BlackBridalBliss.com & Mizani GIVEAWAY Winner Revealed!

Remember that awesome giveaway announced a couple weeks back with haircare company, Mizani? Well, we have a winner. Her name is LaKisha Coles and she resides in Roanoke, Virginia. Here’s a very happy LaKisha holding her four (!) Mizani products that she won for being the first person to correctly respond to this question: Tell me the name of the natural hairstylist first interviewed on Triple B about wedding day hair. (Hint: She’s based in Arizona.) The answer of course is Arlette Pender of Hairlocs by Arlette.

Triple B giveaway winner LaKisha with her Mizani hair products!

Join me in congratulating LaKisha! And stay tuned for even bigger giveaways from Triple B in the coming weeks.

The Road to Mrs. – Nixing the Peanut Gallery

Learning to tune out those around you is necessary for many brides-to-be.

In planning my wedding I have come to realize something I wasn’t expecting when I first started: Everyone you know has an opinion, a request or feels a way about something when it comes to your day. Now this is not always a negative. But one thing is for sure; it adds pressure to an already stressful situation. The trap a lot of brides fall into, me included, is wanting to please everyone. Guess what? It’s not possible.
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Katterina & Marcus

 

The Fitzgeralds renew their vows in a unique midwest affair!

Bride: Katterina Denice Kimbrough, 34
Groom: Marcus Lenell Fitzgerald, 33
Occupations: Kimbrough: sales representative; Fitzgerald: quality engineer
HomebaseIllinois
Wedding (Vow Renewal) Date: June 11, 2011
Wedding Location: (ceremony and reception) Seven Bridges Golf Club; Woodridge, IL [Read more...]

Exclusive Triple B Earth Day GIVEAWAY!

Triple B is giving away both of these awesome TAY beauty products to celebrate Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day (which was technically yesterday but will be celebrated today on Triple B), I have a fab EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY for you! Every bride-to-be I’ve ever crossed paths with is searching for ways to be even more radiant for her wedding day. My buddy Sarah Tay created a line of organic skincare that does just that. TAY, which officially launched in 2011, is about bringing simplicity to good skincare. Only the highest-grade botanical ingredients are used in its formulas. TAY’s blends are consciously developed to be vegan friendly and cruelty-free.
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Fashion Friday: What to Wear to ANY Wedding! (Nothing over $200!)

A timeless LBD from Asos: Peplums are very popular this season!

Wedding season is around the corner! Time to get your summer wardrobe in order before everything is completely picked-over in stores and online. Triple B selected stylish dresses for all the nuptials you may attend and none of them are over $200. Oh and for you brides-to-be out there, these frocks also work for engagement parties, bridal showers and wedding farewell brunches, too. [Read more...]

The Road to Mrs. – A Moment of Clarity

Road to Mrs. blogger Jene is determined not to neglect her fiance in the midst of planning their wedding.

First Triple B let me apologize, technical difficulty caused me not to post last week. I missed you guys and I am happy to be back.

As of today there are 144 days until my wedding. Time is really flying. However even with the looming presence of a ticking clock and days on the calendar flying by, I choose to remind myself the “wedding” isn’t the highlight of September 15, 2012 in my life.  As a soon to be bride, blogging on a bridal site I know this statement seems strange. I can explain. [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Misty & Solomon

 

Misty and Solomon say "I Do" in sunny Dominican Republic!

Bride: Misty Lashae Mitchell, 30
Groom: Solomon Jappa, 31
Occupations: Mitchell: project manager; Jappa: IT technician
Homebase: Virginia
Wedding Date: August 9, 2010
Wedding Location: Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Fashion Friday: David’s Bridal Press Preview

Me at the David's Bridal Press Preview!

On Wednesday I attended the David’s Bridal Fall 2012 Press Preview in New York City. It was a certified treat! As I’ve commented before, I continue to be impressed by the enormous offerings DB carries at affordable price points in so many store locations. And whether you’re a size 2 or size 26, they have you covered. Even those trendier brides who choose to purchase their wedding gown from a boutique with more exclusivity can count on DB for a last minute accessory for a member of their bridal party. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect from DB next season:
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You Oughta Know – Happily Ever Borrowed

Wedding planner Fallon Carter shines in a jeweled headpiece and blinged-out earrings from Happily Ever Borrowed.

