Bernadette Coveney Smith

Gay wedding planner, educator and expert

Bernadette Coveney Smith is the nation’s leading same-sex wedding expert. She is founder and president of 14 Stories, the first company in the U.S. specializing in planning legal same-sex weddings. 14 Stories has offices in New York and Boston.

In 2004, when gay marriage was first legalized in Massachusetts, Bernadette envisioned a wedding production company for engaged same-sex couples looking to navigate a traditional wedding industry. Since then, she and her team have produced hundreds of gay and lesbian weddings, working with couples from 33 U.S. states.

Bernadette’s expertise has been featured on the Today Show, the BBC, CNN, National Public Radio and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Travel and Leisure, among others. Bernadette is author of the book Gay Wedding Confidential. Bernadette also developed the first gay wedding planning app for iPhone and Android. She regularly speaks about gay weddings around the country.

Bernadette, her wife Jen and son Patrick live in New York City.