Carly Romeo has seen all sorts of weddings. As she planned her own wedding day as well as her work as a wedding photographer, she noticed something… the fact that wedding magazines don’t really reflect the diversity or reality of couples.
Carly decided to partner with self-proclaimed progressive wedding coordinator Liz Susong. Together, they want to launch Catalyst Wedding Magazine, a completely different wedding magazine that doesn’t focus on the dress or the amount of money spent for a fancy wedding celebration.
Although the Catalyst Wedding Magazine celebrates the kind of love that is as unique as every couple, it still aims to feature beautiful photos of couples while fulfilling its mission to show what type of people the wedding industry is actually serving.
Now that the magazine is set for release, let’s take a peek at some beautiful couples who’ll be featured in the upcoming issue.
This is Sarah-Jean and Kent. They decided to celebrate their big day in a small, intimate Irish pub with their relatives and friends
Alexa and Stephen met at work and fell in love with each other
With a winter-themed wedding, Crystal and Jayleen celebrated their love for each other in the Amish country
Chicago-based couple Alissa and Bethany flew to Los Angeles for an engagement photo shoot
John and Matt shocked their guests when they confessed that their good-bye party was actually a wedding ceremony
DJ Conley and hairstylist Brandy opted for an outdoor celebration
Albert and Katie didn’t have to get married in public to celebrate their love and prove their commitment
When marriage equality was approved in Illinois, Maria and Lisa held a backyard ceremony with friends and family
Stephanie and Felipe celebrated their love in a sweet and intimate backyard ceremony
During their wedding, Jazmin and Ben proved they share the same love for beer and baseball with a food truck and several brewery tours
After 30 years of being together, Annie and Janice decided to tie the knot in a simple ceremony at home
This hybrid Hindu wedding reflects the varying cultures of Elaine and Vikas
Apparently, there has been a media diversity problem when it comes to weddings. According to a study in 2013, out of five bridal magazines, almost all women featured were light-skinned and thin. On the front covers, only the white-skinned ladies made the cut.
Through Catalyst Wedding Magazine, Carly hopes to prove to the world that you don’t have to share the same color or heterosexual beliefs to say you are in love.