Our Story by Wedding Photographer Nirav Patel

This month is our three year anniversary of this session with Nirav. I can't believe how much time has passed. I am flooded with gratitude as I look back through these captures. Three years ago we were still living out of suitcases, wandering the globe making memories and telling love stories. We had a traveling workshop that Perry brought along with him wherever we traveled, creating new pieces inspired by the ever changing landscapes we were exploring, telling the love stories of people we met.

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Nirav has been a true gift to us and I am honored to call him a friend. Three years ago I came across his incredible work and was moved by the emotion of each capture. I reached out to him to inquire about him photographing our rings on a model, but he replied, "I want to photograph you two." I was honored that such an intentional, heartfelt photographer was interested in telling our story. 

We spent a weekend together among the redwoods in Northern California and along the breathtaking cliffs of the coast. He took us to his favorite town to see his favorite beach. He told us his story, and we shared ours. We talked dreams, passions, work, God, family — all the things that make life beautiful. I wouldn't trade that weekend with Nirav for anything. He will forever hold a special place in my heart.

When he sent us the photos he captured I was moved to tears. As I scrolled through the images I could see our love story unfold. I am so grateful that creating Rhodes Wedding Co. has led me to work with such an amazing soul. I will cherish these captures for a lifetime and the friendship that bloomed with Nirav has changed my life. I remain overwhelmed with gratitude. 

My hope with this session was to create something that they could keep and treasure for the rest of their lives, just as they do for their couples. After spending only two days with them, I’m convinced they’re some of the sweetest, most genuine people I’ve ever met and I’m honored to call them friends. We had honest conversations that will stay with me for years to come and I’m so incredibly grateful for the impact these two have made in my life in such a short time. Love you guys.
— Nirav Patel

Here's a look through just a handful of his stunning captures... Watch the full story unfold on his blog here.

Rhodes Love Story: Heirloom Diamond Engagement Ring

Connor reached out to us to make an engagement ring for a diamond that was his grandmother's — an heirloom that had been in his family for generations. We were honored he chose us to create this special one of a kind engagement ring.

He loved the branch texture of our Portland band so we worked that into the design of hand carved engagement ring and we have to say, it came out beautifully.

If you're interested in speaking with us about creating a unique engagement ring using and an heirloom stone (or having us source the stone for you), please don't hesitate to email us at info@rhodesweddingco.com. We are here for you when you need us. 

On proposal day Connor took Devyn on the same hike where he first asked her to be his girlfriend. I live for love stories that come full circle like this — and we got to be part of it! He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him with the incredible Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop. Swoon.

She said yes and absolutely loves the ring. The best part of our work is hearing words like these...

Thank you so much for all you have done to create the most beautiful ring. I could not be happier with the way it came out! I am truly grateful.
— Devyn, happy bride-to-be

Now, enjoy these stunning captures by Iron and Fern of the incredible moment. I can't wait to see the wedding photos of these two love birds.

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Rhodes Love Story: His and Her Wedding Bands

Our beautiful clients Brittany and Bronson were featured on Nouba and we're swooning. For Bronson, we created an extra wide Grade in white gold—it looked perfect on him. For Brittany, we designed a wedding band that fit around her grandmother's eternity ring. It was a double wedding band with a subtle Grade texture that she could wear on it's own or if she was in the mood for diamonds then she could add her grandmother's ring to fit in-between oursWe're so grateful to be part of this incredible love story. 

A cyclone destroyed their original wedding venue in Vanuatu and they had to come up with a new plan in just six weeks—but you would never have guessed it. They had a bohemian-style wedding in Northern Queensland, Australia and it was absolute perfection. The talented Oli Sansom captured their special day. You can see some of our favorite photos below. 

C2 Films captured this amazing day on film and you can watch it here.

Read more of their story and see more of Oli's captures on Nouba's blog here.

