We have listened. We have learned. And now it’s time to show up and do better. Plain and simple. If you have been following along on our Instagram for the past week, we’ve been sharing our 6 promises to encourage a true change in our community. As a leader in this industry, it’s our job to do our part in standing up to the injustice our brothers and sisters in the Black community have been facing for far, far too long.

Here at SMP, we believe the wedding industry is deeply flawed. It is so obviously not representative of the colors that so beautifully construct our world. Without a shadow of a doubt, we’re doing a disservice to our readers by under-representing the Black community on our site. So, now and forever, we’re making it our priority, our mission in fact, to showcase the extraordinary talent of Black and POC wedding professionals from across the globe. Starting today.

A few days ago, we asked YOU to send us your favorite Black vendors that you’d like us to highlight on SMP, so we can give them the love they truly deserve. Thanks to you, we received so many mentions that we can’t wait to share! Below you’ll find a list of Black-owned businesses in the wedding industry that we will be continually updating as more come in. Please, give them a follow, support their work with likes and comments, or by any means you can, and head on over to their website’s to learn more about them! Trust us, the sheer talent in this list is truly mind-blowing.

 

NKT Events

 

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Real Wedding Feature | Still swooning from this burgundy and blue wedding tablescape 😍⁣ ⁣📷 @christinabernales⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ As seen on @martha_weddings:⁣ ⁣⁣⁣Design & Planning: @nktevents⁣ ⁣⁣⁣Venue: @chateaudevarennes⁣ ⁣⁣⁣Florist: @fleursdefee⁣ ⁣⁣⁣Cake: @cakesinthecty⁣ ⁣⁣⁣DJ: @prestigeanimation⁣⁣⁣⁣ Catering: @privatechef_nathanmuir⁣ ⁣⁣⁣Rentals: @jolibazaar⁣⁣⁣⁣ Linens: @mademoiselle_coton⁣⁣⁣⁣ Bridal Hair: @ciaracoiffure⁣⁣⁣⁣ Bridal Makeup: Annette Thornton⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ #marthaweddings ⁣⁣#marthastewartweddings ⁣⁣#nktevents ⁣#destinationweddingplanner⁣⁣#destinationwedding #chateauwedding⁣⁣⁣ #nktweddings #weddingday⁣ #weddinginspiration #weddingideas ⁣⁣⁣#frenchweddingplanner⁣⁣ #weddingplannerfrance⁣⁣ #weddingplannerparis #southoffrancewedding⁣⁣ #frenchrivierawedding #realwedding⁣⁣ #weddingday #instawed ⁣⁣⁣⁣#instawedding #weddingstyle⁣⁣ #weddinginspiration #weddinginspo⁣ #tablescape #receptiontable #weddingtabletop #weddingcenterpieces

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Nyachia is a luxury event designer working her magic in the beautiful French Riviera and Italy. She known for her love of ‘all things fabulous’ and a bit a cosmopolitan flair.

 

CHIC BY NICOLE

 

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When your model slays! Jardin Romanticism | Featured on @wedluxe @wedluxetoronto | link in bio Planner/Stylist: Chic by Nicole @chicbynicole Photographer: L’Orangerie Photo @lorangeriephoto Florals: Aura Designs @aura_design MUA: Janet Persaud @makeupwithjanet Hairtyslist: Rita Kevrikian @ritakevrikian @haus_of_rtists Rentals: Joe’s Prop House @joesprophouse Wedding Gown/ Hair accessories: White, Montreal @whitemontreal Dress Designer: Pure by Inbal Dror @inbaldrorofficial Earrings: Olive + Piper @oliveandpiper Venue: Auberge Saint-Gabriel @aubergesaintgab

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Nicole designs, plans, and executes ultra-chic weddings and events in beautiful Canada. Chic by Nicole has been named “Top 30 Wedding Planners” in Laval, QC.

