Introducing The Avowed Podcast, Hosted by Catalyst Wedding Co.
Join dynamic contemporary wedding cake baker Jasmine Lilly as she explores how and why we are married in the modern world. Tearing back the immaculate veil, Lilly takes listeners on a journey through love, marriage, and the multi-billion dollar industry that fuels the wild world of modern weddings.
Utilizing a celebratory and investigative approach, Lilly explores wedding tradition origins, societal expectations, and boundary pushing concepts in through inclusive conversations with wedding industry rebels, real couples, and bad-ass people with something to say about love. Lilly leaves no stone unturned in her pursuit of innovation and understanding.
Through joyful investigation The Avowed Podcast seeks to refresh the spirit of weddings, shred obsolete boundaries, and give voice to contemporary perspectives on love and marriage. With a direct approach, humorous heartfelt moments, and refreshingly honest revelations, Lilly is actively creating the space necessary to cultivate a revolution of intention and understanding around habitual notions of love and marriage.
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Jasmine places a long distance call across the Atlantic Ocean to Nova Reid, the powerhouse woman behind award-winning UK wedding blog Nu Bride. Together they discuss creating an inclusive wedding industry, the effects of Brexit, lashing out when you feel overwhelmed with the wedding planning process, and why marriage isn't happily ever after... it's bloody hard work!
A special interactive mini episode about relationship tools! Jasmine shares a nugget of relationship wisdom from jeweler Mariele Ivy, previously on episode eleven "A Touch of Stardust" and talks about contrasting personalities, and the tools we develop to relate to one another. Tell us about your own relationship tools at jasminerlilly.com/wise-words for a chance to appear on a future episode of The Avowed Podcast!
Jasmine speaks with wedding planner Erica Greenwold, owner of Folie à Deux Events in North Carolina about humanitarian efforts in the wedding industry, creating a ceremony and reception that reflect your personal beliefs, and creating a totally rad wedding in 5 months on a five thousand dollar budget. Cover Photo by Ashley Posthuma
Jasmine speaks with Nate Bailey, the vision and voice behind The Loveumentary Podcast, about navigating the emotional landscape of your partner, developing your marital skill set, and bypassing unnecessary wedding planning arguments with a unique rating system.
Jasmine is joined by artist and metalsmith Mariele Ivy, to discuss her unique engagement ring sets that marry inlaid stone with brilliant cut diamonds. Together they discuss choosing an engagement and wedding ring that works with your lifestyle, living a creative life, and how the suggestion of a stranger can send your life in unexpected directions.
Jasmine is joined by Katie Stoltz, owner and creator of Venues & Vows, an online marketplace that connects people with a curated collection of privately owned homes, estates, farms, and ranches for their wedding or event. Together they tackle painfully awkward wedding day traditions, being a bridesmaid, invasive questioning from well meaning wedding guests, and why a wedding weekend will always outshine a wedding day.
In this follow up to "Love is Love" Jasmine questions New York City Wedding Photographer Amber Marlow about what it was like to go through a divorce, dating, and second marriage while working in the wedding industry.
Jasmine speaks with New York City wedding photographer Amber Marlow about how she creates an elopement experience, the centering of whiteness in our wedding culture, eviscerating the seeds of intolerance, and being aggressively authentically yourself.
Jasmine speaks with bride-to-be Hannah Easterly about splitting her wedding celebration up into three events, sharing your vows with an audience, allowing your wedding vendors some creative freedom, and choosing between a legally binding marriage or something less defined.
Jasmine talks with Catalyst Wedding Magazine's Editor in Chief, Liz Susong, about long-distance marriage, racism and sexism in the wedding industry, making peace with discomfort, and finding more reasons to celebrate.
The wildly in love photographers behind Kindred Wedding Co., Elle Wildhagen and Zach Domes, open up about rejoicing in the dark, messy moments of love, gendered narratives, silent discos, the evolving language of “we” and how familial sagas of love and divorce help shape our contemporary perspectives on love.
In PART I of this two part episode Jasmine is joined by Gabby LaBarbara, an editorial assistant at Junebug Weddings. Together they expose the complex emotional landscape of planning a wedding as Gabby recounts her experience canceling her "first" wedding, processing her emotions, and starting all over with a smaller wedding that represents the unique love she shares with her fiancé Patrick.
Join Jasmine in a no bullsh*t conversation with Lauren Caselli, owner and creator of Boss Lady Bash, as they discuss working in the cutthroat NYC wedding industry, creating a supportive space for female entrepreneurs, getting over "The Princess Complex," and speculate on marriage contract negotiations.
Happy Valentine's Day and welcome to The Avowed Podcast! Host Jasmine Lilly is joined by Stacy Townsend of Townsend Collective, and Anna Boswell of Cast & Company to discuss everything from the wedding industry's rapid evolution to the difference between needing and wanting a wedding.
We are looking for awesome couples and wedding professionals to be interviewed by Jasmine on the podcast!
If you are interested in being a part of this podcast magic, apply to join us.
Rebel cake baker + Artist + Writer + Entrepreneur + Renaissance woman
Jasmine Lilly was more surprised than anyone at finding herself in the wedding industry, but with an extensive background in studio art and over ten years in the restaurant industry Lilly decided to marry her passion for food and artistry by opening her revolutionary wedding cake business, Whipped.
Lilly’s ferociously contemporary wedding cakes may have been her introduction into the wedding industry but it is her inquisitive mind, and rebellious tendency to question established social scripts that sparked the simple yet radical concept for The Avowed Podcast. Drawn to the wedding industry for its collaborative artistic approach, Lilly quickly realized the dangerous expectations, social pressures, and disconcerting future of an industry that has celebritized “Bridezilla” behavior and enabled unrealistic expectations of perfection and heteronormative representation. Her unique approach has inspired a deeper exploration of this intrinsic piece of the human experience, as she invites a diverse array of people to open up about deeply personal moments in their journey’s to and from the altar.
Despite a family tree riddled with divorce, Lilly remains devoted to her partner of ten years, Patrick Burr (owner of Roots Kitchen & Cannery). For most of the last decade the question of marriage between them has been a relative non-issue but as she delves deeper into the wedding industry Lilly has begun to address her own motivation and desire to tie the knot.
Lilly’s work has been featured in People Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Destination I Do, and several other wedding publications and blogs.