Rhodes Love Story: The Bright Side

"She said yes!" We love these words. Bob proposed to the lovely Sanaa with a 14k white and yellow gold custom designed engagement ring with a raw hand cut diamond. This was a very special piece for us to create. The details and vision that Bob had for this ring were truly inspiring. Sanaa is from Pakistan, so he wanted to incorporate the Islamic Star into the design along with an Urdu saying—"میرا روشن طرف"—which means My Bright Side. For the stone, he wanted it to have some imperfections, because in his words, "it symbolizes that life is not perfect, but beauty can still flourish out of even the most trying things." We were able to make his vision a reality, and it was such a beautiful thing to be part of. We're so grateful to have played a part in this incredible love story.

We hope this love story and these images leave you feeling inspired. If you'd like to have something custom created, you can fill out the form here or e-mail us at info@rhodesweddingco.com

 

 

 

 

The Life Band of Philippa Stanton

I've been following Philippa Stanton's art for her "5ftinf" for years and fall deeper and deeper in love with every capture. She is an incredibly talented artist that not only captivated me with her art but has moved me with her being, her heart. The way she looks at things and expresses her thoughts and musings inspires me to no end. She is such a kind and creative soul all the while being a strong force of and in nature. 

 Capture by Philippa Stanton

Capture by Philippa Stanton

We're so honored to have collaborated with her to create a special piece that celebrates her life — the past, present and all that is yet to come. The Life Band represents being in the present moment, in love with life and living it to the fullest — and so much more — a promise to ourselves, and a reminder to make the most of here and now.

Here is a bit of her story and how the Life Band came about in her own words...

Since I got divorced I’ve never worn another ring but what leapt to my mind when I saw your website was that if I were to wear a ring again it should sort of be a life band, i.e.; like a wedding band, but somehow representing a promise to myself; to be married to life itself, and all the joys and problems it brings with it.

A ring is a living, moving thing; it would live with me and not just on me, and I will have to cherish it and look after it, like life.

This ring represents not being ‘married to myself’, but being ‘engaged’ with life and ‘married’ to gracefully accepting my existence within in it…”
— Philippa Stanton

Once she received the piece we had created for her, this was her reply that brought me to tears...

I cannot begin to tell you how much I absolutely adore what you have created...

I don’t think even I had realised what it was going to mean to me; the lines, the marks…everything on that ring I recognise as part of me and my journey as well as my security; those scratches on the table have been made by either me or my son over the years; making things, scoring things, accidents... and there they are on my ‘life band’.

As I’ve said before I don’t wear rings, but as soon as I saw this ring I absolutely knew I wanted to wear it forever ( something I really wasn’t expecting )…you have seen a part of my life and crafted it into the most beautiful thing ever and I can’t thank you enough.

The life band is for those single, divorced or married, as it marks your personal and independent presence in the world and is a reminder that not being perfect is part of being human and part of our journey…accidents and scars make up the whole and it’s important to acknowledge rather than forget them.
— Philippa Stanton

She has created a gorgeous series of posts on her blog about the story of her table and the Life Band. You can see all four posts here...

And if you would like a custom designed life band, please contact us at info@RhodesWeddingCo.com or you can fill out the form here.

Rhodes Love Story: Sara and Kyle

We created a beautiful custom designed wedding band for Sara's now-husband, Kyle. She wrote us with this wonderfully sentimental idea of creating a piece that resembles the walls of the Grand Canyon. Her and Kyle hiked their way through the canyon creating memories that we had the pleasure of carving into a ring. It was such a special piece to design and a inspiring love story to be part of.

 Photo by Jonas Peterson

Photo by Jonas Peterson

Here is a bit of their story from Sara...

Kyle and I met in 2011, and we didn’t even live in the same state! I lived in western Wisconsin for a job at the time, he lived in Minnesota.

Our first date was a concert in Minneapolis, I made the trip for the weekend to visit a friend and it was a nice excuse to meet him. I was a bit nervous since we had gotten to know each other so well in phone conversations, and I didn’t know if the attraction would be there in person, but it was immediate and we had a great first date.

