Marble Rye Photography
Oakland & Los Angeles
"I believe we are put on this earth to experience love — platonic, familial, romantic. I live in a sweet little apartment in oakland, california, with my favorite human (slash husband), Charlie. One day we'll get ourselves a dog. I got hooked on photography when i was 22. I took a Polaroid in Chennai, India of my rickshaw driver Sami, and his girlfriend. She held the photo to her heart and asked if she could keep it. Quickly, a swarm of children surrounded us — each shouting for their turn."
Shawnee C Photography
Richmond, Virginia & Worldwide
"I'm passionate about photographing kind-hearted folks who are unapologetically themselves. I'm a queer feminist, love a good audiobook (hello Harry Potter!), and will always enthusiastically say YES to a costume party. My favorite folks to work with believe in giving back to their communities, that #BlackLivesMatter, that climate change is you know...real, and choose to embrace their own unique quirks and talents."
Cincinnati, Ohio & Nationwide
"My company's mission statement is to create a safe space for all couples, notably those within the LGBTQ+ community, to share their love openly and honestly, without worry. My tagline is "You're home." Where else can we be more ourselves than when we're at home, with our partner? Nowhere, I believe. And so, that's the experience I strive to recreate."
"In my 20s, I found myself buying wedding gifts on registries for friends who were getting married. Those experiences were so impersonal and transactional I started to wonder if I could build something better. Before Thankful, I was a copywriter at design agencies working on big corporate websites and also small, fun brands with lots of personality. So I started with the tone I wanted the site to have. Since gift giving is so emotional, I knew the brand would be more about the relationships between people, and less about "stuff." That's what set us apart from the way retailers were doing registries."
Elaine B Jewelry
Detroit, Michigan & Online Nationwide
"Elaine Butcher studied metal smithing and glass blowing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Inspired by minimal but inventive designs, rough stones and geometric shapes, and the versatility of jewelry meant for work or play, she created her small business, Elaine B Jewelry."
Kendra Renee Jewelry
Bay Area & Online Nationwide
"In gold and precious metals, I lovingly craft their wedding bands to be as comfortable as an old friend, adventurous as the journey of life, and durable enough to weather any storm. I believe in celebrating love, and it brings me so much joy to become a part of so many love stories with each perfectly-imperfect wedding band that leaves my tiny studio."
"Aide-mémoire Jewelry creates bespoke wedding bands, engagement rings and fine jewelry, made in the US. Aide-mémoire is dedicated to marriage equality and an eco-conscious studio practice. Using recycled precious metals, ethical fair-trade, recycled and lab-grown diamonds and gemstones in a low-impact studio environment."
Valerie Madison Jewelry
"I am a woman of color with a fine jewelry line, not a very common sight in this industry. I offer sleek design that isn't often found in commercial retail settings. I work one-on-one with clients to make them a ring with good craftsmanship and quality materials so that they don't have to worry about flimsy jewelry."
"Landscape, and my place within it, has been an integral part of my life. My love of the tactile, of working with my hands, and of what is functional, has led me to a life in design. Thicket is my interweaving of landscape and design. The jewelry begins with casting found and foraged botanical samples in sterling silver and 14k gold. Each piece is handmade using traditional metalsmithing techniques in my Charlottesville, Virginia studio."
"Besides making products in my home studio + getting people turned on to natural wellness products, I also find joy in hosting workshops, retreats + gatherings. I can't live without balance so on the flip side, I'm a fan of good beer, binging on Broad City + piddling around the city with my wife Ashleigh."