Triple B’s resident bride-to-be Jene is unable to post this week. (Quickly dodges bottles and shoes…) I know, I know — it sucks. I’m probably more disappointed than you but thankfully I’m making up for The Road to Mrs. being M.I.A. today by giving you the scoop on a fab bridal resource I think you’ll love!
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Triple B Needs YOUR Feedback!

Hola! Yesterday I received a tweet from a former colleague that made my day. It read: “Thank you for keeping the site going! These images are necessary. I love the pics in today’s Tie the Knot Tuesday wedding. ” See why that made my day? And now it is your turn!

Many of you have also tweeted me, emailed me, left a comment on the Triple B Facebook page or shared verbally in passing that Black Bridal Bliss has given you something special. So now I need a favor from you. Please email me at bridgette@blackbridalbliss.com the ways that this site has inspired, motivated or encouraged you. No expression is too small or too long. Be sure to include your first name and city of residence. Know that I’m not collecting these testimonies for kicks and giggles but rather for a much bigger Triple B related project. Many thanks in advance for helping to take Triple B to the next level.

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Olesha & Alie

 

Island Love: Olesha and Alie become one on the beautiful island of Jamaica

Bride: Olesha Haskett, 26
Groom: Alie Basma, 27
Occupations: Haskett: photographer; Basma: business owner
HomebaseMaryland
Wedding Date: November 11, 2011
Wedding Location: Ritz Carlton Resort and Spa; Montego Bay, Jamaica
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How Do I Decline a Bridesmaid Request?

To be a bridesmaid or not to be a bridesmaid...That is the question.

My cousin recently sent me a text asking the below question:

*Tara and *Nicky have been asked to be in a wedding but neither of them want to be another wedding right now. They want you to tell them how to break the news to the bride-to-be. Thanks!

So because of Triple B, I’ve become the unofficial go-to person in the crew for all things wedding related. Funny. But then I realized this question (and my answer) would become a great post. [Read more...]

The Road to Mrs. – Wedding Planning Highs and Lows

Triple B's resident bride-to-be dancing the night away! Her teenage daughter and maid of honor thinks she's "spicy" and wouldn't you agree?

Success! God is good, and prayer works.  My bridal party has been successfully outfitted. The second outing with my bridesmaids went better than I could have hoped. So well in fact, that within an hour and a half all three ladies were in agreeance, fitted and had their dresses ordered. Yay!
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EXCLUSIVE Triple B MIZANI Giveaway

Mizani's display at the recent WBLS Wedding Expo in New York City.

At last month’s WBLS Wedding Expo, the haircare brand Mizani offered a display of beautiful wedding day-esque hairstyles. The beauty brand was sure to include an option for natural haired brides, too.
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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Men’s Special

Chris Paul and his wife Jada: It was imperative for Chris to pay homage to his deceased grandfather on his wedding day.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re aware of the Trayvon Martin tragedy. I’ll spare you my feelings on the case (I doubt they’re hard to figure out) however what Martin’s murder reminded me of is how much some lives are undervalued in the U.S. Now you’re wondering where I’m going with this and what the heck it has to do with weddings. Well, in addition to showcasing two people joining their lives as one, Tie the Knot Tuesday regularly spotlights real families — men, women and even children loving and supporting each other. I think we all can use a reminder of the ways Black men, whether they are grooms, fathers of the bride, brothers of the bride, uncles or family friends, hold it down for their families. Are these men without issues? Nope; absolutely not. I’m just doing my part to level the playing field a bit. This is for all the Trayvons of the world. Take a few moments to digest all of this and then recognize how many men like these you have in your own life; even if the world rarely does.
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Marriage Matters Monday – My First Year as a Wife

Newylweds Rasheeda and Cory on vacation in St. Thomas earlier this year.

What a treat I have for you guys today! When I discovered that Tie the Knot Tuesday alum Rasheeda enjoys writing and realized that her one-year wedding anniversary was approaching, I asked the Georgia Peach to pen a piece about her first 365 days of wifedom for Triple B. Rasheeda in turn submitted a beautiful, honest and eye-opening letter to her engaged self. There are so many jewels in this letter, y’all. Enjoy!
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