From there we continued to talk on the phone every night and started to trade off weekends visiting each other. I made the move to Minneapolis after 6 months and we’ve been together ever since, but it was a lot of winter driving through snow storms to see each other those first few months (that’s love I guess!).

We eloped so there was no engagement. On one of our long walks we had a very heartfelt discussion about what we both wanted and how we’d want to do it, neither of us wanted something formal and huge. I think being a little older too somewhat changed our perspective maybe. Kyle decided on Hawaii and that was that.
 Photo by Jonas Peterson

Photo by Jonas Peterson

I contacted you to have his ring made after showing him your website. I knew I wanted something with significance for a design and we had just taken a 4 day rafting and hiking trip through the Grand Canyon so that was the basis for his ring.
Our day was so intensely romantic, very us, and extremely special. Oahu is an incredible place, the windward side of the island really stole our hearts. We chose a long stretch of beach on that side to have the ceremony. We walked about 3 miles along it the day before to pick the spot and just enjoyed playing in the waves.

The day started out stormy and cloudy. Kyle had always wanted to get married in the rain and he almost got his wish.
 Photo by Jonas Peterson

Photo by Jonas Peterson

The ceremony was a traditional Hawaiian ceremony, we wrote our own vows and kept them a secret from each other. I started to cry after he read his because two of the lines we wrote practically the same things but in different words, so that was very touching.
 Photo by Jonas Peterson

Photo by Jonas Peterson

 Photo by Jonas Peterson

Photo by Jonas Peterson

If you would like something custom designed, please contact us at info@rhodesweddingco.com or fill out the custom form here

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

The darling Anya Kernes captured a few of our custom, hand carved rose gold engagement rings and stackable pieces. I love her soft, muted tones paired with the beautiful pastels of The Mrs Box ring boxes.

Anya is wedding and boudoir photographer based in Los Angeles. She shoots for emotion and we absolutely love her soft and romantic style.

“I believe it’s the little things in life that carry the most weight and I am on a hunt to catch them.”
— Anya Kernes

Head over to Anya's site here and make magic together.

If you're interested in having us create a custom, hand carved engagement ring, shoot us an email at info@rhodesweddingco.com.

If you want to see more of the engagement rings we've designed, go here.

To My Beautiful Little Bird

Inspiration for Rhodes Wedding Co. continues to build each and every time we visit my grandparent's place in Michigan. They had that kind of love that you think only exists in films—that fairytale love. Spending so much time engulfed in their love in a house that was built with adoration and a barn that was worked in by my grandfather, Perry and I are constantly moved by a love that stood the test of time. While we are here, we're reminded of how love can truly take you places and how important that journey is to living a life of abundance. I believe this place is truly something special—and I just realized that Perry feels the same way. He penned this beautiful letter to me about our love, life and all that we create in this sentimental place. 

Soon dawn will roll in, as it always does. The same hands that held you through the night can be found in the cold morning air as a new day unfolds. In the warm light that pours in though the wooden slats of this old barn I will begin to lay my tools out on the work bench your grandfather once used. There is comfort in work, in creating something with these hands. The patient hours spent looking into the shapes hidden within. Hands carving away all excess so only what’s true remains. Shaping each intricate detail, allowing the piece to reveal itself as I look forward to those moments when you tiptoe in just to give me a kiss or bring me fresh picked fruit from the garden. Those slow walks we take through the fields picking wild flowers and making up new names for them. I love ending each day with you in my arms, looking out over the pond as the sun falls behind the trees. I love this time, this place, what I do and I love that it’s all with you.
— Love, Perry
*These photos are featured in the "Tailor Made" issue of Livid Magazine. 

Thank you for following our journey.  We’ve love to get to know you and tell your story. If you’d like something created, reach out to us below (or visit our Shop here).


Rhodes Through the Lens of Bianca Kate

We're so excited to share these beautiful shots of a few of our men's wedding bands that the lovely and talented Bianca Kate captured. She was such a dream to work with and we couldn't be more happy with her photos. It's amazing to see another photographer's vision for our pieces, and one all the way from Australia! We're so grateful to have these images, and look forward to working with her in the future.  

