SHARING THE LOVE
We asked, and you answered! To celebrate Black History Month, we’ve asked our True Bride collective to give a special shout-out to their favorite Black-owned wedding vendors.
This list below serves as your global resource to view all the recommended bridal vendors so that you can follow, collaborate with, and show love to these wonderful local businesses!
Please Note: The examples below are just a highlight of all our wonderful vendors. This list in no way implies favoritism or company preference/endorsement for one vendor over another and was created from bride and social media feedback.
FLORAL BOUTIQUES & DESIGNERS
So universal, yet uniquely personalized for each couple, flowers help set the entire wedding vibe. From lush floral arrangements to decadent seating displays and sentimental bouquets, florals are the first elements guests see as they enter your venue, and one of the mementos brides keep to remember their special day for years to come.
M.DAWN FLORAL DESIGN
M. Dawn Floral is a full-service wedding and special event company that specializes in floral design! Based in Metro Detroit yet serving clients worldwide, Monica and her team create incredible floral works of art to match each client’s vision and create a wonderful atmosphere for brides and their guests. From ceremony to reception, Monica is committed to bringing the entire bridal vision to life.
Learn more about M. Dawn Floral Design on their website.
AB Blooms is a Southeast Michigan-based florist who travels throughout Michigan & beyond, specializing in custom floral designs featuring both fresh seasonal blooms and faux floral design for every occasion. Carefully curated arrangements range from weekly services to special occasion bouquets to extravagant wedding designs for both ceremony and reception!
Learn more about AB Blooms on their website.
Toyouinspire Flowers hopes to not only elevate barriers to access for flowers but empower communities of color to explore their connection to Earth and wellness. Toyin uses an anti-oppressive business framework to help brides discover their own needs and hopefully inspire them along the way!
Learn more about Toyouinspire Flowers on their website.
Wildflower Portland is proud to be a BIPOC woman-owned business. Working with flowers isn’t just owner Chas Thompson Thomas’s job, it’s her JOY! Part of her mission is to come up with creative ways to deliver a beautiful event with a realistic budget. Wildflower Portland specializes in weddings, elopements, and other events.
Learn more about Wildflower Portland on their website.
DRESSED IN DETAILS
Dressed In Details is the creative vision of Principal Planner and Floral Designer Brittany Nichole. Rooted in love because love is the best work, her passion for the timeless, whimsical and classic exudes seamlessly through our work that she executes in excellence only. Logistical but meaningful details are valued through her unmatched flair to design the beautiful and create the pretty, while allowing her clients to experience the bold.
Learn more about Dressed in Details on their website.
Reminiscing on your wedding day is just as important as living in the moment. Building a strong relationship with your photographer mutually benefits both you and your photographer! You should feel able to rely on someone who cares about your love story just as much as you, and trust that they will capture those special moments so that you can look back on them forever.
KENDRA LYNECE PHOTOGRAPHY
Kendra Lynece and wedding photography go way back. After high school, she began her career as a second wedding photographer and fell in love with capturing the raw emotions and special moments during weddings. Since then, she’s felt incredibly lucky to do what she loves. Brides can find Kendra capturing incredible moments in the Michigan area and beyond!
Learn more about Kendra Lynece Photography on their website.
DEVINEE STROUD PHOTOGRAPHY
From capturing childhood moments in middle school to a full-blown career, Dev Stroud’s relationship with photography continues to grow and evolve with every photoshoot. Available worldwide, Dev specializes in weddings and elopements, engagements, and more, every interaction with clients has Dev falling more in love with what she does. While she loves bridal photography, her long-term dream is to travel around the world advocating for adoption and foster care through photography.
Learn more about Devinee Stroud Photography on their website.
T. LUCAS PHOTOGRAPHY
Taneesha Lucas’s passion for photography is not only one of her deepest heartfelt passions, but an inspiring artistic outlet. She enjoys serving clients through different types of sessions ranging from engagements and weddings to senior portraits and family sessions. She strives to make everyone feel comfortable about who they are and who they are with!
Learn more about T. Lucas Photography on their website.
CIARRA CRIDDLE PHOTOGRAPHY
Passionate, sensitive, and a little feisty – Ciarra Criddle wears her heart on her sleeve. Especially when it comes to the people and things she loves the most, which is why her photography focuses on people. Having the opportunity to photograph a couple in love or a growing family brings her so much joy. She specifically loves to capture images that celebrate womanhood and self-love.
