How 9 Couples Who Work Together Make Time for Love

Updated 02/15/18

There are so many roles we play throughout the story of our romantic relationships: lovers, friends, roommates, parents, and the list goes on. With each new role, our bonds with our significant others continue to evolve. Some duos have also chosen to become co-workers, doing everything from building brands from the ground up to performing in a band together. Work tends to add stress to our lives and our relationships, so couples who go down this road are typically in for a distinct set of challenges.

That said, their rewards might be equally special. This concept inspired us to learn more about how couples who work together, well, make it work. We quizzed nine duos about the best and worst parts of being co-workers, as well as how they make time for love—and their frank responses had us feeling a little sappy. Perhaps they’re onto something here?

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Abby Ross

Who: Bee and TyLynn Nguyen, co-owners of intimates brand TyLynn Nguyen

Where: Los Angeles

Years together: Eight 

On the best part of working together: “The best part of working with my husband is the confidence that we will get whatever we dream accomplished together.” — Tylynn

On the toughest part of working together: “The toughest part is some days we are together 24 hours a day, and I miss my personal time.” — Bee

On how they make time for love: “I like to plan dates and rendezvous to surprise him.” — Tylynn

“I do the same. We both like to serve each other; it works well.” — Bee

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Phil Chester

Who: Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz, co-founders of Canyon Coffee

Where: Echo Park, Los Angeles

Years together: Five

On the best part of working together: “I think it’s fun to get to know each other in capacities you wouldn’t normally see much of otherwise. For example, I’ve always thought Ally has a great eye, but it’s so awesome getting to see her in her element setting up shoots, running our Instagram, curating our aesthetic. We get to watch each other develop and grow. Getting to see that as her partner makes me so proud! It feels good to be on the same team and be 100% responsible for everything we’re building.” — Casey

On the toughest part of working together: “The thing to avoid is not being able to turn off work mode when it feels like you’re constantly talking about work and nothing else. I think we became aware of this pretty early on, and we’re pretty good at balancing now. But it’s always something to be cautious of!” — Ally

On how they make time for love: “Sundays we like to go out for coffee, get the paper and read somewhere in the sun!” — Ally

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Érada Svetlana

Who: Eileen Lee and Christopher Taylor, owners of Grey Area retail and gallery space and Aura Aura aura photography

Where: Detroit

Years together: 13

On the best part of working together: “Being able to create the life of our dreams together. We have similar interests, but we each have our own strengths, and it’s awesome to see our skillsets come together to run a business. We both curate the vintage and products we carry, but through our individual lenses. The gallery portion of our space is curated mainly by Chris, but my aura portraiture practice is a permanent installation in our space, so everything feels very much equal in everything we do.” — Eileen

On the toughest part of working together: “I tend to need alone time to recharge in order to feel fully in my element, and being together 24/7 can wear on my energy occasionally. We are also both quite stubborn, so that can make certain situations a bit tricky.” — Eileen

On how they make time for love: “With the right perspective, there’s time for love in every moment.” — Christopher

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Emily Malan

Who: Koko Ntuen and Magnus Wiberg, founder/editor in chief and special projects coordinator, respectively, of Ladygunn lifestyle magazine

Where: New York/Stockholm

Years together: Five

On the best part of working together: “The best part of working together is that I learn to appreciate how talented my wife is. I gained a lot of respect for her, which adds a different and positive dynamic to our relationship. I get to see how business savvy, professional, and straightforward she is in a way that I’m not.” — Magnus

On the toughest part of working together: “Realizing I don’t have the time and finances for everything I want to do, and having someone in my life really lay down the law and structure things a bit. I’m a free spirit by nature and would probably be wearing couture Chanel and living in a grocery cart if I didn’t have a partner who was so balanced and economically minded, or as he says, ‘cheap.’” — Koko

On how they make time for love: “I’m a pretty affectionate person and feel like I always make time for love through kisses on the train, private pop dances, saying ‘I love you’ all the time, cooking nice meals, getting thoughtful treats and gifts, and sending texts of our faces superimposed on cat bodies. Basically being the perfect wife.” — Koko

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Marielle Chua

Who: Lauren and Peter Lemos, owners of Wax Paper sandwich shop

Where: Los Angeles

Years together: Together for five, married for three

On the best part of working together: “The best part is that we are always in communication when it comes to work.” — Peter

On the toughest part of working together: “The worst part is that we are always in communication when it comes to work.” — Peter

On how they make time for love: “We take tiny trips! We will leave after service on a Saturday (the shop is closed on Sundays), and we’ll go to San Francisco or Vegas if flights are dirt cheap.” — Lauren

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Courtesy of Natalie London

Who: Natalie London and Taylor Plecity, filmmakers and members of musical group Hey, King!

Where: A horse ranch in Sun Valley, California

Years together: Almost three

On the best part of working together: “Making the one I love proud when things go perfectly right and both of us can create with our energies pulsing on the same beats.” — Taylor

Toughest part of working together: “We started using name tags to differentiate the different roles we are because it can be a lot. Having a disagreement as a bandmate is not the same as having a disagreement with your girlfriend, and it’s important to not let everything blur.” — Natalie

On how they make time for love: “To me it’s all love: the music, art, film, etc., is better because love is part of all it. Jesus, that sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth.” — Natalie

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Char Beck

Who: Brittany and Ian Bentley, co-founders of ethical leather goods brand Parker Clay

Where: Santa Barbara, California, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Years together: 14 years married

On the best part of working together: “I love watching Ian live out his passion and being able to share our creative energy together.” — Brittany

On the toughest part of working together: “That’s a trick question; there is no worst part!” — Ian

On how they make time for love: “We make it a priority, as it feeds everything else we do. My first job is to love Brittany and our children well, and it’s about giving my best and not my leftovers.” — Ian

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Lindsey Belle

Who: Morgan and Brett Hutchinson, co-founders of motherhood brand Buru

Where: Los Angeles

Years together: Nine

On the best part of working together: “It’s an incredible thing to strive for the same goals with the person you love most in the world. We are running in the same lane with a complete understanding and appreciation for what the other person brings to the table. This allows us to see and anticipate when the other person’s tasks might need top priority so we can balance caring for our children without resentment or added stress.” — Morgan

On the toughest part of working together: “While being together is awesome, being together all the time makes it very difficult to put work away, which can make much-needed downtime together nearly impossible. This is something we’re constantly trying to balance.” — Brett

On how they make time for love: “Morgan is my wife first and my business partner second. Wife always trumps, so I try to work something personal into our everyday office life. It could be as simple as picking up a corny cake with ‘I love you’ iced on it, or grabbing an impromptu lunch and treating ourselves to a glass of wine in the middle of the workweek.” — Brett

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Courtesy of Shelley Sanders

Who: Shelley and Teddy Sanders, designer/creative director and CEO/photographer, respectively, of The Last Line

Where: Los Angeles

Years together: Nine

On the best part of working together: “Looking over at Shelley when everything is going on around us is chaos and seeing her just working through it all with grace.” — Teddy

On the toughest part of working together: “We are both so passionate about our work that we sometimes step on each other’s words, which can snowball quickly. But then boom! It’s over and back to bliss!” — Shelley

On how they make time for love: “No time like the present; I take it where I can get it. She’s my lady love. We are doing this together, so the whole thing is an act of love.” — Teddy

Despite all its ups and downs, it looks like working with your S.O. is pretty rewarding.

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