We truly enjoy and feel honored when we get to work passionate photographers who are living out their dream and creating art for the world to see. If you're interested in shooting our wedding bands or working together in any way, please reach out at info@rhodesweddingco.com. 

Take a look Bianca's work below, and keep in mind that she is available to shoot weddings Australia wide and beyond. Reach out to her here.

And here's a few of my favorite captures from her most recent wedding... 

If you have a story to tell, we'd love to help you share it—email us at info@rhodesweddingco.com.

Shooting with Phil Chester in Death Valley

We shot with Phil Chester, the master of capturing lovers + their intimate moments. My heart soars as I see our love captured in this honest and special way. And we had the most incredible time with Phil. He is the kind of person that makes you feel like you've know him forever. He has such a genuine and real presence. The only thing we would of changed is that we wish we had more time with him—to talk music, hang out and share stories and of course, shoot together. We will definitely be showing up on his door step in Portland sometime soon. He won't be able to get rid of us. Have a look at his site and get all warm and fuzzy inside. See more photos from this magical day here.

Holly + Dylan by Tayler Carlisle

We're glad to be part of Holly + Dylan's love story. They chose us to create Dylan's wedding band and we were honored. We're grateful to take part in love all over the world. Have a look at their beautiful bohemian wedding captured by the talented Tayler Carlisle in Lyons, Colorado.

Dylan's hand carved Bourbon wedding band was an honor to create to symbolize their love. 

The ring is such a work of art, he loves it! I found Rhodes on Instagram a while back and had followed ever since! I knew right where to go when looking for his ring!
— Holly

Fall Release: Rhodes Men's Wedding Band, Bokeh

We're thrilled to officially release our new piece Bokeh. Many of our grooms were drawn to this texture from seeing it on a custom engagement ring we did awhile back, so we created a ring that shows off the design in its entirety.

The band is hand carved at 8mm wide and casted in rose gold, but each piece is uniquely crafted and made to order giving you the creative freedom to choose a thinner or wider ring. You can also choose a different metal as we work in white, yellow and rose gold. And don't forget about engraving, it's included with the piece to give you a chance to add a special touch of your story. You can view it in the shop here.

The photos below are examples of what the piece looks like in a more feminine style and width.

Rhodes bands are not just mass-produced, machine-made pieces of metal. Each ring is hand carved in love, with love and is an heirloom that tells your story for generations to come.

If this is the first time you're stumbling across us, we're happy you're here. I'm Jessy (hi!) and that handsome fellow is Perry. It's just us here at Rhodes Wedding Co. — from our website, to the ring creation, to the photography, we are working together on each piece. Thank you for choosing and trusting us to tell your story.

If you have any questions before ordering please email us at info@rhodesweddingco.com. We'd love to get to know you + we'd be honored to create something for you and your love.

Hand-Carved Men's Wedding Bands

Lately we've been working away on wedding band orders. We love creating each and every piece. It's such an honor when someone chooses us to design their ring, making us part of their love story.

One of our favorite things about being creatives in the wedding industry is that we are not just crafting any piece of metal, we are crafting an heirloom. We are crafting something special that will stand the test of trials and the test of time.

Here's a few we worked on recently...


Chessa + Jordan: Custom wedding band texture in rose gold  

Adriana: rugged paths in white gold  

Leonard + Ayn: Love Unfettered in rose gold

As each vineyard grows cold

We're thrilled to release our new piece Vineyard's Ridge, one of the inspirations that came out of our time in France last Fall. The town of Ribeauville lies at the foot of the Vosges Mountains surrounded by hills and valleys of lush and vibrant vineyards. We spent our time weaving through rows of grapevines throughout the Alsace region.

Our love is vast and never leaving. Our hope is sloped and steeply leading above hillsides and tall pines, through mountains and cold rain. The fog that settles in the morning holds the pale light softly glowing, among the trellises and tree lines you’re the warmth in every single sunrise.

