Sasha Vasilyuk

Cultural journalist 


Travel feature on Poland for Harper's Bazaar

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Harper's Bazaar just published my travel story about the ultimate getaway - Poland's Baltic coast in the winter. The story Why It's Worth Visiting the Baltic Coast - in the Dead of Winter came out beautifully:

Since moving to Warsaw earlier last year, I've been exploring Poland with my husband. It's one of the least known countries in Europe and has a long way to go before its image abroad is improved and people stop associating it with black and white World War II movies and concentration camps and start seeing it as a unique country with a crazy history and a lot of unexplored natural beauty.

Just to give you some context, this part of the Baltic Coast is unknown even among most Poles, so along with putting Poland on the map for American readers of Harper's Bazaar, it seems that the article also helped Poles discover a part of their own country. I've particularly loved getting comments from my friends in Warsaw thanking me for making Poland look beautiful :) I don't think that it gets better than that for a journalist!

This is my first travel story for Harper's Bazaar and I'm hoping to write more features about Poland for other publications in the near future. Until then, I'll go enjoy the coming spring!

My wedding PR book 'Marry the Media' is published!

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I never thought that my first published book will be about weddings. Or PR. And yet, Marry the Media, which came out in June, is the first book written about the niche subject of wedding PR. In it, I hope to teach creatives working in the wedding industry how to work with the media to get publicity for their business.

Having worked in the wedding industry full-time since 2011, I've seen a tremendous need for education about public relations, specifically as it relates to busy small business owners. There are only a handful of PR firms, including mine, that specialize in this area and a big lack of resources to help guide entrepreneurs on how to get results without having to hire one of us to help them.

And so, I decided to write an easy-to-read guide on PR for wedding photographers, planners, caterers, DJs, videographers, dress designers and many others who work in weddings. Writing and publishing a book wasn't an easy process, but so far, the response has been really great. 

You can check out the book on Amazon or on my web store, where I sell other educational tools on wedding PR.

Published in Harper's Bazaar!

Posted on May 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I never thought I would write for Harper's Bazaar. The high fashion publication always seemed astronomically unreachable. And yet, today, the magazine published my essay about why I chose to elope. The essay is entitled My Dream Wedding was an Elopement and bears a hilarious hashtag #sorrynotsorry, courtesy of the editor.

She also chose a gorgeous photograph by Nathaniel Goldberg, which makes me feel much more glamorous than in reality:

Check out my story and let me know what you think! Meanwhile, I hope to continue contributing articles to Harper's and elevate my glam status!

Solas Award Winner for Best Travel Writing

Posted on May 23, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm so excited to share that I won the Solas Award for Best Travel Writing for my essay "A Stranger in Jerusalem". The 10th Annual Solas Award is given by Travelers' Tales, a publisher of popular travel books and anthologies. 

"A Stranger in Jerusalem" was adapted from my memoir "Falling Up" and describes what happened when on the way from a cemetery to the Wailing Wall, a shopkeeper stopped me with a question. Check out the essay here:

Column in Huffington Post

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I published my first personal essay in Huffington Post "Don't Say 'Divorce' in the Wedding Industry". Personal essays has been something I've been exploring recently as I work on my memoir. This one takes parts from one of the chapters in my book to talk about what it feels like to get divorced when you work in the wedding industry. 

Here's a little preview (ads and all) of my article:

As you can see, there is a prominent Huffington Divorce marker on top. The way Huffington Post works is once you submit one article, you are basically granted a column. But even though I've had a lot of thoughts about divorce over the years, it's not a subject I'm eager to continue writing about on a frequent basis. So now, I have to figure out something else to do with this column. But for now, feel free to check out this piece and let me know your thoughts.

- Sasha