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Our hearts have been heavy with all that has been going on with the Black community in the United States over the past week (but let’s be real, it’s been years!). This is a time where we want to show our support. We want to take this moment to intentionally highlight some incredibly talented black wedding vendors.
Let’s be honest. The wedding industry seems to be extremely white. You may not have really noticed that before. But, if you were to intentionally try to find POC wedding vendors, you may discover what a challenge it is.
When I (Bethany) think back on all of the wedding vendors that we have worked with, I realize that they are mostly white. There have been a handful of Hispanic vendors, a few Asian vendors. But I can only think of two black wedding vendors that we have ever worked with. This makes me sad because we believe that there is more than enough room for all races to be represented in the wedding industry.
While the diversity may be lacking, the talent certainly is not! Today we are listing some incredibly talented black wedding vendors. Our hope with this post is that you recognize the lack of diversity that is represented in the wedding industry and may even decide to make a conscious effort to diversify your own wedding vendors.
Designer Amsale (Ahm-sah’-leh) Aberra is credited as the inventor of the modern wedding dress and a master creator in her own right. Her brand Amsale is one of the leading luxury bridal houses. All the dresses are designed with the philosophy of elegant simplicity and exudes modern femininity. Amsale designs are sold in salons worldwide. Seriously, these dresses are gorgeous and Amsale Aberra is a woman I greatly admire.
The Robert Jamison Collection is a business that designs custom suits. These designs are so sharp and the custom fit for each client is really what makes the whole ensemble look so great. To get the full RJC experience is to get personal so that the client’s unique personality and style is crafted into his custom suite. The craftsmanship and innovation that is put into each suit is beautiful!
Sugar Rose Gardens sells veils and headpieces. And seriously, they are so beautiful! I’ve been happily married for almost eleven years, but every time I go to this Etsy page, I find myself wistfully dreaming about wearing one of those gorgeous veils.
The Wild Mother is an incredibly talented floral design studio. Florals are not quite as commonly hired for travel (though many floral designers are available for travel!). And The Wild Mother is not exactly a local vendor to Austin, TX. They are located in Oklahoma City (so not too far away, right?). Even if you can’t hire them for your wedding, their Instagram is definitely worth following for inspiration. Founded and lead by two sisters, their boutique floral studio blends the nostalgia of the “old-school” florist with the artfulness of the modern studio floral designer.
Joy Proctor is a wedding designer on an entirely different level. Her work is absolutely incredible and she is regarded as one of the most sought after wedding designers in the world (she designed Sofie Turner and Joe Jonas’ wedding!). Joy’s work has been featured in publications across the globe and she is recognized as a wedding trend setter. She is definitely not in everyone’s budget, but her Pinterest and Instagram should definitely be followed if you are looking for awe striking inspiration.
MonAnnie is a luxury cakes and dessert business. They are based in the UK, but travel internationally to serve events with their beautiful sugary creations. Fen is the talented baker behind MonAnnie and her artistry is incredible. I love following her on Instagram and dream of all her beautiful cakes and pastries.
Pascal Délé is one of our cinematographer inspirations. His film work is incredible. Harper Bazaar has named him one of the ten best videographers in the world in 2020 and he is totally deserving of that title. The way he captures the wedding day to tell each couple’s individual love story is something we aspire to in our own work.
Amanda Reid is a calligrapher local to Austin, TX. She creates beautiful pieces that enhance or set the mood at an event. Amanda specializes in custom wedding signage and banners. Her beautiful work really elevates a space and serves as the perfect addition for an event.
Harold James is a French hair and makeup artist. He is extremely talented and has worked with celebrity clients including Bella Hadid, Liya Kebede, Amber Valetta, Karen Elson, Izabel Goulart, and Tina Kunakey just to name a few. Harold has participated in projects that have been published in Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair Italy, Elle, Elle Italie, L’officiel Paris, Madame Figaro, Elle, Gala, Harper’s Bazaar and more.
Southern Affairs is a wedding planning service that is local to Dallas, Texas. Their mission is to curate personalized celebration to perfection with a splash of southern hospitality. Southern Affairs work is beautiful and the weddings they plan are incredible.
Honestly there are so many awesome black wedding vendors that we can’t talk about them all without this post being ridiculously long. But we do want to leave you with a few more vendors that are based in Texas and those who’s location doesn’t really matter.
Munaluchi Bridal – Wedding Magazine
Magnolia Rose Co – Wedding Planner, Houston
8One Design Studio – Wedding Stationary, Austin
Rachel Rose – Wedding Planner, Dallas
Swonderful Soirees – Floral Designer, Houston
Sincerely Rachel K – Calligrapher
Chloe Ainsley Creative – Wedding Stationary
Andrea Iyama Bride – Dress Designer
Love & Leisure Travel – Travel and Destination Wedding Agency