This beautiful experience led us to create a piece that means a lot to us... Vineyard's Ridge. 

Please e-mail us at info@rhodesweddingco.com if you have any questions before ordering.

Rhodes Love Story: Brittany and Wayne

Here's a story about how a boy met a girl...

From the day after I met Brittany at a ska punk show, I knew there was something special about her. We started talking a little more every day until a little turned into a lot. Our mutual friends didn’t always agree with the relationship and often tried to make it difficult for us to be around each other, but true love always finds a way, right? Secretly holding hands under tables, late night rendezvous, and sneaky sneaky peck kisses at the end of the night when our chaperones (our mutual friends) weren’t looking.

Eventually we got busted and the cat was let out of the bag, they didn’t appreciate it at all, some of them completely stopped talking to us, but we had each other. Next thing you know, years and years passed. Eight of them in fact! We’ve both grown and learned a lot. We went from living with our own separate families to buying our own house and finally doing what very few ever imagined would happen. We got married. On December 13, 2014 we ended our eight year relationship and began our lifetime of marriage together.
— Wayne

We have loved getting to know Wayne and Brittany, following their love story and creating her engagement ring and wedding band. The engagement ring is white gold with a delicate opal setting with a matching wedding band. 

If you would like to order something custom please e-mail us at info@rhodesweddingco.com.

Captured Moments: Lara Hotz

This wedding captured by the wonderfully talented Lara Hotz is so intimate that I couldn't resist creating a blog to share it with you. I was so moved as my eyes and heart took in this love story. Watching this couple get each other ready for their special day, seeing them dance and play in the rain and getting to share those special quiet moments with them through the lens made my heart so full. Seeing their love truly reminded me of my love story with Perry. They love like no one is watching, and so do we. 

ALLISON + NATHANIEL 

If you're an artist, filmmaker, designer, photographer and/or visionary who is playing a part in the world's great love story, we want to get to know you. Don't be shy, we'd love to tell your story. Email us at info@rhodesweddingco.com

Captured Moments: Pop-Up Wedding Co.

I was introduced to Brittany from The Pop-Up Wedding Co. through the lovely Lauren Campbell. Britt and her husband Josh created The Pop-Up Wedding Co., Australia's original pop-up wedding company out of a desire to see couples have their dream elopement, no matter what that looks like. They believe that everyone is different and deserves a wedding that reflects who they are. They organize the best celebrant (Josh!), they take care of the legal paperwork (yes, please!), photography, venue, styling, and florist to host an amazing hour long elopement with a handful of your closest friends for your marriage ceremony and then you’ve got a quick photo shoot. Josh and Britt handle everything, so you don't have to. Have a look around their site and fall in love.

Featured Works: The Little Press

We're thrilled to highlight some of our favorite stationary, complete with hand penned illustrations and typography by Rob and Emily of The Little Press. It was a joy to photograph these gorgeous custom invitations with our hand carved wedding bands — the details and textures are so intricate and unique. We resonated with their work as that's what moves us in our creations.

Inspired by the wild oceans, the delicate lace details, hand beaded couture gowns and quiet chaos. We have added a new collection of patterns to our Bohemian Dream collection for all the wild hearts and dreamers.
— The Little Press

A bit about how The Little Press started in their own words...

The Little Press started out as one little hand operated printing press named ‘Leo’, and very quickly grew into something much bigger. We found ‘Big Boy’, a beautiful old Chandler & Price, weighing in about 650 kilos in an old garage near the ocean. He allows us to get that beautiful, tactile impresion into a large area of our paper, with his own two tonnes of momentum. It’s all powered by the treadle, keeping us fit, but also gives us complete control to monitor the printing as we hand feed each sheet.

The Little Press designs start as hand penned illustrations and typography, and once developed with their clients to the perfect invitation they letterpress print them in their studio in Perth, Australia.

As I trace the letters on the delicate grooves and ridges of the paper I fall so in love with these textures upon textures.