 

Samantha Clarke Photography

 

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Laughter is the best medicine✨ Photographer @samanthaclarke Planning and design @petalsandpearls Flowers @fusciadesigns Makeup & Hair @tropbelle_makeup @hairbyestylez Venue @theguildinnestate #bridesmaids #torontoweddings #bridetribe #bridesmaiddresses

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Samantha is a wedding photographer based in both Atlanta and Toronto (but wanders, camera in hand, everywhere in between!). She is a former lawyer, coffee enthusiast, and hopelessly passionate about capturing the real moments between two people in love.

 

This Love Weddings

 

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The joy that comes from bringing my sister + new brother’s vision to life! Can’t wait to share more from this beautifully intimate day that family + friends experienced this past weekend. #BplusT2018 photo: @whimsandjoy planning + design: @thisloveweds venue: @mysticalrosegardens floral design: @nunudecor gown: @matthewbridal // @poshbridalwayzata hair: @beautybymelissat makeup: @beauty_by_bami groom styling: @elsworthmenswear rentals : @nunudecor // @osgvintagerentals // @apreseventandtent

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Hailing from the Midwest, Faith designs and plans beautiful weddings, events, and celebrations of all kinds. The Love Weds has a heart for all people in love, especially multicultural affairs!

 

Sok Vision

 

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Ericka and TK. My twin sis and handsome brother in law. • Aren’t they a crazy gorgeous couple??! Featured in @martha_weddings • Wedding Architect: Argot LLC Videographer: @sokvision Floral Design: @hollychapple Photographer: @lizfogarty Month of Planner: @favoredbyyodit Caterer:@talkofditown Bartender: @876cocktails MUA: @ciaratalleybeauty Hair: @dsignsunlimitedstudio Wedding Dress: @kleinfeldbridal @daniellecaprese Alterations: @nazemibridal Cape: @champagneandgrit Brides Shoes: @aminahjillil Brides Earrings: @lele_sadoughi Second Look: @anthropologie Flower Girl Dress: @pantoramini Bridesmaid Dresses: @desircouture Groom + Groomsmen Tux: @theblacktux DJ: @djpremonition Band: #phaseIIband Photo booth: @chrisstylesevents Bar Rental:@bellavillashop Seating Chart & Guestbook Signage:@theconfettihome Rentals: @selecteventgroup @alliedpartyrentals Venue: @great.marsh MOB Dress: @leftysbridal FOB Tux: @woodywilsonbespoke MOG Dress: @davidsbridal Bar Backdrop: Argot LLC

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Sok Vision takes wedding cinematography to the next level. This husband and wife team films incredibly touching memories for luxury wedding events all over the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.

 

Elizabeth Austin Photography

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!! Tap for vendors

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Elizabeth Austin is an exceptional wedding photographer, specializing in medium format film. She’s been named one of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars and Honeybook’s 20 on the Rise.

 

Will Gill

 

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Having someone to warm up a room is great for 3 reasons: ✔ Restores any energy that gets lost during the transition from cocktail to reception. ⚡⚡ ✔Allows the DJ (and bartender) to get a feel for the room and see where people are “at”. ✔Breaks the ice for the entertainment, allowing people to tear down any preconceived notion or barrier they may have for this stranger ‍♂ Team: @djwillgill | @calamigosranch | @infocusevents | @michaelanthonyphotography | @MyWeddingBlooms |

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DJ Will Gill has an impressive background as the facilitator of good times with 7 seasons as a DJ with The Voice and 2 seasons with the Kelly Clarkson Show! He creates the ULTIMATE wedding party atmosphere for LA weddings and beyond.

