect when they were last updated.

If you would like to report an error, you can do so by emailing contact@brides.com.


Our writers and editors adhere to strict standards for article sourcing. We rely on current and reputable primary sources, such as expert interviews, government organizations, and professional and academic institutions. All data points, facts, and claims are backed up by at least one reputable source. 

We strongly discourage the use of anonymous or unnamed sourcing, as this can erode transparency and reader trust. In the rare instance where an unnamed source is used, we will disclose to readers the reason behind the anonymity and provide necessary context.

A cornerstone of our reporting and sourcing is to consider often overlooked perspectives from diverse communities, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+. Our content strives to serve all communities. 

Click here to learn more about our process.

A Diversity Pledge From Brides

Weddings are celebrations of love, and we need to make sure everyone has a voice in that celebration. It is our absolute commitment that everyone sees themselves represented on Brides.

Click here to read our full commitment to anti-racism.

The Brides Team

Leah Wyar

Leah has over 20 years of experience in media and is a veteran beauty and lifestyle expert with numerous appearances on television shows such as Today and Good Morning America. She is a judge on season two of Lifetime’s American Beauty Star.

Before joining Dotdash in 2019, she was the chief beauty director of Hearst, where she oversaw the content for 12 brands including CosmopolitanElleHarper’s Bazaar and Women’s Health, bringing trends, news, and solutions to more than 20 million women every month. She also covered the beauty and wellness circuit for FitnessSelf, and Health. Leah graduated with a BA in Psychology from Susquehanna University, and lives in New York City.

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Leah Wyar
SVP & General Manager
Anna Price Olson

Anna Price has worked in the wedding industry for eight years and has been an editor at Brides since 2014. She first interned at Condé Nast with Brides through the American Society of Magazine Editors internship program and joined the staff upon graduation. 

A leader in the wedding industry, she has spoken at industry conferences around the world and shared expert advice with national media outlets such as The New York Times, USA Today, and Inside Edition. 

She has a degree in journalism and English from The University of Alabama Honors College and lives in New York City. 

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Anna Price Olson
Associate Editorial Director
Kathryn Vandervalk

Kathryn has been with Dotdash since 2017.

She began her career at an agency, where she crafted content strategy for tech startups. At Dotdash, she worked in SEO & content strategy across various lifestyle brands before focusing on beauty and weddings. She now serves as the Editorial & Strategy Director for Byrdie and Brides, leading the team's evergreen search strategy. Kathryn earned a B.A. and M.A. studying Creative Writing at The University of Chicago, and her M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia University.

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Kathryn Vandervalk
Editorial & Strategy Director
Lindsey Metrus Brides

Lindsey is the editorial project director at Brides and has been with the brand since 2021.

She is is a writer and editor with over 5 years of experience covering beauty and wellness. She also works on Brides' sister site, Byrdie, where she has been since 2015.

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Lindsey Metrus
Editorial Project Director
Samantha Netkin

Samantha has been with Brides since 2019.

She began her career writing and managing social media for digital publications including POPSUGAR, Who What Wear, and Delish. She graduated from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida and currently lives in Manhattan.

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Samantha Netkin
Senior Editor
Shelby Wax

Shelby is the senior editor at Brides and has been with the brand since 2021.

Most recently, Shelby served as editor at Lonny Magazine. She spent five years at the site writing about all things home, design, and lifestyle. She previously worked in the bridal space as a digital producer and editorial intern at Martha Stewart Weddings. She graduated with a BA in English from Scripps College and currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Shelby Wax
Senior Editor
Madeline Hirsch

Madeline has been with Brides since 2021.

Most recently, she lead social media at Glamour magazine where she covered pop culture, beauty, and fashion. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2014, she forayed her love of the internet into a career writing and creating content for a variety of lifestyle and entertainment brands.

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Madeline Hirsch
Senior News Editor
Cristina Cianci

Cristina has been with Brides since 2019. Previously, she has worked in the photo and creative departments of publications such as Women's Health, Seventeen, Marie Claire, JCK, and Town & Country, and was a visual editor for SELF and Glamour’s digital properties.

Cristina graduated with a BA in Photography from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and currently calls New Jersey home.

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Cristina Cianci
Visuals Editor
maggie kreienberg

Maggie has been with Brides since 2019.

She joined the Brides team shortly after graduating from Pennsylvania State University as a digital producer and social media assistant, reporting on wedding-related celebrity news, fashion trends, and real weddings. Maggie is currently an associate editor at Brides and currently calls Brooklyn home.

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Maggie Kreienberg
Associate Editor
Zach Gabrielski

Zach has been with Dotdash since 2018.

He's accumulated over a decade of experience working in product. Most recently, he served as the product lead for Mediabistro.com, building tools focused on skills development for media professionals. He was also a product manager at Daily Burn, where he led the launch of Daily Burn 365, a live-streaming daily workout program that was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Best Interactive Media, Original Content. He studied at Temple University, graduating with a B.A. in American Studies.