Choose from a range of fine hand drawn details to be customized with hand lettered typography.  If you have any questions or would like a quote you can contact them at thelittlepress@gmail.com. 

If you're a designer, an artist of any kind and would like to be featured, please reach out to us at info@rhodesweddingco.com. 

Love, Loss and Traveling the World

Q&A with Rhodes co-founder, Jessy


First off, give us a little background. How did you two meet?

It all started in 2006. We were 20 years old and both signed on for the most grueling summer of our lives, Warped Tour. I was working for Atlantic Records and ran the merchandise booth, and Perry was a vocalist for a band and loved to play shows. So here we are on Warped Tour... sick of sitting in the heat and dust all day, lugging around gear and listening to drunk people. All I wanted was to have a normal conversation with a sober person about anything but Warped Tour drama and bad music — about family, the future, wherever ‘home’ was, God, anything. Along came Perry, the one who would not only get me through the summer of Warped Tour, but the one who I would come to adventure with and now start a business with, and most importantly, spend the rest of my life with.

What were your dreams before Rhodes Wedding Co. came into play?

Both of our lives had revolved around music and that’s where our passion lived. I followed my dream of being part of the music industry by becoming a publicist for Atlantic Records. However, when I accomplished what I thought was my dream, I was completely unfulfilled. I knew there had to be more to life than 15 hour days pushing music that you weren’t passionate about to begin with. So, I started over. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but it wasn’t being a publicist. I wanted to do something that moved me, fulfilled me—I wanted to see things, feel more, live more fully and grow from my experiences.

Perry had a dream of creating art and music, and traveling the world. He was living his passion more or less—he was traveling through the United States, Europe and Asia with his six-piece band, playing huge venues with big names like Placebo, Bush and Coldplay. Being able to perform across the globe was fulfilling, but the tours were just too few and far between. He struggled during the slow seasons and realized he needed to come up with another way to make a life for himself. He still wanted to do something where he could create and inspire others with his work, so he tapped into a dream that he started to pursue when we was younger, hand-carving jewelry. So being the brilliant, creative mind that he is, he taught himself how to carve rings, set stones, metalsmithing… you name it. He created the most beautiful pieces and I helped him get the business side of things up and running so he could bring in money with his talent. He set up a workshop in Los Angeles, where we were living at the time and his business took off.

I was and still am so proud of him. And regardless of what I wanted for myself, a big shift happened due to a life changing event in my family. My grandpa—who was my rock, my everything—had cancer and he wasn’t going to be with us for much longer. I quit my job, Perry packed up his workshop, and we left everything else in Los Angeles and drove cross-country to Michigan to be with my grandpa before he passed. I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen, or where we’d end up, but isn’t it the journey itself that matters the most?

Thankfully, with my BA in Communications, I was able to make the switch over to the digital marketing world and land freelance gigs as a Social Media Strategist. This allowed me to stay in Michigan with my family during this very important time of need while still bringing in money. It also allowed me to live out my adventurous spirit and be inspired by the people I meet, the places I go, and the things I experience.

I’m so thankful that we both took a leap of faith and continued to follow our dreams even when we weren’t always sure what they were. We were just open to love, adventure and living an abundant life.

Where did the initial inspiration behind Rhodes Wedding Co. come from?

It really came about when we threw caution to the wind and took that trip out to Michigan. Growing up and spending a lot of time with my grandparents, I knew they truly loved each other. They had that kind of love that you think only exists in films—that fairytale love. They had been married 50 years, and seeing them during my grandpa’s last few weeks really showed the raw passion and vulnerability that only comes from loving someone with your whole being. They never loved another and were completely dedicated to each other for their whole marriage. It’s been over a year now, and I’m still brought to tears when I think about him and their love.

They have 13 acres in the farm lands of Michigan. My grandma’s father originally owned the property—she was born there in a small shack. After my grandparents finished college and began their careers, they bought land from Grandma’s father and my grandpa built a three-story house where the shack used to sit. This place is truly something special.

