the BACKSTORY . . .
KATHLEEN & MEGHANN have always been a team. The mother/daughter duo sojourned around the world while Kathleen was studying to earn first her BA, then MA and ultimately PhD in History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Whilst Kathleen was in academe, Meghann’s young mind filled with the mysteries and romance of medieval ruins, cobblestone streets, university libraries, the moors, and the power of the North Sea. (She’s never lost the impulse to collect and catalog 'treasures' like the shards of pottery from the beaches at St. Andrews!)
Landing in the Pacific Northwest, Kathleen taught history at the university level as Meghann sought her own education, earning a Bachelor of Arts whilst exploring the intersections of history, women’s and cultural studies.
The gravitational pull always seems to be there and Meghann and Kathleen teamed up once again in 2013 to begin their next adventure—Frankie & Maude, a working design studio that specialized in handcrafting fine art bridal and editorial fashions and wearable adornments. The duo’s design aesthetic is imbued with their knowledge and love of history, art and architecture.
Finding inspiration in everything from 19th century botanical illustrations to museums, galleries, books and film (old and new), as well as travel.
"A creative life is never normal."
Although it was an incredibly beautiful experience working with amazing people who each brought their own beauty and passion to the bespoke process, what Kathleen & Meghann didn't anticipate was bumping up against a tight 'bridal' box where brides, couples, and industry professionals often expressed feelings of constraint by mainstream wedding expectations.
Their decision to create an indie wedding magazine was born of these experiences. The Frankie & Maude Journal is a print space with depth and choice, showcasing original content in weddings, fashions, history, philosophy and culture. Kathleen and Meghann want to celebrate a diversity of wedding experiences and the wonderful complexities of Life & Love!