Photo & Video

J.Olson Weddings

Minneapolis, Minnesota & The Midwest
jolsonweddings.com

"I invite you to do your wedding your way, elope in the greater north, have a punk show with all your friends, party with an entire village. Weddings aren’t meant to be forced into a box, and neither are your photos. Regardless the situation, I will always bring my best, and strive to be the best possible person I can be. To never stop innovating, educating, and to always stand up for others. To create images with intention and heart."

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Becca Dilley Photography

Minneapolis and greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, Midwest
beccadilley.com

"I've created networking groups, I've run events to connect local couples with content-based wedding information, I've put together styled shoots and fake weddings and independent wedding fairs. And after all of that, the thing that actually disrupts the industry the most is totally ignoring it and focusing on the great couples I work with and how I can make their wedding day go easier, be more joyful, and be well documented so that they are free to enjoy it."

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Cassandra Zetta

Cincinnati, Ohio & Nationwide
www.cassandrazetta.com

"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."

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Shawnee C Photography

Richmond, Virginia & Worldwide
shawneec.com

"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."

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ADDITIONAL MID-WEST U.S. PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS

Attire

The Groomsman Suit

Chicago, Illinois & Online Nationwide
thegroomsmansuit.com

"The idea for TGS was born from Jeanne and Kevin’s personal experience planning their 2013 New Year’s Eve wedding. With no other options available to affordably outfit their groomsmen, they were forced to go the usual rental route only to be incredibly inconvenienced and disappointed by the pick-up/drop-off logistics, poor fit, and $250 per tuxedo price tag. Using her fashion industry and design experience, Jeanne set out to create a new solution for black tie attire: a sharp looking tuxedo that could be purchased for less than the cost of a traditional rental. TGS was co-founded by Jeanne and Kevin Foley and Diana Ganz. On a fulltime basis, Jeanne and Diana manage all aspects of the company’s operations."

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ADDITIONAL MIDWEST U.S. WEDDING ATTIRE RETAILERS

Bakeries & Caterers

Coordination & Planning

Aisle Less Traveled

St. Louis, Missouri & Portland, Oregon
www.aislelesstraveled.com

"I’m Cindy Savage, your queer feminist wedding anti-status-quo planner. I help independent, feminist, and LGBTQ people like you plan meaningful weddings while keeping your sanity and your budget intact.
I offer a full range of wedding planning and coordination services, including Choose Your Own Wedding, an affordable monthly wedding planning subscription. I’m based in St. Louis, Missouri and Portland, Oregon, plus I travel for FREE within the continental United States – so we can work together no matter where you are."

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LVR Events

New York City, Chicago, & Worldwide
www.lvrevents.com

"Love & Checklists conquer all! LVR Events is a boutique wedding and event planning firm based in New York City. We specialize in creating chic, graceful, and unforgettable events in the NYC area, Chicago, and worldwide. Whether intimate or grand, traditional or avant-garde, we approach each event with a personal touch, tailored to your unique vision. From concept to finish and all that comes between, we plan and coordinate inspired events through a process that is meticulous yet stress-free."

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ADDITIONAL MIDWEST U.S. COORDINATORS & PLANNERS

Decor & Styling

Aisle Less Traveled

St. Louis, Missouri & Portland, Oregon
www.aislelesstraveled.com

"I’m Cindy Savage, your queer feminist wedding anti-status-quo planner. I help independent, feminist, and LGBTQ people like you plan meaningful weddings while keeping your sanity and your budget intact.
I offer a full range of wedding planning and coordination services, including Choose Your Own Wedding, an affordable monthly wedding planning subscription. I’m based in St. Louis, Missouri and Portland, Oregon, plus I travel for FREE within the continental United States – so we can work together no matter where you are."

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LVR Events

New York City, Chicago, & Worldwide
www.lvrevents.com

"Love & Checklists conquer all! LVR Events is a boutique wedding and event planning firm based in New York City. We specialize in creating chic, graceful, and unforgettable events in the NYC area, Chicago, and worldwide. Whether intimate or grand, traditional or avant-garde, we approach each event with a personal touch, tailored to your unique vision. From concept to finish and all that comes between, we plan and coordinate inspired events through a process that is meticulous yet stress-free."

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ADDITIONAL MIDWEST U.S. DESIGNERS & STYLISTS

Floral Designers

Gifts & Registries

Thankful Registry

Online Worldwide
thankfulregistry.com

"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."

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Jewelry & Wedding Bands

Elaine B Jewelry

Detroit, Michigan & Online Nationwide
www.elainebjewelry.com

"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."

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Rebecca Mir Grady Jewelry

Santa Fe, New Mexico & Online Nationwide
www.rebeccamirgrady.com

"As a supporter of marriage equality and environmentally sustainable practices, I make all of my jewelry by hand from reclaimed precious metals — primarily sterling silver and 14k gold — and ethically-sourced stones in my Santa Fe studio. When I'm not making jewelry, you can find me painting or hiking somewhere in New Mexico or Maine."

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Forge & Fountain Jewelry

San Francisco Bay Area & Online
forgeandfountain.com

"We are husband and wife artists crafting beautiful wedding jewelry with our unique alchemy of style and old world techniques. Our handcrafted, uncommonly beautiful rings are specially made to celebrate your unique love! From Gothic Revival to Art Nouveau to Celestial Modern, we’ve forged an eclectic collection of styles for every budget. Above all, we are passionate about kindness, equity, and justice. Our jewelry is an expression of empathy and inclusion, honoring people’s differences and celebrating their bonds."

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Thicket Jewelry

Online Nationwide
www.shopthicket.com

"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."

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Kendra Renee Jewelry

Bay Area & Online Nationwide
kendrarenee.com

"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."

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Aide-Mémoire Jewelry

Online Nationwide
aidememoirejewelry.com

"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."

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Valerie Madison Jewelry

Online Nationwide
www.valeriemadison.com

"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."

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ADDITIONAL MIDWEST U.S. JEWELERS

Invitations & Paper Goods

Emily Frock Graphic Design

New Orleans, Louisiana & Online Worldwide
www.etsy.com/shop/frockgraphicdesign

"After finishing my degree in graphic design, I began providing services for weddings, birthdays, new babies, and other life events to friends and acquaintances who were looking for custom stationery at an affordable price. Often, my clients felt like their more unique styles and stories were not reflected in mainstream, traditional offerings, so we worked together to create stationery that accurately reflected them as a person, couple or family. From there, we've grown to provide these same carefully thought out services to people all over the world!"

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Venues

Wellness

Maven Made

Online Nationwide
www.mavenmaderva.com

"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."

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wedwell

New York City, Seattle, & Online Worldwide
www.bewedwell.com

"We bring wellness to the wedding industry through in-person sessions and digital wellness guides. We started wedwell as two best friends on a mission to bring feminism into the wedding industry, and are so excited to help you with your wedding!"

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