The Road to Mrs. – I’s Married Now!

Our resident bride-to-be Keisa is officially a Mrs.!

After an 18-month engagement and 15 months of wedding planning, our wedding date finally arrived! All of the budgeting, saving, to-do lists, planning and minimal stress paid off bigly – ha! Our wedding was absolutely amazing. The weather was perfect, food was good, DJ was jumping and love was definitely in the air. However, even the best laid plans sometimes go astray…but I’ll get back to that. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Keisa’s Wedding Day Countdown: I’m Getting Married in 8 days!


Lawd. I’s tired.

This week has been filled with late nights and early mornings. Still so very much to do before my destination wedding in San Diego next week and time is not standing still! I have about three to-do lists floating around, but was able to carve out some time to consolidate these lists into one. Here’s what on my list of things to do today: [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Keisa’s Wedding Day Countdown: I’m Getting Married In Two Weeks!

We Clean Up Nice: Nearlyweds Keisa + Vlad are counting down the days (15 to be exact!) until “I Do”

I’m in the home stretch and my to-do list is slowly getting shorter. Yayayayaya! My nerves on the other hand…whoo sah! Here is my “Top Things To Do” for today, tomorrow and this upcoming weekend: [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Keisa’s Favorite Things

Well folks, we are 21 days out! Unbelievable, right? If you would have asked me 6 months ago how I envisioned my last 21 days leading up to our wedding, I definitely would have said “cruising”. So, um, that’s not my reality. In fact, things are in overdrive and I’m trying not to lose myself in all of the details —thankfully Vlad, my Mom, my wedding planner Christina and my best girls are keeping my wig straight and nerves in tact!

Contributing to The Road to Mrs. blog has been [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – 30 Days…And go!


One month to go! I literally cannot. Seriously, where did the time go? As I’m writing this post, I realize that when I started blogging for The Road To Mrs. series, fall was upon us and my wedding, which was nine months away at the time, seemed like it would never arrive. Boy, did I underestimate this thing called time. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – RSVP for FOREVER!

Resident bride-to-be Keisa’s parents have been married 40 years!

My wedding is in 37 daysyikes! The last couple of weeks have been some kinda of hectic, to say the least, but I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel… thank you, Lord! This past week and a half has been all about RSVPs. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Wedding Day Hair


I absolutely love being natural. Natural hair is all kinds of amazing and extremely versatile. Since making the transition almost 10 years ago, I vowed to never return to the creamy crack…even on those days when my natural curls seem most unruly or when my twist outs are just, well, “out”, I swear I will never revert back to old my old ways!

I will be the first to proclaim that I am NOT the president of the natural hair club. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Showered With Love At My Bridal Shower!

Triple B’s resident bride-to-be flanked by loved ones during her bridal shower.

I was not going to even have a bridal shower. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – The Name Game: What to Do With My Maiden Name?

Lately, the wedding related question of choice asked by family, friends, co-workers, and anyone who may be within earshot of a conversation had with said individuals, is “Are you changing your last name?”. Honestly, this question gives me slight heartburn because I haven’t decided what, if anything I’m going to do with my maiden name. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Honeymoon…mini-moon…some kinda moon!


Before I truly began wedding planning, like really understanding how everything associated with the word “wedding” is marked up by 1000%, I figured we would have a wedding and then take a two-week honeymoon backpacking through Europe or possibly laying amid the beautiful blue waters in the Maldives…It’s a good thing my dreams don’t get crushed on a regular basis, otherwise the reality that what I envisioned for our honeymoon just isn’t going to come to fruition would be completely devastating! Fortunately, I’m pretty good at being uber resourceful and finding ways to make something out of nothing — in this case that nothing being our honeymoon budget. #sigh [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – The Devil Is In the Details: Wedding Favors


The month of May is already up on us which means July is right.around.the.corner, Yay and eeek! Getting to the 90-day out mark seemed like forever and a day away, and now, here we are, T-86 days and counting.

