Holiday Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts for $50 and Less

Shopping at the last minute? Can’t believe it’s already December 17th? No worries. Triple B’s editors compiled our “9 Fab Finds” from our Holiday Gift Guide series and they’re all $50 or less. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Tips for Giving a Memorable Maid/Matron of Honor Speech

Make sure your wedding toast is one to remember!

I recently stumbled across this post by Teal Pennebaker on wedding toasts over at Brides.com and decided to share it — well, a remixed version anyway. It’s long overdue since Cousin Mars has already blessed us with tips for a memorable best man toast for the groom…The bride deserves her shine too! Read, share and enjoy. [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: LUXE Finds

 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE LUXE FINDS

 

Bridgette Bartlett-Royall
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Marriage Matters Monday – “He Was Made For Me!”

Nicole and Damien Gurganious celebrated 5 years of marriage in August.

Nicole Brewer-Gurganious is a friend of Triple B. She’s a former boss from my days at ESSENCE magazine (she was then fashion director, I was fashion and beauty research editor). A few years later I started covering real weddings for Essence.com and featured Nicole’s August 2009 nuptials to hubby Damien. The vibrant couple had been contestants on Biggest Loser and both shed an impressive amount of weight while making significant lifestyle changes. It was a delight to showcase Nicole’s big day on Essence.com and Nicole was equally as excited to share her love story. Nicole has confessed, “He was made especially for me” when asked about her marriage. Fast forward to the launch of BlackBridalBliss.com in 2010 — Nicole was an ambassador for David’s Bridal and lent her style expertise to Triple B when the blog was just a month old. She cheerfully expressed how proud she was of me and the leap of faith I took to start this blog. Her advice on how brides of any shape or size can find a fashionable gown is still relevant. Two years ago, Nicole and Damien became the proud parents of a beautiful daughter named Giselle who was the light of both of their lives.

Now Nicole is a widow. [Read more...]

15 Minutes with…Wedding Planner Ebony Peoples

Company Name
Ebony Peoples Events & Design

Homebase
Dallas, Texas [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Sonia and Brett

Bliss is in the Air: Meet Sonia + Brett

Couple: Sonia and Brett
Wedding Date: May 31, 2014
Wedding + Reception Location: Angelus Mountain Center, Altadena, CA
Wedding Theme: It’s a Wrap [Read more...]

Marriage Matters: This Husband’s Work

Marriage Matters: Kyle with his wife Jackie of 9 years

Kyle Douglas, the author of today’s Marriage Matters personal essay, and I have known each other for over 25 years. As always, none of us know what happens in any marriage behind closed doors, but we can certainly learn from and be inspired by the ones that are seemingly healthy, happy and honest about how they attempt to stay that way. I’m proud of the husband and father Kyle appears to have become. I remember when this dude sported a high top fade! Check out his take on what it really means to work at a marriage.

This Husband’s Work by Kyle Douglas

As a child, it is not uncommon for someone to ask the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Back then I gave answers like, “A pilot, a professional football player, and even an electrician.” This mentality stayed with me ’til about my late teens and then something changed. I can’t tell you exactly what triggered it but those things were no longer important. My goal in life was to become a good if not great family man. [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Body Wash

Bathtime Bliss: SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash

Confession: Like most bloggers who regularly cover style and beauty, I often receive freebies. However I only post about those items that I feel are truly Triple B worthy; especially as my Pick of the Week. Here’s why this week’s pick, SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash made the cut. [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Kesha and Steven

Kesha + Steven Say I Do: Share Their Bliss

Couple: Kesha and Steven
Wedding Date: August 31, 2014
Wedding + Reception Location: Grand Historic Venue, Baltimore, MD
Wedding Theme: Easy Elegance

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5 Things We Can All Learn from Solange’s Fab New Orleans Wedding Plus Video Footage

Newlyweds Solange + Alan Ferguson strike a pose on their wedding day

Kim who? Chile, please. Solange broke the Internet! The 28 year-old singer, DJ and Puma creative director wed her longtime boyfriend Alan Ferguson in New Orleans yesterday — complete with a second line — and the Internet went ba-na-nas. Here’s what all the hoopla was about and what we can all learn (or be reminded of) about wedding planning from the stylish newlywed plus plenty of swoon-worthy pics and an aww-inducing video clip from the creative all-white affair. [Read more...]

