Charanna Alexander is paid to read love stories. As The New York Times’ Weddings editor, she sifts through submissions from couples across America who want their nuptials to be immortalized in print, a custom that began in September 1851 when the newspaper published one single-line wedding announcement in its first-ever edition. Traditionally considered the preserve of high-society figures with enviable lives, the paper’s Weddings section has served as inspiration for comedy sketches, a parody Twitter account and Sex and the This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 39 Elise By Olsen The publishing maven who’s forcing the fashion industry to listen to the young people it fetishizes. Arts & Culture Issue 35 Lindsay Peoples Wagner Change your style. Change your industry. Change the outlook of the next generation. Kyla Marshell meets the trailblazing editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Jenny Odell The acclaimed author in search of lost time. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Ryan Heffington Meet the man bringing choreography, community and queer joy to the desert.