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Zachary Gabrielski
Director, Product Management
Tomoko Takahashi

Tomoko has been a designer for over 15 years and has been with Dotdash since 2017.

Before joining Dotdash, she worked on design and product solutions for a range of organizations in the arts, fashion, hospitality, finance, technology and non-profit. Now, Tomoko strives to create meaningful interactions through thoughtful design as the leader on product design and user experience for Byrdie. Tomoko graduated with a BA in Architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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Tomoko Takahashi
Director, Design
Kate Donovan

With nearly 15 years of experience in the magazine industry, Kate is an expert in the worlds of decorating, food, and lifestyle. She has covered registry, entertaining, and wedding style for the past five years at Brides, first as the Style Director and currently as a Senior Editor in the commerce department. She has also held positions at Martha Stewart Living, Domino, Cookie, and InStyle magazines. She has a BFA in printmaking and art history from the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in New York City.

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Kate Donovan
Senior Editor, Commerce
Karli Bendlin

Karli has been with Brides since 2019.

Before joining the brand, she held roles on the editorial teams of PeopleStyle, Allure, and Furthermore, Equinox’s digital magazine, writing about beauty, wellness, and pop culture. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Journalism and Advertising, and lives in New York.

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Karli Bendlin
Senior Editor
Araziel Jackson

Araziel has been with Brides since 2021.

She began her experience in the wedding industry as an assistant consultant at Kleinfeld Bridal. After graduating from college in May 2021, she joined the Brides team as an assistant social media editor.

Araziel has a B.S. in Fashion Media from LIM College and calls Connecticut home.

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Araziel Jackson
Assistant Social Media Editor

Lilly has been with Brides since 2021.

Before joining the team, she began her career in the wedding industry at The Knot, where she covered the real weddings section of the biannual regional print magazine. In addition to weddings, she’s also had experience writing about parties, health, fitness, beauty, and fashion for digital publications, such as The Bash and Tracy Anderson Method.

Lilly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Elon University, and she currently lives in New York City.

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Lilly Blomquist
Editorial Assistant

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About Dotdash

Brides is part of the Dotdash publishing family.

Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, TreeHugger, and Thoughtco.

Here is an overview of our properties:

VeryWell Logo

Verywell: The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. Over 38 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

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Investopedia: Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches over 20 million people each month.

The Spruce Logo

The Spruce: The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts combine inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach nearly 40 million people each month.

Simply Recipes Logo

Simply Recipes: Simply Recipes, one of the original food blogs, helps 9.7 million people each month get easy, delicious food on the table for themselves and their families.

Serious Eats Logo

Serious Eats: Serious Eats delivers trustworthy recipes, rigorously tested techniques, and food science to over 4.4 million hungry readers each month.

Byrdie Logo

Byrdie: Byrdie is dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out. From hair and makeup to health and wellness, Byrdie takes a fresh, no-nonsense approach to feeling and looking your best. Byrdie reaches 10.5 million people each month.

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Brides: Brides inspires and guides 4.6 million monthly users as they make decisions from pre-engagement through the honeymoon. Brides is committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, every type of wedding, and every type of celebration.

MyDomaine Logo

MyDomaine: MyDomaine makes an aspirational life achievable—and affordable—with curated home-design inspiration, quick and fresh recipes, and healthy relationship advice that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches nearly two million people each month.

Lifewire Logo

Lifewire: Lifewire provides helpful, actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps 5.7 million people each month get the most out of their technology.

TripSavvy Logo

TripSavvy: TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help 3.8 million people each month have the best travel experiences.

Liquor.com Logo

Liquor.com: Liquor.com is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate 3.7 million people each month interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.

Treehugger Logo

TreeHugger: Treehugger is the only modern sustainability site that offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for both the eco-savvy and the green living novice. With 2.6 million monthly users, Treehugger is one of the world’s largest information sites dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

ThoughtCo Logo

ThoughtCo: ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps 6.4 million people a month become lifelong learners.

The Balance Logo

The Balance: The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, deliver clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to over 17 million people each month.

Source: Comscore, March 2021 US

Dotdash Press

Read about Dotdash and our family of brands in the news.

Meet Our Senior Management Team

Learn more about the team behind Dotdash here.

Contact Us

Do you have something you’d like to let us know? Whether you have a comment or an idea to share, we look forward to hearing from you: contact@brides.com.

For press inquiries, email us at press@brides.com.

If you would rather call us or send us a letter, you can reach us at 28 Liberty Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10005 | 212-204-4000.

Work With Us

Join our crew of top-notch editors, designers, programmers, and others as we continue to make a difference every day in the lives of Brides readers.

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Write for Us

We’re always looking for experienced, qualified writers with a bridal background who share in our mission to provide practical, inspirational and useful content that truly helps people plan this important occasion. If that’s you, send a few examples of your work to this email: write@brides.com

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited guest-authored articles, blogs, or posts.

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