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6 Trendsetting Black-Owned Wedding Businesses in Charleston

These Black-owned wedding businesses, among many others, are shaping the Charleston wedding scene—and winning raves from couples, too.

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If you’re planning a wedding in the Charleston area, you want to know that you’re choosing vendors who will help turn your dreams into reality. These Black-owned wedding businesses in Charleston have received glowing reviews on WeddingWire, and many of them have received multiple Couples’ Choice Awards over the years. Of course, this is just a small group of the many extremely talented Black-owned wedding businesses in the Charleston area—be sure to visit WeddingWire's Vendor Directory and utilize the new Diversity filter to find Asian-owned, Black-owned, Hispanic or Latinx-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, Native American-owned, Veteran-owned and Woman-owned businesses in your area. Check out these talented Black-owned wedding businesses in the Charleston area.

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Catering: Swank Desserts
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Ready to drool? Go check out this incredible vendor’s Instagram page and you’ll start scrolling through countless drool-worthy images of the most delicious looking (and tasting) desserts you’ve seen yet. This Charleston-based company specializes in creating customizable dessert displays that are out of this world including tiered cakes, mini desserts and fun favors. If you’re looking for more than just the basic  wedding cake (which they also do), you’ll be pleased to find some of the biggest variety of desserts including mini apple pies with cinnamon apple pie filling and brown butter glaze and deconstructed cake slices that cut back on cake waste but amp up the flavor volume.

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Floral and Event Design: Lush Floral and Event Stylists
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This full-service event design studio specialize in both interior and exterior event spaces and focuses on bringing exquisite and intricately detailed design aesthetics to life. They handle it all—floral design, in-house event rentals, event management, day of coordination, custom decor, floor planning, lighting and so much more—you name it. “We use the five human senses—sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch—to create an event that is unlike any other and is uniquely you by highlighting the details that will forever be etched into the hearts and minds of our clients,” says owner Renee Givens. “We are one part visionaries, one part artists, one part storytellers, and one part creative inventors; all of that combined together with our extensive background in design and knowledge of flowers, creates a unique and memorable recipe for truly lush designs that wows and exceeds every expectation.”

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Wedding Planner: Firefly Weddings & Events

When you hire Monique T. Weathers, owner and principal planner and designer at Firefly Weddings & Events, you don’t just get a wedding planner, you get a wedding leader who will take you through each and every step of the planning process with prowess. To ensure that she gives each and every bride and groom she works with the full and complete attention they deserve, she and her team only accept 15 full-service weddings a year! It’s safe to say if you’re one of those 15, you will not only have an unforgettable wedding day, but enjoy a stress-free process leading up to it.

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Makeup Artist: Brushed Beauty Artistry
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From an early age, this enigmatic makeup artist and esthetician knew she wanted to go into an artistic field. Valisha Wigfall got introduced to makeup back in high school and absolutely felt it was her calling. Although she was originally self-taught, she’s taken her fair share of classes and has had one-on-ones with pros in the industry. “My motto is ‘Enhancing Women’s Natural Beauty,’ so from beginning to end my clients’ needs are my number one priority,” she says. “We provide jaw-dropping makeup an attentive make up artist and good vibes.” Because she is also an esthetician, Wigfall also understands skin health, which is an important component to makeup. It’s clear to see from her Instagram page that she doesn’t try to make someone beautiful—she tries to enhance the beauty that is already within them.

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Hair and Makeup: Shadows and Shears
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Shortly after Charleston native, Domanique Keegan, graduated from Paul Mitchell, she did what few fresh-out-of-school beauty professionals have the guts to do—start her own business. Shadows and Shears was born out of pure determination and passion for making people feel beautiful in their own skin. Since launching her business, she’s been able to turn Charleston-area brides into their unique version of gorgeous. She’s currently accepting brides for 2021!

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If you can’t bear the thought of subpar food at your wedding and you’re lucky enough to be getting married in the Charleston area, the stars have aligned for you to be able to select Carolima’s as your catering. This passion-drive business founded by Lowcountry native Sameka Jenkins churns out authentic Gullah dishes that will leave your guests’ mouths watering—think fried chicken and succulent crab cakes. Sameka and her team’s top notch quality can be clearly seen in the boast-worthy reviews from her past clients. And it’s not just her food that’s amazing. “Sameka stayed in constant contact leading up to the wedding which was appreciated, and on the wedding day she was very flexible and had an amazing attitude even when quick changes were presented,” wrote one reviewer.