Since the major tasks are complete (flowers, rehearsal dinner venue, dress, linens, etc.), I am using the month of May to finalize all of the 5,000 the DIY projects that I saved to Pinterest and firm up the little “extras” that I want to incorporate into the wedding and reception. This week I am focusing on wedding favors. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Fitness, Food and Dress Fitting

Goodbye wine. Goodbye tacos. Goodbye choco – wait, cheat days exist, no? Apparently, not, especially when #buffbride is the mission and the mission must be complete in roughly 90 days…but who’s counting? Even more of a looming deadline is my dress fitting scheduled in about 4 days…again, no one really counting here… [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – 100 Days to Go!

If it wasn’t really real before, it’s real now. 1000% real. 100 days and counting until we exchange our “I dos”. Excited? Absolutely. Ready? Emotionally — no doubt. Ready as far as wedding planning is concerned? Let’s talk about it. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Why We Chose Premarital Counseling

The union of two people, two independent individuals with their own set of values, morals, and ideas about finances, marriage, and children, can lead to an extremely successful union or one that is destined to fail — sometimes very early on. Understanding that a marriage continues beyond the wedding day, we knew early on that we would seek premarital counseling.

By the time we will be married, we will have lived in the same house for 23 months. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs.- Adventures in Wedding Planning Part III

A custom creation from Tart Bites

After two days of smelling roses and pricing candelabras, it was time to taste some cake! Cake tasting, albeit, not the best for my waistline, has certainly been one of the more enjoyable aspects of wedding planning. For our cake tastings, my planner Christina lined up two appointments. Our first tasting was held at a popular upscale bakery with several locations throughout Los Angeles specializing in wedding cakes and other decadent desserts. Upon arrival, we met with one of the bakers who handed us a book of various cake flavors and told us to go at it. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs.- Adventures in Wedding Planning Part II

Ever wonder if there is a Disneyland for flowers and décor? Well, the Los Angeles Flower District is sort of like that. That place is truly magical. Seriously. From flowers to sparkly table runners, it is a budget bride’s dream [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Adventures in Wedding Planning, Part I

Wedding planning adventures in Los Angeles with resident Triple B bride-to-be Keisa and her daughter Ava!

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of wedding planning visits when planning a destination wedding. Last week, I spent 3 days in sunny Los Angeles with my Mom, daughter and wedding planner to do nothing but wedding plan…well, kinda, except for when we put on our tourist hats and since it was Ava’s Spring Break, checked off all of her “to-dos” from her list, which was a list of random, but dope, sights to see. But, for the most part, we were knee deep in wedding planning. [Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Our Wedding Registry Dilemma

Wedding registries can be tremendously helpful and are much needed for many couples. Crate & Barrel, Bloomingdale’s, Target, Amazon and seemingly almost every major retailer and department store have options for couples to create wedding registries. You can even set up a registry where your guests can contribute to helping you get to your honeymoon destination! Long gone are the days of dragging an unenthused groom into Macy’s to register for dinnerware and kitchen appliances since wedding registries can also be completed online, with just click — or two or three. Brides (and grooms, but, definitely brides) can register to their heart’s desire, or at least until the registry is complete a variety of pots and pans, glassware, gold plated, engraved silverware, fancy china, Keurig’s, Vitamix blenders, and luggage. Oh, and then you can ask for gift cards, to just about anywhere in the Universe.

So, how could we possibly be considering not having a wedding registry? Simple. We really don’t need anything[Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – Selecting My Wedding Invitations


I’ve attended a lot of weddings. I’ve been a participant in several weddings. I remember beautiful weddings, great receptions with good music, good drinks and good food. Just as I can remember bad music, bad food and bad wedding guest behavior resulting from the great reception with good music, good drinks and good food – mostly because of the drinks, I digress, but what I don’t recall about any wedding that I have attended, been invited to or been part of is the couple’s wedding invitations[Read more…]

The Road to Mrs. – The Reality of Pinterest When Wedding Planning


Oh, Pinterest. It’s easy, addictive and a seemingly unlimited resource for um, everything! The fact that it allows you to create “secret” boards (which is perfect for planning your wedding even before you have a steady boo) is more than enough reason to looooove it!

The downside, when it comes to planning a wedding, [Read more…]

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