Black Bridal Professionals and Wedding Vendors You Need to Know

By Shayna Seid

The wedding industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, and Black wedding vendors and the Black community have especially suffered. To help couples who are planning their weddings now hire wisely, we’re highlighting some of our favorite Black bridal professionals and businesses.

Last week, environmentally conscious, luxury bridal brand Sahroo started a guide, and, with their permission, we’re sharing and expanding on it here. We, like a lot of other wedding outlets are working to be more diverse, especially when it comes to including more Black couples and businesses on Over The Moon, and this is a first step. Below are the Black-owned and founded wedding vendors you should know. And FYI, this isn’t limited to just the USA, we have included some in the U.K. and The Netherlands, and most are available to do destination events as soon as they start up again.

Finally, if you know of a business we’ve overlooked that should be included, please DM or email at [email protected], so we can keeping adding to this guide in real time.

Catering and Cakes

BERRY and Brie Grazing

Known for their signature and beautiful Grazing Tables, BERRY and Brie feasts are perfect for cocktail hours. Their menus are made up of locally sourced produce inducing delicious cheeses, meats, fruits, and veggies, and they also do kids’, dessert, and brunch tables. Based in London, they’re also creating direct to consumer “grazing boxes” for smaller celebrations at home!

Cake Atelier Amsterdam

Amsterdam-based, wedding dress designer turned cake baker and decorator, Natasja Sadi’s creations aren’t complete without her signature “sugarflowers” that can be displayed and kept forever.

De la Crème Creative Studio

Specializing in high-end wedding cakes, De la Crème has “a clean, contemporary style, inspired by art, fashion, and a love for incorporating beautiful details and rich textures,” according to its website. With a background in art and design, owner Heidi Holmon starts with a sketch and then brings her inventive and creative works to life.

 

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La Patisserie Chouquette

Based in St. Louis, La Patisserie Chouquette specializes in whimsical French pastry and couture cakes. From cakes that look like succulents, Italian frescos, or lily ponds, they can do it all—might as well grab a box of macarons too, if you’re stopping by!

Little Cake Garden

Run by husband and wife duo, Jasmine and Robert, London’s Little Cake Garden produces delicious and captivating creations, and they name each cake after the couple they’re creating it for.

 

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MonAnnie Cakes

For U.K. and destination weddings, MonAnnie is the love child of married couple Fen and Segun—she’s the baker, and he does promotion. They understand that no two weddings are the same and will create something truly special for your celebration.

Sweet Details

Founder Andrea Weithers explains that most of her wedding clients come to her three to six months out from the big day. To book your consultation in Atlanta, Georgia, bring invitations, color swatches, inspiration boards, and images of floral decor to assist in creating a beautiful cake that will look cohesive with the rest of your reception.

Tees Bakery

Tees Bakery was founded by Toyin (Tutan) Opebiyi in 2015 after she left her banking career to pursue her confectionary one full-time. Based in London, her approach to cake is very much similar to that of a couturier making a gown—very detailed and completely bespoke.

Florals

Debrah J Events

Based in the U.K., Debrah J Events is a luxury wedding florist and stylist. From centerpieces to floral arch designs to bouquets and full installations, she is one to know across the pond.

Full Bloom by Lauren

Founder Lauren’s goal is to elevate everyone’s encounter with flowers—her personal favorite is a butterfly ranunculus. Atlanta, Georgia-based Full Bloom uses the best seasonal flowers to create beautiful bouquets, centerpieces, and full wedding florals.

Kate Wren Flowers

Growing up in Zimbabwe, Kate Wren has always loved color and made florals her full-time passion after she moved to England and trained at the Cambridge Flower School. And to complement her amazing centerpieces, you can also rent tablescapes from her company Wren Prop Hire.

Oat Cinnamon

Native New Yorker and Oat Cinnamon founder Ryan Norville made her way into florals by way of graphic design and photography. Her team consists of talented designers and freelancers everywhere from New York to Los Angeles and beyond—but you’ll have to wait until 2021 for an Oat Cinnamon wedding as they’re all booked up for 2020.

Offerings

Offerings is a Los Angeles-based studio specializing in weddings and events, utilizing florals with intention. Founder Schentell Nunn grew up running around her grandmother’s massive rose garden in Vermont. And although she’s on the West Coast, her services are available globally. In 2014, she added jewelry design to her repertoire and founded her line, NÜN.

The Wild Mother Creative Studio

Sisters and founders Lauren Elizabeth Palmer and Leah Ashley Palmer blend the nostalgia for “old school” style with the artfulness of a modern studio. From small to large weddings, The Wild Mother can do it all from their Oklahoma City base.

Paper Goods

Chloe Ainsley Creative

Chloe Ainsley Creative is a modern, eco-friendly design studio based in Kent, U.K. To show samples of her work, she can send a pack of invitations and other on-the-day stationery, like place cards, menus, table names, etc.

 

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Polk Paper

Based in New Jersey via Etsy, Polk Paper was founded by Schuyler Polk to bring everyone personalized stationery and wedding invitations made by hand. Her envelope liners are especially beautiful with florals, fresh fruit, constellations, and more!

Robbin’s Nest Design Studio

Clients can order invitations from Robbin’s Nest Design Studio through the website, email, or by phone. Founder Robbin Henley graduated from FIT and started her career in bridal design but decided to fill the gap in the market for timeless, subtle invitations.

Photography

 

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Allie and John Photography

Colorado wedding and fine art photography team, Allie and John are used to working with beautiful and natural surroundings and are able to highlight those intimate candid moments throughout a wedding day.

