Tie the Knot Tuesday (Celeb Edition) – Karli & Ben

They Did It: The Raymonds say "I Do" in Atlanta!

They Did It: The Raymonds say “I Do” in Atlanta!

By now you’ve probably heard that Karli Harvey (one of the daughters of Steve Harvey) and Ben Raymond tied the knot earlier this fall. Now, check out the below video trailer of the couple’s big day. And head’s up: You may need a tissue handy for the touchy (and real) exchange between Steve and Karli around the 5 minute mark. Something about the way Steve shares, “I know” says a lot about their bond. It is a short yet powerful exchange. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – D.C. Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation Recap

In Great Company: My + Moderator Cori Murray Flanked by the Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation Panelists

In Great Company: Me + Moderator Cori Murray Flanked by the Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation Panelists

Ladies and gentlemen, the Black Bridal Bliss Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation in Washington, D.C. was a bona fide hit! On November 8, 2015, beautiful people made their way to the historic Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inn in Dupont Circle for sexy signature craft cocktails from Stir D.C. and yummy pastries from Mimi’s Mocha Treats. The equally fun and informative conversation which covered a wide range of topics from blended families to relationship social media boundaries with our all-male panel of married men was moderated by the lovely Cori Murray of ESSENCE Magazine. Each guest was also gifted with a copy of the November 2015 issue of ESSENCE. However, I can show you better than I can tell you. Take a look at these pictures to get a glimpse of Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation for yourself. [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday Flashback – Kesha and Steven

Kesha and Steven: Easy Elegance in Marlaynd!

Kesha and Steven: Easy Elegance in Maryland!

One of the things we enjoy about weddings here at Black Bridal Bliss is that although there are many similarities in each, every single one is distinctive. Take the nuptials of Kesha and Steven of Maryland, for instance (we initially featured them in Tie the Knot Tuesday last year). While their wedding on the surface seemed classic and pretty traditional, it in fact was injected with several unique touches such as liturgical dancers during the ceremony and a surprise Latin-inspired first dance that even their wedding party didn’t know about! The best part? Their touching and relatable love story. Check it out:

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Marriage Matters Monday – Never Stop Dating

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A good friend of Triple B recently shared this video with us. And we’re sharing it again (and taking heed our dang selves!) here because the message is poignant. Thanks again, L. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Should Couples Pick and Choose Which Children are Invited to Their Wedding?

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Hola! I recently discovered an intriguing article over at MadameNoir.com as it was getting quite a bit of buzz on Facebook. Said article weighed the pros an cons of have an adult-only wedding while allowing select children to attend. It caused a bona fide fury both on the blog and on popular social media platforms. Thus, I really want to know where the Triple B family stands on this. Take a read [Read more…]

Family Drama While Wedding Planning

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BREAKING NEWS! We’re having a *FLASH SALE* this weekend for our upcoming Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation event in Washington, D.C. [Read more…]

TRIPLE B EVENT ALERT: Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation Goes to D.C.!


You’ve been saving the date and today we’re officially announcing the awesome news! The BlackBridalBliss.com Cupcakes, Cocktails & Conversation is heading to Washington, D.C. This fun event takes place on Sunday, November 8th from 2:30P-6P at the lovely Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inn. Pastry delights will be in abundance from Mimi’s Mocha Treats (yummy!) and the talented mixologists of Stir D.C. will ensure that signature cocktails are flowing all afternoon. Oh and there’s more…
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Marriage Matters Monday – MUST-SEE VIDEO!


The below video has gone viral in the last week and for good reason. The featured couple has been trying to conceive for years and have had to endure one disappointment after another. After 4 miscarriages and a stillborn birth, they had given up on the idea of having biological babies of their own but…

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Say What? Nearly One Third Of Couples Pay For Their Wedding With Credit

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Triple B friend and former Road to Mrs. blogger Charli Penn wrote an ESSENCE.com article that offers staggering statistics about weddings and specifically how many modern couples pay for weddings. Get this folks, a whopping 57 percent of couples borrow money from a credit card or financial institution to finance their wedding! And there are more depressing finds: [Read more…]


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That’s right, folks. BlackBridalBliss.com is heading down to the Nation’s Capital for a fun event on Sunday, November 8, 2015 that isn’t to be missed! More details will be shared very soon but in the meantime, tell everyone you know in the DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia) area to

Marriage Matters Monday – The Obamas…Caption It!

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On the evening of Friday, September 25, President and First Lady Obama stunned at the China State Dinner at The White House and basically broke the Internet when these images surfaced. Talk about images being worth a thousand words…Sheesh.

