Bliss is a trendy and style sophisticated wedding resource devoted to the style obsessed bride. We feature everything from gorgeous real weddings to the best is photography, floral, fashion and design industries. The Bliss Bridal Magazine + Blog reaches thousands of brides and grooms that are planning weddings in Austin and Surrounding areas. We have designed an integrated marketing package that provides maximum reach and exposure; incorporating print advertising, online advertising, direct mail, an online blog for brides on the go as well as social marketing campaigns for each of our clients.
Hi there! I just have to put it out there – my job totally rocks. For someone who’s obsessed with finding the next cool thing, DIY projects, and weddings there is, literally, not a better job. Now, it was a long and windy road to get here, but looking back going through all life’s twist and turns were leading me right to this spot.
With big dreams and brief detours (Including a stop at a local newspaper followed by a longer stay as the Associate Publisher of The Central Texas Bride Guide), I jumped head first into the big city, starting with the idea of creating just a wedding blog. After talking to few investors and marketing guru’s in LA and Orlando I decided to do an online and print magazine with an interactive blog as well as focus on social media.
I can still remember the day I dreamed of Bliss… Rewind to November of 2011, my husband had been in the hospital fighting a rare brain fungus for 8 months and my grandfather who raised me was fighting stage 4 cancer. I was working as an independent contractor on several graphic design jobs a.k.a. “a struggling artist”. My husband was the bread winner of the family until he fell ill. It came to the point where I had to ask myself… “Angela are you going to sink or swim?” After a motivational speech from my grandfather , one night sitting in the corner of my husbands hospital room I found myself designing mock up layouts, front covers, looking up photo shoot ideas and so on. Before I knew it I was designing a company logo and website and hit the streets of Austin. I had worked as a graphic designer for several local publications, knew the entire process of how to own a magazine but never imagined doing it myself. I wanted a place I could be creative and show brides that there is more to a Texas wedding than mason jars and burlap. This time though I wanted to make a living doing what I loved and I did just that!
Bliss is super small, we are not some big corporation, I do not have a secretary and yes, I even publish my own personal cellphone number. Bliss started with myself , my husband, one editor, and one sales person. That was it! I was not only the ONLY owner/founder and Publisher, but I did sales, ad design, the ENTIRE magazine layout, photoshoots, updating our website, accounting, distribution, and all of the other Publisher duties! Luckily we have grown our staff of 4 to now 11 since 3 years ago, but we are by no means ever going to loose that small business charm. I love that our clients can come to my home office, sit in and design their ad face to face. I love that my staff and I attend our clients events, help them with all marketing aspects- not publishing related… you know those little things.
I grew up in West (comma) Texas, you know the place where you stop for Kolaches until I was 21. My parents and family still live there. That will always be home.
Tarleton State University + Texas State Technical College
Tarleton State University ( Bachelor of Business Administration- Marketing) and Texas State Technical College (Graphic Design Program)
June 25th 1988 – yes, I am only 26
Chicken & dumplings, pepperoni pizza, potato soup, potato wedges, coco pebbles, big macs, bushes chicken, french fries, breakfast burritos, chocolate
Hot pink, Gold, and Anything glitter
Favorite non-wedding blog or site:
Favorite part about working at Bliss:
Our incredible Bliss Events, creating styled photo shoots, working with inspiring creative people and getting to look at great photography!
I am committed to:
God, My Family, My Friends, Bliss, My Clients
My iPhone, Starbucks frappacinos, HGTV, itunes, Photoshop, traveling, history, Facebook, shopping, scary movies, photography
Success is not easy… and is certainly not for the lazy. I live by this daily and have this quote in my office to always keep me focused!
Angela & Donny Sims, Owners, Founders and Publishers
Monica Garza, Austin, Director of Advertising
Haley Smith, Central Texas Director of Advertising
Livia Pope, Creative Director
Stephanie Shepard, Bliss Bash Coordinator
Autumn Morgan, Editor
Porschia Matthews, Account Executive
Shelby McGaughy, Distribution