Archives for March 2012

Friday Fashion Find: CareRing

CareRings were created to protect your engagement ring and wedding bands!

My BFF who has been married for eight years and counting misplaced her wedding band a few years ago and it obviously caused her a considerable amount of angst — but truthfully I think I was more concerned than she was. Said friend took her ring off while doing some housework and the ring didn’t resurface until months later. A former co-worker accidentally washed her engagement ring down the drain. Yikes! Although her hubby was pissed, he eventually purchased a new one for her and their marriage is still in tact. I am willing to bet both of these women wish they had a CareRing to prevent these mishaps.
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EXCLUSIVE Discount on La Bella Vita Designs!

Triple B helps you score jewels like this at a discount!

Ashley Cook over at La Bella Vita Designs was so happy about her mention on Triple B yesterday that she decided to offer you guys a discount on fab cake and cupcake toppers! You’re welcome. Here are the deets:
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The Road to Mrs. – Bridesmaid Dress Nightmare

Jene with two of her bridesmaids during happier times...

Okay, it’s official. I had my first bride-to-be melt down moment.  It has all been so easy thus far, that is until it came down to dress shopping for the bridal party. Can you say EPIC FAIL?
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You Oughta Know: La Bella Vita Designs

A pic of La Bella Vita's table display I snapped at Fallon Carter's bridal speed dating event!

At last week’s bridal speed dating event hosted by Fallon Carter Weddings, I learned of a neat company that produces super chic cake/cupcake toppers called La Bella Vita Designs. LVB Designs was started by New Orleans native Ashley Cook who has a self-proclaimed penchant for all things fabulous.

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(Not Quite) Tie the Knot Tuesday – Shantel and Kendrick


Nashville couple Shantel and Kendrick share their hot e-session pics!

Bride-to-be: Shantel Henry, 31
Groom-to-be: Kendrick Pratt, 33
Occupations: Henry: Corporate Compliance Manager Pratt: IT Analyst
Homebase: Tennessee

When submitting her pictures Shantel informed me that she’s on Triple B all the time looking for inspiration for her spring nuptials. (Yay!) “Maybe our photos will help other brides too,” she shared. Enjoy the engagement pictures of nearlywed couple Shantel and Kendrick!

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Marriage Matters Monday: The State of Our Unions

Marriage Matters in Harlem!

Happy Monday! If you frequent chances are you’re already over the doom and gloom conversations regarding Black marriage. So, how about checking out a panel discussion that does just the opposite with authors, bloggers and journalists that want to celebrate and enlighten you on Black marriages for a change? If you’re able to make it to Harlem USA this evening, head to Hue-Man Bookstore for a lively conversation led by my homie and relationships editor at ESSENCE magazine Charreah Jackson, veteran writer Miles Marshall Lewis, author Sedequa Johnson, newlywed blogging duo and Triple B alums Starr and Anslem aka The Lover’s Rocque (remember their awesome engagement pics?) and more. Enjoy!



Fashion Friday: Introducing Bridal Footwear Line, Nael Coce

The Ambi Bridal line from Nael Coce! (l to r: Charm & Eternity)

I recently traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the launch of a fabulous new shoe line, Nael Coce. Nael Coce is the brainchild of PhD (yeah, you read that correctly) student, Sheena Young. Sheena’s mission was to create a line of footwear that was both fashionable and functional. This line actually offers “convertible” shoes — a pair of comfy ballet flats and pumps in one. Kinda genius, right? And there’s a few bridal options, too! [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – I Am Not My Hair


Bride-to-be Jene sometimes wears her naturally curly 'do...

I know this is a break from my norm, but this week I would like to expound on another Triple B entry: Wedding Day Hair Drama: Natural Versus Straight. About three years ago I made the decision to get off the “creamy crack” and go natural. I would tell anyone who would listen; my ultimate goal was to have a big Jill Scott afro.  [Read more…]

Wedding Day Hair Drama: Natural versus Straight

Would you rock a curly style like this one on your wedding day? Few topics get Black women to go from 0 to 90 in a mili-second like the talk of hair. When I decided to address the issue of brides wearing their hair kinky, curly, wavy, twisted and in locs for their wedding day I knew I was signing myself up to receive very strong opinions. But reading this post from Tia Williams of Shake Your Beauty gave me the final push to post about this pink, striped, polka dot, plaid elephant in the room.
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Shenise & Antonio


Tie the Knot Tuesday Presents Shenise and Antonio!