Leave a comment with how you would caption both pics. Annnnnnnnnd go! [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday Flashback – Akida + Ken

2011 FLASHBACK: The Neelys said "I Do" in the "City of Brotherly Love"!

2011 FLASHBACK: The Neelys said “I Do” in the “City of Brotherly Love”!

This feature is extra-special for Triple B (well, every Tie the Knot Tuesday wedding is but…) because of the sense of community it displays. Bride Akida was honest about not having an active relationship with her biological father and therefore opted to be escorted down the aisle by her longtime swim coach and mentor, Jim Ellis. “I attended college on a swim scholarship largely because of him,” she shared. Ellis is the same swim coach that the film Pride was based on (actor Terrance Howard played him in the movie). It takes a village. Remember, Triple is is bigger than weddings. Enjoy today’s  [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – B. Smith + Dan Gasby

Power Couple Through the Fire: Married for over 20 years, B. Smith and husband Dan Gasby are using an unfortunate circumstance to help others

Power Couple Through the Fire: Married for over 20 years, B. Smith and husband Dan Gasby are using an unfortunate circumstance to help others.

If you ever wondered what “…in sickness and in health” meant, please watch this video featuring married couple B. Smith and Dan Gasby. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Fab New Hair Resource

Curl Crushin': From tight kinks to loose waves veteran hairstylist Gabrielle Corney shares her hair wisdom on YouTube!

Curl Crushin’: From tight kinks to loose waves veteran hairstylist Gabrielle Corney shares her hair wisdom on YouTube!

The world wide web is flooded with self-proclaimed hair experts (especially in the natural hair space) dishing out DIY advice to women like us. It is daunting, especially for planning brides who are already overwhelmed. I’d like to introduce you to Gabrielle Corney, a talented beautician who has been professionally styling hair for over two decades. In addition to working with celebrities like Brandy and Kandi Burruss, Corney is a creative consultant for the hair division of Carol’s Daughter. Check out her debut how-to video below; a perfect style option for you natural brides-to-be!

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Marriage Matters Monday – Newlyweds Gabrielle & D. Wade’s Wedding Video Trailer

The Wade Wedding was sentimental, funny and filled with loads of "wedspiration"!

The Wade Wedding was sentimental, funny and filled with loads of “wedspiration”. Don’t believe us? Just watch!

Here’s the long and short of it: This wedding video rocks. In conjunction with their first wedding anniversary, The Wades released a highlight reel of sorts to the public from their wedding day. Watch, enjoy and comment with your thoughts! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Healthy (and flavorful) New Recipe

Dinner is Served: Linnyette's Shrimp & Sauteed Spinach!

Dinner is Served: Linnyette’s Shrimp & Sauteed Spinach!

Admit it: Most of us have been successful in eating healthier but on those evenings when you get home from the office late or have to shuttle the kids around town to one of their upteen extra-curricular activities, the last thing you want to stress over is preparing a healthy meal for you and your family. This daunting task can of course applies to men and women. (My husband might be a better cook than me…Shhh, Don’t tell him I admitted that.) Ordering take-out or buying fast food often seems like the easier option in our time-starved lives. Well folks, keep reading! [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday FLASHBACK – Kelly & Bryan

Revisit Kelly + Bryan's frugal yet fab wedding!

Revisit Kelly + Bryan’s frugal yet fab wedding!

Even with the popularity of “wedspiration-friendly” platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, Triple B still gets lots of inquiries from engaged folks thirsty for ways to save money while planning their wedding — without sacrificing style. Allow us to re-introduce [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Stay in Your Lane

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Lots of awesome marriage advice is shared here on Black Bridal Bliss. All of it has come from people in seemingly happy and healthy marriages. However, I don’t have the time, energy or skill-set to get involved in anyone else’s marital affairs. 

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Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Pantora Mini

Pantora Mini debuts in Brooklyn, NY!

Pantora Mini debuts in Brooklyn, NY!

By now you’re hopefully familiar with Pantora Bridal, the chic Brooklyn, NY boutique specializing in stylish bridal and eveningwear fashion. Pantora creations have appeared on popular reality television shows and outfitted blushing brides and bridal parties from Bed-Stuy to Australia. Pantora designs are noted for a unique mix of modern textile and classic silhouettes, all with a glamorous edge. Now, owner and designer Andrea Pitter has expanded. The Fashion Institute of Technology graduate recently opened a second shop right across the street for children called, Pantora Mini

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