WOO HOO! It’s Friday, most of us have a long weekend ahead and Monday (Memorial Day for us in the U.S.) marks the unofficial start of summer. ENJOY! Oh and those of you attending weddings this weekend (I’m going to one tonight!) that you think are Tie the Knot Tuesday worthy, be sure to send the bride and groom my way. Annnddd (insert drumroll here) as of 12AM PST (midnight), BlackBridalBliss.com will go dark until 10AM EST on Monday, June 4th. We’ll have lots of new bells and whistles to shares once we return. In the meantime, there will still be informative and fun updates on our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages so continue to check them regularly. Don’t forget to spread the bliss and see you Monday, June 4th!
The original concept for my blog on Triple B was based on my attempt to lose weight before my big day. Surprisingly it has taken on a life of its own. I’ve touched on so many other subjects I never expected to hit on. I have enjoyed every minute of it; but unfortunately my weight loss attempts are suffering. With just over three months until our wedding day my body is betraying me.
Once in a blue, an event takes place in popular culture that just has to get discussed here on Triple B, even if the bride isn’t identified as Black. The latest such event would be the nuptials of tech tycoon Mark Zuckerberg and his college sweetheart of nine years, Priscilla Chan. I’m sure you’re aware that Zuckerberg — a founder of Facebook which officially went public last week — is the youngest billionaire in the world. The Harvard University dropout wed Chan, who just graduated from the University of California at San Francisco’s medical school and has plans to become a pediatrician, in a modest ceremony in the couple’s backyard. Of course the word modest is relative but in comparison to some folks who don’t have nearly as much money as Zuckerberg (ahem Real Housewives of Atlanta), these two kept it low-key and simple.
Bride: Natalie Nagthall, 36
Groom: Kizito Ssensalo, 32
Occupations: Nagthall: product development engineer; Ssensalo: software engineer
Wedding Date: March 9, 2012
Wedding Location: (ceremony and reception) Southern Oaks Plantation; New Orleans, LA [Read more...]
Earlier today I learned via Twitter that Triple B is being recognized by TheRoot.com and moi has been selected as a one of the Best Black Bloggers of 2012! Ahem, I’ll take it! Check it out — Triple B is #18 in the slideshow. Congrats to all the other winners included as well. And the best is still yet to come for Triple B. There is so much more in store for 2012. Continue to spread the bliss.
I stumbled across this jaw-dropping video yesterday on Facebook and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. I’ve seen a lot of wedding trailers and this was the first one that left me at a lost for words. The venue of Abbaye de Cernay in Paris is majestic, the bride’s gowns are exquisite and the overall cinematography is sick. And most importantly, the bride Stephanie Okereke and groom Linus Idahosa look so happy! After a little research I learned that the bride is apparently a pretty famous Nollywood (that’s the Hollywood of Nigeria for those out the loop) actress and the groom Linus is a global media consultant who also hails from Nigeria. The two wed on April 21, 2012. Congrats to them and enjoy the video.
Oh and P.S. – Before you go rolling your eyes and counting up how much money the couple spent on their nuptials, just remember they didn’t ask any of us for financial assistance to create the wedding day they wanted. I admit the day seemed a little over the top but it is enjoyable to watch and I truly feel most brides-to-be can be inspired by something in this video, regardless of their budget.
Tell me your favorite part in the comments (I really enjoyed the fireworks!) and if you have any additional intel on these two feel free to share.
One of the trickiest balancing acts you have to learn when you decide to get married is the one of time management between your single girlfriends and your new spouse. This is especially when your social life revolved around your girls before your relationship. It is delusional to think changes wont be necessary.
Happy Monday! Today, Triple B announces another happy giveaway winner. Jacqueline Royall of New York City is the recipient of those two awesome beauty products in the TAY skincare giveaway first mentioned a couple weeks back. Royall, who favors a diet full of organic fruits and veggies and void of meat is delighted with her Clean Orange Soap and Youthful Eye Treatment because she avoids products with sulfates and/or parabens. And just what was her winning response to the giveaway question about incorporating something green/eco-friendly into a wedding day you’re wondering? Check it out:
“I think an excellent way for someone to make their wedding day eco-friendly is by donating leftover reception food to City Harvest or a similar organization for the hungry and homeless. Or, a couple could ask their reception venue to compost as much trash from the event as possible,” shares Royall.