Spending so much time engulfed in my grandparent’s love in a house that was built with adoration, Perry and I gained so much perspective and clarity on life and love. We saw first-hand how love can truly take you places and how important that journey is to living a life of abundance. We knew we wanted to combine our talents and work together to create something where love’s journey could be celebrated, hence Rhodes Wedding Co.

So how did that inspiration make the shift and become real—why did you decide to create Rhodes Wedding Co.?

It was obvious to us, really. We were in love, inspired by love, wanting to create something that celebrated love—wedding bands will forever be a strong symbol of love’s journey. We chose to specialize in men’s wedding bands specifically because love isn’t just about women. The journey and the story involves two. The love my grandfather had for my grandmother was so strong you could feel it bursting at the seams of his being. We wanted to give men a chance to have a ring created that was so much more than just a mass produced piece of metal. We wanted them to have a chance to create a ring that is a testimony of their romantic nature and a proud symbol of the love they have found. Their ring, hand carved, with marks of individuality to represent their one of a kind love. This is our chance to play a part in the world’s great love story.

What have the challenges been creating Rhodes Wedding Co.?

There are many challenges that arise when you’re building something from the ground up and you’re putting your whole heart into it. At first it took a lot out of us mentally and emotionally. We’re both perfectionists in more ways than one, and we didn’t want to tell anyone about the business or reveal it to the world until everything was ‘perfect.’ We worked really hard to let a lot of that go, and just commit to imperfect action. If we hadn’t done that, Rhodes Wedding Co. still may not exist!

It was especially challenging to get all the working pieces together. We both have other responsibilities apart from Rhodes Wedding Co. so we had to start a company from scratch while continuing to work on our current streams of income. Not to mention fit in our families—we’re both very big on family time, so we split a lot of our time between California and Michigan. Plus our hearts constantly yearn for adventure, so during the building of our company, we continued to travel throughout the United States, embarking on multiple cross-country road trips, weekend getaways and 4 beautiful months in Hawaii. Essentially we’re nomads, we travel as much as we can and we didn’t want to stop truly living and adventuring to create the business. We wanted to do both, and we did. Our travels are what fed our souls and inspired us to continue putting our all into the business.

What elements from your life together really inspire you to do the work you do?

So many things. Love, of course—love for each other, our love for life and new experiences and the love for our families. We both come from families that, where they lacked in finances, they made up for with the love they showed us. Our love is big. We hope to one day be able to take care of our families the way they deserve. That’s one of the goals—along with our never-ending thirst for exploring. We’re always searching for that next adventure. After my grandpa passed away last year we decided we’d travel the States to see where we wanted to put down roots. Each and every place we visit shapes us and builds our character in ways that nothing else can. We’ve visited incredible places and most are hard to leave but the only city that truly felt like we could call it home was Asheville in North Carolina. There was something special about Asheville. We thought about settling down there, but we just aren’t ready to stop living this life of adventure. Most of the time we aren’t sure where we will be from one month to the next, and that’s the beauty of it. Amelia Earhart said it best when she said, “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” We’re constantly experiencing places for the first time together, and our relationship and business thrive off that. Perry has a traveling workshop that he brings with him whenever we head off to somewhere new. We usually try to find a ‘home base’ where he can set up shop for a few months at a time. It just works.

When you travel, where did you go? How do you choose where to go next?

That’s a good question. We’ve been to too many states to name them all, but our favorites have been Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Michigan and of course, North Carolina. We’ve also traveled internationally to England, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Austria, Thailand, Philippines, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. We want to do more international travel in the near future, but the last year has been focused on the States. Most are so quick to cross the ocean for adventure, but you’d be surprised the beauty you can find just a stone’s throw away.

When we visit a new place, sometimes our heart just calls us there. We don’t always know why, but we always leave feeling fulfilled. Some places really surprise us, like Reno. We didn’t know what to expect but we had a blast. We visited one of Perry’s childhood friends who he hadn’t seen in years. He took us rock crawling in his 4x4 over the snow-dusted mountains of Reno at dusk. It was incredible. What a feeling.

