Shoesday Tuesday! Badgley Mischka Beauties

(Beautiful) Blue + Blue = Bliss!

(Beautiful) Blue + Blue = Bliss!

These Badley Mischka royal blue beauties are just too pretty not to post. [Read more…]

Bridal Vision Workshop – Washington, D.C. March 5th

Meet the photographer responsible for this stunning image at our Bridal Vision Workshop on March 5th!

Meet the photographer responsible for this stunning image at our Bridal Vision Workshop on March 5th!

As many of you know, we were forced to reschedule last month’s Bridal Vision Workshop in Washington, D.C. due to the Jonas Blizzard. Well, not to fear because we’ve confirmed a new Bridal Vision Workshop date and added even more exciting vendors to help you plan the wedding — and marriage — of your dreams! [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Top 2016 Wedding Trends

Russell Westbrook marries college sweetheart Nina Earl

NBA player Russell Westbrook + college sweetheart Nina Earl on their wedding day in 2015. 2016 promises more memorable weddings!

Guess what? Today, Thumbtack released their 2016 Wedding Trends Report — the largest survey of U.S. couples getting married this year. The company receives more than 320,000 personalized requests for wedding services each year. This 2016 study reveals some interesting findings. Take a look of the highlights and use some of this valuable research to help you plan your own wedding!

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Marriage Matters Monday – Bouquet + Garter Toss Alternative

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Find a memorable way to honor those marriages that have stood the test of time at your own wedding!

In 2016, the idea of singling out unmarried friends (men and women) at a wedding reception seems archaic and predictable to many. For those nearlyweds searching for a fun alternative, Triple B suggests the following: [Read more…]

Triple B Travels! Our Stay at The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

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Triple B on the scene at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

Last month Black Bridal Bliss had the pleasure of spending a fun weekend at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Saybrook, Connecticut. Located between the Long Island Sound and Connecticut River, the quaint, family owned and run, green-friendly property is just about a two and a half hour drive from midtown-Manhattan and filled with rich history. Here are five more exciting reasons we accepted the invitation to experience Saybrook Point Inn & Spa! [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday SPECIAL – Keshia Knight Pulliam & Ed Hartwell

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Hartwell!

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Hartwell!

Over the holiday season, news broke that actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and former NFL player Ed Hartwell were engaged. Then, just last Friday the woman who stole our hearts as “Rudy” on The Cosby Show officially announced she was a Mrs. on her popular podcast Kandidly Keshia! New hubby Ed joined her for the announcement. Get the scoop: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: 2016 Golden Globes Bridal Inspiration Recap

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Taraji P. Henson shut down the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in a white hot Stella McCartney number

Red carpet season 2016 is officially here! Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards was full of bridal inspiration as sleek white gowns and ultra-feminine silhouettes dominated the carpet. The evening was also chockful of wedspiration for the fellas (Hey, they want to look sharp on their big day too, right Cousin Mars?). Here are my faves:

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Bridgette’ Pick of the Week – A Bridal Piece

A Bridal Piece

One of Our Fave Styles From A Bridal Piece

WHAT: A Bridal Piece caters to discerning brides in search of stylish and elegant headpieces to wear on their wedding day. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – A MUST-READ for the Newly Engaged

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Happy New Year! Since there’s an influx of new folks joining the Triple B audience (Welcome!) who are recently engaged (Congratulations!), we thought it was imperative to revisit one of last year’s special posts for nearlyweds. [Read more…]

Black Bridal Bliss Vision Board Workshop in Washington, D.C.!

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Black Bridal Bliss is headed to Washington, D.C. again!

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Happy Holidays from Black Bridal Bliss!

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Wishing you all the joy, peace, food, fun and fellowship with friends and family that you can stand today and into the the new year! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the Triple B team sincerely hopes the season is a blissful one for you and yours. Thank you for all your support of Black Bridal Bliss in 2015; it means so much. See you in 2016!

~The best is yet to come~

Travel Thursday – Exploring The Berkshires!

Our home away from home while in The Berkshires this summer.

Our home away from home while in The Berkshires this summer.

I once assumed The Berkshires were reserved for those that “summered” in New England. Um for the record, my family did not and we still don’t. In a nutshell, Massachusetts just didn’t seem like a desirable location for a destination wedding, honeymoon, romantic jaunt or even a quick girlfriend’s getaway like the Caribbean, Charleston or Las Vegas. Honestly, I think I was intimidated by the exclusive reputation of the area.

Fast forward to earlier this year when Black Bridal Bliss was invited to spend a weekend in The Berkshires. My perception of this historic western Massachusetts town has pleasantly evolved. Just under a two hour drive from midtown Manhattan — making it an ideal minimoon destination for NYC couples — it is an inviting escape from the hustle and bustle of city life (wild turkeys were spotted on the highway!) filled with lush greenery, rolling hills and friendly locals. Here are the Black Bridal Bliss top five reasons to visit The Berkshires: [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Rose Quartz & Serenity

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I’ll admit when I first learned that Pantone selected Rose Quartz and Serenity as the 2016 colors of the year I was skeptical. Why two? And why pastels? Generally, I prefer to rock bright bold hues. Pastels typically make me think of Easter eggs. But the soothing, serene hues grew on me and now I’m eager to see how next year’s brides incorporate them into their wedding day and beyond! Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman explains, “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” I’m definitely looking forward to more order and peace in 2016. Here are a few of my personal style ideas in Rose Quartz and Serenity to get your juices flowing: [Read more…]

(Not Quite) Tie the Knot Tuesday Flashback – Brett & Sonia

Triple B Flashback: She said Yes!

Triple B Flashback: She said Yes!

Walk down memory lane with us as we revisit the creative marriage proposal between Brett and Sonia of California. Besides it being heart-warming, romantic and a bunch of other warm and fuzzy adjectives, Triple B hearts most things that involve HBCU homecomings. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – A Very Special Vow Renewal

A Vow Renewal Worth the Wait: Elaine + Rich

A Vow Renewal Worth the Wait: Elaine + Rich

Every couple has a story and Elaine and Rich, who just celebrated 25 years of marriage in a simple yet stylish fashion, are no different. Keep reading for the aww-inducing Huffington Post Weddings story from Triple B friend Summer McLane who happens to have a very special connection to the couple. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday: Who Are You Inviting to Your Wedding?

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As we enter engagement season (late-November through mid-February), hundreds of newcomers will join the Black Bridal Bliss family — welcome! During the coming weeks and months, many of you will be determining the type of nuptials you want to have and much of this rest on the amount of guests you’ll invite.

Yep. The dreaded wedding guest list. No need to sugarcoat it. The process is daunting. Unless you and your partner elope or opt to have a small civil ceremony — which can be quite chic (!), you will likely lose a little (or a lot of) sleep thinking about your guest list choices. Here are three quick tips to help you navigate this process: [Read more…]

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…]

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