Staff

Staff-Nicolas-Shannon"In this magical time of infinite possibilities, you have created true love."

With those 12 words we open each issue of Manhattan Bride, celebrating your positive outlook — and your commitment to love and success.

We offer you new ideas plus time-tested solutions for your wedding. We even enlist trusted wedding vendors as knowledgeable professionals and "members of the team." They help us give you the information you need, plus the fun Honeymoon Contest here on our website.

But none of this would be possible without the generous help of our real wedding couples, models, suppliers, friends, and bridal professionals, plus our dedicated staff:


Rick Bard : Editor & Publisher

Rick Bard

Editor & Publisher

rick@manhattanbride.com

Manhattan Bride’s Editor & Publisher Rick Bard launched the publication and this accompanying website in 2000 and launched the magazine's digital versions in 2010. He also started the award-winning Manhattan Magazine in 1983. Since then he has won over 50 national and international awards for his photography (seen throughout this website), plus his writing and design.

Hi-Tech. Rick has been an Apple Developer, creates various updates and features of the website, and also creates Manhattan Bride's page-flipping digital magazines.

Hi-Fashion. A noted photographer, Rick created a unique brand of award-winning fashion photography on his shootings ... including his photo trips to Morocco, Tahiti, the Amazon Jungle, Paris, Maui, Milan, the Bahamas, Acapulco, Los Cabos, Antigua, Jamaica, and other exotic locales ... with top models, dancers, actresses, and even several beauty queens, including Miss USA, Miss France, and Miss Russia too. These shootings inspire Manhattan Bride’s distinctive new style of bridal photography.

Rick’s photos have appeared in his own publications and in others worldwide, from the cover of a #1 New York Times best-selling book and other best-sellers, to publications such as Time, Newsweek, Elle, Dance, Self, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Rick also was honored with the prestigious Award of Excellence from the United Nations Society of Writers for his environmental articles and photography.

The Apollo Moonshot, the Boxing Ring, Studio 54, Hollywood, & the United Nations. Rick graduated near the top of his class from both MIT, where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction and was awarded a Baker Scholarship.

While at MIT, he was a Golden Gloves boxer and went on to become the New England middleweight champion. A computer programmer at the MIT Instrumentation Lab, he wrote software simulating the guidance system for the Apollo 8 Lunar Mission. As a business consultant, he worked on projects for Samuel Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood, the Bureau of Mines in the coal mines of Appalachia, and for Bankers Trust in New York. He also was the founding Editor-Publisher and principal photographer of the magazine for the celebrated nightclub Studio 54.

His award-winning photographs have been exhibited in museums and at the United Nations and he has interviewed hundreds of leading figures in the arts, medicine, business, sports, human rights, fashion, and of course, the bridal industry.

A Charity Foundation. Rick also launched a charitable foundation, which he ran for almost 20 years. During this time he held some 40 charity benefits, with regular annual fund raisers for Homeless Children and Breast Cancer Research.

For his charity, he hosted charity fashion shows, raffles, photo exhibits, and awards ceremonies at major venues, including The Plaza Hotel, where he welcomed as many as 800 guests (in two adjacent ballrooms) for black tie dinner-dances. Well-attended by celebrities, models, leading figures in the arts and business plus socially prominent personalities, these charity events were covered by local papers, magazines, and ABC-TV.

He also worked in economically stressed areas in South Boston and East Los Angeles, where he helped community development groups and various labor-intensive companies.

A “Principal for a Day” in the New York City school system for several years, Rick served at a middle school in the South Bronx neighborhood of his childhood. In this role he went on to employ various inner-city students as summer interns, and for years he has been personally involved with the charities he supports.


Rejena Carmichael : Associate Editor

Rejena Carmichael

Associate Editor

rejena@manhattanbride.com

Associate Editor Rejena Carmichael is a writer and cinematographer with extensive experience in website development and social media. Previously, she served as an intern in the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. An English major and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Rejena graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hofstra University and was invited to speak at the University’s Latin honors Convocation. She has been a charity volunteer and participant in various charity walks and runs, including the annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk in New York City, where she serves as co-chair of the walk committee.

At Manhattan Bride, she serves as stylist on the publication’s award-winning fashion shootings, working on-location at local sites, ranging from the elegant ballrooms of grand estates to the rolling hills of spacious country clubs. She also travels to exotic locales to help create some of the magazine’s honeymoon pieces.

She assists in the regular updates, expansion, and marketing of Manhattan Bride’s website and of Manhattan Bride’s print and digital magazines. She also manages the magazine’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and Manhattan Bride’s new blog.

Rejena coordinates and edits Manhattan Bride’s acclaimed Real Weddings section, working closely with brides, photographers, and venue professionals to tell each wedding story. She loves discovering how all aspects of planning a wedding join together on each couple’s most special day. She also manages the Bridal Beauty and Bridal Services pages, where she regularly reviews beauty and skincare products and services to help brides create their personal pre-wedding beauty routine.


Richard Kandel : Executive Publisher

Richard Kandel

Executive Publisher

Through his charitable, financial, and business management work, Executive Publisher Richard I. Kandel has traveled the world, developing close ties with many segments of the leading art, fashion, and film communities. He has been a long-time associate of our Editor-Publisher, having collaborated on various charitable projects for over 20 years.