Staff: who the heck are the weirdos who make this site happen!?

Founder & Publisher: Ariel Meadow Stallings

A writer and editor who got her start editing a rave magazine in the mid-'90s, Ariel's work has been featured by the New York Times, Today Show, and The Guardian. Ariel's book, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives For Independent Brides, was first published in 2007 with a second edition in 2010.

Ariel lives and loves in Seattle with her yoga instructing husband, son, and a small dog. You can read more about Ariel's story here.

Twitter: @offbeatariel.

Managing Editor & Associate Publisher: Megan Finley

meganfinleyBorn and raised an awkward nerd in Los Angeles, Megan Finley is still an awkward nerd, but thanks to The Empire, she gets paid to be one. Megan spends her free time cosplaying at nerd parties, going to conventions, and talking really loudly in public. When she's not doing those things, she's glued to her laptop managing content like a mother fucker for her personal blog and, of course, Offbeat Bride and Offbeat Home.

Megan lives behind a porn shop in West Hollywood with her shark attack surviving husband and their various rescued furry beasts.

To get to know her better follow her on Twitter and Instagram!

Editor and Project Manager: Catherine "Superman" Clark

latest-avatarCatherine is a freelance web consultant from the Chicago area who has been blogging, designing, and building websites since her first foray in 1997. She started out as a designer, but has geeked out hard within all facets of website building, producing, and marketing.

In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches Youtube vloggers and movies en masse, plays video games, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and overshares on Twitter.

Copyeditor & Offbeat Bride Tribe Community Manager: Caroline Diezyn

dEj8xHYoCaroline is a writer, a PhD student, an artist, and an astro goth witch from London, Ontario, Canada. She has a severe case of wanderlust (despite surviving a plane crash). She loves cartoons, beer, video games, fashion, and her black cat Zendaya. You can be her friend on Twitter.

Offbeat Empire Assistant Editor: Chris Wolfgang

OffbeatEmpireChris (or Wolfgang, as she is affectionately known around the Empire) hails from Omaha, Neb. She dyes her hair colors not found in nature, lives with a husband and a cat, is occasionally athletic, loves cooking weekly for lots of people, and is possibly the biggest closet anime and manga fan in Omaha.

She would love to talk to you about any and all of that on Twitter (@chriswolfgang).

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