Marriage Matters Monday – Did you watch #Lemonade?

The Carters: Mama Beyonce, Papa Jay and Baby Blue Ivy celebrating her first birthday!

The Carters: Mama Beyonce, Papa Jay and Baby Blue Ivy celebrating her first birthday!

Everyone is talking about it. Beyonce‘s hour-long Lemonade debut on HBO Saturday night still has the Internet buzzing. Rather than speculate about whether or not the Grammy-winning singer’s new album gave us a snapshot into her own marriage (we’ll never really know) or her mama’s former marriage to her father (still, we won’t know anytime soon), let’s use this platform to further explore some of the important topics Lemonade addresses that at some point in time touch most if not all Black women. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – A Couple That Graduates Together…

Power Couple Mario + Nitra with son Myles

Power Couple Mario + Nitra with son MJ

Well, maybe not all the time. But they sure do inspire us here at Black Bridal Bliss! The above image of 26-year-old Nitra, 28-year-old Mario and their 5-year-old son MJ went viral on Facebook earlier this month. This moving caption accompanied the pic:

Mario: Masters of Special Education (May 7)

Nitra: Juris Doctor (May 21)

MJ: Kindergarten (May 23)

‪#‎MayGrads‬ ‪#‎AFamilyThatStudiesTogether‬

Read more about married power duo Mario and Nitra, and their adorable baby boy MJ below. We’re pretty sure you’ll be inspired too. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Triple B’s Fave Celeb Married Couples

Boho Bliss: Alan + Solange sipp their bubbly in style.

Boho Bliss: Alan + Solange sip their bubbly in style.

Praising celebrity relationships on a regular basis is not something Black Bridal Bliss condones. It is a slippery slope that can be dangerous since every marriage contains nuances only the two people who said “I Do” to each other are fully aware of. Still we thought it would fun — and it was! — to round up a list of well-known married folks who seemingly have a healthy and happy union. Triple B jumps at the opportunity to celebrate Black women in love. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Uncomfortable, but Necessary

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Prior to getting married, many couples feel as though they’ve had all of the “must have” conversations. After jumping the broom, these couples often realize a few conversations that weren’t thought of during the courting or engagement phases. [Read more…]

BRIDAL NEWS YOU CAN USE

Meet one of the coolest African American families in America: The Rices

Meet one of the coolest African American families in America: The Rices

Get inspired by this couple’s unconventional love story here

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Marriage Matters Monday – Stand By Your Woman

Talking down to or about my wife? DeVon Franklin, pictured with his better half Meagan Good, says not a chance!

Talking down to or about my wife in my presence? DeVon Franklin, pictured here with his better half Meagan Good, says not a chance!

How refreshing is the recently gone viral video of DeVon Franklin defending his wife, Meagan Good during an appearance promoting their new book, The Wait? Watch for yourself. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Never Stop Dating

Never-Stop-Dating-Your-Wife black bridal bliss

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…]

Mars vs Venus – DC Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation edition

Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation Panelists

Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation Panelists

Mars thinks –  This week I decided to let Venus comment on the all male panel at Sunday’s Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Conversation event held at Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast in Washington, DC. [Read more…]

BRIDAL NEWS YOU CAN USE

Black Bridal Bliss in Brooklyn for Magazine It Girl, Kahlana Barfield!

Black Bridal Bliss in Brooklyn for Magazine It Girl, Kahlana Barfield!

InStyle magazine editor-at-large Kahlana Barfield tied the knot last weekend in Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden and her first look (see above) is all kinds of fabulous. Congrats to you and Dwayne from Triple B, Kahlana! Read more about this gorge sneak peek pic here. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – MUST-SEE VIDEO!

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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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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…]

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…]

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. 

Let me explain. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday: Don’t Forget to Have FUN!

A Couple That Laughs Together? Alicia Keys + Swizz Beatz Horsing Around

A Couple That Laughs Together? Alicia Keys + Swizz Beatz Horsing Around

We’re smitten with this photo spotted on the Instagram page of singer Alicia Keys! Keys and her super-producer husband Swizz Beatz recently celebrated five years of marriage. As always, it is never a good idea to look at someone else’s relationship from the outside [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – How Young is Too Young to Get Married?

Age Ain't Nothing But a Number: Me and my boyfriend at my NYU graduation in 2013.

Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number: Me and my boyfriend (and soon-to-be fiance!) at my NYU graduation in 2013.

In August of 2009 I was a nervous 18 year-old moving cross-country to New York City to begin my first year at New York University (NYU). Being that NYU is the largest private institution in the country and a PWI (predominately White institution), I mentally prepared myself to go through four years with a minimal amount of friends; after all, I was an introvert and school was the priority. If you would have told me that during my first week on my own in a new city I would meet the man who I would spend the rest of my life with, I would have literally laughed out loud. But that’s exactly what happened. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Imperfectly Perfect

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