People Behind the Pages

Fran Samuel ~ Publisher
It has been said that Publisher Fran Samuel has everything it takes—the passion, the talent and the background—to launch an upscale bridal magazine. Prior to establishing Phoenix Bride & Groom in 1999, and Tucson Bride & Groom in 2003, Samuel spent many years lending her expertise to an outstanding fashion magazine, an acclaimed business magazine, and a bridal publication. Her inspired business acumen continues to make Phoenix Bride & Groom and Tucson Bride & Groom magazines leaders in the industry.

Fran Samuel

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Krista Minard Editor
As a longtime regional magazine and wedding publication editor, Krista Minard brings years of experience to Tucson Bride & Groom. She has written hundreds of magazine articles on topics ranging from wedding trends and travel to dining, health and business. She has interviewed brides and grooms, photographers, wedding planners and wedding vendors in all categories, and understands the importance of the big day to everyone involved. “The best part about creating a wedding magazine,” she says, ”is reporting on the love. Read anyone’s story about their wedding and, yes, you’ll learn about the gown and the flowers and the cake and the favors. But topping it all off are stories about togetherness, commitment, family . . . it really all comes down to the love.”

Krista Minard



Liz Puente Regional Sales Manager
Former entrepreneur and media consultant, Liz Puente is passionate about helping businesses succeed. Her knowledge of the wedding and social event industry and her dedication to her clients' goals are a brilliant addition to the marketing team at Tucson Bride & Groom. She utilizes her contacts and experiences to devise creative options for driving business traffic, including building industry and community partnerships.

Liz Puente
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