If you’re in the process of hiring your wedding vendor team, you probably already know that there are lots of talented pros out there—especially in Colorado. We recommend taking the time to choose vendors whose businesses you want to support. To help you as you make these big decisions, we’re sharing five of the top Black-owned wedding businesses in Colorado who are truly making their mark in the wedding industry. These pros have received rave reviews from couples, and some have even won Couples’ Choice Awards. Of course, there are many more Black-owned wedding businesses in the Centennial State, visit the WeddingWire Vendor Directory and utilize the new Diversity filters, which allows you to more easily find Black-owned, as well as Asian-owned, Hispanic or Latinx-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, Native American-owned, Veteran-owned and Woman-owned businesses. Read more about these talented Black-owned wedding businesses and starting building your vendor team.
Photographer: Mikayla Renee Photo
Based in Colorado Springs, Mikayla Robertson describes her photography style as “candid and natural with a hint of mood.” She loves getting to know her clients and telling their story through her work. “My main goal is to have my couple look back at their photos and see them,” says the Couples’ Choice Award-winning photographer. “I want them to see everything they went through apart and together to get them to that specific moment in their relationship. I want to honor their love and their story. I like to capture how they look at each other, how much fun they have together, how safe they feel in each others arms. All of that and I want to have a really good time!” And while she certainly appreciates all the camera-ready scenery in Colorado, it's her couples who are the real stars of her images. “Yes, the mountains in Colorado are what brought me here and a lot of what keep me here, that can’t be the focus of a session or an elopement or wedding,” she says. “It’s about the people.”
Wedding Planner: Promise Event Planners
Payton Bernstine started working as an event planner when she was still in college. Soon after graduating, she decided to take the leap and start her own business—Promise Event Planners, located in Denver. “I love that I get to plan something that people have so much anticipation for,” she says. “On the wedding day, it’s so nice to let my clients sit back and enjoy the day while I handle the rest.” Payton’s calm demeanor, combined with her sense of humor, allows her to handle any situation that comes her way. “Some of the best praise I've been given as a planner is that I give off a calm and collected vibe the whole time I work with my clients and it keeps stress at bay,” she says. “I am also super silly and can make light of problems that arise and it reminds the clients that things can and will go wrong, but it doesn't have to ruin the event! Sometimes it truly makes the event what it is!”
Videographer: KEJ Productions
Elaine Jiminez started filming weddings with her husband, Kaleb, after receiving praise on a video they created on an anniversary trip to Thailand. Soon, word of mouth spread, and the couple created their wedding videography business, KEJ Productions. “We strive to capture authentic moments and frame them in a beautiful, cinematic, almost dreamlike way,” says Elaine. “Anyone can make something look beautiful if it’s staged. At KEJ we want things to feel just as beautiful as they look and we do that by capturing real, authentic, unscripted moments.” The Parker-based team loves getting to know their clients, to create a wedding film that is meaningful and full of emotion. “I think the love and admiration we have for our couples is clearly seen in our films,” says Elaine. “We value authentic relationships and very often the friendships we build with our couples live on way past the wedding day.”
Music & Entertainment: DJ Drake Entertainment
Boulder-based Drake Dawson loves working with couples to come up with the perfect playlist for their big day. Of course, learning about a couple’s musical tastes is a big part of this process, but it’s also finding out about their guests also plays an important role for Drake. “I equate a good wedding soundtrack to a high school yearbook,” he says. “Everyone has to get the yearbook for posterity purposes, but not everyone loves it unless there’s a candid shot of them in it.” For Drake, this means playing songs that guests from around the country will love—from a little Bruce Springsteen for an aunt from New Jersey to adding some Outkast for cousins from Atlanta. Drake also takes the role of wedding emcee very seriously, ensuring that a couple’s entire event runs smoothly and guests feel comfortable hitting the dance floor.
Jeweler: Jeffery B. Jewelers
Jeffery Bolling is the only African-American fine diamond, full service jeweler in Colorado. With 30 years of experience, the Aurora-based jeweler (along with his son Christian) sells pieces by some of the top designers in the industry, but also creates his own custom work. Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring, wedding bands, a special piece of jewelry to wear on your wedding day, or a gift for a loved one, Jeffery B has an array of gorgeous designs to choose from.