 

Lily V Events

 

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We have received an immense amount of requests to post the #sweethearttable from our last event but our cellphone pics didn’t do this table enough justice. Soooooo @stanlophotography came through thanks Stan! *S T A M P E D B Y L I L Y V* #thelilyveffect #foreveruandi . . Bride @babelbeauty Groom @irek_k1 . Vendor list Photographer @stanlophotography Song performance @stelladamasus Floral, decor and rentals @lilyvevents Dress @bertabridal Brides dress from @lfaybridal Brides Hair @modimel_salon Bridal head piece @su.reina.bridal Brides Makeup @mariposamakeup Bridesmaids makeup @beautybyblesss Bridesmaids hair @tyrashairexperience Venue @thegrovenj Planner @elleaudreynewyork Cinematography @andreysolofilms MC of the day @henry_asuzu Floor wrap @gotoshout Floor graphic @emilykathrynpaper Menus cards @paperedwonders DJ @pulsesounds . . #stampedbylilyv #EditorsCircle #goplatinumlist #graceormonde #insideweddings #blackbride1998 #atlantaweddings #weddingdetails #bridalinspiration #goldwedding #floraldesign #atlantaweddings #theknot #mdweddings #dmvweddings #luxuryeventplanner #njweddings #newyorkweddings #luxuryweddings #luxuryeventdesign #phillyweddings #newjerseyweddings #baltimoreweddings #weddingdetails #njwedding #internationalweddings #thegrovenj

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Lily V Events, creator of luxury weddings in PA and beyond, has been seen in publications like People, Inside Weddings, and the Grammys… just to name a few!

 

Terry Baskin Photography

 

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This was a celebration to remember and I am honored to have been included! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Raphael! #jandptoinfinity – Photo: @terribaskin Planning / Design: @eventdesigngroup Venue: @mellonauditorium_eventemissary Videographer: @GrandChiefAttractions Florist: @EdgeFloralEventDesigners Decor: @Syzygyevents Rentals: @FabEventsDC & @CapitalPartyRentals DJ: @Fonzarelly Lighting: @SummitEventLighting Sound: Creative Video Stationery: @SimplySleekDesign & @Minted Caterer: @MainEventCaterers Makeup: @lolasbeautymark Hair: @styledbyreece Dress: @sarehnouri | @weddingatelier Tux: @glewistailors Headpiece: @whatkatydidnxt Tailoring: @loftonsalondc Groom Accessories: @magnepels Groom Shoes: @mezlanshoes Jewelry: @shahandshahjewelers #terribaskinphotography #colemanlove #deltasigmatheta #omegapsiphi #andrewmellonauditorium #andrewmellonwedding #blackbride #naturalhairstyles #naturalhairbride

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Terri is a wedding photographer, based in Virginia but traveling worldwide, with a passion for classic wedding memories that will stand the test of time.

 

Talk Of Di Town

 

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Let us wow your guests with a signature cocktail…or “mocktail”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Contact us for your event—>⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ☎ 202.681.2874⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Justinbush@talkofditown.com⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Videographer: @sok.vision ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Floral Design: @hollychapple ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photographer: @lizfogarty ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Month of Planner: @favoredbyyodit ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Caterer:@talkofditown ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Venue: @great.marsh ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bartender: @876cocktails ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #TalkOfDiTown #PrivateChef #DMVCatering #SmallBusiness #Catering #MDCatering #WineFestivals #Mdweddings #weddingcaterer #Corporatecatering #Dmvweddings #ChristmasParty #Chef #Foodie #SoulFood #ExecutiveChef #Cheflife #marylandweddings #Dcweddings

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Head Chef Justin Bush masterfully creates the most delicious culinary creations for weddings and celebrations in the DC area (and beyond). His specialties are in American, Southern, and Carribean cuisines … and now we’re hungry!

 

Couture Cakes by Sabrina

 

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When life throws you lemons, just add them to a cake. Happy Monday!!!

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Sabrina, self proclaimed ‘sugar artist’ (omg we love that…) dreams up the most stunning wedding cakes for celebrity couples anywhere the sugar takes her! Her cakes are as artistically impressive as they are delicious.

