{un}convention BROOKLYN Panelist: Katie Wannen

{un}convention BROOKLYN Panelist: Katie Wannen

We have three more speakers for (un)convention BROOKLYN to brag about, and we're mega thankful to get to share space with and learn from these powerhouses. First, we'd like to introduce you to Katie of The Plannery, a DC-based wedding planner and coordinator who is firmly on Team Wedding Pants for Women. We couldn't agree more. 

Read More

{un}convention BROOKLYN sponsor: Menagerie!

{un}convention BROOKLYN sponsor: Menagerie!

Wedding professionals: have you been waiting for a platform that will help you showcase your work without dumb fees? Join Menagerie today (it's FREE) to connect with clients, gain access to free business tools and resources, and show off your skills! Not sure yet? You'll be able to meet Tiffany, the founder and CEO of Menagerie, at (un)convention BROOKLYN!

Read More

{un}convention BROOKLYN sponsor: Imani Fine Art Photography

{un}convention BROOKLYN sponsor: Imani Fine Art Photography

One of the elements of (un)convention Brooklyn is free headshots, and one of the photographers helping us out with this project is Nadiya of Imani Fine Art Photography! A newcoming on the wedding scene and an absolute phenom photographer, we asked Nadiya to share a little bit about her work ahead of her time in NYC!

Read More

{un}convention BROOKLYN sponsor: Hoopla! Events

{un}convention BROOKLYN sponsor: Hoopla! Events

In addition to our panelists at (un)convention BROOKLYN, we had several incredible sponsors that are doing some amazing f*cking work. In the weeks leading up to the event, you'll be able to learn more about them! Tickets are going fast, so get on it! 

Read More

(un)convention BROOKLYN Panelist: H&H Weddings

(un)convention BROOKLYN Panelist: H&H Weddings

When we started planning (un)convention Brooklyn, we reached out to all our industry heroes to see if any of them would be willing to join us at our weird hybrid workshop + networking + cocktail party + brainstorming session. This week, we're excited to announce that some of them said yes! We are going to pack a ridiculous amount of learning, laughing, and sass into our 5-hour event December 2. Here's more info about one of our favorites, Kate Schaefer of H&H Weddings

Read More

Business We Believe In: Skirven & Croft

Business We Believe In: Skirven & Croft

To put it simply, our mission is to design for fun. We’re building a business that allows us to deliver top-notch visual solutions that work for our clients ...whether the client is a start-up, mid-sized company, or individuals looking to throw a badass party. We aim to work with people who we can connect with, who share our values and our passions. The outcome is always better when there is passion on both sides.

Read More

Business We Believe In: Cads About Matrimony

Business We Believe In: Cads About Matrimony

Any thinking person who has planned a bachelorette party for a friend has felt the singular anguish of trying to steer clear of the humiliating, tired old clichés that traditional wedding culture likes to throw at you, while still delivering fun ways to honor someone you care about. That anguish was what inspired me to create the wedding-themed party game, Cads About Matrimony.

Read More

Business We Believe In: Save the Date Originals

Business We Believe In: Save the Date Originals

Save the Date Originals does graphic design and printing for folks who want to make fun things to send to friends and family!  "Send them something exciting!"

Angela is the founder of the company, and she has been making Save the Date Originals for eleven years!  

Read More

Business We Believe In: Oriana Koren Weddings

Business We Believe In: Oriana Koren Weddings

As an artist, I’ve made it my duty to reflect the way we celebrate marriage today. I am most interested in the ways in which we subvert, disrupt, and ultimately, reclaim what marriage can be for each and every one of us. I am lucky to be able to document vanguards who are celebrating community and inclusion as primary to what it is to be in love and to marry in these times. 

Read More

Business We Believe In: Betty Clicker Photography

Business We Believe In: Betty Clicker Photography

My name is Kate. I was born near the white mountains of New Hampshire, grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, had a few-year stint in Brooklyn, and have settled for the time being in Richmond, VA. My most recent blissful moment was standing atop a glacier lagoon in Iceland with my medium format film camera. My happiest place is around a table with wine, home-cooked food, friends and family in abundance.

Read More

Business We Believe In: Susty Party

Business We Believe In: Susty Party

Susty Party inspires people to come together and connect over food and conversation without it feeling like a hassle.  Our tableware is stylish and fun, makes for easy clean-up, and there's no guilt about making mountains of trash because all our products are made from recycled or renewable resources!

Read More

Business We Believe In: Paisley & Jade

Business We Believe In: Paisley & Jade

is a boutique-style rental company and prop house located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. Specializing in vintage and eclectic items, we maintain an inventory of gorgeous furniture and decor pieces that can be used to create one-of-a-kind visual displays. From soirées to styled shoots, our collection contains the details that assist our clients in executing their vision. We have sourced up & down the east coast, dug through barns and even pulled items from our own grandmothers’ attics to curate our extensive collection. With a selection of upholstered pieces, plus a warehouse full of furniture and smalls that would make any thrift store junkie jealous, we are truly a destination for event designers, art directors, stylists and commercial photographers. 

Read More

Business We Believe In: Pop! Wed Co.

Business We Believe In: Pop! Wed Co.

Pop! Wed Co. was created because as a designer, I know how to plan weddings that will look awesome, and my partner Steven was just perfect for a wedding officiant — we realized that we could plan a whole tiny wedding for our couples, relieving all of their stress, and letting them simply show up and have an amazing wedding.

