With These Rings: Make Your Own Wedding Bands
Stephanie has a natural talent for guiding couples through this process. She set the perfect tone, offered guidance at exactly the right moments, and was sincerely honored to participate in our ring making experience. My fiance and I were able to create beautiful wedding rings that are as meaningful and collaborative as our relationship. And, we had so much fun!
Tia and Tim
Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.
Why do you want to work with APW couples?
I discovered the APW community when I was engaged and have always felt at home here. Now that my business is growing I would love to connect with more couples who share my values.
What is your artistic approach to weddings?
I offer couples the opportunity to make your own wedding bands through guided instruction.I believe that jewelry has a way of capturing a memory or feeling and allows you to carry it with you. I have always loved that something so small can hold so much meaning, but in a very subtle and private way. I first became interested in making jewelry because I wanted to create meaningful heirlooms for people, now I am passionate about helping others make their own.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
When I’m not in in my workshop I like spending my time gardening, biking, camping, hiking, exploring low tide and BBQs with friends. I also love a good lazy day at home with my husband and our dogs.
What's your favorite book?
I always come back to Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
What's your favorite movie?
It is way to hard to pick just one… Little known fact I was almost a film major before I studied jewelry.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Today it would be “Road to Nowhere” by the Talking Heads.
We are so incredibly happy with our rings we made one summer afternoon with Stephanie. The experience meant so much to us on so many levels that it's probably impossible to fully express our gratitude and satisfaction. We had both been so nervous about the workshop (we're each sort of crafty in our own ways, but had never done anything like this) because it was new and we felt the pressure of doing something we'd never done before - and knowing that we'd be wearing the result of for the rest of our lives! Stephanie was so great from the moment we contacted her to the moment we left studio. She assured us that most people felt the same way, and that she'd walk us through every single step. Within the first half hour our nerves had disappeared and we were fully engaged in the process! The rest of the day flew by, but by the end we had made our bands and were already talking about when we could come back to make some more rings! After Stephanie set the stone LeAnna had selected, our rings were shipped to us a month or so later and we were SO excited to have them both finished. We absolutely love them, both because of the way they turned out and because of the experience of making them together. It's also so fun to share the story of making them with anyone who asks. We can't say enough about how perfect this experience was and how incredibly thoughtful, patient, professional, and kind Stephanie was. Additionally, Stephanie was immensely helpful in helping LeAnna pick a unique stone from a reputable source - without Stephanie's invaluable knowledge LeAnna would have ended up with a soft stone that would not have lasted. Stephanie answered every question we had about stones and settings and we ended up with the perfect rings for us. We'll be back - gotta add some band for an anniversary or find some excuse to do this again!
My fiance had a blast making our rings and would recommend it to anyone! Not only was the experience itself fun, but making each other's rings gives them extra special meaning. Stephanie is great at breaking down the steps so that, especially if you're not crafty, you'll be shocked at how beautiful the result is. The studio is awesome, and Port Townsend is a super cute town to spend some time walking around and exploring.
Sage and John
Our experience making our wedding rings with Stephanie at With These Rings was truly incredible. While a wedding and ceremony are beautiful in their own right, spending the day building your wedding rings with your partner is a uniquely special experience. I love looking at our rings and knowing their history and that we crafted them together. It's also been fun to recount the story to our friends, who can't believe we actually made our own rings. Stephanie does a fantastic job of providing a hands-on, low-stakes environment where you know you will walk away with something beautiful (you can't mess it up with her guidance!). Her studio is intimate and bright, and Port Townsend provides a beautiful backdrop. We made a weekend of it and it was absolutely perfect.
Making our rings with Stephanie at With These Rings was one of the most memorable experiences ever, and definitely a highlight of wedding planning! Stephanie is a natural teacher, and she knows exactly how to guide you to make a professional quality ring with your own two hands. She never takes over the process, and provides the perfect amount of guidance at each step. We did the fabrication workshop, but there is also an option for a wax carving workshop, which allows you to make a mold for a curved ring (a perfect match for whatever engagement ring) or other organically shaped ring. Even when making classic style bands, there are so many options for subtly different finishes that you would never see in the store. We love having our unique yet still classic rings that will always remind us of the time we spent making them. Finally, if you are from out of town wondering whether you should travel to Port Townsend to work with Stephanie or try to find a more local workshop, definitely go to PT and With These Rings! After a lot of research online, we decided that Stephanie was the absolute best at this, and we had the added bonus of making this into a romantic vacation to charming Port Townsend and nearby Olympic National Park.
My husband and I went to Stephanie's studio just a couple of days before our elopement. We loved the process of making our own rings, she made it so much easier than I thought it was going to be! She also took tons of fantastic pictures with our phones of us working which was lovely since we wanted to capture the moment but were quite busy. Stephanie was also gracious enough to give us a lot of close travel recommendations for the days leading up to our wedding which we enjoyed. I wish I was getting married to my husband again so I could make another ring :-)
When I learned about With These Rings, I knew that my fiance and I would be signing up! Our time with Stephanie was wonderful. She quelled any worry that we would mess up, guided us expertly through the process (with some really cool conversations about the science of metal), and was so much fun to spend a day with! The end product is beautiful, and I can't wait until we get to wear our rings every day! The opportunity to create your own wedding rings is such a gift and I am so thankful that Stephanie is sharing her skill with us through this amazing experience!
I agree with all the positive reviews below - this was such a wonderful experience! Stephanie is an incredible teacher, making it a foolproof process while allowing you to actually do everything yourself. I was really looking forward to this and, even so, the day was above & beyond my expectations. Can't recommend this enough to other couples!
With These Rings was the most magical part of the engagement process. I cannot recommend Stephanie and her workshop highly enough! It was wonderful to slow down and spend time together making these future symbols of our marriage. It was also so much fun! I laughed and smiled the whole day, even though I was nervous going in. Stephanie is a wonderful teacher, she sets you up to be confident in what you are doing, but also doesn't try to do anything for you.
Angela and Iain
We knew we didn't want to just go to a jewelry store and buy our wedding rings, but weren't sure of the alternatives. So we were thrilled when we discovered With These Rings and excited to spend meaningful time together to make each other's rings. Stephanie put any fears of us messing up at ease, as she provided careful instructions and encouragement. Her warm, welcoming personality also added to the wonderful experience. We're so pleased with the experience and the beautiful rings we created for each other. We highly recommend With These Rings!
Raul and Carlos
Incredibly helpful and easy to work with, Stephanie was incredibly welcoming and led us through every step of the way. We were very happy with the way our rings came out. It was wonderful to have one on one instructions throughout the duration of the workshop session. Thank you so much for making this a special moment!
Sarah & Erik
As soon as we came across With These Rings we knew we wanted to make our own rings. Stephanie was fantastic to work with and was very thoughtful in her approach, making sure we understood what to do at each step and that the outcome would be what we had envisioned. As excited as we were before the workshop, both the experience and the rings far exceeded our expectations.