At Planned With, we support and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We feel immensely saddened by the senseless loss of Black lives in America, and fervently believe a change in the work of dismantling systemic racism is needed. We are inspired and empowered by the momentous crowds filling streets across this country to honor and fight for Black lives. We pledge to practice daily allyship and stand with the BIPOC community today and always. Let this be a movement and not a moment. 

We believe that we are strongest when we bring diversity and a variety of perspectives into our lives, including our special events. While we reflect on the pressing moment, we want to help amplify the voices of Black professionals and colleagues in the events industry that we’ve had the pleasure of knowing. 

Houston Black Professionals & Businesses in Events to Support

Catering and Bar

Photo Courtesy of Twirl Cotton Candy

Any event pro knows you should never keep your guests hungry. Guarantee a delicious meal with catering options from a few of our favorite vendors. From signature cocktails to cotton candy creations to delectable vegan delights, these catering companies have you covered. 

Cooking With A Twist

13003 Murphy Road

Stafford, TX 77477

713-574-9371

Led by Chef DeeDee Coleman, Cooking with a Twist is a hands-on and interactive cooking class for adults and children with offerings of delicious Southern cuisine catering, meal planning, fit foods, and famous red velvet waffles.

Franny’s Bartending

832-620-5069

Now offering full-service alcohol catering and custom homemade cocktails to-go, Franny’s Bartending provides alcohol catering and TABC-certified bartenders to your event in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas.

MyLeigh’s Morsels

281-616-0528

Whether for your wedding, corporate cocktail party or your annual holiday dinner party, MyLeigh’s Morsels provides custom, quality catering services in and around the Houston area.

The Black Vegan Company

870-316-1162

The Black Vegan Company is revolutionizing veganism with vegan guidance and meal solutions that are full of flavor and soul.

Twirl Cotton Candy

713-858-1676

Twirl Cotton Candy, based in Houston, is known for its gourmet, light, fluffy, and flavor-filled cotton candy twirls crafted from scratch. They also offer alcohol-infused flavors, from lemon drop sour, tequila sunrise to strawberry champagne. If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy party treat, it’s a sweet option!

Photographers

Photo by Senae Photography

Photography is one of the most cherished keepsakes you can have from any celebration. Weddings, engagements, galas, baby showers, and more—if it’s not on camera, did it really happen?! Don’t pass up on the experience of documenting your lasting memories. These seven Black photographers are artistic, experienced, and talented beyond measure. 

Allyson Huntsman Photography

Allyson is a commercial and branding photographer based in Houston with a focus on helping people, businesses, and brands promote themselves in an exceptional way.

Iridescent Photography

nikia@iridescent-photos.com

This charming lifestyle photographer captures whimsical, fun, and luminous moments through an ever-changing point of view. 

Justin Douglas Photography

info@justindouglasphotos.com

Justin is a wedding photographer based out of Austin, Texas who finds joy in traveling and documenting timeless love stories around the world.

Senae Photography

4906 Laurel Hill Ct

Sugar Land, Texas 77478

281-905-8054

Wedding photographers Justin and Alyncia Dennis, owners and lead photographers of Senae Photography, use their talent to capture love stories all around Houston.

Tomayia Colvin Photography

832-429-5190

Capturing every detail, Tomayia Colvin Photography offers high school senior sessions, wedding and engagement photography designed to show off what makes you special.

Totally Framed Photography

4118 Fannin Street #203

Houston, TX 77004

713-568-1334

Totally Framed Photography is a Houston-based kid, tween, and teen photographer, specializing in creative, editorial portraits to tell unique stories through imagery and capture framed moments that will last forever.

Uche Photography

8414 Seminary Ridge Dr

Austin, TX 78745

512- 226-3577

Uche Photography, led by Simi, is a wedding and portrait photographer with a passion for photographing love stories and beautiful memories.

Makeup Artists

Photo via Unsplash

Makeup artistry takes skill, a gentle hand, and natural virtuosity. We’re always amazed by the work of our recommended vendors, who are well-versed in all of the makeup tips and tricks to make you look your best. Let these phenomenal women doll you up for your next big event. 

Ashley Adams Beauty

3420 Rusk Street Suite 5

Houston, Texas

hello@ashleyadamsbeauty.com

832-301-8700

Ashley Adams specializes in long-lasting makeup for brides looking to stay flawless on their wedding day. The artist also offers one-on-one makeup classes for professionals and everyday women. 

Donyale Beauty Studio

donyalemua@yahoo.com

832-647-2732

Donyale Jones masters makeup with a fresh, stunning perspective. She also offers esthetician services to give your skin a natural glow.

