About Us

Who We Are

Hi there! Welcome to Brides, where every couple, every wedding, and every love is celebrated. Whether you are a soon-to-be-wed, newlywed, wedding party member, or guest, we are so excited to be on this journey with you.

A bit about us: We’ve been around for 87 years and counting, making us the most seasoned wedding publication in the United States. However, we didn’t always carry the name Brides. When we printed our first pages in 1934, the title was So You’re Going to Be Married. About 25 years later, that turned into The Bride’s Magazine, which was then shortened to Bride’s. Eventually, we dropped the apostrophe and said “I do” to the name we all know and love today: Brides

We transitioned to a solely digital platform when we joined the Dotdash Meredith publishing family in 2019. Now, our library of 6,000+ articles and quarterly digital issues give our 4 million monthly readers the expert advice and beautiful inspiration you need to plan this momentous occasion in real time.

We’re also redefining the term “bride” and the meaning behind our name. To us, the traditional term is not limited to a woman who is getting married. Rather, it speaks to people of all genders who are in love and ready to share a vow of forever with their special someone. No matter who you are or what kind of nuptials you envision, Brides today is curated with you in mind. We’re committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, striving to represent every type of partnership and celebration. 

At Brides, we also believe there is no better way to find wedding inspiration than to look at how real couples tie the knot. That’s why we regularly highlight the love stories and nuptials of couples across the globe through our Real Weddings. With features like this boho beach wedding featuring a flash mob, this traditional Indian celebration with modern touches, or this elegant Nantucket affair with a martini tower, you’ll find countless photos, ideas, and tried-and-true advice from newlyweds in every story. Interested in submitting your own Real Wedding? Click here to learn how.

But enough about us: Your wedding is all about you and your true love. We can’t wait to guide you to the big day and provide endless advice and inspiration along the way. Now let’s get you married!

The Brides Team

The Brides editorial team has experienced every aspect of the wedding first hand, from being shower planners and party goers to wedding attendees for family and friends. Some of us have even walked down the aisle ourselves, or are in the midst of planning! With the help of our longstanding relationships with industry experts like planners, photographers, fashion designers, and florists, we are committed to making your wedding planning journey a stress-free, memorable, and enjoyable experience.

Leta Shy, Beauty & Style Group SVP and GM

Leta is SVP and Group General Manager of Beauty & Style, overseeing Brides, InStyle, Byrdie, and Shape. She joined the Dotdash Meredith team in 2022 with over a decade of experience in wellness and lifestyle journalism. Prior to joining Dotdash Meredith, Leta was the editor in chief of SELF magazine; she previously held other editorial leadership roles at the title, including deputy editor, executive editor, and digital director.

Leta holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and splits her time between Los Angeles and New York. 

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Leta Shy
SVP and Group General Manager
Elspeth Velten

Elspeth has been with Dotdash Meredith since 2016.

Before joining Brides, Elspeth spent time in the travel world as a founding editor of TripSavvy, Dotdash Meredith’s travel brand, and editor at Luxury Escapes, an Australian eCommerce site based in Melbourne. Elspeth landed in the fashion closet at Time Inc. after college, where she spent two years learning the editorial ropes. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesArchitectural DigestVoguePlayboy, and International and Australian Traveller.

She graduated with a degree in communications and journalism from Fordham University.

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Elspeth Velten
Associate Group General Manager
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 first joined the Brides team as an editor overseeing evergreen content strategy. Currently, Samantha is the assistant general manager for Brides.

Samantha graduated from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida and currently lives in Manhattan.

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Samantha Netkin
Assistant General Manager
Gabriella Rello

Gabby has been with Brides since 2022.

Before joining the team, she served as the associate editorial director for MarthaStewart.com; she has also held positions with Martha Stewart Weddings and has been a writer and editor for over nine years.

Gabby graduated from Syracuse University with a dual BA in Magazine Journalism and English and Textual Studies and currently lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband.

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Gabriella Rello Duffy
Editorial Director
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Shelby has been at Brides since 2021.

Most recently, Shelby served as editor at Lonny Magazine, where she wrote 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.

Shelby graduated with a BA in English from Scripps College and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Shelby Wax
Senior Editor
Ellie Nan Storck

Ellie Nan Storck is a Senior Editor for Brides and a seasoned writer and editor with seven years of travel and lifestyle editorial experience. She holds a BA in English Literature from Connecticut College and a Master's in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College.

She has held editorial positions at Travel + Leisure, Departures, and Nantucket Magazine, and has extensive freelance writing experience in the travel and lifestyle spaces.

Ellie Nan lives in Vermont with her boyfriend and their dog and enjoys exploring the great outdoors, playing guitar, and reading fiction when she isn't traveling the world in search of the best hotels.

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Ellie Nan Storck
Senior Editor
Jessica Chassin

Jessica has been with Brides since 2022.

Before joining the Brides team, Jessica was a social content producer at POPSUGAR, covering everything from celebrity and entertainment news to red carpet fashion and wellness content. She has been working as a social media editor and producer for nearly five years.

