Becoming a mama changed everything for me. Entering into this new vocation with my whole heart led me to step away from my role as an editor and into a new season, both as a wife and mother, and as a writer. I am now grateful to spend my days with my sweet little boy, while working part-time to serve fabulous freelance clients through editorial copywriting.
Dressed in a tulle Monique Lhuillier and carrying a peony-and-dogwood-filled bouquet, I married the love of my life, Dave Kirk, whom I had met while studying abroad in Austria. We bought a little house a few miles outside of Raleigh and painted the door haint blue. And, in September 2016, we joyfully welcomed our son, Charles Kolbe, to the world.
That job led to the launch of my blog (Something Pretty), a transfer to the University of Texas in pursuit of a magazine journalism degree from one of the best J-schools in the country, and ultimately, to a job offer from my dream wedding magazine three days after I was handed my diploma. Said magazine brought me to the Tar Heel state for four years of bouquet holding, dress fluffing, traveling, and, best of all, writing about lovely couples and meaningful celebrations.
the editorial intern cubicle at Pittsburgh Magazine is where the idea of writing about weddings took root in my heart. Tasked with fact-checking interviews for the annual Weddings edition, I called bride after bride...and stayed on the phone with each of them for way too long. How could I not? Hearing about their dresses, flowers, and first dance songs made my heart sing, and I learned I had a knack for making these sweet brides feel valued and celebrated.
I believe yours is one of them.
Through custom copywriting for discerning fashion, faith, wedding, and lifestyle brands, I curate just the right words to thoughtfully and effectively
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I was born in New York City, and my Big Apple beginnings are deeply rooted in my heart. I’d pick a city skyline over the beach or the mountains any day of the week.
My very first magazine feature? A poem I wrote won a contest in American Girl magazine and was published in their June/July 2002 issue.
My something blue on my wedding day was a few blue bonnets from my home state of Texas that my sister (illegally, shh!) picked on the side of the highway and smuggled up to North Carolina in a water bottle. I tucked them into the back of my bouquet.
I did ballet for over a decade, and still won’t let my mama get rid of the old pointe shoes stacked in the guest room closet at their house.
My favorite meal of the day is brunch. Does it even count as the weekend without at least one mid-morning mimosa at a downtown restaurant? P.S. If you’re headed to Raleigh, there’s a good chance you’ll spot my boys and I at Humble Pie or Coquette Brasserie on Sundays after church.