Couple: Alicia + Yao
Engagement Session Locations: Central Park, NYC
Wedding Date: October 11, 2014
Wedding Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Couple: Alicia + Yao
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...]
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...]
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...]
Couple: L’Oreal + Jeff
Engagement Session Locations: Popular attractions throughout Chicago, IL
Wedding Date: November 1, 2014
Wedding Location: National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD
Couple: Shannon and Stuart
Wedding Date: July 26, 2013
Wedding and Reception Location: Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle, NY
Wedding Theme: Simple Elegance
I found the above message on Instagram a couple weeks back and thought it was profound. So much so that I needed to share. It is easy (too easy) to get caught up in the rings, the gown, the flowers, the reception music, and the 18,000 other things that even the most focused engaged couple can forget the true point of it all.
Read. Digest. Comment. (Even if you disagree.)
One of the most anticipated weddings of the year finally happened — actress Gabrielle Union and basketball all-star Dwyane Wade got hitched on Saturday, August 30. The dynamic duo wed in their home city of Miami at the Chateau Artisan castle in a black-and-white themed affair. The bride’s BFF Essence Atkins served as the couple’s officiant. The newlyweds were adamant about not having a traditional wedding party, however, celeb buddies such as Carmelo and LaLa Anthony, Chris and Jada Paul and Kevin Hart were in attendance. [Read more...]
We all remember BET’s hit reality show The Family Crews. Terry and Rebecca Crews welcomed us in their L.A. home, making us all feel like family. But what happened when the cameras stopped rolling? Triple B chatted with Mrs. Rebecca Crews about getting and staying married. Rebecca, who is refreshingly down to Earth, is clear that her husband did not become the man that he is overnight but in practicing commitment, compassion, and communication they held on. Terry and Rebecca are the proud parents of five children and celebrated 25 years of marriage on July 29, 2014. This is their story… [Read more...]
Don’t believe the headline? Just watch for yourself below. Oh and word on the street is that the couple, who has had their relationship under quite a bit of scrutiny since getting engaged, also mailed out traditional paper save-the-dates with a heart motif back in May. Smart to have both just in case some folks — i.e. Nana and ‘em — aren’t feeling the digital correspondence for such an important day. [Read more...]
Hola! Tie the Knot Tuesday and Not Quite Tie the Knot Tuesday will return soon, folks. I know, I know — but trust that Triple B is working on some good stuff in the meantime and it includes featuring a bunch of great love stories, weddings, videos and engagement pictures. Today however, we’re switching things up a bit. [Read more...]
New York couple Lauren and Frantz are scheduled to wed on a Caribbean beach hence their decision to have part of their e-session on…wait for it…a beach! In addition, the fun duo headed to a sneaker store for the second part of their photo session because that’s how they met. Cute, right?! Lauren actually worked at shoe store and now Frantz has his own sneaker and apparel company. Enjoy their pics!
Like most of you, I was saddened to learn Ruby Dee passed away yesterday (June 11, 2014). Her work as an actress, philanthropist and civil rights activist made her a bona fide cultural icon. But her marriage to fellow actor Ossie Davis was equally as memorable as her acting career. In fact, the names Ossie and Ruby just roll off of our tongues like peanut butter and jelly. More Harlem than Hollywood, they were one of those couples in the public eye who genuinely seemed to like each other — it was refreshing and welcoming. Mr. TK (my hubby rocks!) reminded me, because I honestly had forgotten I even penned the post, about this of this blog piece I wrote in 2008 about Mrs. Ruby Dee. I smiled while reading it and I think you might, too. Here’s a snippet: [Read more...]
Although it may seem trite, sometimes a picture — or in this case a video — is truly worth a thousand words. There’s not a lot of commentary needed. Enjoy, folks! [Read more...]
Life throws us — every single one of us — curve balls and is filled with unpredictable ups and downs. No matter how much we plan and prepare, there are going to be situations that knock us on our a**. When there is someone who can help us navigate those twists and turns, hug us tight and say with sincerity, “Babe, we’re going to be okay. I got you.” — it makes the valleys in our journey a little less challenging and the peaks that much sweeter.
Love can get messy, marriage can get complicated but when there’s someone by your side who wants to figure it all out together it can also be bliss.
After this past winter, I plan to take full advantage of the summer weather. Every year I say this, however this year I am committed to enjoying almost everything the NYC and DC summers have to offer. Solely because I don’t know what to expect when Old Man Winter returns, I suggest you too get your money’s worth between June and September. In fact, I’m sharing fun date ideas. You’ll owe me one after this post. [Read more...]
Couple: Seti and Harry
Wedding Date: September 14, 2013
Wedding and Reception Location: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte, NC
Wedding Theme: Combination of traditional East African heritage along with modern Southern style [Read more...]