Read More

Sponsor Highlight: Reid Kerley Production

Sponsor Highlight: Reid Kerley Production

You know, until recently the wedding industry has been pretty static as to what people get and what the expect, so it's really cool to start seeing stuff crop up beyond simple documentation. Wedding video is exploding right now, which is great! So, since it's a growing industry with a lot of similarly-styled shooters, I'm trying to be a game changer by offering something that a lot of others don't: custom composed music for your wedding video! I'm collaborating with my excellent composer friend Samuel Ramos II, and we'll not only give a beautiful video but also you'll get a beautiful song that is exclusively YOURS! No one else will ever have it, and it will commemorate your day forever. I also exclusively film with 1970s professional lenses (Zeiss, Tamron, Leica) which give things a much more filmic/cinematic look. 

Read More

Sponsor Highlight: A Pocket Novel

Sponsor Highlight: A Pocket Novel

My goal is to be able to provide a complete wedding experience, whether it be custom graphic design and paper goods, wedding websites, or crafty decor and planning. I just love so many aspects of this industry, I can’t limit myself to one thing. I want to take it all on!

Read More

Sponsor Highlight: Two Spoons Photography

Sponsor Highlight: Two Spoons Photography

I am an openly feminist wedding photographer, which from what I can tell is pretty rare. I think the wedding industry needs to move away from weddings being all about spending money or emulating pinterest and instead bring the focus back onto love and people in love. My goal is to work with couples who want to throw an amazing party to celebrate their relationship, but who care more about having a fabulous marriage than having a perfect wedding day. 

Read More

Sponsor Highlight: Guard n Flags

Company: Guard n Flags

Owners: Elisa Rios & Emma Barnes

City: Richmond 

Tagline: Re-claim Re-member, Re-present

guard n flags logo

1.    How are you a “game-changer” in the wedding industry?

The custom design, and print work we make at Guard n Flags offers wedding clients the opportunity to order objects that commemorate their union beyond their wedding day. The objects we construct can be used again at anniversary parties or passed down through the family! By basing our flags and banners around our client’s personal expression, we work to emphasize the individual in a way that redefines what a wedding should feel or look like. 

Guard N Flags people holding flag reading "re-claim, re-member, re-present"

2.     What inspires you to “do weddings differently”?

It goes back to our tagline! Re-claim Re-member, Re-present. We want to create flags, banners, and objects that are significant and decorative but also functional and practical. We strive to not be generic, reclaiming what art can be, what print can be, what weddings can be. 

3.     What is one of your favorite creative, offbeat projects you’ve worked on?

Well recently, being the nerds that we are, we combined Drake lyrics and Robert Frost poetry... as well as pony prints with Ginuwine lyrics, and last but not least a combination of Seal’s Kiss From a Rose with Gertrude Stein. Projects like this are crucial because they represent us and our interests. We want our work with wedding clients to do the same — to create visual mashup of a couple. 

medieval hip hop flags slash horse race slash valentines day flags!

medieval hip hop flags slash horse race slash valentines day flags!

4.    What are three ingredients for a perfect day at your company?

A dash of school boy Q, 4 cups of patience, 1 bottle of wine

5.     If you were in charge, what would the next big wedding trend be?

More flags and banners! More people doing what they wanted and without spending a lot of money. We want to make flags that are personal and can be used again by couples at an accessible price. 

Guard N Flags folding flag

6.     What are you most looking forward to at {un}convention?

We want to learn how to make things more practical and accessible for people and how to market that!

Guard N Flags flag with logo

Sponsor Highlight: Mug of Love Weddings

Company: Mug of Love Weddings

Creator: Liz Susong

Cities: Washington, D.C., Ohio, Colorado

Tagline: Bringing people together and weddings to life!

Brief description of company & services: Mug of Love is an offbeat wedding planner, coordinator, and DIY project boss.

Mug of love weddings logo

1.   How are you a “game-changer” in the wedding industry?

Weddings are community celebrations, and while I love a good wedding detail, I think they should be selected to honor the couple's unique partnership or to facilitate community building and fun. Also, I'm calm, unlike many planners.

2.   What inspires you to “do weddings differently”?

I love leaving a wedding weekend feeling closer to the people I experienced it with and excited for a couple's future. I also think the planning process can be really mindful and rewarding if done intentionally.

3.   What is one of your favorite creative, offbeat projects you’ve worked on?

Starting Catalyst Wedding Co. with Two Spoons Photography is thrilling. I'm excited to be a voice for all love, all people, and all bodies in the wedding industry. I'm also looking forward to writing some articles that apply critical analysis to wedding-related issues. The personal is political! 

Photo by Val & Sarah

5.   What are three ingredients for a perfect day at your company?

Red lipstick, my sewing machine, and my sidekick. 

6.   If you were in charge, what would the next big wedding trend be?

Gourmet coffee bars, mismatching for days, and extended celebrations 

7.   What are you most looking forward to at {un}convention?

The serendipitous styled shoot is going to be rad. I can't wait to build community with creative, entrepreneurial souls!

Photo by rachel joy photos

Photo by rachel joy photos


Sponsor Highlight: Everyday Gourmet

Sponsor Highlight: Everyday Gourmet

We are quite possibly the only full service catering company in town that focuses on healthier catering fare. Our menus are designed with the client and guests' dietary needs in mind. We are the go-to caterer for specialty diet catering such as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free.

Read More