Bride: Shenise Euland, 30
Groom: Antonio Gerideau, 32
Occupations: Euland: Environmental Firm Analyst; Gerideau: Longshoreman
Homebase: South Carolina
Wedding Date: September 3, 2011
Wedding Location: Founder’s Hall Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, South Carolina  

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You Oughta Know: Fun Bridal News


Wedding dress designer Therez Fleetwood's trunk show takes place in the D.C. metro-area this weekend!

There are lots of exciting events taking place in the bridal world this week and Triple B has the scoop! Keep reading to find out more:
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The Road to Mrs. – What About Your Friends?

Bride-to-be Jene has been getting lots of love from her friends since getting engaged!

I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of people ever since Shawn and I have become engaged.  It’s funny, as a cynical New Yorker I was gearing up to deflect the shade I was sure would come with making such an announcement.  Surprisingly, for the most part my experience has been just the opposite.  Stating with the support and encouragement I have gotten from Triple B.  When I first began blogging on Triple B I was nervous about opening up and putting myself out there.  But what a great choice it was to do it.  I am so grateful to the Triple B family for their acceptance.

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Bridal Beauty: Wedding Day Hair

Actress Keke Palmer is flawless in this wedding day ready hairdo!

Keke Palmer is one of those actresses I feel is underrated in Hollywood. Besides her acting chops, I’m partial to Miss Palmer because I met her a few years back while working at Essence and in addition to being talented she’s a sweetheart. So it is no surprise that when I viewed these adorable images of her on the red carpet, I immediately gushed. Keke opted to rock this look for the premiere of her last film Joyful Noise but it can totally work for a bride on her wedding day, too.
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The Road to Mrs. – My Six Month Wedding Countdown

Jene and her fiance Royshawn have officially begun the six month countdown to their September wedding!

Hey Triple B! I missed you guys last week. I was down with a cold and wasn’t able to post. I am happy to be back on my feet and really glad to be back with you guys.

The realization that my wedding day is six months away has begun to settle in, and I am officially freaking out. While we have solidified quite a few things already, there is still so much left to do and time is speeding by. [Read more…]

Anniversary Trash the Dress Shoot with Nioyona & Anthony

We’re switching things up a little on Triple B today. Instead of the traditional Tie the Knot Tuesday feature, we’re showcasing a sexy Trash the Dress photo session. Now you have another option of something fun to do with your gown after saying “I Do”. Tie the Knot Tuesday alum Rasheeda (and one of my fave featured brides) submitted these pics on behalf of her sister. Sweet, right? Enjoy!

Take a walk down Memory Lane with newlyweds Nioyona and Anthony!

Couple: Nioyona (Shears) and Anthony Plummer
Homebase: Atlanta, GA
Wedding Date: May 14, 2010

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Fashion Friday – Bebe Goes Bridal!

Bebe Goes Bridal!

Guess who the latest bridge designer line is to go the bridal route? Bebe! That’s right, joining their peers J.Crew and many other mall faves Bebe will soon offer gowns for those preparing to say “I Do”. Now you can grab a sexy top to wear for date night (or the club!) under the same roof as your wedding dress. All jokes aside,  [Read more…]

Check This Out! – Marriage Matters Video

Unfortunately our resident bride-to-be Jene is sick and was unable to write her post this week. Feel better, Jene! Hopefully she’ll be back next week, rested up and ready to take us further along on her wedding planning journey.

In the meantime, please check out the below video trailer that Lamar over at Black and Married with Kids shared with me. It features the soulful R&B duo Kindred discussing the apex of marriage. Very enlightening; especially because I was one of those people who used to think that getting married was the relationship finish line so to speak — hey, I’m being honest. How refreshing is it to see modern Black married couples openly speak on the highs and lows of marriage in a way that isn’t pompous or judgmental?

The complete video is on sale beginning May 1st and promises to include a diverse group of couples to provide transparent and insightful conversation about what it takes to have lasting power in current day marriages. Through infidelity, chronic illness, financial crisis and more these couples explain why and how they are still standing.

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