7 Things To Do at Your Wedding Reception Other Than Dancing

7 Things To Do at Your Wedding Reception Other Than Dancing

Let’s be real — not everyone can clap on the twos and fours. For your friends and family who are rhythmically challenged, save your money on a DJ and build a different experience that’s fun for them, and for you, too. Here are 7 alternatives to dancing that can take your wedding from status quo to status whooooa.

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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 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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Kin Aesthetics // Love, Communication, and Relationship as Responses to the Church of Social Justice

Kin Aesthetics // Love, Communication, and Relationship as Responses to the Church of Social Justice

I recently released a personal essay on my experiences being within American leftist activist culture that went viral, reaching over half a million people worldwide. In it, I expanded upon the ways in which social justice culture, with its rich and enduring legacy of resistance to oppression, has largely devolved into operating on dogmatic terms. After I wrote it, I almost did not publish it or share it within my circles. I felt preemptively queasy when considering the backlash that inevitably comes after voicing an unpopular view or pushing back on the status quo in leftist spaces. How could I disrupt knee-jerk hypercriticality by placing myself squarely in front of its firing squad? Wouldn’t that be a social suicide mission? But based on the overwhelming, emotional responses from readers about the essay’s resonance, this internal struggle appears to be a widespread issue in leftist and progressive communities that desperately needs be addressed.

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No Ban No Wall Protest in Manhattan: Zig Metzler

No Ban No Wall Protest in Manhattan: Zig Metzler

This protest was diverse. People of all ages and nationalities were in attendance: lots of families, a pleasant amount of dogs, and one wonderful woman offering free coffee from several jugs donated from cafes all around the city. One thing I can say is that in contrast to the Women's March where it felt like people gearing up to show our numbers to one another, is that people are getting angrier. Not towards one another, as I saw so many strangers smiling, talking, and happily sharing their Sunday together. But towards what is happening. 

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The Women's March on Washington: Zig Metzler

The Women's March on Washington: Zig Metzler

It felt good to see so much of the country show up in opposition to the inauguration. The current administration, and the fact that Trump has even gotten this far, has been making people question their sanity. So this was like temporarily waking from a bad dream. Being able to photograph it, to record the massive turnout, felt like a way to reassure each other that this was real, we are real, and that we are going to continue to show up and resist. 

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