How did you start your career?
My first real job was working in the advertising department at Ralph Lauren as a copywriter and editor. I had to proofread all of the printed collateral that was mailed out, so needless to say, I’m very well-versed in the world of RL. I got this job after serving as a freelance fill-in in the international marketing department for a woman who was on maternity leave. After Ralph Lauren, I got my first job at Vogue as the assistant to the managing editor of the magazine, and since then I’ve worked at Vogue for a total of about 10 years, with stints at Domino and Interview in the middle.
When and how did you find your passion for weddings? And when did you realized you wanted to write about it?
I started writing about weddings after Kate Middleton and Prince William got married in 2011. I loved waking up early to cover the event with the team at Vogue.com—and reporting on everything from the fashion to the traditions behind the festivities was so interesting and fun for me. Once I saw how well the content resonated with our audience, it occurred to me that it might make sense to start covering weddings on a more regular basis on Vogue.com.
Eventually, I decided to expand this coverage even further and created Over The Moon, where I feature chic and beautiful, but slightly more relatable, attainable weddings. The weddings on Vogue.com typically have a very strong fashion point of view, but for both sites, my goal is always to feature weddings that feel authentic, unique, and personal to the couple.
Is there any wedding you attended and you can never forget about it?
Covering Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s fairy-tale inspired wedding in New Orleans was pretty unforgettable. Everyone from Beyoncé to Kim Kardashian was in attendance and the event Jennifer Zabinski of JZ Events produced was full of fun surprises like the appearance of a carousel at the end of the night . . . but what I loved most was hearing the vows Serena and Alexis wrote for each other . . . they were so personal and touching . . . everyone in the room couldn’t help but get a little emotional!
As a Vogue contributor what are your thoughts about fashion? How do you define your style?
I love fashion, but I try not to take it too seriously. I was a huge tomboy growing up, and I think I may have overcorrected in adulthood because I love dresses now. Not only because they’re feminine, but having several dresses to choose from in the morning feels a bit like a uniform and just makes life easier which I like. I’m a big believer in spending a little more on a few good ones and then just keeping them in constant rotation.
I’m also really into personalization, and as a result, am living in my monogrammed Over The Moon pajamas after hours. #shamelessplug
We know you are an avid follower of the royal family. What did you think of the last royal marriage?
I loved it! I was a bit jaded going into the wedding weekend because of all of the drama leading up to it, but I was in Windsor for the big day and I ate up every minute of it. Everything about the experience was magical. And some might say with everything happening in the world, we were all just craving some happy news, but it really felt like people came together in support of this couple from very different backgrounds and made me think for a moment, everything would be all right.
Who is your biggest inspiration and influence in life?
My parents—I’d like to think my mom’s strong work ethic and my dad’s pragmaticism rubbed off on me at some point along the way.
How and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In New York or Charleston, doing more of the same, but hopefully getting a lot more sleep because my children are older.
Did you always want to be an editor and write for magazines?
Yes, although now I think the game has changed, and I think every writer or editor should also have their own gig as opposed to just working for one outlet.
What are your favorite New York City’s spots?
I love Raoul’s in Soho. It’s been around forever, but the walls are covered with art from top to bottom, there’s a tarot card reader stationed outside of the restroom, and the steak frites can’t be beat.
If you want to get inspired, where do you go?
My hometown – Charleston, SC. Walks around the historic neighborhoods always make me feel happy.
What advice would you give to your 15-year-old self?
Not to worry so much!