Archives for October 2011

Winter Wedding Accessories

Don't let a little snow ruin your bridal fashion.

Technically winter is still a couple of months away but here in the Northeast U.S. we were treated to an early debut just this weekend. It got me to thinking about all those fall/winter brides who might be struggling with ways to stay warm on their big day. We already know there are huge financial benefits to getting hitched during off-peak times of year but the bridal fashion choices don’t immediately seem as plentiful. Don’t fret, just check out these winter wedding suggestions that aren’t just stylish but affordable, too.
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Yaasmeen & Richard


Destination Dominican Republic: Meet the Spencers!

Bride: Yaasmeen S. Heard, 33
Groom: Richard Spencer, 33
Occupations: Heard, neuroscience area manager; Spencer, engineer
Homebase: Maryland
Wedding Date: May 7, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony & Reception: Hard Rock Resort & Casino, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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A Sneak Peek at the David’s Bridal Spring 2012 Collection!

The $99 (!) Halter Charmeuse Floor Length Gown from David's Bridal current DB Studio collection.

Happy Friday! Yesterday I previewed the spring 2012 collection from David’s Bridal. I know some folks consider David’s Bridal boring and predictable (and sometimes quite frankly they are) but they’re such an accessible resource for you brides getting married with a gang of bridesmaids and/or bridesmaids living in different cities. David’s Bridal is also affordable — let’s face it, your maid of honor might be a single, childless 20-something making close to six digits but your matron might be a stay at home mom with two kids and a baby on the way…Their priorities and levels of disposable income are probably quite different. In addition, I appreciate that their sizes fit a wide range of body types because chances are everyone in your bridal party is not 5’9 and a size 4.

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Behind the Scenes at the Chris Paul-Jada Crawley Wedding!

The Pauls & Me!

I’ve been itching to share this with you guys and the time is finally here! My former employer ESSENCE magazine tapped moi to cover the nuptials of NBA superstar Chris Paul and his wife Jada. You can check out the story in the November 2011 issue on pages 61-62 and over on in their Bridal Bliss Wedding of the Week. (Be sure to watch the video, too.) This assignment admittedly caused me quite a bit of angst. Why? Well, while I’ve interviewed dozens of celebs in the past — from Heidi Klum to Steve Harvey — covering the Paul wedding was extra-special because it marked the first celebrity bridal-related story I nailed since launching Triple B. The stakes were high. Thankfully Chris and Jada couldn’t have been a more down-to-Earth couple. Once I calmed down and treated the story like a typical Tie the Knot Tuesday feature, I was just fine. Traveling to Charlotte, NC to cover the star-studded affair was technically work yet the entire wedding weekend felt like hanging out with family. Seriously. Here are my exclusive highlights you won’t read about anywhere else:

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Black Bridal Bliss Movie Mania: Get Ready for The Best Man 2!

Yep, you read correctly! Universal Pictures just announced that there is indeed a sequel in the works for beloved 1990s film, The Best Man. SWOON! [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Roxann & James


Bridal Bliss in the Sunshine Sate with Roxann & James!

Bride: Roxann Reid, 40
Groom: James Goodman, 43
Occupations: Reid, project manager; Goodman, sales insurance professional
Homebase: Florida
Wedding Date: June 11, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church; Oviedo, Fl; Reception: 310 Lakeside; Orlando, Fl
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On this day 19 years ago, the 44th President of the United States of America wed his wife, Michelle Robinson. Years later they’re making history in and out of the White House. The pair celebrated their union with dinner at the vegan-friendly Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA last night. Congrats and many blessings to the couple!

Please join Triple B in wishing the Obamas a happy wedding anniversary and share how the couple’s relationship has inspired you.

You Oughta Know: Wedding Officiant Kim Kirkley

Celebrant Kim Kirkley (middle) at work!

While many of you always knew the longtime pastor of your family’s Baptist church would officiate your wedding ceremony, many others struggle with finding the appropriate person to perform this important duty. Like Samilah and Ted, a growing number of couples come from two very different cultural and religious backgrounds and/or just rather not skew their wedding toward one religious faith.

Enter Kim Kirkley of Our Elegant Ceremony to the rescue.
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