CO-HOSTS

 
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Justine Broughal

Lover of bursting charcuterie boards, colorful textured floral arrangements, and giant balloons, I have been planning and designing events since 2009.

I am passionate about creating incredible events with gorgeous details that foster opportunities for inclusion and connection.

Beginning my event design career in nonprofit spaces, I am passionate about incorporating social justice into my work. Not only do we donate 10% of our sales to community organizations which work to end violence against women, we work with our clients to help make sure that your wedding or event reflects your values. 

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Jamie Carle

Sassy wedding photographer. Anti-fascist, pro-humanity.
Fat-positive, queer, and gender non-binary. I have a special fondness for LGBTQIA+ weddings and ceremonies and I love to share anything I can to help revolutionize the industry into inclusion. I love writing about my life and experiences.

I firmly believe in resting the mind, good drinks, good friends, and standing up.

I know how draining navigating an industry built on capitalism and patriarchy is- but more importantly how much we love love and the concept of togetherness. It’s difficult to do both, but there are vendors worldwide who are disrupting and revolutionizing the industry from the inside out.

I think community is so solid and important, the fact that we are able to meet once a year to unwind and emotionally lean on each other is what makes RWR special.

 

JOINING US

 
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KARLA VILLAR

Wedding Pros United in Love and Action

On our best days, we are in the awesome business of celebrating love and relationships. On our worst, we are making money off of an institution that continues to exclude and oppress countless of human beings, possibly even us or those we love. Both are true every day and for those of us that notice the incongruity of it all, we're eager to find ways to align our values -- our vision -- with our work -- our practice.

Dearest Radical Wedding Retreat fam, let's get ready to do the work we're being urged to do. Let's have the open and honest conversations about who we are and who we, as a collective, strive to be in this lifetime. This industry needs us to unite and push for more and for better and so does the world at large.

We are the wedding professionals of tomorrow using our creativity and collective power to shift the existing paradigms that divide us and uphold the status quo. This will require us to go beyond the surface-level corporate training sessions we may be used to and be open to embrace discomfort for the sake of growth, both personal and professional.

Our time together will challenge our thinking and strengthen our ties. It's meant to get us to a starting point so we can go beyond reflecting what we are used to seeing in the world and actually start creating an entirely new vision for what the world will be. So, be prepared to engage.

We honor every person joining us! While we may have different journeys and levels of experience talking about diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, WE ALL need to build up our competency and confidence with the type of discourse that will actually break down our biases and push us to use our privilege for good. Let's do this together!
-Karla

 

Mary-Beth Salguero Johnson

HEART OF CELEBRATION

I am a firm believer that food is a means of activism, connection, affection, and education. Fiercely and proudly Chapina, my love for cooking comes from a long line of badass mujerxs who cultivated flavors passed down for generations to raise, educate, and care for their families.

When I welcome people around the table, I hope they experience pleasure, meaningful conversation, and nourishment + respect for their bodies and their respective eating and dietary lifestyles. I am a lover of making food as accessible as possible, because every body and being deserves to be loved and cared for in that way (also, my Abuelita would come back to haunt me if anyone ever left the table hungry).

In addition, I always want people to think and engage with food and cooking critically. We're going to take a deep dive into anti-colonialism and how it relates to food. We will grieve, celebrate, and take a holistic approach and perspective in honoring the cultures our meals are coming from. Please note that white guilt isn't invited to this table, but thoughtful conversation about we interact with food on historical, social, and sustainable grounds will be given a chair at the head, and endless glasses of mezcal.

I can't wait to have you around the table (and sneaking into the kitchen to investigate aromas), and am honored to be the nutritional side of your restorative time at the RWR again this year. Consensual abrazos y besos until then.