15 Years of Award-Winning Design Proven to Convert

We're Chelsey & Jordan Barhorst – business owners, photographers, curators, and lovers of all things aesthetic. We've successfully built our wedding photography business from the ground up with a combination of stellar photography and a world class brand.

Over the years it's become incredibly obvious just how much our brand has contributed to our success. We're very fortunate to have always been able to build our own logos, color palettes, typography systems, and brand voice to perfectly match our photographs. But we also realize that many creatives and small business owners don't have an award-winning designer behind the wheel.

Until now.

We're Black Tie Design Co. – creators of brands, websites, business systems, and more. We want to be the changing force in your business – whatever that might mean for you. We want to take you from where you are, to where you want to be. We want to build you a brand that takes your breath away, a website that converts ideal clients all day long, and systems that will help you run your business, not the other way around.

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Remember MySpace? That's how long Jordan has been designing and developing things for the web. Creating edgy MySpace themes for local bands quickly turned to odd jobs for friends of friends, training himself relentlessly, and eventually enrolling in a multimedia design program in college. He's worked in mom & pop web shops, large UX agencies in skyscrapers, and more than one stint in the marketing departments of corporate americas finest. He's built websites, apps, email campaigns, business systems, and more, winning multiple best designer & website awards along the way – as well as being named an official Showit Design Partner shortly after launching Black Tie Design Co.

Jordan Barhorst

Designer, Developer, Internet Guru

As a former teacher, Chelsey excels at unraveling and explaining complicated ideas to fellow professionals. Through her business Chelsey & Jordan Photography, she educates fellow photographers about some of the more elusive aspects of fine art photography. She shows people how to elevate their body of work with theories and strategies that have worked for hundreds of photographers across the world.

Chelsey's eye for aesthetics is second to none. She knows what works and what doesn't. She's also incredibly gifted in diagnosing issues in small businesses and providing easy-to-implement solutions that can truly turn a business around. She's an expert curator, accomplished copywriter, and the secret weapon in every Black Tie project.

Chelsey Barhorst

Curator, Copywriter, Business Analyst

Lauren Wolf


Before working with Black Tie, I would describe my website as “detached.” There was no real cohesiveness. After my launch, I had a new found confidence in what I’m doing. All of the sudden, I started booking my DREAM clients! It also helped me raise my prices because I finally had something to reflect the work we do. 

Christen Endicott


Discovering Black Tie Design Co.'s Showit templates was a game-changer for my wedding photography business. The ease of customization allowed me to create a website that truly reflects my style and brand.

Shauna & Jordon Cooney


Since launching, we were not only able to confidently raise our minimum prices because we finally had a site that showed off the caliber of our work, but our overall average spend increased by 47%.

Samantha Leenheer


My website fully encompasses our brand and who we are. The design and flow of it is easy to navigate and easy to manage. It was a perfect fit.

Kind words from awesome people

Lakyn Hayes


Prepare to have your minds blown! Black Tie is so great to work with and so talented. It is unreal just how easy it is to work with them. You will be SO happy with your results that you will be trying to find another business to start to hire them again!!

Your business has never looked this good.

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