Friday Film Review – A Haunted House

Black love on screen: Essence Atkins & Marlon Wayans are the stars of A Haunted House

I know, I know, I know…You’re wondering what the %*$# the new film, A Haunted House, has to do with weddings, Black brides or relationships in general. Well, a lot actually. I attended an advance press screening for the flick which officially hits theaters today and I was pleasantly surprised by it. Here’s why: [Read more...]

Look! Triple B is on TV (kinda,sorta)!

Check out Triple B founder/editor, Bridgette Bartlett, dishing on all things bridesmaids via HuffingtonPost Live! WOO HOO! Pretty exciting, no? Don’t miss Summer of My Simply Perfect Weddings & Events weighing in, too. After viewing, leave a comment below with your thoughts on the topic.

LeBron James Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Savannah Brinson! (EXCLUSIVE Quotes from Savannah)

High School Sweethearts LeBron James & Savannah Brinson Are Getting Hitched!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Triple B is starting off 2012 just right with this news:  Bridal bliss is in order for Savannah Brinson, longtime girlfriend of NBA superstar LeBron James. James proposed to Brinson, his high school sweetheart and the mother of the couple’s two sons, on New Year’s Eve in Miami’s South Beach at SL nightclub during a private bash that doubled as his birthday party.

Both James and Brinson were in the bridal party last fall for LA Clipper’s point guard Chris Paul’s wedding to his college sweetheart Jada. While covering the star-studded nuptials, I observed the couple throughout the wedding weekend and got the impression that they’re the real deal. LeBron’s toast to Chris and Jada during the couple’s rehearsal dinner quietly revealed that he seemed to be ready to jump the broom himself. (Fun Fact: Savannah and I briefly chatted about ways to keep our waistlines tight and although she clearly has access to the best trainers and chefs in the world — and I do not — I felt like I was talking to an old girlfriend.) Read the exclusive excerpt below of my interview with Savannah at the Paul rehearsal dinner:
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Triple B *EXCLUSIVE* – Behind the Scenes at Amsale!

Amsale Sitting Pretty: Find out what really goes on behind the scenes of her upscale bridal salon!

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to view a couple of episodes of WeTV’s new series Amsale Girls, I’m sharing a fun and informative Q&A with sales rep Emily Leu from the Amsale team. She’s been on staff for nearly a decade. Read on to find out what it’s really like to work with the talented designer, how Amsale Girls differs from other bridal reality shows and what wedding gowns are universally flattering. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Black Women Redefined: Our Love & Marriage

Author Sophia A. Nelson chats with Triple B about Black women, love and marriage.

Today’s Q&A is with Sophia A. Nelson, author of the new book, Black Women Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama (BenBella). What the heck does this have to do with your veil selection or reception centerpieces you’re wondering? Well, everything.

Truthfully, I struggled on how this piece would fit here on Triple B. I created this site as a bridal resource for Black women preparing to tie the knot who were too often being neglected elsewhere. I think everyone regardless of race, class or culture (especially women) should be celebrated but as mainstream media continually shows us, the playing field is still not level. My internal struggle ended with that ridiculous Psychology Today article and the viral Dark Girls video that became topics of conversation at every brunch and dinner party I’ve attended over the last few weeks. Before we can get to the pretty gowns and flowers, we should take a look at what lies within. Sophia’s book tackles topics like demanding careers, Daddy issues and the “bitter and lonely” myth. Here we go:
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Black Bridal Bliss EXCLUSIVE: A Bridezilla Defends Herself!

Bridezilla Erica gives her side of the story!

Did you watch the season premiere of Bridezillas last night? If so, I’m sure you asked, “What the %*#$??!!” at least twice during viewing. (Admit it.) Well, I have a little more guilty pleasure for ya. Triple B caught up with newlywed Erica to find out if she feels the WEtv cameras added extra stress to her wedding planning, if she ever made peace with her sister and what she thinks about the show’s unmarried critics. (I guess that includes me, huh?) BONUS: Erica offers bridal tips for you nearlyweds as well! [Read more...]

BlackBridalBliss.com in the News!

Shameless Plug: Triple B dishes to The Atlanta Post about the cost of being a bridesmaid!

Happy Friday, folks! I’m a beaming proud mama today because BlackBridalBliss.com was used as an expert source in an article again. This time around I was asked about the financial burden of being a bridesmaid for yesterday’s Atlanta Post. Here’s the link and please feel free to share it. Have an awesome weekend.

Wedding SOS: The Truth About Tipping!

 

Wedding planner Ebony Small gives the real deal on tipping bridal vendors.

Howdy! I’m frustrated by information I read in some mainstream bridal mags when the content doesn’t seem practical for the modern bride. This occured just last week when I came across an article about the proper amounts to tip wedding vendors. With everyone being forced to do more with less these days, I was insulted by the figures quoted. So I checked in with NYC-based wedding planner Ebony Small of Longevity Wedding Consultants  for a real breakdown of who should get what in terms of tips on a wedding day. Here’s what the event-planning veteran had to say: [Read more...]

Chatting with Cc. elaine: Plus-Size Bridal Designer

Designer Caren Johnson breaks down plus-size bridal fashion.

Today I’m sharing my interview with the talented fashion designer of Cc. elaine. Indianapolis-based designer Caren Johnson, mastermind behind Cc. elaine, created a couture bridal collection that fills a great void in the market. Many plus-size brides experience frustration when looking for their dream dress.  Caren believes every bride deserves selection and sample sizes that fit.  Her Curvy Chic Collection is filled with organic textures, floral inspiration and couture embellishments. Keep reading for her take on the seasons hottest trends, the importance of the right undergarments and more!
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*NEW PICS ADDED!* Triple B EXCLUSIVE – Behind the Scenes at Niecy Nash’s Bridal Shower

Planner pro William flanked by bride-to-be Niecy Nash and her shower guests.

