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!Read More
It’s that time of year! The weather is finally nice, and all you want to do is bask in the sun, so of course you are thinking about having an outdoor wedding. Thinking of a park or campsite wedding, but don’t know exactly how to go about it? Here is our complete guide to everything you need to know as you plan.Read More
In case you couldn't tell, we have a community of wedding photographers in our vendor directory that are simply amazing. Alex Blackwelder of Alex Bee Photo has been a long-time member of our community, and it's about time we formally introduced her to all of you! She is that magical unicorn in the Appalachian region that will capture the hilarious moments of your wedding day, the quiet moments between you and your partner, and the unexpected moments with your family and friends that will lift your heart for years to come.If you are looking an inclusive, body-positive, couple-centric wedding photographer, submit an inquiry with Alex Bee Photo today!Read More
There are a lot of opinions out there about how much money you should spend on your wedding, and how much you should spend of specific pieces of your wedding. The truth is, your wedding budget should be just as unique as your relationship, but with all the outside voices surrounding you it can be hard to know which things are worth spending big money on and which aren't.
Here are four questions to ask yourself before you and your partner create your wedding budget.Read More
"Appalachia is our homeland. It’s where we first met, it’s where I began my transgender journey, it’s where we found a queer community that taught us how to radically love and be loved, it’s the smell of the mountain air, the clean crystal creeks, and the raw beauty of the fall foliage, so it was very easy for us to choose that location for our wedding. Asheville, being a world renowned wedding destination, was a little outside of our budget, but after a lot of internet sleuthing we came across a perfect venue just a hop over the border in Trade, Tennessee. White Fence Farm was the whole package: beautiful outdoor space for the ceremony, covered barn and kitchen for catering and reception, covered stage for DJ and dancing, a large fire pit, and even a farmhouse and a couple airstreams on the property that slept nearly all of our wedding party, and the price was unbeatable. But the real showstopper was the view. Located in a small valley right in the middle of the Appalachian mountains, the rolling hills loomed on all sides, and we planned it just right so that our wedding weekend coincided with peak leaf colors throughout the region. We were planning a Tennessee wedding from our couch in Austin, Texas, so putting the deposit down on the farm without having seen it was a huge risk. Turns out, we couldn’t have dreamed a more perfect setting.Read More
Two women from seemingly opposite worlds, a lawyer and an artist fell in love. From first meeting, it was obvious to me how much Kristen and Laura cared for each other. It's the gentle, soft kind of love you can notice from how they speak to each other. They chose to have their engagement photos taken at the Chickamauga National Battlefield, a national park in North Georgia near Chattanooga, TN. The park boasts lots of beautiful fields for roaming with their pup, Bartlett. We had a blast chasing the evening light.Read More