About Spike Gillespie

Spike Gillespie wedding selfie

Spike is the critically acclaimed author of eight books and countless magazine articles. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Real Simple, GQ, Esquire, Elle, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, and many other publications. Spike also provides commentary for Austin's NPR affiliate, KUT. She is the President of the Office of Good Deeds, an informal group of Austinites who enjoy performing good deeds for those in need.

Spike grew up in New Jersey, went to college at the University of South Florida, and spent some time in Knoxville, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri before arriving in Austin in 1991. Initially she thought Austin would just be another stop along the way, but before long she realized this was the place she truly belonged. She raised her son Henry Mowgli here and, not at all surprisingly, thanks in large part to being raised in such a creative city, he grew up to be a musician and visual artist.

In addition to performing weddings, Spike leads memoir writing workshops and retreats. She also maintains several blogs including:

  • Meditation Kicks Ass about her daily meditation practice.
  • Keeping Austin Austin about the amazing people, places, and events that help Austin stay awesome even in the face of tremendous growth and change.
  • Good Girl Rebound a daily photo tribute to her not-terribly-smart but incredibly adorable Boston Terrier, Rebound.
  • Weddings Are a Racket dedicated to helping you have a most wonderful and entirely bullshit-free wedding.

She is a big time knitter, total dog fanatic, and passionate traveler.