Archives for February 2011

The Road to Mrs. – Wedding Apps

Resident bride-to-be Nadine explains how your phone can help you plan those important wedding details.

If you read my Valentine’s Day post, you’ll know that I recently got an iPhone 4.  Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t get it solely for the apps. I loved my BlackBerry, but I grew tired of its lack of functionality. I can’t lie though, the apps on the iPhone are fantastic, especially the wedding planning apps. Smartphone apps are worth considering and can help you reduce your wedding planning stress. The good news:  If you’ve got an iPhone, there’s an app for that! More than enough. The bad news: If you’ve got a BlackBerry, your options are limited. Here are a few I like:
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Marriage Matters on TV – Are we staying together or falling apart?

What do you think of BET's new sitcom?

Every now and again I need to check in with you all about the ways that Black marriages (and committed relationships of Black folks across the board) are portrayed in popular culture. On my mind this morning is BET’s new sitcom Let’s Stay Together.
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Karimah & Jeremy

These college sweethearts made their love official in a classy winter affair!

Today’s Tie the Knot Tuesday is from writer Nicole Marie Melton. Please look out for future contributions to Triple B from the talented scribe in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out some of her work over at

Bride: Karimah Stallworth, 26
Groom: Jeremy McFarlane, 27
Occupations: Stallworh, human resources manager; McFarlane, desktop support technician
Homebase: New Jersey
Wedding Date: January 15, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony & Reception: George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia

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Cute Stationery Find (AND DISCOUNT)! – Sweet Potato Paper

Sweet Potato Paper can help make all your special events fab from the start!

Most would agree the right invitation sets the mood for any memorable affair. And with the popularity of e-vites and the like, I’m increasingly impressed by unique invitations sent (gasp!) snail mail. This is why when I learned of a new, fun addition to the stationery world — Sweet Potato Paper — I couldn’t wait to share with you guys!
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The Black Atlas – A Honeymoon Planning Gem!

Style maven June Ambrose (pictured here in Antigua) has contributed to The Black Atlas.

I know some of you just said to yourself, ‘The Black Atlas isn’t new!’ And you would be correct since the site launched in the fall of 2009. But I don’t think many people realize how valuable of a tool it can be when planning a destination wedding and/or a honeymoon. Read why:

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The Road to Mrs. – Google for Weddings

Can Google for Weddings help with your planning needs? Nadine and her fiance Sean investigate...

When I got Bridgette’s email I just had to read it at the dinner table.  She wanted Sean and I to give our thoughts on the new wedding planning tool being offered by Google.  Google For Weddings is a new set of free wedding planning tools to help you get organized for your big day.  Bridgette doesn’t know this, but I absolutely love Google.  I mean I really love it… I Google just about everything! Sean and I were both up for it, especially when we heard our favorite word, “free.”  So we took time to check out one of the coolest wedding planning tools available. Here’s the rundown:
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New Bridal Fashion Resource: BHLDN

This gown is a taste of what Bhldn is offering stylish brides-to-be.

Lots of cool stuff is happening in the bridal world this week and one is the official launch of Anthropologie’s new spinoff, Bhldn. Debuting on Valentine’s Day, the offshoot that I  first mentioned here, presently offers gowns (for the bride and her attendants), footwear, jewelry, headpieces, lingerie and coverups.
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Black Bridal Bliss in the Press! (Shameless Plug)

This issue is filled with useful info from and much more!

Have you checked out the debut special Weddings & Travel issue of UPTOWN magazine yet? What’s that…you haven’t? Well, what ya waiting for? Run to your nearest newsstand to pick up a copy! Triple B is in the issue twice and I couldn’t be more proud. [Read more…]

Not Quite Tied the Knot Tuesday – Michele & Benjamin

This is an e-session you don't want to miss!