Nyoka Gregory Beauty

15315 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, Texas 77478

hello@nyokagregory.com

281-944-5642

Nyoka Gregory Beauty is an on-location studio salon that provides hair and makeup services with over 15 years of experience for your special day. 

Vivid Glam Artistry 

info@vividglamartistrystudio.com

(281) 638-9991

Founded by ShaKetha Anderson, Vivid Glam Artistry will make any feel like a princess on her special day. 

Event Design and Floral Arrangements

Event Design and Floral Arrangements by Black-owned businesses
Photo by Alison Cosker

Event designers are the architects of any great fete. Rentals, tablescapes, floral arrangements, wildly popular balloon designs, backdrops and more all come from aesthetic artisans who get to make your vision a material reality. Whether you have an idea for your big day or you want a professional to lead the creative direction, these event designers and florists will create magic. 

A Pop of Color by Tiffany

(281) 443-9717   

info@apcballoons.com

Whimsical, bright, and colorful or sporty, A Pop of Color by Tiffany brings your event vision to life with balloon decor for all types of balloon arches, columns, dance floor, bouquets and centerpieces.

By Nadia Simone

180 W Rankin Road

Houston, Texas

281-594-7419

By Nadia Simone specializes in weddings, social, and corporate events. The team’s full event production takes the stress away from your big day.

KC Events and Florals

4350 Town Plaza Drive #205

Houston, Texas

713-686-8808

KC Events & Florals is known for its gorgeous floral arrangements and luxury designs. Dress up your party with these floral fascinations!

Balloon Decor Houston

713-955-7700 

louie@louieballoonie.net

Louie Balloonie (a.k.a The Balloon Wizard) is a Balloonologist here in the city of Houston. As a trained dancer, singer, musician and writer, Louie Balloonie was always open to discovering new ways to express himself through balloon decor.

Royal Luxury Events

4100 Greenbriar Dr, Suite 140
Stafford, TX  77477

(855) 769-2558

info@RoyalLuxuryEvents.com

Royal Luxury Events’ founder Anna Jongejan started her company in 2018 to offer premier event design. The company’s stunning rentals will add a dose of sparkle to every special gathering.

Tailored Moments

713-202-9965

info@tailored-moments.com

Event curators at Tailored Moments offer everything from event planning, decor design, event coordinating to bartending services. 

Taylor Made Events

hello@taylormadeeventshtx.com

832.303.1238

When it comes to planning, Taylor Brione does everything under the sun. From weddings to pet parties, the fashionable event planner never misses an opportunity to wow her clients.

Entertainment

Photo by Nikolai Chernichenko

Don’t let your festivities be a flop. Livin’ up the room with high-energy entertainment that will keep your guests on their feet. Finding the right DJ can make your event a blast no one will forget. We’re sharing just a few musical emcees and DJs to help turn your special occasion into the bash of the year. 

DJ Senega

dj@djsenega.com

832-876-3724

Native Houstonian DJ Senega knows how to have a good time. From spinning at weekend brunch bashes to upscale galas, his versatile playlist will keep your crowd happy.

DJU Entertainment LLC

6830 North Eldridge Parkway Suite #113

Houston, Texas

guy@djuentertainment.com

713-244-8836

For more than 25 years, DJU Entertainment has been serving the Houston area with audio and visual services. Not only does DJU Entertainment cover DJ services, they also handle photobooths, dancefloors and lighting services.

Signature Eventx

Want your guests to be on their feet for the night? Cue: Signature Eventx. Signature Eventx is an entertainment powerhouse with live musicians, singers, and Master DJ & MC Duo’s that give each client an explosive entertainment experience. 

Workshops and Private Parties

Photo via @love_and_make

If you’re hosting an intimate gathering, building experiences can help foster conversation and connection among your guests. One way to bond with your guests is to make your gathering activity-based. Crafts have been proven to improve your mood and bring people together. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a party.

Love & Make

2516 Times Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
832-743-5210

team@loveandmake.com

832-743-5210

Want an intimate gathering to bond with your friends or coworkers? Love & Make has you covered! Love & Make workshops are a team-building activity done in the company’s cute Rice Village studio. Their DIY lessons include candles, soap, bath bombs, and more. Not only does this local Houston company host workshops and parties, but they also have virtual workshops and at-home DIY kits to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Support #BlackLivesMatter

If you’re interested in finding ways to help the Black Lives Matter movement and its fight against police brutality, visit this list of online resources.