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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A Colorful Warrenwood Manor Wedding with a Chinese Tea Ceremony: Janice + Quentin

A Colorful Warrenwood Manor Wedding with a Chinese Tea Ceremony: Janice + Quentin

We performed a tea ceremony with our close family and friends before the main wedding ceremony. My grandmother painted calligraphy just for the occasion and it was very special to have that part of her there when she was unable to travel from China for the wedding.

We spent maybe a bit more than we should have on bourbon . . . but it is Kentucky after all.

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9 Multicultural Weddings that Highlight the Joy of Bringing Together Communities

9 Multicultural Weddings that Highlight the Joy of Bringing Together Communities

Your wedding is a chance to get creative and think about how you and your partner want to represent yourselves to family and friends while including those special to you. Here are nine weddings that combine different aspects of the couples’ cultures as they adapt the traditional into something unique and unforgettable.

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The Perfect Wedding Gift for the Adventurous LGBTQ+ Couple in Your Life

The Perfect Wedding Gift for the Adventurous LGBTQ+ Couple in Your Life

Tinggly is a gift box that you can give the soon-to-be-married couple in your life that allows them to pick from over 400 experiences in more than 100 countries. Think of it as the “Choose Your Own Adventure” of wedding registries that can be redeemed for up to 5 years after purchase, making it great as an add-on to any honeymoon, usable for an escape close to home, or perfect for an anniversary getaway.

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A Beach Elopement in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Ruby + Sheila

A Beach Elopement in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Ruby + Sheila

We met less than a year before we got married. Our connection was almost instantaneous and grew quickly. We share a background of struggle and resilience, and a passion for our Black identities and social justice. We knew we wanted to get married on a beach, and finding an LGBTQ+ friendly island in the Caribbean narrowed down our options substantially. Puerto Rico fit, however, and our desire to support the island after the hurricane of 2017 sealed the deal.

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The Invisible Labor Women Endure While Wedding Planning

The Invisible Labor Women Endure While Wedding Planning

What are all the unacknowledged ways that a bride labors over her own wedding? A big part of it is emotional labor. More often than not, the bride is the wedding’s emotional referee. She fields dozens of requests, needs, and opinions (so many opinions!) from family, friends, and other guests. The stakes are high, too. If she messes up and shows any sign of frustration or anxiety or stress, there’s a nasty word to put her back in her place (it rhymes with “Godzilla”).

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5 Ways to Bring Bright Marigold into Your Wedding

5 Ways to Bring Bright Marigold into Your Wedding

Former Forever First Lady Michelle Obama didn’t create the color marigold with her 2016 State of the Union dress, but it’s definitely stuck around! It’s complementary to most skin tones and is a perfect addition to your spring wedding color palette. Here are 5 ways to incorporate the color into your day.

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Tough Conversations to Have with Your Wedding Party

Tough Conversations to Have with Your Wedding Party

Planning a wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life, but there are plenty of conflicts that can arise when you’re juggling a wedding party, parents, and in-laws with differing opinions. Wedding pros share their strategies for tackling tough conversations, as well as what you can do to avoid causing unnecessary stress.

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Yes, Videography Should Be a Necessity for Your Wedding Day

Yes, Videography Should Be a Necessity for Your Wedding Day

While having a photographer is typically viewed as a necessity, significantly fewer couples plan to have a videographer present at their wedding — and nearly all of those couples deeply regret the decision.

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To Be an Inclusive Wedding Professional You Must First Diversify Your Life

To Be an Inclusive Wedding Professional You Must First Diversify Your Life

There are tons of awesome articles out there to provide you with the steps needed to make your portfolio diverse. They offer great and practical advice. But before you even get there, before you start down this road in earnest, challenge yourself to first look at your world. Invest in folks in your life belonging to marginalized communities and hear their stories. Actually listen to them. Let them impact your work as much as the latest Instagram or photography group does.

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The Socially-Conscious Wedding Invitations Modern Couples Have Been Waiting For

The Socially-Conscious Wedding Invitations Modern Couples Have Been Waiting For

Ephemora is the new independent stationery studio ready to change the world of wedding invitations and paper goods. Owners Molly Cichy and Natalie Shaw have already made a strong name for themselves by focusing on gender inclusivity, breaking down heteropatriarchal wedding industry norms, and working to reduce the negative impact that weddings have on our planet.

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