Learn more about Ciarra Criddle Photography on their website.
HEY TAY PHOTO
Midwest-based photography Tay firmly believes in “Your day, your way!” They want to know all about you, your love story, and your ideal vision. They capture all of the special moments. The secret glances, the little tears and the pride on the faces of your loved ones. Tay’s goal is to serve marginalized couples and provide a safe space for them to express their love.
Learn more about Hey Tay Photo on their website.
EVENT PLANNERS & COORDINATORS
Relieving stress is one of the most important benefits of hiring an event planner or coordinator. They handle all the details (and headaches)–from budgeting to hiring vendors and setting a timetable for your ceremony and reception, a strong event planner will leave brides to enjoy their wedding day without worrying about the “things that could go wrong.”
DREAM WEDDINGS & EVENTS
For owner Cherish, nothing satisfies her more than knowing her services made her clients’ day. As a wedding and events planner & designer, she has been able to evolve her passion for helping couples create truly memorable experiences for the most special moments of their lives. You know that feeling when you meet someone and it all just clicks? That’s the goal of Dream Weddings & Events.
Learn more about Dream Weddings & Events on their website.
Charley, founder & designer (and self-proclaimed Fairy Godmother!) of Coda’s Events, has had a passion for planning for nearly a decade. From bachelorette parties to baby showers and birthdays, Charley’s desire to share her planning experience grew exponentially. She falls more in love with the wedding industry every day and can’t wait to spread the magic with you.
Learn more about Coda’s Events on their website.
NAOMI LEE EVENTS
Naomi Lee Events was founded in 2019 by a dynamic mom and daughter duo. They have always had a niche for creativity and being unique with their style. With these ideas in mind, Naomi Lee Events was born! Driven by passion and a love of making their client’s celebrations memorable, these two talented planners provide incredible event details that guests will speak about long after.
Learn more about Naomi Lee Event’s on their website.
HAIR & MAKEUP ARTISTS
Bridal hair and makeup play an essential role in every bride’s wedding day look. Whether feminine and rosy or classic and bold, makeup and hair should enhance your bridal look and complement your natural beauty. Hiring a professional artist for the job is an excellent, stress-free way to make your vision a reality.
FACES BY SIA MIA
Sia Mia’s passion for makeup began in 2010 when she did a relative’s makeup for her senior prom. Her transformation made her inner beauty shine outward which made her day-to-day personality turn into something similar to royalty. It was that moment that Sia Mia knew makeup artistry would turn into her life-long passion.
Learn more about Faces by Sia Mia on their website.
ALIJAH KADOW HAIR
Hair designer and co-founder of M&A Studio Alija Kadow is a talented hairstylist specializing in dimensional color and hair extensions. Her motto? Helping people feel and look their best every day. Her passion for hair began as a child playing with her Bratz doll’s hair and quickly grew to full experimentation with braiding, color and extensions in beauty school! She helps clients be their BEST hair yet.
Learn more about Alijah Kadow Hair on their website.
CROWNED BY MIKS
Fueled by passion and hairspray, Hair Designer and Weave Guru Miko Gemechu is the other half of M&A Studio! Read on to learn more about Alijah’s partner. Miks has been in the hair business for over four years, specializing in luxury weaves and wigs. From microlink hair extensions to lace installs, Miks is your go-to professional for all things HAIR! This boss babe’s goal is to touch every person’s heart that gets to sit in her chair and be able to inspire and influence other stylists.
Learn more about Crowned by Miks on their website.
J THOMAS BEAUTY
Certified Professional Makeup Artist and Bridal Specialist Julianne Thomas has worked at Posh KC for over four years. Julianne is very passionate about self-love and women’s empowerment, and her goal is all about making her clients look and feel beautiful both inside and out. If you’re looking for a natural, flawless bridal look, Julianne is your gal!
Find Julianne Thomas on Posh KC’s website.
When it comes to weddings, your support system is everything. From floral designers to photographers to event planners and beauty stylists, the special memories you create on your wedding day are made possible by the incredible vendors that you bring with you on your bridal journey.
We hope this blog serves as a great resource for you to reference and be inspired. True Society is proud to be a leading innovator in the bridal industry, and we’re passionate about creating a supportive and inclusive space where Black-owned vendors and businesses can thrive and be recognized.
As we continue to learn and evolve, we hope to continue building strong relationships and support systems within our local community. A huge thank you to all of our featured vendors! Please follow, collaborate with, and show love to these incredible wedding businesses.