Searching for wedding vendors is a serious undertaking. It’s important to find experts who have great experience, understand the vibe you’re trying to curate, and (most importantly) that you can really get along with. After all, they’ll play an integral part in your big day. Picking out wedding vendors is also a great way to support small, Black-owned businesses, especially in your own community.
Whether you’re only looking for a photographer or still need to find every vendor on your checklist, we’re making it easy for you to find the perfect person for the job. We’ve compiled a growing list of wedding and party vendors to help you find your perfect match—and support Black-owned businesses in the process. From planners to florists, here are some of our favorite wedding vendors that should be on every bride or groom-to-be’s radar.
Engagement and wedding photographers
Pros worth a thousand words.
Using both film and digital, Alicia and her team of photographers always put their brides first. “Our process from start to finish is with our clients in mind.”
On the ‘gram: @aliciarinka
Photos by Alicia Rinka
Photographing a wide range of subjects and clients, it’s the love in these sessions that inspires Brandon to pursue photography. “I find the most joy in my work when capturing weddings, portraits, aerials, and maternity sessions.”
Location: Los Angeles
On the ‘gram: @flashbibbs
Bri believes that every single love story deserves to be told in a dynamic way. ”My style results in wonderful, natural photographs of the couple, who feel free to express their emotions and are not inhibited around the camera or me.”
Location: Atlanta / Seattle / Destination
On the ‘gram: @brimcdee
Photo by Bri McDaniel
Combining a mixture of editorial and documentary photography, Elizabeth believes “the candid moments are just as important as the curated. “My images are soft, romantic, and unique to each couple’s love.”
Location: Atlanta / Destination
On the ‘gram: @elizabethaustinphoto
The best way to kick off your relationship with your wedding photographer, according to Justin, is with an engagement session. “You get to see how I work behind the camera and I gain a better understanding of the two of you and your relationship. So many couples tell me that their engagement session was a great way to prep for wedding day photos.”
Location: Austin / Destination
On the ‘gram: @justindouglasphotography
Photo by Justin Douglas
In love with their craft (and each other), this husband and wife wedding duo aims to “provide light in your life, and share the joy and vulnerability in your love.”
On the ‘gram: @ronyeanddom
Photos by Ronye & Dom
Biology teacher by day, wedding photographer by…weekends. Daniel “is happy to work with you and your loved ones to create memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.”
Location: New York
On the ‘gram: @thedvimage
Cake designers and bakers
Let them eat cake.
A fan favorite in Atlanta, La’Meeka has designed cakes for several celebrities, from Ne-Yo to Kandi Burress of The Real Housewives.
On the ‘gram: @cakesbylameeka
Specializing in high-end wedding cakes, De la Crème loves making center-of-attention celebration cakes. “If it needs to be fabulous, we would love to be the one to create it.”
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
On the ‘gram: @delacremestudio
Cakes by De la Crème Creative Studio
Focusing on non-traditional and abstract cakes, Ashley “loves to use multiple techniques, work with many mediums, and inspirations to create your custom edible work of art!”
Location: Michigan and Detroit
On the ‘gram: @thedulceexperience
Cake by The Dulce Experience
At her custom cake studio, Andrea Weithers crafts beautiful, detailed, custom cakes and confections made using the finest ingredients. “Your cake will not only look stunning, but it will taste delicious too.”
On the ‘gram: @sweetdetailsatl
Cake by Sweet Details
Florists and installation artists
Love is blooming.
Owner of Bloom & Plume, a bespoke floral design studio in LA, Maurice’s clients include the likes of Louis Vuitton, Goop, Dior, Gucci, and Valentino. You can also catch him on “Full Bloom” for HBOMax.
Location: Los Angeles
On the ‘gram: @bloomandplume
Arrangements by Bloom & Plume
Doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint, Brooklyn Blooms curates stunning arrangements while maintaining sustainable practices. “We believe that everyone is an individual and deserves to have florals tailored just for them, even down to the vessel! By using curated seasonal blooms in interesting found vases we create ‘beautiful things out of beautiful things’ with you in mind.”
On the ‘gram: @brooklynbloomsnyc
Owner and Creative Director of Wild Bloom, Kristen’s flowers have been showcased in major publications from Martha Stewart Weddings to Traditional Home Magazine. You can also catch him as a judge on Netflix’s The Big Flower Fight.
Location: Seattle / Global
On the ‘gram: @kristengvy
Named as one of the Best Wedding Planners by Vogue and featured as one of the 7 Top Celebrity Wedding Planners by Instyle, Preston is “best known for his extraordinary ability to transform spaces into theatrical environments.”
On the ‘gram: @prestonrbailey
Creating stunning arrangements for her studio Rogue&Fox, Drew believes “sustainability should be the new frontier in floral design.”
Location: Los Angeles
On the ‘gram: @rogueandfox
Installation by Rogue&Fox
Creating floral designs off and on for the last 17 years, Schentell aims to create pieces “that bring love and joy into our homes and celebrations.”
Location: California / Global
On the ‘gram: @offerings.co
Arrangement by Schentell Nunn
“Blending the nostalgia of an ‘old school’ florist with the artfulness of the modern studio,” Lauren and Leah are a sister duo serving a variety of clients’ weddings and events as a “creative guide.”