Sharing is indeed caring. I loved that her response suggested paying it forward. Join Triple B in congratulating Jacqueline Royall and stay tuned for more exciting giveaways on BlackBridalBliss.com in the near future.
Those of you who follow Triple B know I’m a fan of traveling — especially off the beaten path. Seeing the world beyond your block, state or even country is simply invaluable. But when the economy sucks and you’re a young, new couple just starting out, international travel can be daunting. So check out these Tie the Knot Tuesday alum to get inspired and encouraged! Plus get tips from some of my fave travel sites to get your own passport in rotation!
The closer it gets to our wedding date, the more real it all becomes. I have been completely living in la la land when it comes to wedding planning. While I have hit some bumps in the road along the way, for the most part it has all been pretty easy. Way too easy apparently since now it’s anything but. Shawn and I joke we can’t wait for our wedding day. We can’t wait for it to come and go. Planning a wedding is all consuming, and frankly exhausting. However, it’s worth it and even with all the stress, becoming a “Mrs.” Has its high points. A high point for me is that the family of my fiance has enveloped me.
Monday night’s MET Gala brought all the style, glamour, pomp and circumstance we’ve come to expect from the annual ball with a healthy dosage of “what the *?!# moments” for good measure. Here are the top five looks (plus a BONUS) that Triple B brides should look to for inspiration in preparation for their own big day:
Bride: Chanel Thompson, 27
Groom: Payton Rogers, 29
Occupations: Thompson – Medical School Student; Rogers – Law School Student
State of residence (for now): Thompson – NY; Rogers – MI
Date of Wedding: Spring 2013 (Exact date not yet finalized)
Just last week an engaged Facebook buddy pleaded in her status update, “To or to not do a wedding video? I love the idea, but my fiance isn’t sold. Need to convince him. Help!” Of course, Triple B was on the case. I immediately sent her a link to Tie the Knot Tuesday couple Cleo and Lyncoln’s Q&A on choosing (and budgeting for) a videographer and advised her to book one based on honest feedback from the hundreds of brides I’ve interviewed. Said buddy was very appreciative. But just this morning I realized that I never shared The Road to Mrs. alum Nadine’s wedding trailer with you! Well, here it is (newlyweds Nadine and her hilarious hubby Sean don’t disappoint). The three things I enjoy most about this wedding trailer are Nadine’s teenage son in the video (he was a significant part of the union afterall), the video switching from black and white to color as the couple jumps the the broom (it was subtle but carries loads of significance) and last but certainly not least, the inclusion of their engagement trip to Cuba in the middle. Swoon! Enjoy folks and leave me a comment with your fave parts, as well as advice for my friend on how to convince her fiance to book a videographer for their own big day.
It is crunch time and thus far I have approached wedding planning as a DIY bride. I am very proud of the accomplishments I have made on my own. Especially since event planning on this scale is not my forte. The bulk of the major decisions have been made. Contracts, deposits and price negotiations are done, but here is where I have hit a wall. I am secure enough to acknowledge where my strengths are lacking, and the little details of décor and implementation for the reception is where I cry UNCLE!
I have decided to enlist the help of a planner. One of my bridesmaids recently had a party celebrating her birthday, and her planner did a fabulous job. I was so impressed in fact, I begged my friend for her contact information. I was beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed at this phase of the planning process and I saw this as God answering my prayers. [Read more...]
I recently had the pleasure of attending a cool launch event for Amazon.com and Weddingchannel.com at NYC’s hip Bobo restaurant. (Usually spots described as “hip” are anything but however it is an accurate description of Bobo.) Amazon.com has revamped their site to offer a unique wedding registry. Here’s the lowdown: [Read more...]
Apologies for the MIA Tie the Knot Tuesday feature this week. Triple B editorial contributor Laura had a family emergency (prayers are welcomed), I’m on deadline for a few freelance stories, in addition to updating the site and planning a Triple B event later this month. Whew! But, TTKT will return next week. Thanks for stopping by today and please feel free to revisit these Tie the Knot Tuesday weddings in the meantime.