 

Favored by Yodit Events & Design

 

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Easy like Sunday Morning….Ericka & TK’s Wedding en Blanc got us dreaming of all the Treś Chic vibes!👌🏾 #repost @lizfogarty One of my fave wedding trends: asking your guests to wear all white 🙌🏽 So freaking good! 😻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ flowers @hollychapple • planning @favoredbyyodit • video @sok.vision • venue @great.marsh • invitations @cocobaileydc • dress @kleinfeldbridal @daniellecaprese • cape @champagneandgrit • makeup @ciaratalleybeauty • hair @dvglam •cake @couturecakesbysabrina • rentals @bellavillashop @selecteventgroup • as seen on @martha_weddings _ #whitewedding #weddingenblanc #greatmarshestate #munaluchibride #marthastewartwedding #allwhiteparty #allwhitewedding #ceremony #outdoorceremony #virginiawedding #virginiaweddingplanner #luxwedding #leesburgwedding #favoredbyyodit

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Favored by Yodit is a wedding designer, planner, and ‘Creator of Magical Moments’. Hailing from the DC area, Yodit and her team create the loveliest celebrations!

 

designs by JASMINE ELLESSE

 

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// this little light of mine✨ — this week has been nothing short of magical. using every bit of energy and strength to power through. i feel nothing but pride and full of love. — sometimes, times are hard. and i have the tendency to curl up in a ball and give up – and i did, for an entire month. i am slowly but surely coming out of my shell and beginning to feel alive again. — to this moment and so many others this week, i am grateful and reminded of His grace.✨ — model | @catherineamiller photographer | @tamera.darden makeup | @ellealiseartistry location | @fostrcollaborative dress | @southrncharm dress | @bellabridesmaids — photo capture | iPhone8 . . . . . #styledshoot #florist #blackgirlmagic #feminine #iphonephotography #flowercrown #fostrcollab #bridesmaid #natural #happygirl #happily #gold #stars #naturalhair #lemonleaf #roses #babysbreath #eucalyptus #godsgrace #bellavridesmaids #washingtondc #dmv #happily #jasminellesse #cocobaileydc

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Jasmine is a petite boutique florist who arranges the sweetest combinations of whimsy and romance in every bouquet. She is based in the DC area and also works as a graphic designer.

 

The Bridal Room

 

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No bride is complete without her ‘I Do’ Crew and her @nicolespose gown! Bring your crew and come find the perfect dress for your big day! Call or visit online to book your appointment! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bridesmaids #realbride #realwedding #thebridalroomva #thebridalroom #gown #wed #bride #bridal #vaweddingvendor #vabride #vawedding #lace #love #dcbride #dcweddingvendor #dcwedding #style #mdwedding #mdbride #classic #elegant

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If you’re in the market for a wedding gown, The Bridal Room is NOT to be missed! Based in Virginia, this dress boutique offers an impressive array of gowns and accessories for any bride.

 

Fabulously Created Events

 

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We loved working at the new @theterrace_atcedarhill. This venue is such a clean and open canvas to create a beautiful event. 📷: @katiespataphotography

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Crystal, founder of Fab Created Events an upscale wedding planning and design company, not only creates the loveliest weddings, but also has a wedding planner mentorship program that we’re all about!

 

Ellamah Floral

 

