Those Patriarchal Wedding Traditions That Don’t Spark Joy? Throw Them in the Trash

Those Patriarchal Wedding Traditions That Don’t Spark Joy? Throw Them in the Trash

Given all of the pressure from family, friends, and society to have a “perfect” wedding, saying goodbye to these traditions is easier said than done. That’s why it is so important to find wedding vendors who will share your values and help you take the patriarchal, sexist, and racist ideas about weddings and throw them squarely in the trash. Zig Metzler of Ziggy Shoots is ready to be that wedding photographer for you!

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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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The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast // Episode 5: Gilmore Girls "Kill Me Now" with Amy Shackelford

The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast // Episode 5: Gilmore Girls "Kill Me Now" with Amy Shackelford

In this week's episode, Jen sits down with feminist Brooklyn wedding planner Amy Shackelford of Modern Rebel and Co. to review Season 1, Episode 3 of Gilmore Girls "Kill Me Now" where the Independence Inn is host to a double wedding where twin brides marry twin grooms. They talk their love of Gilmore Girls, mother daughter relationships as they relate to weddings, and the unfortunate ableism, homophobia, and white feminism that exists throughout the show. But most importantly, they talk about Amy's fear of swans and her love of Shania Twain.

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Real Couples // Dreamy Pastels at a Classic Wedding in Dallas, TX: Christina + Mark

Real Couples // Dreamy Pastels at a Classic Wedding in Dallas, TX: Christina + Mark

We met through a mutual friend when we were in college, but were acquaintances for a long time. I was born in Taiwan but grew up in Japan, and Mark is Japanese but was born in America, therefore not as fluent in Japanese. We actually bonded over that fact when we reconnected years later since I speak Japanese better, and that led to where we are today!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Photo Session

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Photo Session

As a high school senior photographer for guys in Houston and mom to a handsome little guy, it is my goal to encourage and support young men near and far through my imagery. As the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” I have the same dream that my children and the young people that I photograph can live out their days judged by their character and not by the color of their skin.

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Real Couples // An Intimate, Eclectic Austin Wedding: Jennifer + Juan

Real Couples // An Intimate, Eclectic Austin Wedding: Jennifer + Juan

Before we were even engaged, a friend of mine told me he KNEW where we were getting married. After we were engaged, we booked a tour of the venue he suggested, on my birthday. He was absolutely right. It was the best birthday gift to book our wedding venue, Casa Rio de Colores! We fell in love with the eclectic and ornate decor, and the laid back vibe of the property. Our reception (and our ceremony due to rain) was held under one of the stilted river homes in an area that looked like a cantina on steroids. It was perfect!

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Real Couples // A Tattooed Garden Wedding in San Antonio: Mykel + Orlando

Real Couples // A Tattooed Garden Wedding in San Antonio: Mykel + Orlando

My boss had told me about this girl I needed to meet. She was new at work, but I had no idea that I had already met her. The first thing that caught my attention about her with those beautiful eyes and her smile. She thought I didn't notice her, but how could I not? She invited me out for coffee and after staring into each other's eyes we shared our first kiss, and after that I knew that she was the one.

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Real Couples // An Indian American Wedding in Galveston: Jessica + Ryan

Real Couples // An Indian American Wedding in Galveston: Jessica + Ryan

Ryan and Jessica are some of the kindest people you will ever meet. They first met in the fall of 2011 at Texas A&M University. When they met at Schuhmacher Hall, Jessica thought Ryan was super weird. They became close friends almost immediately, so Jessica was also probably a little weird in her own right. From late night studying and dinners at Sbisa to playing in the rain on campus and cheering on the fightin' Texas Aggie football team, Ryan and Jessica realized there was something special between them and eventually started dating. Ryan loved Jessica for a long time and waited patiently for her to finish nursing school before they got married.

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Real Couples // Austin Engagement: Kristin + Delilah

Real Couples // Austin Engagement: Kristin + Delilah

We met at a bar in Austin, where we found ourselves sitting at a red picnic table with a mutual friend, drinking Lone Star Tallboys. Kristin cried over her beer because she didn’t know how to tell her conservative family that she was questioning her sexuality. Delilah listened and shared her own coming out story, trying to comfort Kristin by divulging vulnerable details about her journey. That night was the first of many that we would spend talking for hours. We started dating a couple of months later. It was the first time either of us had been in a serious relationship with another woman. We faced several challenges during our first few years together as we both became more comfortable being ourselves and living more authentically. We created a home where we are fully loved, respected, and accepted. We’re passionate about being social workers and love our quirky Chiweenie, Noodle. We plan to get married this October, exactly five years after meeting at that red picnic table.

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Woke Wednesday // Meet Jordan Maney of All the Days Event Co.

Woke Wednesday // Meet Jordan Maney of All the Days Event Co.

I was definitely sipping the Kool-Aid growing up, thinking somehow I was an exception to the rule. That changed a few years ago after a horrible experience with some police officers. It was the October before the Mike Brown shooting. I thought a middle class upbringing, pearls, and dresses were going to save me. But I learned that to some people, all I ever will be is black and a problem. I hated it. I hated the microaggressions I denied were problems. It was really an unlearning of a bunch of different things. It was being honest about how I felt as a black woman in a world that hates black women. It grew into advocating for everyone else who gets sidelined into the margins. I learned to listen and I learned to speak up and out.

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Real Couples // Intercultural Bali Bash: Shirelle + Brian

Real Couples // Intercultural Bali Bash: Shirelle + Brian

Shirelle and Brian met at the University of Texas in Austin and they were friends for a few years before Brian asked Shirelle out for their first date. “I had had a crush on him since my freshman year when he used to wear goofy hipster glasses. My friends thought it was funny that I went on a date with Brian — he was pretty eccentric in college, but I knew that we had a connection.”

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Real Couples // Dallas Engagement: Crystal + Kendrick

Real Couples // Dallas Engagement: Crystal + Kendrick

Crystal and Kendrick met at church, and this past spring became a blended family when they married on May 1, 2016.  They're both full of personality, and I love the way they lovingly teased each other during the shoot. We had their shoot in the Arts District in Downtown Dallas, just walking around the area.

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Real Couples // A Tinder Love Story: Kayla + Kaylen

Kaylen and I actually met through Tinder. I was living in College Station, and she was stationed at Fort Hood. We talked for a few months, every day all day, before Kaylen drove two hours to come meet me back in the summer of 2014. We hit it off right away. She was different from anyone I had ever met and I was surely different for her. Kaylen was so unique, and I had never met anyone who was so grounded yet so beautiful inside and out. She was serious most of the time, and most of my friends didn't understand what I saw in her, but they didn't see what I saw under that tough skin. Now, all of our friends say they don't know a more perfect and lovable couple.

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