Hitched was founded by husband and wife, Chris and Stephanie Sammons, in 2018 as a way to provide couples with the convenience and affordability they found lacking at traditional jewelry stores.
After getting engaged, Chris eventually found himself in the market for his own wedding ring. Visiting jewelry stores weekend after weekend turned out to be a stressful and terrible experience; not only were the salespeople pushy and uneducated on men’s bands, jewelry stores were sorely lacking in selection, variety, and affordability for men. One jeweler handed him a catalogue of wedding bands to choose from along with a small collection of rings that were too small for him. Not being able to bear the thought of stepping into yet another jewelry store, Chris ended up making a purchase with hopes that when his ring arrived it would look and fit the way he envisioned. Not the experience he hoped for.
Six weeks later, and no ring in sight, Chris called his jeweler to find out what was taking so long; he and Stephanie had a destination wedding planned, and time was running out. It came to light that the jeweler had forgotten to place his order with the manufacturer and his ring would not be available in time for the wedding. Scrambling to find another option, Chris and Stephanie ordered several rings in a variety of styles and sizes from random online retailers. In the end, Chris was stuck with more than one ring due to inflexible return and exchange policies. To jewelers, men were clearly an afterthought.
Coupling their unfortunate wedding band shopping experience with their entrepreneurial spirit, the idea for Hitched was born. Chris and Stephanie’s passion lies in creating a fun and easy shopping experience that’s also affordable. While the average traditional jewelry stores mark up their wedding bands at 10 times the production cost, Hitched cuts out the middlemen which allows them to offer the same quality band that you would find at a jeweler only at a fraction of the cost.
Our mission at Hitched is to provide our customers with a shopping experience that embodies everything a wedding band symbolizes - love, trust, partnership, and forever. Not only do we want you to love your ring, but we want you to love the process of shopping for it - which means trusting who you are buying from and having the support you need while making one of the most special purchases of your life. We strive to form a lasting partnership with each and every one of our customers. From our fully customizable home try-on program and thorough educational resources to our excellent customer service and lifetime warranty, we're here for you for the big day - and forever after.
CO-FOUNDER + TECHNICAL LEAD
With a background in supporting startups from idea to product launch, Chris brings business, technology and systems expertise to Hitched. After studying business and finance at University of Kentucky, Chris went to work for a Fortune 500 Company which, he soon learned, was not his calling; his passion lies in the challenges and breakthroughs of navigating entrepreneurship and building businesses. In 2010 he built his own successful ecommerce business, which he eventually moved on from to take on various Sales Engineering roles at Silicon Valley tech start-ups. In his heart, however, he wanted to start another business, this time with his wife, Stephanie. Hitched checked all the boxes for a successful business, and Stephanie’s background aligned perfectly with his.
CO-FOUNDER + CREATIVE LEAD
Stephanie’s professional background lies in marketing and advertising. After graduating from Penn State University with a communications and business degree, she went on to work at various advertising agencies, later taking a position as Director of Marketing in the higher-ed space. Along the way, she always dreamed for a business of her own, one that would allow her to express her creativity. When Chris presented the idea for Hitched, she was on board, and headed up all branding, marketing, and advertising for Hitched, getting the concept out and in front of newly engaged couples. She knows that a wedding band is one of the most special purchases a person will make in their lifetime, and she is dedicated to providing them with the best possible experience.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Kelly earned a degree from Ohio University in marketing and communications with a specialization in fashion merchandising. A Columbus native, Kelly has worked with multiple companies assisting them with customer service and marketing initiatives. Kelly was our first full time employee, starting out as our customer relations and marketing manager in Chicago. She now acts as our Director of Supply Chain Operations, ensuring that our customer experience is seamless from end to end. Kelly enjoys sketching, reading and going for jogs along the lake followed by trying out new Chicago restaurants.
Rob was born and raised in South Philadelphia and graduated from Penn State University. In his teen and college years he worked at a local pharmacy and networked that into a 25-year pharmaceutical sales career promoting brands in virtually all therapeutic areas. At retirement an opportunity arose to join the Hitched team which he gladly accepted since the icing on the cake was that he’d be working with his daughter Stephanie and his son-in-law Chris who happen to be the co-founders of Hitched. Rob is a proud life-long Beatles fan and resides in Bucks County, PA with his bride of 40 years, Rose.
LEAD JEWELRY DESIGNER
Perris graduated with a BFA in Metals/Jewelry/Cad-Cam in 2020 from Temple University while working as a custom engagement ring designer on Philadelphia's Jewelers' row. Post grad, she earned her Applied Jewelry Professional degree from GIA online and she's now in the process of earning her diamontologist degree. Perris loves working face-to-face with our customers to help them find the perfect ring for their big day, and making sure they enjoy their shopping experience is her top priority. In her spare time, Perris enjoys designing and making her own jewelry and specializes in sterling silver fashion jewelry.
PHILADELPHIA SHOWROOM MANAGER
Gia is a passionate customer service professional, with over 10 years of experience. With a background in both luxury goods and fine jewelry, she confidently guides and educates each of our guests to help them find their perfect ring. She is skilled at developing the right action plan for each of her client's unique needs and is committed to helping them choose the perfect ring. She attributes her success to her ability to listen to clients and put their needs first. She is passionate about developing strong relationships centered on trust with each of her clients. In her free time, Gia enjoys shopping, spending time with family and learning more about the ever changing world of luxury fashion and jewelry.
CHICAGO SHOWROOM MANAGER
Nora earned her degree from DePaul University in public relations and advertising. She has always enjoyed being part of the fashion and styling industry - often as a consumer! Through this experience, she was able to put her creativity, keen eye for detail, and organization to action. She loves assisting customers so that they can be confident throughout their shopping experience and in their purchase. In her spare time, Nora is checking out new restaurants or planning her next vacation. Nora is our Chicago showroom manager, so make sure stop-by and say hi!
Turn a long day at the jeweler into an easy and affordable experience. Choose from one of our pre-curated home try-on kits and try on five wedding bands on at home for five days!