 

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André Brown Photography

Based in Atlanta, founder André Brown leads his skilled team and specializes in wedding and portrait photography and videography. The studio’s shooting style is very much inspired by high-fashion editorials, which will appeal to those who want statement-making pictures.

 

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Anée Atelier

Founded by best friends, Sheena Meekins and Gina Esposito, Anée Atelier is based in downtown Manhattan, but the two are available for destination weddings. A Condé Nast alum, Sheena has an elevated aesthetic informed by her time at Vogue. 

 

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Angela Lauren Company

Those who want fun, romantic shots of their wedding should look to Angela Lauren Company. Based in Houston, founder Angela Miller’s company, made up of all BIPOC, creates images and video for local and destination events.

Avonné Photography

Based in Philadelphia and New York City, Avonné is also available for destination weddings and elopements. With 10 years of professional experience, she’s mastered the art of taking photos that make you feel.

 

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Bedge Pictures

Founder Bedge was born in Delta, Nigeria and currently lives in Abuja, but his passion takes him worldwide. With a photojournalistic style, he loves to capture people in an authentic manner on what is one of the most important days of their lives.

Chi-Chi Ari Love

Founder Chi-Chi Ari is a wedding journalist that draws on her fashion background and love of the arts and nature to capture great photographs. She’s based in New York but is ready to travel when needed.

Elizabeth Austin Photography

Elizabeth Austin’s style of photography is “free-flowing with a mixture of editorial and documentary. My images are soft, romantic, and unique to each couple’s love,” she says on her website. Aside from being an amazing wedding photographer, Elizabeth is also the co-founder of an interactive pop-up celebrating Black hair culture called The Black Hair Experience.

Films by Diallo

Founder Mamoudou Diallo is a wedding cinematographer based in New York City. He and his business partner can fully capture your wedding day in images and film with top of the line equipment. Films by Diallo also offers 360-degree video booths, so guests can create unique mementos in real time.

 

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Gione da Silva Images

Husband and wife team Gione and Hannah da Silva are based in London, but provide photography and videography to couples all around the world. From elopements to multiple day events, they’re available to capture all of the important moments.

 

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Igor Demba Photography

U.K.-based but available for destination events, Igor Demba is from Portugal and lived in Sweden for many years. He is able to beautifully photograph everything from intimate elopements to bigger celebrations. He defines his style as “very much on the lines of documentary photography, with hints of fine art and a lot of awesomeness.”

 

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Kesha Lambert Photography

Mother, photographer, lawyer, and educator, Kesha Lambert is a modern Renaissance woman. Mostly US-based, she and her team have traveled to Central America to capture weddings too.

 

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Linda McQueen Photography

Responsible for those iconic shots of Dr. Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon joining a Black Lives Matter protest on their wedding day in Philadelphia, Linda McQueen loves multicultural celebrations and speaks fluent Creole and French. She’s traveled to Mexico, The Bahamas, and Jamaica for her work, so she is certainly available for destination events as well, but book fast—she only takes 30 weddings per year.

 

 

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Matoli Keely

Combining shooting traits from documentary and fine art photography, Matoli Keely captures authentic emotion in her images. The Southern California-based photographer, who also has a Masters degree in Biotechnology, only takes on a limited number of weddings each year, so contact her soon, if you’re interested—she also does destination events.

 

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Samantha Clarke Photography

Based in Atlanta and Toronto, but available for weddings everywhere, Samantha Clarke is a lawyer-turned-photographer, and her camera has led her all over Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Planning

 

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Alexis Victoria Events

Based in Southern California, Alexis Victoria Events also offers services across the country and internationally. From proposal services to ensuring every wedding detail is perfect, this company also has varying levels of planning, from totally hands-on to day-of only logistics.

 

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ByChenai

With a background in corporate supply chain, founder Chenai knows how to handle logistics. Based in the U.K., she’s also a founding member of the Association of British Wedding Businesses.

 

 

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Dreams in Detail

Dreams in Detail is a premier, full service event planning, production, design and rental company specializing in elegant weddings. The team, led by Nicole Harris, is headquartered in Beverly Hills with other offices in New York and Las Vegas, and can also throw your celebration internationally—be sure to inquire about the super memorable Live Champagne Walls they do!

Events by Nishaka

Founder Nishaka Askew Proctor and her all Black female team are based out of Greensboro, North Carolina. With 12 years in business, she can create something magical for weddings held locally or internationally.

Fallon Carter Events

Working in New York and in Los Angeles, Fallon Carter is also available to plan your destination wedding. And for smaller celebrations due to COVID-19, Fallon Carter Events has partnered with exclusive vendors to produce easy ways to plan a virtual ceremony, micro wedding, or elopement—enter The We Do! Collective.

 

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Michelle Norwood Events

As a New Orleans native, Michelle Norwood is engulfed in the poly-cultural magic of the city and inspired by its diversity. Her favorite venues are the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, Brennan’s Restaurant, and the Marigny Opera House .

 

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Southern Affairs Weddings & Events

Southern Affairs Weddings and Events is an award-winning, wedding planning, design, and styling firm serving Texas, Oregon, Washington, and beyond. Their southern roots run deep, but they have a passion for curating beautiful designs through a creative planning process.

 

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Sinclaire & Moore

Founder Steve Moore runs the day-to-day operations, marketing, social media, and creative for Sinclaire & Moore. As an experienced musician, cake artist, dress maker, floral designer, and event planner, he’s utilized these skills to help every couple build their dream event since 2002.