Welcome to Changing the Game, a Modern Rebel blog series where we talk with professionals in the wedding industry who are using their platform to diversify the industry’s image, give back to their community, and challenge the idea of what a wedding “should” be.
What brought you into the wedding industry?
When I got married a few years ago, I did a trade with someone for DJ services. I loved the experience, moved to Austin, and kept going. Choosing to start my own business has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
What is the most rewarding element of your work?
Meeting, collaborating, and befriending all the people involved has to be one of the best parts of all of this. Everyone from the couple, to the planner, baker, waitstaff, DJ, and florist, who work really hard to put together something amazing. I love that about 25 times a year, I get to be part of a team that helps two people have the best day ever.
What marriage tradition are you sick of?
I’m not a huge fan of the bouquet toss which is why I opted out of this for my own wedding. While it does make for AMAZING photos, there is something odd about rounding up the unmarried women in the room. It’s not every woman’s dream to be married and that’s okay. That being said, it’s totally every couple’s choice on what to include and why.
What changes do you want to see in the wedding industry?
I would love to see more representation of all people getting married in the mass market wedding blogs. I choose to support wedding blogs that champion inclusivity and skip giving my money to bigger blogs that don't. Also, if you're a wedding photographer, workshops are marketed towards you ALL THE TIME. Unfortunately, most of them are not diverse and are male dominated. Honestly, I'm not doing enough to help fix this. Perhaps, I should put together my own workshop! :)
What inspires you in the industry?
Catalyst Wedding Co. and A Practical Wedding inspire me all the time. I love that they explore of all the ways the wedding industry might be doing it wrong, how we can improve, and all the uncomfortable conversations you might encounter when you’re getting married.
Who is your role model?
My two role models are my mother and Frida, of course. Both are fearless, faced numerous trials and have made life a whole lot better for women like me.
Diana Ascarrunz is a photographer based in Austin, TX. If you’d like to get in touch with her, email firstname.lastname@example.org.