Jessica has a degree in journalism from Elon University and currently resides in New York City.

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Jessica Chassin
Senior Social Media Editor
Corinne Pierre-Louis Brides editor headshot

Corinne has been with Brides since 2021.

She previously worked at Brides from 2014 to 2016, then later at Vogue Magazine. Following that, she was a talent manager for social media influencers in the fashion and beauty space.

Corinne has a degree in communications from Boston College and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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Corinne Pierre-Louis
Brides 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. Before Brides, Araziel interned at BAUCE Mag as a social media manager. After graduating from college in May 2021, she immediately joined the Brides team as an assistant social media editor.

Araziel has a B.S. in fashion media from LIM College and currently resides in Connecticut.

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Araziel Jackson
Associate Social Media Editor
 Lilly Blomquist Brides editorial assistant headshot

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's The Edit.

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

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Lilly Blomquist
Assistant Editor
Tomoko Takahashi

Tomoko has been with Dotdash Meredith since 2017.

Before joining Dotdash Meredith, she worked on design and product solutions for a range of organizations in the arts, fashion, hospitality, finance, technology, and non-profit. She has been a designer for over 15 years.

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
Jenna Brillhart, Brides Creative Director

Jenna is the creative director for the beauty and style brands at Dotdash Meredith, where she oversees the brand identities and visual assets for Brides, Byrdie, InStyle, and Shape. Before joining the team, she led the global creative strategy for GroupM’s programmatic service team, Xaxis, and freelanced as a designer for Jones Knowles Ritchie and YARD NYC.

Jenna graduated from the Pennsylvania State University Graphic Design program in 2015 and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Jenna Brillhart
Creative Director

The Brides Commerce Team

Composed of experienced writers and editors, the Brides commerce team searches far and wide to find the best products for your big day—and beyond. From wedding dresses and invitations to the perfect anniversary present, we're here to help. As experts in the wedding, fashion and home industries, we have the insider scoop on all the details you need to make shopping for your wedding (and your life together!) as seamless and as fun as possible.

Jessica Mahgerefteh Brides

Jessica is the Commerce Beauty & Style Group Director at Dotdash Meredith. She joined the company in May 2019. 

Before joining Dotdash Meredith, she worked at L’Oréal’s Skincare.com where she covered all things beauty. Prior to that, she worked on the digital team at DuJour writing beauty, fashion, culture, and lifestyle content. 

She received her B.A. in Journalism and Sociology from New York University.

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Jessica Mahgerefteh
Director of Commerce
Avery Stone Brides

Avery joined the Brides team in 2019 and has been with Dotdash Meredith since September 2018.

Prior, she worked as a digital editor at DEPARTURES, a staff writer at For the Win, and a trends reporter at HuffPost. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including ELLE, Refinery29, GQ, VICE, and more.

Avery received a B.A. in English Literature from Amherst College.

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Avery Stone
Commerce Editorial Director
Kate Donovan

Kate has been with Brides since 2015.

With 15 years of experience in the magazine industry, Kate is an expert in the worlds of decorating, food, and lifestyle. Before joining Brides, she held positions at Martha Stewart Living, Domino, Cookie, and InStyle.

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
Chloe Caldwell Headshot

Chloe has been producing content for Dotdash Meredith brands since November 2020, and she joined the Brides team full-time in July 2022.

Her work has been published in print and online for publications such as Thrillist, TripSavvy, Uproxx, Brides, FabFitFun, and more.

Chloe has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

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Chloe Caldwell
Commerce Writer

Editorial Guidelines

Brides is committed to creating newsworthy, accurate, helpful content that represents and serves all people. Our editorial team strives for accuracy and integrity in our reporting and researching processes, and we are committed to working with a diverse group of writers and editors representing a wide range of ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and abilities, all which reflects in our content. Brides also adheres to the Dotdash Meredith Content Integrity Promise, which can be read here.

Click here for our full editorial guidelines and standards.

Click here to learn more about the Brides Review Board.

Click here for legal information, like our terms of use, privacy policy, and advertiser guidelines.

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.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to us by emailing contact@brides.com.

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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 send us a letter, you can reach us at 225 Liberty Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10281.

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.

Advertise With Us

Brides offers the highest value to advertisers through a combination of scale, credibility, and intent. Interested in advertising with us? Email us at sales@brides.com or check out our media kit to learn more.

Submit a Real Wedding

We are always searching for new Real Weddings to showcase on our site, and accept submissions from couples, planners, photographers, and other wedding vendors, as well as PR representatives on a rolling basis. Click here to learn how to submit a Real Wedding for consideration.

Please note that we require 30 days of exclusivity on all Real Weddings and will not feature weddings that have been previously highlighted in other publications or websites.

About Dotdash Meredith

Brides is part of the Dotdash Meredith publishing family.

Dotdash Meredith, an operating business of IAC, is the largest digital and print publisher in America. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action, and find inspiration. Dotdash Meredith's over 50 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, FOOD & WINE, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, Southern Living, and more.

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