The Wedding Industry Has a Serious Sexual Assault Problem

The Wedding Industry Has a Serious Sexual Assault Problem

It’s not unusual that a man who has been told he’s untouchable, that he is a celebrity, and that he is at the top of his field, thinks he can have whatever he wants by whatever means he feels is necessary, but it is reprehensible, and it is time our industry stopped being quiet about it.

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Maven Made's New Astrology Line of Essential Oils Will Unveil a New You in 2018

Maven Made's New Astrology Line of Essential Oils Will Unveil a New You in 2018

As I get older, I have come to accept that I am a total Pisces. I can't say "no" to people when they ask for something and I am always trying to fix other people's problems. It can take a real toll on me mentally and physically, and the Pisces Astrology Essential Oil Blend combines patchouli, rose, and cedarwood to ground me mentally, promote self-love, and to help me relax. The oils are applied through a roll-on ball that is made of Amethyst to help keep me balanced and promote my self-worth. 

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Our 10 Favorite Weddings and Elopements from 2017

Our 10 Favorite Weddings and Elopements from 2017

We have published more real weddings and engagement this year than ever before and we have been absolutely blown away by the love stories of all of the couples we've featured, but these 10 couples and the ceremonies to share their love and commitment to each other have helped us get through this dumpster fire of a year. Thanks for helping us to keep believing in love, beauty, and happiness!

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Year in Review // 10 Reasons to Attend SNAP Photo Festival in the U.K.

Year in Review // 10 Reasons to Attend SNAP Photo Festival in the U.K.

SNAP Photo Festival is a annual conference for photographers and industry supporters led by the amazing Laura Babb. It's like summer camp, a photography conference, and Coachella all rolled into one, and we can't wait to go back.

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Debunking Bigotry // Trump's Response to Events in Charlottesville and What Really Happened

Debunking Bigotry // Trump's Response to Events in Charlottesville and What Really Happened

Trump's Tuesday press conference demonstrated not only complacency in white supremacy, but also support of these acts. I sat in horror and disbelief as I watched the president of the United States condemn the "alt-left," a made-up term for those fighting for human rights and against white supremacy. I watched him talk over reporters, shout at people, and go completely off teleprompter. But really, were any of us surprised?

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5 Guidelines for Attending Your Ex's Wedding and Avoiding Fallout

5 Guidelines for Attending Your Ex's Wedding and Avoiding Fallout

It’s not an uncommon occurrence to stay friends with an ex, especially if it’s someone you dated in high school or college, or if you dated for a long time and have lots of mutual friends. So that means it’s not uncommon to end up in a situation where you are invited to the wedding of an ex. It can be hard to attend a wedding of an ex, especially if you’re single, but if you want to stay friends with your ex after their wedding day, here are a few guidelines to follow.

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Can Straight White People Ever Really Be Woke?

Can Straight White People Ever Really Be Woke?

Let’s get it all out in the open. I am a straight cisgender white woman, and the only thing I know I am fully aware of is the fact that I can never understand what it’s like to be a member of the LGBTQ community or a person of color. I can never know what it’s like to be afraid to kiss or hold hands with my S.O. in public. I can never know what it’s like to live my entire life penalized by systemic racism. I can never know what it’s like to be afraid to pray in public. I am blessed with more privilege in my life than I can ever fully account for, and I accept that and acknowledge it. Because of that privilege I don’t think I will feel comfortable calling myself “woke.” I think the best thing that I can aspire to as a straight cisgender white woman is to be “woke-ish.”

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Nice Day for a White Wedding

Nice Day for a White Wedding

One trend, however, made its way into the core of Western weddings over centuries and stayed there. Whether it’s lace, taffeta, silk, satin, or sequins, you can’t get married in any color other than white. Sure, we’ve loosened up a little over the last few decades, and now you can find wedding dresses in blush, ivory, and cream spotting the pages of your favorite magazines, but the concept of just getting married in a dress you already have sitting in your closet seems totally barbaric.

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