Natural Yet Colorful Wedding Inspiration at Seven Springs in Virginia

Natural Yet Colorful Wedding Inspiration at Seven Springs in Virginia

We strive to spend our clients’ money wisely by encouraging them to invest in creative pieces, and we find ways to repurpose things throughout the event. We loved how the freestanding floral ceremony pieces framed the couple without being the typical wooden arbor or truss, and they can be moved and repurposed at the reception.

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3 Affordable Brands to Watch for Plus Size Wedding Dresses

3 Affordable Brands to Watch for Plus Size Wedding Dresses

Everyone should be able to find a wedding day outfit that they can say “yes” to, but we all know that finding size inclusive wedding wear is easier said than done. Thankfully, more and more brands are working to offer wedding gowns for all body sizes, with some offering sizes up to 6X.

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How to Have an Unforgettable (and Unconventional) First Wedding Dance

How to Have an Unforgettable (and Unconventional) First Wedding Dance

While sharing a first dance as a married couple is certainly not a requirement for your wedding, it is still a tradition that many couples look forward to as part of their celebration. In order to shake off the old fashioned gender roles and uplift the entire event, approach your first dance as a duet that embodies your union.

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A DIY Summer Camp Wedding in Spring Green, Wisconsin: Alex + Frances

A DIY Summer Camp Wedding in Spring Green, Wisconsin: Alex + Frances

We both said it throughout the day and it still rings true; for many reasons, neither Frances nor myself ever thought we were going to be people who got to have the big, beautiful, LEGAL wedding...and we did, and it was fabulous. It still makes me tear up to realized how fortunate I am. 

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Why You Need a Clean Up Plan for Your Wedding Day

Why You Need a Clean Up Plan for Your Wedding Day

Without fail, my clients always forget one very important detail as they plan their weddings: Who’s taking all of their sh*t at the end of the night? You’d think this would be an easy question to answer but, in my experience, it’s often one of the hardest.

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5 Ways to Incorporate Custom Illustrated Portraits into Your Wedding

5 Ways to Incorporate Custom Illustrated Portraits into Your Wedding

We’re seeing custom illustrations pop up more and more in weddings, and we absolutely love the variety of options available to create fun and personal artwork for your wedding decor and for your home. Need help envisioning how a custom illustrated portrait can be used for your wedding? Here are 5 ways to use artwork to add a personal touch to your wedding day.

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Should You Schedule Your Wedding Over a Holiday?

Should You Schedule Your Wedding Over a Holiday?

When deciding on a wedding date, many couples ultimately choose to wed on a holiday or long holiday weekend, but is this really the best idea? We asked the members of our vendor directory for their expertise, and here’s what they had to say.

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A Magical & Intimate Elopement in Central Park: Andrea + Carla

A Magical & Intimate Elopement in Central Park: Andrea + Carla

On this day 4 years ago, Andrea proposed to Carla, just one day after the historic Supreme Court decision. “We read about the celebrations happening back home and started to get emotional at the realization that so many people, including us, would now be legally validated and protected as couples. We never expected to see this happen during our youth — and much less in Puerto Rico. It was then that Andrea gently took my promise ring from my finger and asked me if I would ever marry her.”

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A Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Wedding Celebrating Love and Acceptance: Jason + Jay

A Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Wedding Celebrating Love and Acceptance: Jason + Jay

We really just want people to know our story. We’d like to say our story is unique, and maybe it is, but we want to show the world that we are just two normal guys, gay as it turns out, who fell in love. Throughout our 18 years of being together, we have been truly surrounded by people who love us and want us to be happy. After all, we all just want to be loved.

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Do You Really Need an Open Bar at Your Wedding?

Do You Really Need an Open Bar at Your Wedding?

When it comes to weddings, alcohol is one of those things that has become an unspoken requirement. I mean, how can you possibly celebrate your love without booze?! The truth is, alcohol at your wedding is totally optional and having an open bar is nice, but it is definitely not a requirement for your wedding to be a success.

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Anne Barge Offers Plus Size Designer Wedding Gowns with Curve Couture

Anne Barge Offers Plus Size Designer Wedding Gowns with Curve Couture

Anne Barge has been creating stunning designer wedding gowns for twenty years, and in recent years has made a significant effort to create a more inclusive designer brand. In addition to offering Blue Willow, which is a collection that offers high end gowns at a more affordable price point, Anne Barge also offers Curve Couture, a line of designer gowns for sizes 16 and up. The Curve Couture collection includes dozens of looks with a variety of shapes, cuts, and materials.

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Irvine Regional Park Engagement Session: Danielle + David

Irvine Regional Park Engagement Session: Danielle + David

We met through mutual friends, but we didn't date right away because David was in a relationship at the time. We were friends for two years before we decided to go on our first date in August 2018. That first date was a country concert at the Orange County fair. We danced and laughed the whole night, bonding over the similarities and values we had in common.

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10 Weddings with DIY Elements That Add a Personal Touch

10 Weddings with DIY Elements That Add a Personal Touch

Making things for your wedding isn’t just for small, rustic ceremonies. With a long enough timeline and the help of loved ones, even the most lavish weddings can feature some DIY touches that fit with any theme or idea. Here are ten weddings of all sizes, budgets, timelines, themes, and levels of DIY that will spark inspiration for anyone wanting to add their own personal style to their wedding.

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50 Moments of Pure Queer Joy

50 Moments of Pure Queer Joy

This pride month is especially meaningful, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising which brought visibility to LGBTQ+ issues and the community’s struggle for equal rights. We still face a great deal of discrimination in this world, but no one can dampen the light of love shone from these couples. To honor the sacrifice of every one who has helped the community reach this point, we are highlighting 50 moments of pure queer love and joy from past Catalyst couples. Thank you for sharing your love and light with us and the world!

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A Just Because Couple's Session in Downtown Charlottesville, Virginia: Jen + Cameron

A Just Because Couple's Session in Downtown Charlottesville, Virginia: Jen + Cameron

Even though I’m the Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst and I deeply believe in the importance of having photographs to remember the moments of joy throughout your life, not just photos of your wedding day, we had not managed to take any real photos of us together in the last four years. So when friend and photographer Ayesha Ahmad said she wanted to add more photos of Charlottesville to her portfolio, we were thrilled to get to spend time in front of her camera!

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Common Mistakes Couples Make with Summer Weddings

Common Mistakes Couples Make with Summer Weddings

For many of you, the beginning of summer is more than just excitement over beach vacations and warm weather — it means that your long-awaited summer wedding is nearly here! We asked wedding industry pros to chime in on some mistakes they often see couples make, and how you can prevent them from happening on your big day.

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Introducing Urban Set Bride's New Wedding Gown Collection

Introducing Urban Set Bride's New Wedding Gown Collection

Here at Catalyst, we are always on the look out for inclusive wedding wear and so we were thrilled to hear that our friends at Urban Set Bride has created a new collection of gowns available only at their boutique in Richmond, Virginia. Christine Haines Greenberg and Jennifer Haines have been bringing plus size and inclusive wedding attire to the Central Virginia area for the last five years, and we were lucky enough to sit down with Christine and hear more about the new collection.

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