Meet the Garter Brides

About the Authors

The Garter Brides are a sisterhood of women who got married later in life and wore the same garter at their weddings! They offer tried and true advice on how to have the love and life you want.

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs has worked in all aspects of television- film, tape and live-on-tape. She is a Producer and story editor. Her production experience ranges from classical music, childrens’ programming, and dramatic adaptations of fiction to teleplays. She has been associated with some of the world’s leading orchestra conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. Among the dramatic programs she produced are the works of Eugene O’Neill, Dorothy Parker, John Cheever, Moliere, Anne Beattie and Wendy Wasserstein. She is an active supporter of Primary Stages Arts Education Program, introducing students to live theater.

Name: Ann Jacobs Blumenthal Jacobs (Jacobs was her maiden name, too!)
Occupation: Story editor and award-winning television producer.
Married to: Irv Jacobs
Kids: 2 stepchildren, 5 stepgrandchildren
Best wedding dress advice for grown-up brides: “It was my third marriage, but I refused to dress like a guest at my own wedding. I wanted to wear white, so I did.”
Best quote from husband: “Ann’s a trophy wife . . . I got the prize!”
Most romantic thing Irv ever told her: “Every day’s my birthday when I’m with you.”
Greatest thing about being a Garter Bride: Never dreaming she could be so happy.

Patricia Ryan Lampl

Patricia Ryan Lampl’s first job in Manhattan was Assistant to the Art Director for Mademoiselle Magazine. Her love of theater and the arts was far greater than her love of fashion, so she wrote a three page letter to PBS’s Great Performances listing reasons she should be hired and suggestions for future programs. Despite this, they hired her! She has worked on a variety of award winning live and taped programs with HBO, Great Performances, American Playhouse, A&E, VH-1, Live from the Metropolitan Opera, The Miss Universe Pageant and Sesame Street. She has written books for Warner Books and Little Simon. Her book, “My Blankie”, was named one of the best of the year by Nick, Jr. Magazine.

Name: Patricia Mary Agnes Ryan Lampl
Occupation: Magazine columnist, author, and award-winning television producer.
Married to: Mark Lampl
Kids: 2 stepchildren, 1 child with Mark, 3 stepgrandchildren
Most quotable line: “When I went shopping for my wedding dress as a first-time bride at 39, three salespersons asked me if this was my second marriage. I finally regained my sense of humor and told them that I’d waited so long I skipped the first and went right to the second! Who cared what number it was?!”
The Greatest Thing About Being a Garter Bride: When we return from a trip I always say, “It’s good to be home.” And Mark always hugs me and says, “You’re my home.”

Tish Rabe

Tish Rabe is a best-selling children’s book author who has written over 130 books for children including titles for Sesame Street, Curious George, Blue’s Clues and Disney. She also writes The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, a series of non-fiction early science books which have sold over 4 million copies. A television series based on the books “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That” premiered on Sept. 6, 2010 on PBS Kids. Her inspirational book series for preschoolers, “The I Believe Bunny” was released in 2009 and won The Mom’s Choice Award for best picture book -Gold.

Name: Patricia Annette Saumsiegle Rabe
Occupation: Best selling children’s book author, singer, and television writer/producer
Married to: John Rabe
Kids: 2 stepchildren; 2 children with John, 1 grandson
Most nerve-wracking dating moment: Telling John she REALLY, REALLY wanted to have kids . . . on their second date!
Words of wisdom for stepparenting: Always remember that you have something important in common: you both love the same person.
Nicest thing about being a Garter Bride: Looking up when her husband walks through the door and still not believing that he’s really in her life.