Do You Really Need an Open Bar at Your Wedding?

Do You Really Need an Open Bar at Your Wedding?

When it comes to weddings, alcohol is one of those things that has become an unspoken requirement. I mean, how can you possibly celebrate your love without booze?! The truth is, alcohol at your wedding is totally optional and having an open bar is nice, but it is definitely not a requirement for your wedding to be a success.

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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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6 Creative Floral Trends to Make Your Wedding Stand Out

6 Creative Floral Trends to Make Your Wedding Stand Out

Whether the flowers you use are real or fake, florals are a perfect way to create the aesthetic for your dream wedding. Bouquets and boutonnieres have long been the go-to way to incorporate florals, but there are many more creative ways to add greenery to your wedding. 

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6 Times Having Fur Babies at Your Wedding was Awesome

6 Times Having Fur Babies at Your Wedding was Awesome

What could make a wedding even more special than sharing it with loved ones? Sharing it with your fur babies, of course! Most couples consider their fur babies members of the family, so why should they stay home on this special day? Here are some of our favorite wedding fur babies.

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Real Couples // Backyard Wedding: Janean + Andrew

Real Couples // Backyard Wedding: Janean + Andrew

When Janean first inquired with me about shooting her wedding, she described the wedding as "invoking old fashioned elegance, but not fussy by any means." Janean and Andrew got ready in the home they’ve been renovating over the last year, along with their cat, Pam. Then came a pop-up wedding in Glen Echo Ravine, and it was a very short and sweet ceremony. Led by a flautist, the guests played follow-the-leader to the bride and groom’s Clintonville home for a cocktail hour (catered by Al-Tubasee Street) and a serve-yourself-bar of mini champagne bottles. After toasting the bride and groom, the group moved to the sister of the bride’s house, which was only a few blocks away. The DJ spun records, and the tacos from Taqueria El Fogoncito were plentiful on a beautiful October evening. Janean made the invitations and all of the signage. Hannah Hoffman Jewelry made their custom rings and jewelry.

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How to Make Your Wedding Ceremony the Main Event

How to Make Your Wedding Ceremony the Main Event

If you find yourself slashing traditions left and right, you are not alone. Many couples are choosing to pare down to a much simpler wedding day devoid of traditions that are inextricably bound to outdated or straight-up sexist norms. Whether you want to have a smaller, more affordable or more casual wedding, or you’re just not that interested in having a huge dance party, here are some ways you can make your ceremony the focus of your wedding day.

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Real Families // 5 Siblings from 3 Family Units Connect as Adults

Real Families // 5 Siblings from 3 Family Units Connect as Adults

Columbus photographer Rachel Joy Barehl opened her email and found this unique request:

Hi Rachel! 

Just to give a little back story, I grew up with my little brother Taryn and didn't know I had sisters until I was 18. All of us girls share the same father and Taryn and I share the same mother. Over the past 6/7 years, the five of us have become pretty close! My older sister and I have grown to be best friends and have been living together for the past 2 years. The five of us have really become a family with or own unique traditions as siblings. I really wanted to have a shoot where we can celebrate the unconditional love for our unconventional family! But, there are also three amazing, strong women who brought us together, OUR MOMS! Our moms have been so supportive of us finding each other and bulilding relationships together. So, we also want this shoot to be a gift to them as a thank you! We are looking for group shots, single shots, and some paired off.

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4 Steps to Writing Your Own Ceremony Script

4 Steps to Writing Your Own Ceremony Script

Today, three in four couples in the U.S. decide to get married outside of a religious institution. Couples report making the choice to write their own ceremony because they do not share a common faith tradition, have experienced bias or trauma through organized religion, or simply envision gathering in a place that feels more meaningful to their story than a house of worship.

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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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Single, Straight Guys Daydream About Weddings, Too

Single, Straight Guys Daydream About Weddings, Too

Yep. It is true. I am a single straight guy, and I do in fact dream about my wedding. It is something that I honestly cannot deny, and to that end, I do not feel the need to.In my estimation, weddings are a celebration of experiences, the excitement of future moments shared, and the opportunity to express these recognitions with loved ones that will hopefully continue to have an impression in my partner's and my life. What more could I ask for?

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10 Wedding Desserts That Will Rock Your World

10 Wedding Desserts That Will Rock Your World

If you're like us, you've been watching the Great British Bake Off in lieu of going to therapy. Well let the dessert therapy continue because we've got ten wedding desserts that are going to knock your socks off! These desserts come to you from some of the most talented teams of creatives across the country who competed in this year's Out of the Box Challenge. Without further ado, let's have a look at our favorites in reverse order:

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Out of the Box Challenge // Two for Joy AKA "Shut the fuck up!"

Out of the Box Challenge // Two for Joy AKA "Shut the fuck up!"

We met in person for drinks and were unanimously feeling we had picked the perfect couple. Our first evening together was spent listening to stories of their meeting: an almost-missed connection, driving hours to meet halfway for a first date, facing a fear of heights, falling in love, moving to the same city, revisiting the first date and Carolina’s fear of heights during the proposal (“I still don’t know what the view looks like.”). We felt that Sarah's entire body seemed to smile while talking about Carolina, and Carolina's deep, soulful smile and tenderness toward her future bride were qualities we couldn't wait to convey.

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Real Couples // Two Year Anniversary in Ohio Home: Rachel + Adam

Real Couples // Two Year Anniversary in Ohio Home: Rachel + Adam

Adam Barehl and I decided that we’ll ask a different photographer to document our lives around our anniversary every year. So that over time, we can look back at our real life and see the mundane through someone else’s eyes…see all of the subtle changes over the years, like what the kitchen looks like or the growing number of gray hairs on our head. Thank you Sarah Mulder for these photos.

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Wedding Inspiration // One Couple Three Ways: Royal

Wedding Inspiration // One Couple Three Ways: Royal

“Let’s do a shoot that involves cats…and motorcycles!” That was the sentence that began this project. Later we’d add to the list: deer teeth, parachute pants, and a grungy bouquet of flowers with roots still attached.

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Wedding Inspiration // One Couple Three Ways: Sweet Floral

Wedding Inspiration // One Couple Three Ways: Sweet Floral

“I wanted to be part of the styled shoot because it seemed like something Elaina and I would have a lot of fun doing. I also thought my mom would be thrilled to see us dressed up in wedding clothes…I’ve learned more about event planning, floral arrangements, photography, hair and makeup in one day than I ever had before. It was just such an unusual day for me that when I think about it, it feels like a breath of fresh air.”  —Bryce, Groom

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Wedding Inspiration // One Couple Three Ways: Grunge

Wedding Inspiration // One Couple Three Ways: Grunge

A group of us creatives meet our perfect match: a young couple married two years, who never had their wedding day in the sun. They married at a courthouse before moving abroad to teach English in Korea. There was no first look, no dress shopping, and no being doted upon. Even before we met our couple, we decided to stretch ourselves and what we consider possible by using one couple and one base outfit — but in wildly different aesthetics. 

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