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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