Magical Desert Wedding Elopement Inspiration in Joshua Tree: Mia + Sasja

Magical Desert Wedding Elopement Inspiration in Joshua Tree: Mia + Sasja

Catalyst co-founder Carly Romeo started the Feminist Photo VayCay a few years ago, a retreat where photographers can participate in styled shoots using local vendors and gorgeous couples who are PoC, and/or queer/non-binary. This the first of two styled shoots from the retreat: an elopement inspiration in the high desert at the Tumbleweed Sanctuary. Mia and Sasja are our real-life couple and models, and they were incredibly brave in what was shockingly cold weather.

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Cisgender Hetero Couple? Here Are 5 Ways to Still Support LGBTQIA+ Visibility on Your Wedding Day

Cisgender Hetero Couple? Here Are 5 Ways to Still Support LGBTQIA+ Visibility on Your Wedding Day

If you and your partner are two cisgender hetero people planning your wedding day, you may think that supporting LGBTQIA+ rights and promoting LGBTQIA+ visibility doesn’t have a place in your wedding, but the truth is there are lots of ways to still support your LGBTQIA+ friends and family on your wedding day!

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10 Outfits That Prove Western Brides Don't Need White Wedding Dresses

10 Outfits That Prove Western Brides Don't Need White Wedding Dresses

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that I wore white on my wedding day. It was a pretty awesome dress, but I chose it knowing full well that the idea of wearing white on your wedding day is not some tradition as old as time, just as old as the Victorian Era. White dresses are a little bit about purity and femininity, but also a whole lot about wealth. It wasn't until the last few centuries that the average woman could dream of affording a dress that they would only wear once.

So let's banish this whole idea of the white wedding dress as being a necessity. If you want to wear one, that's awesome! If you don't, that's fine, too! Let's celebrate these 10 AMAZING outfits that prove that you can pretty much do WHATEVER YOU WANT.

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5 Tips for Hiring Inclusive Wedding Vendors

5 Tips for Hiring Inclusive Wedding Vendors

We know our Catalyst readers are some of the most progressive couples out there, and the struggle to “stay woke” while navigating this super traditional wedding industry is REAL. Thankfully, one of the easiest ways to have a woke wedding is to book inclusive vendors. But how do you get started? We’ve outlined some steps that can help.

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The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast // Episode 7: Rachel Getting Married with Diana Ascarrunz

The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast // Episode 7: Rachel Getting Married with Diana Ascarrunz

This week, Jen is joined by Austin, Texas, photographer Diana Ascarrunz to review the 2008 film, Rachel Getting Married. This movie proves that even joyous occasions like weddings aren't without emotional baggage and family drama, but in fact can sometimes amplify those emotions and make for a more stressful situation for everyone, especially if the wedding is also the first time you are reuniting with your family after a period in rehab. This film showcases a gorgeous, diverse, and musical backyard wedding, but it's not without bumps along the way.

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Wedding Inspiration // Moody New Orleans Witches + Woo Woo

Wedding Inspiration // Moody New Orleans Witches + Woo Woo

I love that Wicca is having a moment in popular culture again, so for this shoot Kelsey Harrison of Oh Happy Day Booth and I wanted to highlight the bold and moody glamour of 21st century witches. We didn’t want to be too on-the-nose, so when styling I layered in the witchy elements: a crystal in Drew’s boutonniere; pheasant feathers in Marquita’s bouquet; sage burning; and a bar cart equipped with mounted butterflies, various crystals, and candles. Diana Ascarrunz captured the desired aesthetic perfectly and Lizbeth Mejorado transformed the already stunning Marquita Wolber into a bewitching Beyoncé. The stars certainly aligned for this shoot. 

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