I’m so excited about today’s Q&A. As I’m sure you’ve heard, television personality Niecy Nash is preparing to tie the knot this May — the nuptials will be televised in a two-hour special on TLC. The comedic actress (I’ve met her and she’s hysterical!) had a fabulous  bridal shower in Los Angeles last Saturday. Triple B chatted with the man who made her GLAMTASTIC afternoon happen. William of WP Miller Special Events, Inc. spilled the beans on Nash’s shower — there was couture, cocktails and condoms — plus gave advice on planning an equally memorable event regardless of your budget.
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Engaged…Now What? – An Event Just for You! PLUS, an exclusive DISCOUNT!

Introducing EDG (from l to r): Jernee Bramble, Natalie Melton and Shimona Mayo

On Saturday, February 5th, the Event Design Group will present Engaged…Now What? at Embassy Suites Hotel in our nation’s capital for all you folks who are wondering where to begin — or continue — planning your wedding. The Event Design Group are three young women who collectively have 20 years experience designing special events. Based in the D.C.-Maryland-Northern Virginia area, they’re open to working with couples outside of the DMV, as well as, destination weddings. Check out my exclusive interview with this talented trio: [Read more...]

Exclusive Q&A: Wedding Day Makeup with Andrea Fairweather

Veteran makeup artist Andrea Fairweather chats with Triple B about putting your best face forward on your wedding day!

Today’s featured expert is makeup artist Andrea Fairweather of Fairweather Faces. Andrea has been doing her thing for over 20 years and has provided her services to over 300 brides! But what makes this interview special is that I met Andrea as a college student over a decade ago. I was modeling in a hair show (Don’t judge me.) and Andrea was the makeup artist. As a dark skin woman, I was extremely skeptical about her choosing flattering shades for my complexion.
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How to Get a Winning Wedding Day Smile: Q&A with Dr. Catrise Austin

Dr. Catrise Austin shares tips and tricks on getting that glowing wedding day smile!

Hey there! Today we have an *exclusive* interview with cosmetic dentist and owner of VIP Smiles Dr. Catrise-Austin. Dr. Austin is also the author of “5 Steps to the Hollywood A-List Smile”. This bi-coastal dental vet has worked with some of your favorite entertainers like Eva Marcille, Missy Elliot and Common.  Read on for her expert tips on getting and maintaining sparkly pearly whites, investing in an easy fix for crooked teeth and achieving a picture perfect smile for your big day even if you have little to no dental insurance! [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Celeb Manicurist Lisa Logan on Wedding Day Nails

Lisa Logan and Ashanti show off their Minx manicures.

What do Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah have in common? Besides being real bosses, they all get their digits pampered by manicurist Lisa Logan.  (She actually did both Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z’s nails for their hush-hush 2008 nuptials!) The New York City based beauty vet graciously took time from her busy schedule to chat with Triple B about getting fingers and toes prepped for that walk down the aisle.

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Tress Time with Natural Hair Guru Arlette Pender

Finally, hair advice for the natural bride!

When I decided to launch Triple B, I knew that one of my first interviews would have to be with a hairstylist who specializes in tending to natural strands. Who better to fulfill this burning interview request of mine than natural hair guru, Arlette Pender of Hairloks by Arlette? The Brooklyn bred, Arizona-based stylist has been on her hair grind for over 30 years and has worked with notable clients like Kelis, N’Bushe Wright, Essence and Vibe magazines. Here, Pender dishes the 411 on proper maintenance, the downfalls of beeswax and the style surprises in craft stores for naturally-coifed brides-to-be preparing for their big day.
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INTERVIEW: Dr. Susan Taylor, dermatologist and author of Brown Skin

Every woman wants to look naturally radiant on her wedding day, right? But with a hectic work schedule, debates with the planner over flowers and cake and trying to ensure your gown fits perfectly, that trip to the dermatologist keeps dropping further and further down your to-do list.

Well fret not. I chatted with skincare expert Dr. Susan Taylor and got the 411 on how to ensure your skin is flawless for the big day. Taylor is the author of the highly regarded tome, Brown Skin: Dr. Susan Taylor’s Prescription for Flawless Skin, Hair and Nails (Amistad) and also the genius behind the product line Rx for Brown Skin which has been praised by publications like Allure and Essence so she certainly knows her stuff. (I personally have fallen in love with the Ultra-Gentle Cleanser from the Bright and Healthy line; it makes my combination skin feel silky smooth!) Read on to find out why you shouldn’t get a facial on the same day you plan to say “I Do”, how your hubby-to-be can avoid razor bumps and why H20 should become one of your best friends in the weeks leading up to your nuptials. [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesdays-Cleo & Lyncoln

Cleo and Lyncoln Dujon

Bride: Cleo Stevenson, 29
Groom: Lyncoln Dujon, 33
Occupations: Stevenson, registered nurse; Dujon, accountant
Homebase: Maryland
Wedding Date: November 22, 2009
Wedding Location: Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Church, Bronx, New York; Reception: The Westmount Country Club, West Paterson, New Jersey

Second Time Around: If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Thank goodness newlyweds Cleo and Lyncoln took heed to this sage advice. After meeting through friends, the duo immediately hit it off and started dating. “Cleo seemed down to earth and we had good conversation,” explains Lyncoln. However the pair decided to take things slow after a few months of courting but agreed to stay in touch and remain friends. “During that time apart, I constantly found myself thinking about him and he wasn’t even my boyfriend,” admits Cleo with a laugh. A chance meeting at a mutual friend’s party in Philly rekindled their sparks and the couple decided to give their love another chance. They haven’t looked back since. [Read more...]

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