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Overwhelmed is an understatement. I went back and forth as what to write that hasn’t already been said by far more eloquent folks. All I have to share is me and some of my feelings behind one of my decisions as a Black woman-owned business. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have always been apprehensive about sharing a picture of myself in this space. Granted, if you have visited my website or corresponded with me, what I look like is not news to you. However, whereas your website is like your home, social media is like going out in the marketplace and for me sometimes the latter has been uncomfortable because of implicit bias. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Unfortunately, I’ve been othered, I’ve been told I should be grateful, I’m often the only one in the room. Some of these experiences have had pretty clear intentions behind their action while others may not have meant to come off that way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Although Black florists are everywhere, I know that I am not what people expect in this social media-driven field where a certain look or type may be more common than others. It’s why I tend to close myself off and instead hide behind my flowers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I first rediscovered flowers, it was because of the beauty of their diversity. When I ventured into floral design what pulled me in was how to work their differences in a harmonious way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our industry mentions being mindful, thoughtful, and intentional with their creative endeavors. Imagine those same words applied to everything that we do. Be active, learn, process, be mindful of your actions and your words, be open. Don’t just say you will do something, do it. | Image by @anyakernes ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #blacklivesmatter✊🏾 #blacklivesmatter #blackowned #blackflorist #ellamahfloral #laflorist #laweddingflorist #fineartflorist #floristsofinstagram

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Jessica is a wedding floral designer based in LA and is known for her exceptionally romantic, timeless, and refined aesthetic.

 

Joy Proctor Design

 

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Having a blast in Italy and feeling so lucky to be able to work in such an inspiring country! In Puglia now reminiscing on this Amalfi Coast wedding I had the honor to plan and design. Photo: @vasiaphotography l Planning & Design: @joyproctor l Floral: @myrtleetolive l Paper: @writtenwordcalligraphy l Linens: @latavolalinen l Venue: @villacimbrone #joyproctordesign #weddingdesigner

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Joy Proctor is one of the world’s most highly sought after wedding and event designers. Her work has been featured in countless publications, she’s designed several celebrity weddings, and has been named one of Harpers Bazaar’s Top Wedding Designers in the world.

 

Harold James

 

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So good to share this live with you and my love @tinakunakey The product list in my story ! Merci à tous pour ce super live passé avec @tinakunakey 🖤 Nos produits préférés sont dans ma story ! Photo by @byvictorsantiago Hair & makeup by me using @marcjacobsbeauty

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Harold James is one of the industry’s leading Hair and Makeup Artists, based in Paris. His previous client work includes the likes of Liya Kebede, Kendall Jenner, and Karlie Kloss to name a few – incredibly beautiful work, focusing on the natural beauty of each and every client of his!

 

Alea Lovely Photography

 

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Brooklyn brides 👰🏾👩🏾‍💼 . . . . . . #wedding #weddingphotographer #bw #brooklynweddingphotographer #film #nycweddingphotographer #pariswedding #editorial #newyorkcityphotographer #portraitphotographer #paris #portrait #nycelopement #boudoir #engagement #nyc #nycwedding #vogue #destinationwedding #newyork #bwphotographer #newyorkphotographer #engaged #brooklynweddingplanner #elopement #nycphotographer #manhattan #brooklyn #fashionphotographer

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Alea is a wedding and portraiture photographer based in New York City. She is completely self taught and believes you can capture one’s true essence and soul in a photograph – so romantic.

 

Heart’s Content Events

 

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Everybody’s workin for the weekend…🎶 📝 💻 • Well, maybe not everyone…but we are! Weddings don’t just plan themselves, am I right? 😉 Give us a 🙋🏾‍♀️ if your on the grind like we are and tell us what exciting things you’re working on! We can’t wait to cheer you on!! // 📷: @andrewandtianna 🌸: @heartscontentevents

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Adrienne and Hearts Content Events is based in the lovely state of Virginia, creating and designing equisite weddings for all people in love. Not only does Virginia plan weddings, but she is a floral designer as well!

 

Renee Hollingshead Photography

 

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Can’t wait to be back to photographing beautiful couples in loveeeee like Beya + Terrance!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hair @gobygeohaghanMakeup⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @sarahcartermakeup⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dress @asos⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tux @jmtailored⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Stylist @elevatedbymichele⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Film Lab @thefindlab ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #reneehollingshead

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Renee has been photographing luxury weddings for the last 10 years – her aesthetic is sun-drenched, dreamy, and tells the sweetest story. She is based in Florida but travels worldwide!

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