Before my grandpa passed, I talked with him for hours about his life and the adventures he had with my grandma, and recorded the audio of his storytelling so I’d always have a piece of him with me. One of the questions I asked him was, “If he could show me one place, where would it be?” He told me all about the summer road trip he took with my grandma and gave me a long list of places I must see. My grandma kept a journal while she was on the road trip, so I had her read it to me (recording the audio again, of course) and I gave her a map to draw out the route they went. We’re still in the planning stages of this trip, but I can’t wait. It’s going to be such a wonderful experience to visit places where my grandparent’s love grew while growing my love with Perry.

How has it been working together? How has it affected your relationship?

Even before we created Rhodes Wedding Co. we worked together on some level. I helped him with the business and marketing side of his company and he would listen to my woes as a freelancer. We’ve always made a great team. We can work together, travel together or simply do nothing together.

It’s really been great working together on Rhodes Wedding Co. We see eye-to-eye on most things, so it’s a lot of fun to see our vision become a reality. The only challenge we really have is when to work and when to play! Sometimes we get so wrapped up in Rhodes Wedding Co. that we find ourselves only having conversations about the business. We have to be mindful of creating a space to just be together as a couple who loves each other and not always be the couple that ‘works together.’

So how do you maintain that work/life balance?

It truly is a constant state of mindfulness. We aren’t huge schedule people. We do things when we’re most inspired to do them, and we can put our whole heart in it. You know sometimes, you’re just not feeling something, and why force yourself and take hours to do something and resent it, rather than waiting until your heart is open and you can get it done and enjoy yourself while doing it? That’s what it’s about for us...making the most of every second of our time. We want to get the absolute most out of everything we do. When I’m corresponding with people, managing our social media or writing a blog, I want my heart to be in it and 100% focused on the task at hand. Same goes for Perry. When he’s creating a piece, he’s putting his ALL into it. We don’t believe in doing anything half-heartedly. If we’re working on the business, we’re working on the business.

Same goes for the ‘life’ side of things. When we’re spending time with family, they have our full attention, and when we’re hiking or climbing behind waterfalls, we are doing just that. It’s important for us to keep separate spaces for work and play because, like I said earlier, it’s too easy for work to take over everything, especially when you love what you do. You think, “Oh it’s okay, it’s doesn’t really feel like work, just this one thing, it will only take a second.” and then before you know it, you’re aren’t giving yourself time to just be.

What do you do when you’re not working on the business or traveling?

If we aren’t working or adventuring, we spend most of time just being with each other. We’re really good at just doing nothing together. We’re both very ambitious people with big goals so a lot of times our days are full and it’s go-go-go so when we get time to just be, we do exactly that. We love to read together. We just finished a string of Haruki Murakami books and are switching gears with a book called “The Lady” that’s about Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who had been leading a battle for democracy and freedom in Burma. It’s not exactly bedtime reading material but we’re hooked.

We go on a lot of walks, sometimes those walks turn into “business meetings” but we try to keep it just about us enjoying the moment in nature. Coffee is a big passion for us both, so weekend mornings are usually spent sipping an incredible latte or an espresso con panna.

Sometimes we like to just go for a night drive and listen to some of our favorite artists like Sam Cooke, The National, Chet Baker, Bright Eyes, Elvis, Otis Redding and David Bowie. Perry is a beautiful singer and a talented musician, so naturally he loves to play music, and I love listening to his creations. And of course, we have our movie nights. Film is a big inspiration for us both. We cuddle up to a good Wes Anderson film from time to time. And currently we’re learning French together. Hopefully the next time we go to France we can put our new skill to good use.

What is your favorite thing about what you do?

Almost everything. We have the luxury of working together to create wedding bands that will stand as a symbol of love between couples that are ready to make that special commitment to each other. It’s truly fulfilling to be able to take part in such a beautiful event. We love being able to create something that he or they really want, that truly tells their story. It’s amazing to be able to work together and travel together and bring our inspirations from our adventures into our work. What a life.