Location: Oklahoma City
On the ‘gram: @thewildmother
The owner of LA-based WHIT HAZEN, Whit McClure describes her style as “whimsical, dynamic, and seasonally-inspired.” “Ever inspired by nature’s abundant beauty and driven to respect and protect its resources, WHIT HAZEN helps clients bring more beauty in their world to share and enjoy.
Location: Los Angeles
On the ‘gram: @whit_hazen
Bridal fashion designers
Say yes to the dress (designer).
“Exuding modern femininity, unstated glamour and attention to detail, each [dress] beautifully mirrors its bride’s unique personal style.” Using couture dressmaking techniques, every collection is handcrafted in AMSALE’s New York City atelier.
Location: New York City
On the ‘gram: @amsale
Gowns by AMSALE
Specializing in custom couture bridal under their sister brand, Andrea Iyamah Bridal. designs made-to-measure gowns that exude “that red carpet couture feel.”
Location: New York City
On the ‘gram: @andreaiyamah.bride
Gowns by Andrea Iyamah Bridal
Beloved for her fabulous couture gowns, Nneka C. Alexander of Brides by Nona is “known for fresh, elegant and detailed juxtaposition of fine fabrics and authentic Swarovski crystals.”
On the ‘gram: @bridesbynona
Owner and Creative Director for her namesake brand Esé Azénabor, she’s “known for her hand beading with fine crystals, stones and pearls, hand embroidery on fine French lace and tulle, boning, and attention to detail.”
On the ‘gram: @eseazenabor
Gowns by Esé Azénabor
As the Founder of Pantora Bridal, Andrea’s mission is to provide on-trend bridal options paired with a feel-good experience. “I wanted to create a safe space for brides to feel the validity in their beauty while experiencing relatable luxury. The gowns, although the very reason Pantora exists, have now become the icing on the cake.”
On the ‘gram: @pantorabridal
Drawing inspirations from his international travels, the ballet, and contemporary painting, he “works to ensure that his clients not only look fantastic but that they feel that way as well.”
On the ‘gram: @yemikosibah
Wedding planners and coordinators
The (wo)man with a plan.
Offering wedding planning, coordination, and styling services for intimate to large scale weddings, Nicole and her team are “committed to working with clients to bring their visions to life and ensure events run flawlessly.”
Location: Montreal / Toronto / Global
On the ‘gram: @chicbynicole
As a luxury event planner and designer, Erica “believes a wedding is not merely an event, it represents the unique beauty of a couple’s love and symbolizes the first step of their new life together.”
Location: San Francisco / Global
On the ‘gram: @ericaestradadesign
Event Planning by Erica Estrada Design
Designing and producing weddings and events globally, Joy’s been named one of the top designers in the world by Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Paris, Martha Stewart and Brides Magazine.
On the ‘gram: @joyproctor
“We believe that planning should be a truly enjoyable experience. It should be fun, transparent, and celebratory because when you approach it that way, the event itself becomes a true reflection of you, your story, and the city you’re marrying in.”
Location: New Orleans / Destination
On the ‘gram: @michellenorwoodevents
Event Planning by Michelle Norwood
To ensure that Guerdy and her clients are speaking the same “design language,” her and her team “create renderings for custom designs along with detailed design boards” to perfect the details.
Location: Miami / New York / Destination
On the ‘gram: @guerdydesign
Working with his wife Jamie, Steve has been named a top wedding vendor by Martha Stewart Weddings, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Brides Magazine.
Location: Seattle / San Francisco / Global
On the ‘gram: @sinclairandmoore
Event Planning by Sinclair and Moore
Wedding venues and reception spaces
Location, location, location.
Owned by Nicole Clayton, The Cloth Mill’s “exposed brick, cathedral windows, original wood beams, and lots of character” make it the perfect place for your wedding or next event.
Location: Hillsborough, North Carolina
On the ‘gram: @clothmill
“Originally built as a 20,543 square foot private residence in 2001, the estate was purchased and converted into a luxury private event venue with all the quaint features of a southern manor house, making for a memorable wedding location.”
Location: Winter Springs, Florida
On the ‘gram: @luxmoregrande
Photo courtesy of Luxmore Grande Estate
“Located in the heart of the historic French Quarter, this charming hotel offers an authentic New Orleans setting for your ceremony and reception.”
Location: New Orleans
On the ‘gram: @maisondupuyweddings
Founded by Casper de Boer and Roger Ross Williams, Roxbury Barn and Estate is a curated “collection of different locations that create unique, spacious experiences as the party moves through the expansive, lush estate.”
Location: The Catskills
On the ‘gram: @roxburybarnandestate
Photo courtesy of Roxbury Barn and Estate
How to support Black-owned businesses
Supporting Black-owned businesses ultimately supports Black communities. Love these vendors? Even if you can only hire one or two experts on this list, you can still show your support with a follow or a like on social media.
Not getting married? Or have friends who just got engaged? Send this list to someone who’s gearing up for wedding planning with notes on your favorites.
“Cowrie” wedding invitation by Paperless Post