Here Comes The Guide started out in 1989 as the California bride’s best friend, providing an easy and intelligent way to find topnotch wedding locations and event professionals. Back then, there wasn’t a local wedding resource as targeted and informative as we were, and years later…there still isn’t! The fact that we’re as picky as ever about who we add to our website is just icing on the great big wedding cake for discriminating brides.
Today’s savviest brides from across the U.S. and beyond are asking us to bring our unique brand of party planning perfection to their area, and we’re rapidly working our way through the pile of requests, one fabulous region at a time. D.C., Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia brides have already had their wish granted. Who’s next?
Meredith Monday Schwartz is good at “getting things done.” As the company’s Chief Operating Officer, her official job is to keep the incredibly rowdy Here Comes The Guide staff in line. Unofficially, though, she’s the rowdiest of the bunch and is often the last one off the mechanical bull when it’s time to go home. Read more about Meredith.
Contact Jan regarding book editorial issues.
Jan Brenner has co-authored all of Hopscotch Press’ books. Although she received a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, she backed into writing only after spending ten years in social work and four in publishing. Along the way she got a couple of other degrees which have never been put to official use. A lifelong dilettante, she’s quasi-conversant in 3.1 languages, dabbles in domestic pursuits, pumps iron and travels whenever she gets the chance. Read more about Jan.
Contact Jennifer regarding website issues.
In addition to domesticating her two wild garbanzos (twin boys), Jennifer spends her time keeping a grip on our website—and occasionally we even let her out of the office for road trips to write some location profiles. Read more about Jennifer.
Jolene Rae Harrington, Director of Creative Content
Follow Jolene’s tweets about wedding dresses and bridal style @hctg_jolene.
Contact Jolene regarding bridal salons and trunk shows; questions about our Find Ideas section; media and press inquiries.
Jolene wasn’t sure if she could commit. Then she found Here Comes The Guide, planned her dream beach wedding with her honey, and scored a job writing location profiles for us. Fourteen years later, she’s still our creative secret weapon, doing everything from developing web content to discovering the freshest sources for bridal fashion. We like to constantly remind her that without us, she’d probably still be planning her wedding. Read more about Jolene.
Contact Sharon regarding technical production issues.
Sharon is the go-to person for all things production. She has worked in pre-press for over 15 years, for both printers and marketing firms, so she understands all that computer graphics technobabble. Read more about Sharon.
Denise Martinez, Director of Vendor Sales
Follow Denise on Twitter for wedding ideas. @hctg_denise.
Contact Denise regarding: featuring your wedding service on HereComesTheGuide.com.
Having coordinated weddings and special events for four years, Denise knows how to juggle a lot of different jobs. While she’s effortlessly handling our distribution, bridal fairs and the event professionals section of our website, she still manages to keep us all posted on the latest Hollywood dirt. At the end of the day, she freshens her lipstick, smoothes her hair, and transforms into the West Coast Carrie Bradshaw. Read more about Denise.
Contact Jenna regarding: featuring your wedding service on HereComesTheGuide.com.
With a personality that sparkles even more than that rock on her left finger, Jenna Miller’s an energetic and charming addition to the Here Comes The Guide family. Another Guide Bride-turned-staffer, Jenna married her high school sweetheart after a year of scouting out wedding tips and trends online—including finding her wedding venue on (where else?) HereComesTheGuide.com. When she’s not busy looking for the very best event professionals for our site, Jenna’s probably getting her cardio on at a local gym—or shopping mall. Read more about Jenna.
Contact Angela regarding: featuring your wedding venue on HereComesTheGuide.com.
When we first met Angela, we found ourselves preening and posturing much like we would on a first date. The interview was on the heels of hiring her fab friend Jenna, and we wondered, “would lightning really strike twice?” Luckily, Ange’s confidence and grace put us at ease, and we had the “commitment talk” without embarrassing ourselves too much. Today it feels as if she’s been a part of our quirky family for years. When she’s not dazzling us with her megawatt smile and wit, she’s doing a little matchmaking of her own, scouting out the best venues for our brides. Read more about Angela.
Contact Maggie regarding: photos, proofs and production issues; bridal fairs; and shipping & distribution.
Maggie’s kind of like a Swiss Army knife: versatile, efficient, always at the ready—all in one compact package. Add in an infectious laugh that never fails to make the rest of us smile, a creative spirit with just the right amount of Type-A, and a strong desire to always keep learning, and…well, she’s actually way better than a Swiss Army knife, come to think of it. We think we’ll keep her. Read more about Maggie.
Lisa Shields, Regional Sales Manager
Contact Lisa regarding featuring your location on HereComesTheGuide.com.
Lisa joins us out of the trenches of the local PTA where she learned how to run a meeting, negotiate a conflict, plan a fundraiser, and control a room of third graders—all while holding a crying baby and hopping on one foot. Well, the hopping part may be a stretch, but we wouldn’t put it past this strong and determined stay-at-home-mom-turned-career-woman. Lisa’s joined our sales team and can now be seen charming clients, updating web content, and checking in on the lives of her fellow coworkers. Read more about Lisa.
Contact Morgan regarding featuring your location on HereComesTheGuide.com.
Morgan’s got a checklist and she’s not afraid to use it. Armed with a quick wit and “freakish organization,” she’s the type of girl who wakes up at 5:30am ready to take on the world. However, as a total foodie, she admits that the best part of getting to work early is getting off in time to hit up the local happy hour for appetizers and brewskis. No wonder we like her so much. Read more about Morgan.
Contact Stephanie regarding featuring your location on HereComesTheGuide.com.
Whether it’s pushing herself to the limit in a super-sweaty spin class or hunting down the best wedding venues around, Stephanie always gives 100%. Even though she’s a competitive tomboy at heart, we love that she’ll still waltz into the office wearing bright high heels and oversized earrings. A girl who can dish about weddings one minute and fill you in on the latest sports scores the next? Sign us up. Read more about Stephanie.
Cooper’s our unofficial mascot and inspiration at Here Comes The Guide’s Berkeley office. A consummate perfectionist, he prefers to focus on one task until he feels he’s succeeded; whether it’s playing fetch, chewing the nose off of his favorite stuffed toy “woobie,” or going for a nice long walk or run. Cooper loves being the only male member of Here Comes The Guide, and often greets his coworkers in the morning by dropping a stuffed toy at their feet, as his way of saying, “hi.” Read more about Cooper.
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