Have you fallen in love? This community is for you. But it's not just any love we're talking about. The Spoken Bride is a romantic--alight with anticipation for her wedding day, but she knows the foremost romance in life is a divine one. It shapes her entire identity: she knows she is worthy, beautiful, dignified, simply because she is. She is a fiancée, best friend, sister, bride, and helpmate to heaven. Beauty pierces her heart and draws her into the sacred. She wants not only her wedding, but her marriage to reflect this in every way: through awe-inspiring liturgy, decor, and photographs, each infused, above all, with the radiant beauty only made manifest in sincere holiness. No matter her past, she has a love for all that is pure. She desires nothing more or less than to make a complete gift of herself. She chases fearlessly after virtue, knowing excellence is the path to true freedom, and freedom is for love. Deeply, profoundly, she is in love.
We're here to spark something. To showcase wedding inspiration that fixes our eyes on the beauty of the Creator. To offer a resource for finding vendors who not only have a wealth of talent for their craft, but who are on fire for the sacrament of marriage. To help you plan for the biggest day of your life, yes, but also for a lifetime; a marriage free, faithful, total, and fruitful in every sense. To be a witness, galvanizing the culture with the goodness, truth, and beauty of Catholic marriage. We're here for you, in community and sisterhood, and we are ultimately here to walk alongside you in living out authentic love between man and wife. The kind of love that makes people stop and take notice. The kind that's set apart because it transcends this world.
WHO WE ARE
Spoken Bride took root in a string of Instagram comments between Jiza, Stephanie and their friend, photographer Elissa Voss, during the summer of 2015. They got to talking about the deep need for community and connection among Catholic wedding vendors and the brides they work with, and for a resource that provides visually gorgeous wedding inspiration made all the more beautiful by a holy liturgy and Christ-like love. That same summer, Andi--who had worked with Stephanie on past projects--offhandedly told Jiza over Instagram that one of Jiza's posts spoke to her heart, and the name for this ministry was born.
The Holy Spirit took over, Andi and Stephanie reconnected a few months later, and Andi and Elise joined the team in the spring of 2016. Spoken Bride launched in May 2016 in honor of Our Lady, the purest, most radiant bride. We ask her intercession and the prayers of Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux and the first married saints from modern times.
JIZA ZITO - CREATIVE DIRECTOR + CO-FOUNDER
Jiza is a national wedding and portrait photographer and the owner of Olive & Cypress. Her love for capturing the uniqueness and worth of the human person through art is rooted in an understanding that, just as each of us is loved and willed into existence, creation is intentional. After interning at the Theology of the Body Institute, Jiza and her husband married on August 15, 2009 with a Solemn High Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form and currently have three children. Her photography and design work have been featured in several wedding and event publications, including Radiant Magazine & San Diego Style Weddings Magazine.
STEPHANIE CALIS - EDITOR IN CHIEF + CO-FOUNDER
Stephanie is the author of the book Invited: The Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner, a #1 Amazon bestseller in Weddings, and the blog Captive the Heart. A former full-time speaker, she seeks to engage the culture with the truth of authentic, sacrificial love by meeting people where they are and meeting them in matters of the heart. Stephanie married her husband in 2011 on a 105 degree day, and they are certified Natural Family Planning teachers who specialize in introducing couples to Pope St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. They have two children.
ANDI COMPTON - BUSINESS DIRECTOR
Andi is the owner of Now That's a Party, a national wedding and event planning business based in San Diego. Combining years of professional event coordination with a passion for helping couples truly enter into the sacrament of marriage, Andi's work is set apart by her custom timelines and planning tips tailored to Catholic brides. She and her husband received a nuptial blessing from Pope Benedict XVI on their honeymoon in 2007, and are parents of four. Andi's work has been featured online at 100 Layer Cake and Aisle Planner, and in print in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine.
email@example.com | @nowthatsaparty
ELISE CRAWFORD - SOCIAL MEDIA OUTREACH
Elise is the founder and owner of Ringlet Studio, a communications and media consulting firm, where she works with small businesses and women entrepreneurs to create a meaningful online presence. Pope St. John Paul II's Letter to Artists stirred her heart to follow a passion for the arts and embark on her career in communications. Based in Washington, D.C, Elise recently graduated with her M.A. in Communications from Johns Hopkins University. She met and got engaged to her college sweetheart on the campus of the Catholic University of America, and they are planning a summer 2017 wedding. She could eat a macaroon a day and loves exploring her beloved city.
firstname.lastname@example.org | @elisecrawford
CHRISTINA JALOWAY - ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Christina is a freelance writer, blogger, former high school theology teacher (nine years and 1,000+ students), newlywed as of December 29, 2016, and resides in Austin, TX, her beautiful and beloved hometown. She is passionate about evangelization and catechesis, particularly through the medium of Beauty, and is thrilled to have found an outlet for this passion at Spoken Bride. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI once said that, "beauty is one of mankind’s greatest needs; it is the root from which the branches of our peace and the fruits of our hope come forth. Beauty also reveals God because...a work of beauty is pure gratuity; it calls us to freedom and draws us away from selfishness." Through her writing, teaching, speaking, and living, Christina hopes to make this Beauty more evident in the world.