About Us

Love, sex, and marriage for woke folk

 

Our aspiration is to increase diverse representation in wedding media and to engage in critical dialogue about love, sex, marriage, and weddings. We seek to empower our community of readers and business owners to bring race, gender, sexuality, class, bodies, and more into the conversation.

Why It Matters: Catalyst applies feminist values in three ways: diversifying representation, challenging gendered roles, and standing for equal rights

 

Meet Our Staff

 
 Photo by Tiffany Josephs Photography

Photo by Tiffany Josephs Photography

Jen Siomacco, CEO & Creative Direction

Never in a million years did I think I would end up as the leader of a wedding publication. I spent close to ten years working in a corporate setting as a web designer focused on customer experience. I had strong political believes and was an avid supporter of feminism, but I never thought that I could build a career around these values. That's when Carly and Liz asked me to help them develop the Catalyst brand and lay out the first issue of our print magazine. At first, it was a side project, something I would do in the evenings and on weekends, but quickly it turned into a passion.

For the last three years, I have been proud to work with and support Liz and Carly in the development of this company, and now as they have both moved out of day-to-day operations, I am happy to step in as the CEO of Catalyst. May everyone's love story be heard and valued, and may we all work together to change this industry for the better. 

 
 
 Marle Hylton

Marle Hylton, Operations Manager

My three loves in life are planning, organizing and chipotle. I’ve always been passionate about representation so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to join this badass group of women at Catalyst. I spend my time managing projects and reviewing the procedures that keep this machine going. As a hopeful 20-something-year-old, I dream of changing the world — avocado toast in hand. 

 
 

Editorial Team

 Amber Marlow

Amber Marlow, Photo Submissions Editor

Amber Marlow is a New York City wedding and elopement photography with more than seven years of experience working with amazing couples. 

I've long been an advocate of inclusivity in my business. When I started in 2010, my motto was "photography for everyone" because being a wedding photographer willing to take on same-sex couples was, even in New York City, something I needed to spell out explicitly. I love working with couples and other woke wedding professionals to create wedding days, and a wedding industry, that is inclusive, feminist, and egalitarian. I'm a New Yorker, world traveler, and rescue dog mom. 

 Photo by Amanda Summerlin

Photo by Amanda Summerlin

Cindy Savage, Assistant Editor

Cindy Savage is the lead wedding planner and owner of Aisle Less Traveled, based in St. Louis. She helps independent, feminist, and LGBTQ+ people plan meaningful weddings while keeping their budgets and their sanity intact. She firmly believes that everyone who has found love deserves a great wedding, no matter what size their budget is - and to make that a reality, she invented Choose Your Own Wedding, an internet-based wedding planning subscription to offer comprehensive planning support at an affordable price.

When she's not planning weddings, she can usually be found living her best introvert life: reading books, crafting, talking to her internet friends, drinking wine, wearing stretchy pants, and exercising complete control over the remote!

 Jordan Maney

Jordan Maney, Assistant Editor

Jordan A. Maney is a San Antonio-based wedding planner and owner of All The Days Event Co. She she started her company as a planning haven for all the couples the industry chooses to ignore. Instead of just making a brand, she's building a community. Find more of her sass, humor, and Southern hospitality at allthedaysweddings.com.

 
 

Advertising & Sponsorship

Katie Wannen, Advertising & Sponsorship Coordinator

I'm a wedding planner and owner of The Plannery, a boutique DC-based event planning company (where ideas become events and sh*t gets done). I giddily enjoy planning weddings and other events for everyone, and therefore was obsessed with Catalyst Wed Co and its mission from the very beginning. I'm super-thrilled to join the team. I'm a feminist, pop-culture junkie who loves eating my husband's delicious cooking, playing with my 2 year old daughter, and fanatically organizing family travel plans.