Catch BlackBridalBliss.com on The Marsha & Money Radio Show!


You read that headline correctly, folks! I’m today’s featured guest on The Marsha & Money Radio Show. (Remember Marsha from this post? She’s a kick-a** personal financial planner and founder of The Finance Bar.) I’ll be sharing expert tips and tricks on staying within your budget while wedding planning, revealing a few never before shared secrets on how I cut costs for my own Charlotte, NC nuptials and even dishing on ways to practically plan a wedding for $1,000. Be sure to grab a friend or two and take a listen. Thanks as always for your support of Triple B!

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – My Visit to Truth + Beauty Spa

Triple B on the Scene at Truth + Beauty Spa in Long Island, NY

I recently headed out to the borough of Long Island (for you non-New Yorkers, Long Island isn’t really a borough — this is my attempt to be funny) for a visit to Truth + Beauty Spa. This posh medi-spa opened Spring 2013 and offers a wide range of treatments for brides-to-be. So when the invitation for me and a friend to spend an afternoon at Truth + Beauty landed in my inbox, I was all in! Here’s the scoop: [Read more...]

(Not Quite) Tie the Knot Tuesday – Summer & Joel’s Proposal Video


I was so impressed when Joel personally reached out to Triple B via Facebook to share the touching video proposal to the mother of his child(ren) and his now fiancee, Summer, that it had to be shared here on the blog. Watch, enjoy and comment! P.S. – I love you more than Urkel loved Laura Winslow is kind of a genius line. [Read more...]

Solange Knowles Scheduled to Tie the Knot in New Orleans This Weekend!

Solange Knowles Alan Ferguson

Bridal Bliss in the Big Easy: Solange Prepares to Say "I Do" in New Orleans

BREAKING NEWS: The world wide web is a ‘buzzin’ that the youngest Knowles daughter, Solange, is scheduled to tie the knot this weekend in her current home city of New Orleans! Sources say the Houston born and bred star and her longtime Richmond, Virginia native and film producer boyfriend Alan Ferguson are officially getting hitched. The two have been not-so secretly engaged since the summer. Here’s the scoop from Brides magazine: [Read more...]

Hot Honeymoons Trends

Honeymoon' to the max: A luxury resort in the Maldives

By now, most people are familiar with minimoons but there are a few other exciting honeymoon trends getting buzz these days. Triple B has the scoop. Check ‘em out and share which is most up your alley in the comments. [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Lorin + Aaron’s Fun + Games Wedding!

Lorin + Aaron enjoying their wedding day!

We’re switching things up a bit on Black Bridal Bliss today. This featured wedding from Lorin and Aaron which took place in Adelphi, Maryland is brought to us by NYC based event planner Pabvon Carter of RSVP by Pabvon. Here’s an inside look into the execution of this fun wedding. [Read more...]

Marriage Matters Monday – Secrets to a 70 Year Union

Ruth + Jerry Greenspan on their wedding day circa ~1944

No, this couple isn’t Black. Yet the wisdom shared in the below video crosses racial barriers. It needed to be shared. They’re still together and seem to personify the mantra, “Live.Love.Laugh.”

Watch. Digest. Comment. [Read more...]

Validation is for Parking…Not Your Wedding Day

It is easy and perhaps even expected for engaged couples to express their marriage is more important than their wedding. It seems like the “pc” thing to say. However a couple of days spent on Instagram and Pinterest often indicate otherwise. The abundance of intricately designed floral centerpieces, elaborate cakes, jaw-dropping gowns and so on can pull even the most focused couple into a tangled wedding planning web and force them to lose sight of what is most important: those vows. As a newlywed, I admit it took me having to swallow a huge reality pill to grasp how easy it can be to let the frills of a wedding distract one from the commitment of marriage. [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Nicole and Leonard

Nicole + Leonard get hitched! Share their bliss.

Couple: Nicole and Leonard
Wedding Date: July 19, 2014
Wedding and Reception Location: Hotel Seven 4 One, Laguna Beach, CA
Wedding Theme: Romantic Chic

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