In lieu of Triple B’s normal Tie the Knot Tuesday feature, I have a fab engagement session to share today! In the images you are about to see, I know you’ll agree the featured couple Michele and Benjamin are fun, energetic and definitely appear to be head-over-heels in love. The talented photographer responsible for capturing these fab pics is Abigail Montes of Beloved Photos.
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YOU can catch this flick before the masses!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I actually have a gift for all of you in the NYC area who don’t have plans tonight. Click [Read more…]

Fun Fashion Find: Cute Bridal Flats

Function + Fashion = Dessy Wedding Flats

Attending wedding receptions are enjoyable for a myriad of reasons: getting to break bread with loved ones, emotional toasts and the sweat-inducing dancing. It is truly a beautiful thing. But if you’ve been on your feet for the better part of the day as a member of the bridal party, chances are by Soul Train line time you’ve long kicked off your 3-inch heels. Wouldn’t it be cool to finally have a pair of flats that actually matched your dress in times like these? Well, Triple B fam — there is!

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The Road to Mrs. – Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Our resident bride-to-be Nadine shares her flirty and frugal VDay gift ideas!

Things have been quiet on the planning front. So with Valentine’s Day approaching I wanted to take a look at some fun gift ideas for engaged couples. When you’re engaged Valentine’s Day takes on a new meaning.  Somehow $5 chocolates no longer cut it, nor over indulgent gifts. Yes, you want to enjoy the day but when you’re saving for your wedding, it’s important to make every penny count.  These gifts are sure to spice up your Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank.
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Tie the Knot Tuesday: Akida & Ken

The Neelys jump the broom in the "City of Brotherly Love"!

Bride: Akida Stephens, 34
Groom: Kenneth “Ken” Neely, 47
Occupations: Stephens, communications manager; Neely, owner of IT company
Homebase: Philadelphia
Wedding Date: October 15, 2010
Wedding Location: Ceremony & Reception: Hotel Sofitel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 Tips for Customizing Groom Fashion

Triple B has style scoop for the hubby-to-be!

It’s all about the fellas today! Many think all the groom has to do in order to prepare for his wedding day is rent any ‘ole tux and show up at the church. Not so! Keep reading for Triple B’s exclusive tips fromVijay Tharwani, owner of Custom Men. Custom Men is a leader in custom men’s tailoring. Check it out:
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Fun Bridal Bits from Carolee and Ming Wang!

Meet the man behind this book on February 8th!

Triple B has the scoop on a fab event and an equally fab contest. First Carolee, the jewelry company that helped make this amazing wedding happen, is teaming up with wedding planner superstar Colin Cowie — he plans parties for Oprah — for a fun shindig at NYC’s Lord & Taylor. The event takes place on Tuesday, February 8th at 6P. (I’ll be there so if you stop by, please say hello!) Here’s what you can expect: [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Wedding Insurance 411

Nadine shares her wedding insurance know-how.

No one wants to think about anything going wrong on his or her wedding day, but disasters can happen. From vendors canceling at the last minute to airlines losing your luggage, arming yourself with wedding insurance can help protect you from the unexpected. For one of the most important days of your life, it is definitely worth considering. Here’s what experts say you should know:
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BRIGHT Bridal Idea for Your Caterers!

Make sure you're not left starving on your wedding day.

Don’t you hate how you never get to truly eat the way you want to on special occasions because of the excitement of the day? (This happens to me every Thanksgiving.) Well imagine that excitement cubed. Now imagine it is your wedding day and practically everyone you love (and a professional photographer) is snapping your picture, asking you to pose with your new spouse, hugging you…dang, I’m tired just typing all this.
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Chifonda & Euan

Introducing the Henrys! - Destination "I Do"

Bride: Chifonda Kelly, 36 Groom: Euan Henry, 40 Occupations: Kelly, school business administrator; Henry, photographer
Homebase: New Jersey Wedding Date: December 12, 2010
Wedding Location: Wedding & Reception – Grand Cayman Suites, Grand Cayman Island

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