Catalyst Travels to Brooklyn for the Love Union

Catalyst Travels to Brooklyn for the Love Union

Have you met Amy Shackelford of Modern Rebel? She owns an awesome alternative event planning company in Brooklyn that partners with nonprofits. That means Modern Rebel donates money to domestic violence, homelessness, and education-based organizations every time her team coordinates an event. She also shares our feminist values, and she invited Catalyst to join her on a panel about feminism and weddings at this year's Love Union, a dreamy week-long staycation and education opportunity for wedding professionals in NYC. It's hosted by 501 Union, a gorgeous venue for weddings and events in the Gowanus neighborhood.

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Can Straight White People Ever Really Be Woke?

Can Straight White People Ever Really Be Woke?

Let’s get it all out in the open. I am a straight cisgender white woman, and the only thing I know I am fully aware of is the fact that I can never understand what it’s like to be a member of the LGBTQ community or a person of color. I can never know what it’s like to be afraid to kiss or hold hands with my S.O. in public. I can never know what it’s like to live my entire life penalized by systemic racism. I can never know what it’s like to be afraid to pray in public. I am blessed with more privilege in my life than I can ever fully account for, and I accept that and acknowledge it. Because of that privilege I don’t think I will feel comfortable calling myself “woke.” I think the best thing that I can aspire to as a straight cisgender white woman is to be “woke-ish.”

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Real Couples // A Whimsical Shower for Two Brides: Kori + Sam

Real Couples // A Whimsical Shower for Two Brides: Kori + Sam

Kori and Sam's beautiful bridal shower took place at Peony's Envy, a magical peony garden in NJ.  Kori is a floral designer and owner of Colly Flowers, so it's no surprise that their celebration took place amongst hundreds of peonies at peak bloom. Flowers continued to be central to the theme as friends and family crafted their own flower crowns and explored the peony garden for hidden raffle tickets. Kori and Sam are undoubtedly loved, and this was the perfect gathering for family and friends to honor their upcoming union.

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Breastfeeding on Your Wedding Day: Balancing Being a Mother and a Bride

Breastfeeding on Your Wedding Day: Balancing Being a Mother and a Bride

Wedding photographer Chelo Keys snapped a photo three years ago of Alicia Caldwell breastfeeding her infant daughter on her wedding day. When Chelo shared the photo on social media, she met resistance from “people who felt that breastfeeding should be a private moment or didn't feel it met the definition of a bridal portrait.”  While she disagreed with those opinions, she didn’t want to “subject Alicia to unnecessary hate,” so she took the photo down, and it has remained dormant for the last three years.

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