10 Weddings with DIY Elements That Add a Personal Touch

10 Weddings with DIY Elements That Add a Personal Touch

Making things for your wedding isn’t just for small, rustic ceremonies. With a long enough timeline and the help of loved ones, even the most lavish weddings can feature some DIY touches that fit with any theme or idea. Here are ten weddings of all sizes, budgets, timelines, themes, and levels of DIY that will spark inspiration for anyone wanting to add their own personal style to their wedding.

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50 Moments of Pure Queer Joy

50 Moments of Pure Queer Joy

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!

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The Radical Wed Retreat 2018 Round Up

The Radical Wed Retreat 2018 Round Up

Radical Wed Retreat is a photo conference hosted by Justine Broughal and Jamie Carle that we at Catalyst had the privilege of sponsoring. They created a gorgeous, two-part editorial shoot using real life couple Karla, one of the officiants from Once Upon a Vow, and her girlfriend Mary, on the Oregon coast.

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8 Reasons to Have a Philly Wedding

8 Reasons to Have a Philly Wedding

My first time to Philadelphia was this past summer, and while I spent a mere few hours with some favorite wedding photographers, I got a glimpse into why people love the City of Brotherly Love. There is so much to explore, it’s no wonder couples love being united in Philly.

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7 Reasons to Have a Portland Wedding

7 Reasons to Have a Portland Wedding

Portland was just recently named one of the best cities to be single in. While Portlanders are split on whether to agree or disagree — the truth is that it’s one of the best cities to get married in, too! The average wedding spend here is lower, at just $26,473. Living here, I might be biased. But what other city has its own wedding llamas?!

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9 Reasons to Have an Atlanta Wedding

9 Reasons to Have an Atlanta Wedding

Atlanta, Georgia is known for its “City in the Forest” vibe, amazing music, and, don’t forget, peaches! It also landed at number THREE on the best places to get married in the U.S. It’s not surprising — there’s a place for any kind of wedding. It’s also easily accessible via train, air, or major highways, which is a big factor for those with out of town guests!

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9 Reasons to Have a San Francisco Wedding

9 Reasons to Have a San Francisco Wedding

San Francisco is one of those cities that’s both magic and really authentic. It doesn’t apologize for being itself, and neither do its couples. The average wedding spend for 100–200 guests is $63,00–105,00. San Francisco is also home to the nation’s biggest Pride events. You can only imagine the magic that comes from a city priding itself on authenticity and artistic expression, not to mention the beautiful views and venues at your disposal!

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8 Reasons to Have a Seattle Wedding

8 Reasons to Have a Seattle Wedding

If you've ever considered a destination wedding in Seattle, we'll convince you to go for it. And if you're lucky enough to already live around the Emerald City, then you already know how special Seattle weddings can be! We've compiled our favorite reasons we love Seattle weddings, too! Here are eight undeniable reasons to consider having your big day in Seattle.

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Real Bodies // Em's Boudoir Shoot for Radical Self Love (NSFW)

Real Bodies // Em's Boudoir Shoot for Radical Self Love (NSFW)

I decided to do a boudoir session for one reason: radical self love.

A few events sparked my motivation to begin this journey, however. I'd just come out of an emotionally abusive relationship that left me feeling unlovable, ugly, and with the lowest self esteem I've ever had. I was frustrated that I wasn't feeling the way I knew I deserved to feel about myself.

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Why Do We Keep Having Traditional Weddings? The Answer Might Shock You

Why Do We Keep Having Traditional Weddings? The Answer Might Shock You

Weddings have not fundamentally changed for hundreds of years. Truth is, you can do whatever you want! Here are some ideas to remove that monotone sexism from your own wedding and still keep with an upbeat tone celebrating your relationship and partner.

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Yes, I Am Single. Yes, I Am a Parent. But Please Stop Calling Me a Single Parent.

Yes, I Am Single. Yes, I Am a Parent. But Please Stop Calling Me a Single Parent.

I want to challenge others to remove “single parent” from their vocabulary — or at least challenge this false narrative that we have about single parenthood and deconstruct why we are subconsciously so set on the two parent norm. I don’t think it’s a word we need to “take back,” but I think we need to stop emphasizing the traditional two parent family when we use it and recognize who it hurts. When we use the term parent, we are becoming inclusive of all parents and not emphasizing the stigma that comes along with the word. Yes, I am single. Yes, I’m also a parent. But please don’t keep calling me a single parent. It’s not my key identity, and I am beautifully just so much more.

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Debunking Bigotry // What the End of DACA Means for 800,000 Americans

Debunking Bigotry // What the End of DACA Means for 800,000 Americans

As I currently watch my city of Portland engulfed in smoke and ash from the Eagle Creek Fires and observe the Harvey death toll rise, I am reminded that we still have the most menacing man in office, as he declares an end to a program dedicated for children of immigrants. He truly just wants to watch the world burn. He throws DACA into the mix like gasoline, and we are left to figure out the rest.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a program initiated by the Obama administration, which started in 2012. It grants a renewable two year protection from deportation and gives a work permit to anyone who entered the U.S. as a minor (called Dreamers.) Usually we hear some alt-facts, some fear tactics, and a weird justification thrown into the mix for one of Trump's usual antics, but this time, it's almost as if they have nothing to say. 

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Debunking Bigotry // Trump's Response to Events in Charlottesville and What Really Happened

Debunking Bigotry // Trump's Response to Events in Charlottesville and What Really Happened

Trump's Tuesday press conference demonstrated not only complacency in white supremacy, but also support of these acts. I sat in horror and disbelief as I watched the president of the United States condemn the "alt-left," a made-up term for those fighting for human rights and against white supremacy. I watched him talk over reporters, shout at people, and go completely off teleprompter. But really, were any of us surprised?

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Debunking Bigotry // The Trans Military Ban

Debunking Bigotry // The Trans Military Ban

Besides waking up on Wednesday to the news that our five-time draft dodger and commander-in-chief cowardly went to Twitter to announce his position to ban transgender individuals from the military, a lot of us also woke up to gross misinformation from our colleagues, friends, and family. I decided to debunk some of the claims that have been made in defense of Trump’s decision in hopes that the next time you or someone you love is confronted with these excuses you will be able to shut them down.

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12 Photographers You Need to Follow on Instagram for Nontraditional & Diverse Wedding Inspiration

12 Photographers You Need to Follow on Instagram for Nontraditional & Diverse Wedding Inspiration

While wedding websites and blogs are a great destination for inspiration, wedding photographers are the original sources for beautiful wedding images, most of which are never published on blogs, in magazines, or on websites. If you are looking for original, nontraditional, and diverse wedding inspiration — or just a daily dose of love — then do yourself a favor and follow these talented artists:

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Real Couples // Summer Evening Engagement: Aisha + Rachel

Real Couples // Summer Evening Engagement: Aisha + Rachel

We met at a bar. Rachel's friend bailed but she decided to go out anyways so she was standing by the wall. I walked past her at first but stopped and turned around to talk to her for some reason. Neither of us were expecting to meet anyone that night; neither of us were looking for a relationship at that point actually, but we started hanging out constantly after that night and we've basically been together ever since.

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