 Erika Swift

Erika Swift, Advertising & Sponsorship Coordinator

Erika is the owner and lead designer of The Bloomistry, a floral & planning boutique. She has helped couples with their special day for 12 years as a planner, designer and florist. Erika resides in Phoenix with her twins, Jazzy and Zeke


Co-Founders

 

Liz Susong, Co-Founder

Carly Romeo, Co-Founder

 
 

Regular Contributors

 

 Rebecca Anger

Rebecca Anger

Rebecca Anger is a disabled social activist and an aspiring attorney in Chicago, focusing on health and civil rights law. When she is not fighting injustice, she likes to cook and create new recipes and spend time with her husband.  

Read Rebecca's Work  |  Instagram


 Jamie Carle

Jamie Carle

Jamie is the owner of Jamie Carle Photography and resides in Vancouver, WA. Her background was always in videography. She was an AV nerd in high school and president of her school video club. When college came, she decided to major in graphic design and put video second. She became pregnant — and knowing she'd be a single mother — she made the choice to put off school while she worked, scraped, and saved. One way she was able to stay creative and sane was photography. Through thousands of photos of her baby, she was able to keep doing something really special.

She found a new passion and moved from her own child to other children, which then expanded into all kinds of family portraiture. She was asked if she offered wedding services, and at the time was floored. So she became a second shooter for another photographer and learned some ins and outs of the wedding business. This has become her favorite thing to do — capture love and tell your story.

Read Jamie's Work  |  Website  |  Instagram


 Jordan Maney

Jordan Maney

Jordan A. Maney is a San Antonio-based wedding planner and owner of All The Days Event Co. She she started her company as a planning haven for all the couples the industry chooses to ignore. Instead of just making a brand, she's building a community. Find more of her sass, humor, and Southern hospitality at allthedaysweddings.com.

Read Jordan's Work  |  Website  |  Facebook


 Jaime Patterson

Jaime Patterson

Jaime is a body-positive lifestyle, family, boudoir, wedding, and portrait photographer based out of Richmond, Virginia. She believes everyone has a unique story to tell, and she wants to be on hand to hear it, capture it, and share it with the world! She loves those moments that others may miss — that shy smile from your partner when you think they're not looking, how your hand rests on your belly when your baby kicks, the way your eyes sparkle when you see your person walk down the aisle, and the way you embrace your whole self when wearing your best outfit and truly looking as sexy as you feel. She thinks every body, every relationship, and every family deserves to be seen.

Read Jaime's Work  |  Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram


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Rebecca Perea-Kane

Rebecca Perea-Kane is a writer and designer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. She spends her time working on her jewelry line, Thicket, traipsing through the woods with her dog, Arthur, practicing yoga, and writing poetry. She works as the production manager for Mi Ossa, a jewelry and leather goods company.

Read Rebecca's Work  |  Website  |  Instagram 


 Becky Scott

Becky Scott

Becky Scott is a writer based in New York who loves The Bachelor and is great at giving humorous advice.

Read Becky's Work  |  Twitter

 


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Frances Lee

Frances Lee is a queer designer, trans baker, cultural studies scholar.

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Brittney Taylor

Brittney Taylor is a freelance makeup artist located in Cameron, North Carolina. She has been working in this area for three years doing event makeup, as well as print and some runway. This year she will be working to build a bridal artistry business that will be fully mobile. She studied makeup artistry at makeup artist studios in Richmond, Virginia, and from there developed her aesthetic. She spends a lot of time studying past artists, as well as trends today. She believes that everyone is beautiful, and her job is to enhance that! 

Read Brittney's Work |  Website  |  Instagram


 Shae Washington

Shae Washington

Obsessed with podcasts, coffee and her wife, Shae lives in the Washington, D.C. area. She writes and speaks about social justice issues and her life as a gay Christian. 

Read Shae's Work  |  Website


 Wood Grain & Lace Events

Wood Grain & Lace Events

Wood Grain & Lace Events is a wedding planning company in Richmond, Virginia, owned and operated by Christine Greenberg. Christine and her team of planners, including Ciera Pope, Heather Kemman, Noelle Yount, and Keneil Rainey, work with Catalyst Wedding Co. to write a regular column titled "Ask a Wedding Planner." Their column focuses on questions that often are overlooked in the wedding planning process. 

Read Their Work  |  Website  |  Instagram