Are YOU Responsible for Your Wedding's Toxic Vibe?

Are YOU Responsible for Your Wedding's Toxic Vibe?

We’ve talked about toxic parents, now it’s time to talk about...well, you. Sometimes the toxicity you need to avoid to enjoy your wedding planning is coming from you. This is a guide for how to check-in with yourself and also check yourself to avoid turning into a flesh-eating zombie.

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6 Things to Discuss with Your DJ before Your Wedding

6 Things to Discuss with Your DJ before Your Wedding

Music has the power to control what the overall experience of your wedding and reception will be like, and it’s important you have a good idea of what you’re looking for before you select your entertainment for your wedding.

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8 Things to Know About Print-At-Home DIY Wedding Invitations

8 Things to Know About Print-At-Home DIY Wedding Invitations

Printing your invitations at home is one great option to consider, but a few small mistakes could lead to a serious Pinterest Fail situation. Before you commit to printing your wedding invitations at home, consider these 8 guidelines.

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Should Weddings Be Renewable? 4 Reasons to Rethink ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Should Weddings Be Renewable? 4 Reasons to Rethink ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Given that marriage is now defined more by personal desire rather than economic necessity, do we need to keep marriage a forever thing? Wouldn’t it make more sense to have renewable marriages of varyng lengths based on your needs — say two to five years if you want to experience married life before deciding to have children or not (because living together is not the same as marriage in the eyes of the law and even your friends and family), or 18 years if you’ve made that leap and wish to raise them to adulthood?

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Flashback to the First {un}convention

Flashback to the First {un}convention

Before liz and carly were liz+carly, they were just two lone islands in a sea of chevron paper goods. Both otherwise practical people, their soft spot for photographing (carly) and coordinating (liz) lovely events brought them somewhat reluctantly into the dreaded Wedding Industrial Complex. They were surrounded by couples chasing the dragon of The Perfect Wedding (TM) and a vendor culture invested in keeping that carrot dangling. When they found each other, it was love at first sight. Together, they vowed to build a community for like-minded professionals straddling the line between participating in and critiquing weddings: {un}convention was born.

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Real Couples // A Private Quaker Ceremony in a Tree: Darren + Elyse

Real Couples // A Private Quaker Ceremony in a Tree: Darren + Elyse

With a small wedding of only our closest family present in mind, we then had to decide the type of ceremony we wanted. Neither of us is particularly religious so we didn't have strong ties to a specific wedding tradition. My mother however, is a member of the Society of Friends Church, or the Quaker church. She is considered a ‘convinced friend' — someone who joined the church rather than being born into a Quaker family. Through her, I learned about the elements of a Quaker wedding and thought that they would be perfect for our own ceremony. Quaker weddings, like all of their services and ceremonies, are not led by a priest or minister. Weddings are led by the bride and groom themselves. This appealed to us because it put the focus solely on our relationship. This part of the wedding was only possible because we were married in Pennsylvania, one of the few states that allows couples to marry without an officiant, know as a ‘self-uniting ceremony’ (Elyse's family is from Pittsburgh and her mom was the one who tipped us off on the choice). 

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Celebrating Jen & Cameron's 1-Year Wedding Anniversary

Celebrating Jen & Cameron's 1-Year Wedding Anniversary

Even though Jen and Cameron originally considered eloping, they knew that it was very important to Jen's family that they have a big church wedding. They compromised by getting married in a historic church in downtown Charlottesville, The Haven, which has been converting into a day shelter for the Charlottesville homeless community. Couples who want to get married in the space are asked to make a donation to the day shelter, which makes it a no-brainer when you know you can get married in a stunning location and also give back to the community. 

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One week later: {un}convention BROOKLYN in photos

One week later: {un}convention BROOKLYN in photos

Woah, it's been a whole week already since #unconventionbk? YIKES! It seems like just yesterday we were wrapped in the beautiful, candle-lit cocoon of Atelier Roquette discussing representation, wedding space disruption, and how fucking delicious the food was. Want to get a sense for what the evening was like? Here are some shots by Betty Clicker Photography to help explain. Plus the group photo at the bottom by Justin McCallumWant to get involved with Catalyst but can't make it to (un)convention? Check out our brand-new Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Styled Shoot competition, Out of the Box

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Business We Believe In: Betty Clicker Photography

Business We Believe In: Betty Clicker Photography

My name is Kate. I was born near the white mountains of New Hampshire, grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, had a few-year stint in Brooklyn, and have settled for the time being in Richmond, VA. My most recent blissful moment was standing atop a glacier lagoon in Iceland with my medium format film camera. My happiest place is around a table with wine, home-cooked food, friends and family in abundance.

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Catalyst Takes New York // Betty Clicker Photography + Bluestockings Bookstore!

Catalyst Takes New York // Betty Clicker Photography + Bluestockings Bookstore!

While planning our trip to NYC, we realized that we didn't have any proper photos of ourselves together. So like good business ladies, we checked with all our favorite boss babes to see if we could find a photographer willing to capture our lovely faces. Enter Kate Thompson of Betty Clicker Photography! Though a Richmonder like me (Carly), Kate was going to be visiting NYC the same weekend as us and agreed to meet us at the most radical place in the city: Bluestockings! Bluestockings is a 100% volunteer-powered and collectively-owned radical bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center and they stock some of the most beautiful, inspiring magazines (including Got a Girl Crush).

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