Hey Triple B, I hope everyone’s week was well. As far as my diet is concerned, for the most part mine was great. However, Friday was a challenging day. I met some girlfriends for dinner at Carmines. If you are familiar with Carmines [in New York City] you already know their mammoth size family style portions of Italian fare can be any dieter’s nemesis. I handled it well, if I do say so myself. I gave myself permission to enjoy for the evening. Evoking an 80/20 rule of sorts, the Dieter’s edition.
Okay now the holidays are over, my eight month countdown begins, and it is time to get focused. The holiday season was an “eating” good time. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, I didn’t turn down a thing. Between the office Christmas party with it’s open bar and smorgasbord buffet, to every cake, pie and cookie that comes along with the Ho-Ho-Holiday I ate them all. Whoever said sugar withdrawal is not a real thing LIED, because I am a sho-nuff addict.
Finding the right person to spin the right tunes on your wedding day is no easy feat. While some of you might go the live band route, most of you will opt for a DJ to do the deed. Generally they are less expensive and more accessible than bands. But as anyone who has ever attended a function where the DJ was less than average will agree, making a final decision on a wedding reception DJ can be stressful — until now.
Scratch Weddings, a company cofounded by the late Jam Master Jay of Run DMC fame, has launched a national service connecting couples with reception-savvy DJs. The music masters are divided by region on the site and you can even watch video snippets of the DJs you’re interested in booking. For your protection, all Scratch Weddings DJs are (supposed to be) insured. Many of their DJs have worked with the likes of The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga but they also claim to have selections that will keep your Great Aunts and Uncles happy, too.
Nice! As always, if you contact Scratch Weddings be sure to mention the folks over at BlackBridalBliss.com sent ya.
Still looking for practical tips to help out when booking your wedding DJ? Look no further than this post!
Remember Road to Mrs. blogger Nadine who shared her ups and downs of wedding planning with Triple B last year? Well, she’s officially a Mrs. now! I personally know candidly opening up in her blog wasn’t always easy for Nadine but she was committed. Read, view her stunning pictures and show her and her hilarious husband Sean support of their glorious new union in the comments.
Bride: Nadine Gooden, 35
Groom: Sean Mauricette, 33
Occupations: Gooden: Writer/Blogger/Executive Assistant Mauricette: Musician/Entertainer/
Homebase: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Wedding Date: September 4, 2011
Wedding Location: Ceremony: Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto; Reception: Mariposa Belle Boat, Toronto Harbourfront
A new year always encourages us to reflect on the one we just left. We’re 9 days into 2012 and as I attempt to strategize on ways to make Triple B more helpful and efficient for you (and make a profit in the process), I’ve been forced to reevalute why this site was launched in the first place. We can all agree that the Black bride is rarely ever acknowledged and when she is it often seems like an afterthought. But here are some other reasons I think often go unnoticed: [Read more…]
Once again Triple B is featured in the UPTOWN Weddings & Travel special issue. Woo hoo! This informative issue — on newsstands now through February 2012 — is filled with nuggets of cool finds on everything from fashion to honeymoons. For the second consecutive year, BlackBridalBliss is listed in the mag’s gold pages, a directory of goods and services divided by region. Check Triple B out on page 98.
Also a treat was noticing how many bridal-related professionals previously featured on the site are included in the issue. There’s a story on newlywed TaraSimone of Barbara’s Flowers and her world-wind honeymoon to Dubai and the Maldives that will make you start tracking frequent flyer miles like yesterday, an outtake from this Rock the Dress shoot by Kesha Lambert (Lambert is also included in The Gold Pages) and a gorgeous feature on a platinum-style wedding (1,500 guests at the ceremony!) planned by Leslie Short of K.I.M Media. I highly suggest you take the time to go back and read the above linked Triple B stories as you might have missed them when they first ran.
So, I must come clean. I was hesitant about sharing the e-session pics of nearlyweds Anslem Samuel (founder of NakedWithSocksOn.com) and Starrene “Starr” Rhett (founder of GangStarrGirl.com) because they appeared on another site that I happen to freelance for about a month ago. I had already planned to feature the pics here on Triple B and got scooped by the bigger outlet. I was annoyed. But I had no choice but to share them with you guys because they’re just that fly. The couple’s energy and love for each other is palpable. I know this couple personally and I couldn’t be happier for them. And since I know many of you recently said “Yes!” over the holidays, what better way to get inspired for your upcoming engagement session than by viewing images of this creative pair?
Like another one of my fave e-sessions, the Brooklyn-based Anslem and Starr let their location serve as a third subject of the shoot if you will. The duo was snapped on New York City’s iron horse and the equally gritty and glam Coney Island. Get ready to swoon:
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Triple B is starting off 2012 just right with this news: Bridal bliss is in order for Savannah Brinson, longtime girlfriend of NBA superstar LeBron James. James proposed to Brinson, his high school sweetheart and the mother of the couple’s two sons, on New Year’s Eve in Miami’s South Beach at SL nightclub during a private bash that doubled as his birthday party.
Both James and Brinson were in the bridal party last fall for LA Clipper’s point guard Chris Paul’s wedding to his college sweetheart Jada. While covering the star-studded nuptials, I observed the couple throughout the wedding weekend and got the impression that they’re the real deal. LeBron’s toast to Chris and Jada during the couple’s rehearsal dinner quietly revealed that he seemed to be ready to jump the broom himself. (Fun Fact: Savannah and I briefly chatted about ways to keep our waistlines tight and although she clearly has access to the best trainers and chefs in the world — and I do not — I felt like I was talking to an old girlfriend.) Read the exclusive excerpt below of my interview with Savannah at the Paul rehearsal dinner: