Carolyn Gerin is the creator and co-author of the bestselling 3-book Anti-Bride series for Chronicle Books, a reality-driven bridal series that celebrates the rich diversity of brides, budgets and styles with an eye on the alternative. Living by the motto, “don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness,” she revels in kicking the tulle-covered derrière of the “Wedding Industrial Complex” on a regular basis. What sets her apart from other writers, producers and creative directors is an ability to observe a need and a niche in the marketplace for a creative endeavor, and then build out innovative 360-degree marketing strategies with media affiliates to implement the idea. Trained as a professional creative director, her practice includes expertise in corporate, media, and public outreach communications campaigns, web and brand identity, and product design for retail. Key clients and strategic partners include: Skout.com, Williams Sonoma, Target, Walmart, Sony, Quiksilver, Growbusy International, Kedaung International, W-Hotels San Francisco, W-Hotels New Orleans, the Future of Music Coalition and Bad Habit Wines. Publications include: Elle Décor, Elle, Metropolitan Home, TransWorld SURF, Here Comes the Guide, Destination I Do Magazine and Women’s Radio. Carolyn serves as Senior Editor for Destination I Do Magazine, and is a regular contributor to Here Comes the Guide Magazine, and writes and manages the Antibride.com blog. Her writing focus is: lifestyle, travel, humor, music, fashion, and TV. She has a thriving practice as a copywriter, journalist, and marketing expert for clients of every stripe. She is focused on creating and producing branded entertainment content, some of which encompasses the bridal genre. Operation Aisle Style, created in partnership with Destination I Do Magazine, and the W-Hotel in San Francisco and New Orleans is the first and only alterna-bridal event to showcase out of the box thinking when saying “I Do.” She writes and produces with Content and Company for a variety of branded entertainment concepts. In her spare time, you will find her surfing small waves on her long board, and looking for more passionate, like-minded creatives to build inspirational, culturally relevant projects to address the marketplace, (because life is too short to be bored at work).
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is a freelance writer and editor, the co-author of the Anti-Bride Guide as well as the author of Honey: from Flower to Table, Chronicle Books. As a longtime columnist and contributing writer to the San Francisco Bay Guardian and San Francisco Magazine, she has been writing about food, nightlife, style, and the arts in the Bay Area for over 10 years. She is currently the restaurants editor at Time Out. From 1998- 2000, she was an editorial assistant at Chronicle Books, working with Bill LeBlond in the cookbook division. Her Bay Guardian food and cooking column “Table Ready” has been nominated twice for a prestigious James Beard Journalism award. While not married, she has been a bridesmaid in numerous weddings, from a funky lesbian commitment ceremony (where the vows were exchanged in a tattoo parlor as the brides got hers-and-hers rings tattooed on their fingers) to her ex-boyfriend’s wedding set in a Seattle theater. She has been a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, promoting the Anti-Bride Guide. She loves tiaras, big wedding cakes, twangy bands and all things pink and glittery.
Hughes was never one of those “wedding girls.” You know the type. We all went to high school with at least one: she’s the girl who, by the time she’s in a training bra, has mapped out to the smallest detail, her perfect wedding (sans the groom, of course). Always a self-proclaimed Anti-Bride, Kathleen has maintained that true to form, she’d skip the wedding thing altogether choosing instead to live on her own terms with her mister right. And after meeting him in 1996, she was pleasantly surprised that he felt the same way. But who could resist a beach-front view, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and a one-carat solitaire? Not even Kathleen. In a surprise maneuver, her long-time sweetie got down on one knee and popped the question. That is, after he asked her father for permission. True to form, she eloped to Nevada to tie the knot, see The English Beat and The Fixx. Whew! Soon, Kathleen is planning a truly out-of-the-box adventure with her two men by her side her fiance, Nick, and their new little addition, Sean Anthony.
Kathleen is a freelance writer and principle of Gecko Associates Inc., a consulting and recruitment firm in San Francisco specializing in technical and marketing writing. In addition to the Anti-Bride Planner, she is also co-author of Anti-Bride Etiquette. When she’s not writing, she’s brokering deals with Bay Area companies, ranging from software and hardware to financial services and retail. Some of her biggest clients have been Williams Sonoma, Siebel Systems, Ejasent Inc., Tibco Software, and Microsoft. She lives in San Francisco.
Amy Glynn Hornick
Amy Glynn Hornick is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and editor. Her articles have appeared in Dwell, SOMA, PLANET, BUST and iQ magazines. This is her first book.