For many LGBT couples, it is not possible to have parents or grandparents join the festivities of the wedding day. Many LGBT couples marry later in life, and parents or grandparents are unable to travel or perhaps have passed on. Or for some couples, there are still parents, godparents or other relatives who don't agree with their lifestyle, and choose not to attend the wedding in person.
And yet many brides and grooms still want to find a way to include their loved ones, and share the special moment of getting married at least symbolically with those who cannot attend the ceremony.
Keepsake lockets are one beautiful way to ensure such a wish can come true. The company With You offers a beautiful line -- a collection of modern lockets with a vintage look -- including mother of pearl necklaces, sapphire bouquet pins, broaches, bracelets, anklets and rings. There are a variety of striking styles that can appeal to many different tastes, and are fitting for both women and men.
The LGBT-friendly company With You was co-founded by Mikki Glass, who lost her father to brain cancer in 2002. While searching for a way to include him in her sister's wedding that was both meaningful and private, she created an anklet locket for her sister to wear so their father could "walk her down the aisle,” and then wore it at her own wedding a few years later.
In addition to beautiful craftsmanship, With You has created an easy way to help fill each locket with the perfect image upon arrival so the stress of resizing, printing and cutting a photo is gone. When the locket arrives, the image (which can always be changed) will already be inside – making it an even more meaningful piece.
Select favorites include:
Luminous white topaz and oxidized sterling silver come together to give the illusion of black diamonds in this beautifully crafted round locket. ($149)
Claire’s luminous pearls exude grace. The mother of pearl and quartz center stone is a timeless touch—surrounded by shimmery white topaz, the effect is as precious as the photo inside. ($329)
Gloria Bouquet Pin
A sweet—and elegant—finishing touch, this timeless pin is destined to be a treasured addition to any collection. After the wedding, the locket can be converted to a sweet bracelet – a forever reminder of your special day. ($209)
Esther Bouquet Brooch
A modern update on vintage elegance, this ornate yet streamlined brooch features three mother of pearl and quartz doublets, accented with tiny white topaz hearts. It’s completely feminine and one of a kind. ($199)
Stunning as part of a bridal ensemble but appropriate for any occasion, this locket ring’s diamond pavé filigree finishes your look with a delicate touch. Elegant and refined, you will find it difficult to take your eyes off of it. ($329)
Puts a feminine spin on the classic dog tag, inspired by and honoring those who have served. Sterling silver and shimmery white topaz gemstones.
10% of proceeds from sales of our Meagan are donated to The American Fallen Soldiers Project, an organization dedicated to providing comfort and healing to grieving families of fallen military in the form of original portraits. ($149)
This beautifully detailed peek-a-boo locket is a modern take on tradition. A petite center diamond is a luxe finishing touch. A perfect everyday piece destined to become a family heirloom. Available in Yellow or Rose Gold plated sterling. ($229)
Inspired by the cufflink’s early history, when royal families commissioned the pieces for special events, our Ryan cufflinks are quite royal indeed. With sleek black onyx studded with a bright white topaz, these cufflinks will turn heads. Add personalized photos inside and they are truly extraordinary. ($209)
A double row of freshwater pearls makes this classic piece a beautiful addition to any bridal ensemble, from traditional gown to custom pantsuit. Finished with a brilliant sky blue topaz, a ring of white topaz accent stones, and delicate silverwork that lets your photo peek through. ($249)
For more information, and to see the full collection, visit: http://www.withyoulockets.com/