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Wysheka + Clarissa | Harborbide East Charleston LGBTQ Wedding

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Wysheka + Clarissa | Harborbide East Charleston LGBTQ Wedding

Rainy Wedding Day at Harborside East in Charleston, SC

If rain on your wedding day symbolizes good luck, what does it mean if the sky falls through during a torrential downpour? However the tale goes, Wysheka and Clarissa had a fabulous Charleston destination wedding.

Both brides, alumnae of Clemson University, exchanged hand-written, heart-warming vows after moving their ceremony indoors with their supportive guests.

Congratulations to Mrs. & Mrs. Austin! May your union be just as beautiful as the two of you uniquely are.

Wedding Vendors:

Photography: One Union Studios

Venue: Harborside East

Desserts: Swank Desserts

Catering: Flavor21

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{un}convention RVA: A Feminist Wedding Conference by Catalyst Wedding Co

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{un}convention RVA: A Feminist Wedding Conference by Catalyst Wedding Co

Finding {un}convention

Last August in 2016, I wrote a passionate article about why spaces dedicated to people of color only exist. It was a response to witnessing the policing of black voices in an online forum where the safest bet was to silence the complaints, rather than address the problem at hand. From that debacle, a black woman photographer took it upon herself to create another online group that invited creatives with values of intersectional feminism, diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance for people of all races, religions (or lack thereof), and creeds. As the conversations began in the new space, photographer Carly Romeo shared that there was an upcoming conference in Richmond, VA called {un}convention "for wedding space disrupters", sponsored by Catalyst Wedding Co.

About Catalyst Wedding Co

I hopped at the opportunity to attend the conference. Richmond was just a quick flight and never before had I been to a professional conference where values were the common theme that united its attendees. Catalyst Wedding Co provides a print magazine and online resources for "feminists, the LGBT community, and woke folk".

Catalyst's Mission: Our aspiration is to increase diverse representation in wedding media and to engage in critical dialogue about love, sex, marriage, and weddings. We seek to empower our community of readers and business owners to bring race, gender, sexuality, class, bodies, and more into the conversation.

Since attending the conference I have come to know, love, and respect the Catalyst team. Liz, Carly, and Jen are doing a phenomenal job in uplifting the voices of people of color on their platform and connecting us.

Catalyst featured me here on their Woke Wednesday series.

My own Woodlands Treehouse styled shoot was featured on Catalyst here.

{un}convention RVA 2016

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{un}convention was held in the beautiful Quirk Hotel. Even in my late evening arrival, I could see why-- it was beautiful. A designer's masterpiece, a photographer's dream. The conference kicked off with a panel from creatives and other wedding professionals that discussed the turning tides of inclusivity in the wedding industry and how we can assist in being catalysts of that change. Following the panel was a keynote pep talk by Kelley Raye. Our workshops in the afternoon included brand critiques, a DIY class to create our own essential oil blend, and headshots by Tiffany Josephs Photography. After a full day of connecting with the attendees, we were treated to a gorgeous styled shoot designed by Wood Grain and Lace. 

 

In fact, here's the entire creative team:

Design | Wood Grain & Lace

Florals | Amanda Burnette Flowers

Desserts | Sweet Fix

Paper Goods | Carly Reed Designs

Rentals & Signage | Paisley and Jade

Hair & Make Up | Vero V Judith

Jewelry | Nine Roses Jewelry

Venue | Quirk Hotel

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Save The Date

{un}convention is headed back to Richmond this fall. It will be held at the Quirk Hotel again on November 5. Click the link below to get updates on the speaker line-up and for news on when registration opens!

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Fall, Mountainside Wedding at Sugarboo Farms | Sasha & Maya

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Fall, Mountainside Wedding at Sugarboo Farms | Sasha & Maya

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"May y'all stay together as long as the ride here was."

This too is my wish for Sasha & Maya. Although the ride to Sugarboo Farms was only a winding, 3 hours,  it was undeniably worth it. It was only right that the outdoor lovers and avid travelers who got engaged over campfire sealed their union at one of their favorite places. What was unique about this wedding was that even upon arrival, all hands were on deck to prep for the big day. Both family and friends joined in to not only celebrate, but ensure that this day was everything Sasha & Maya could have dreamed it to be. I particularly loved the rustic details, the eggplant bridesmaids dresses, and monogrammed mason glasses. 

Married life also came with a little bit of fame as one of Maya & Sasha's wedding photos was featured in the Huffington Post. You can find it here (#16!).

Many thanks to the wonderful vendors, family members, and friends who made this day one to remember:

Wedding Planner: Sasha Wilson (one of the brides!)
Venue: Sugarboo Farms
Florist/Wedding Day Operations: Kelly & Co. Florist
Second Shooter: Precious T Photography
Videographer: The BAPartists
Caterers: Soloman Williams (Carolina Rib King) & Tamisha Martin
Officiant Rev. Dawn, Interfaith Minister, spiritual counselor, personal coach
Bartender: Kim Peckerel
DJ: DJ Kingpin - Villain of Vinyl

Sugarboo Farms - Blairsville, GA

Sugarboo Farms - Blairsville, GA

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