Meet The Contributors


Cali Pitchel

Cali is the Director of Marketing at Joy, and a general enthusiast of the written word. She lives in San Francisco with her fiancé, Chris, but was born and raised in Arizona. She’s a voracious reader, a lover of the great outdoors, and a photography junkie.

She’s loved weddings since she was a child – seriously, as a six-year-old, she was so enthralled by a wedding her family was attending that she got up out of her seat and stood with the wedding party throughout the whole ceremony. If that story doesn’t show how excited she is be working with Joy, then we don’t know what will convince you.


Brittany Richardson

Brittany grew up in Connecticut but has lived all over the country, including Maryland, New York, and Arizona before settling in Los Angeles in the fall of 2012. She completed her undergraduate program from Arizona State University in Political Science with a minor in psychology and received her Master’s in Social Work from University of Southern California.

A lover of love, Brittany created a concierge business in 2014 centered around helping relationships thrive by providing gift reminders and date ideas for busy couples. Upon finishing her masters, she has shifted her focus to a more clinical approach, helping couples overcome obstacles without losing themselves or each other, and working with executives and brands on developing mindfulness, leadership skills, problem solving skills.

You can find Brittany on Instagram or Twitter.


Leah Arnold Smeets

Hi! I’m Leah. I live in Orange County, California, with my super athletic, slightly nerdy husband and our rambunctious daughter, Emiko. In a previous life I have travelled all over the world and even lived in Dubai, UAE.

My passions include avid DIY’ing, obsessive organic gardening, scrolling through Instagram accounts of floral arrangements, attending yoga on an embarrassingly infrequent basis, and enjoying a well-deserved glass of cabernet with my handsome husband. I love working for Joy because I love a good party and have that obsessive crafting habit I mentioned above. What better way to combine these interests than by writing about weddings?


Kelsey Vickers

Kelsey is a freelance writer for Joy. She was raised in Northern Arizona and now lives in Phoenix with her soon-to-be husband and puppy. She’s a lover of traveling, good books, good wine, and summers spent at the lake.


Aubrey Bach

I’m a writer based out of Seattle, Washington, but I was raised on the mean streets of Orange County, California. I’m an oversharer, a first-class party planner, a serious travel enthusiast and a semi-obsessive gourmand who loves to eat and cook. I’m also a recovering Diet Coke addict.

My favorite thing about weddings (besides the fact that they are a great excuse to drink champagne) is watching new families and friend groups come together around the couple. As a guest, I’m often the first person to cry and the first person out on the dance floor. I’ve been married to the handsome dude who oversees design at Joy for eight years, and together we travel the world, often in his Sprinter van, when we aren’t working on making the best wedding app in the world.


Alix Hernandez

Alix Hernandez is Joy’s resident fashion expert. She has been covering fashion and lifestyle on her fashion blog ALIXROSE since 2008. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her at a karaoke bar belting out ballads, finding her zen on the yoga mat or discussing pop culture issues with a passion.

Alix loves weddings because they are a perfect reason to dress up! She is excited to help Joy readers look and feel their best at every wedding they attend, whether they are the ones getting married or just a guest. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter to learn more about this petite chatter box.

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