*Flashback* Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – I Got Your Back

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I think we have all heard the term “I Got Your Back.” I know it isn’t grammatically correct, but let’s ignore that for now. Growing up with siblings and/or other close relatives is what allows most kids the first opportunity to use this expression. As we grow older our circle begins to include friends. If you’re anything like me, you have many stories of how you’ve proven this mantra. Perhaps even better stories regarding how it was proven to you by others. I’d share a few, but the statute of limitations in New York and the District of Columbia are a bit fuzzy in some cases. [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: Bride vs. Wife

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Me + My Mister at the Black Bridal Bliss 2015 Date Night Event in Charlotte

A couple of months back while having a heart-to-heart with my girlfriend Mo, she said something profound regarding marriage: [Read more…]

MARS VS VENUS CRITIQUES A DATE NIGHT LOOK

Actress Naturi Naughton and beau Ben on a recent date night in Washington, D.C.!

Mars thinks – First thought: GROWN FOLK DATE NIGHT.  Ben’s suit is totally on point and, of course,  [Read more…]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week: #FOREVERDUNCAN

SURPRISE: #ForeverDuncan Broke the Internet!

SURPRISE: #ForeverDuncan Broke the Internet!

If you follow Black Bridal Bliss on Instagram (You are following Triple B on IG, right??!), then you already know how I feel about #ForeverDuncan. But just in case you missed it, here’s a snapshot of the proposal and surprise wedding that had the World Wide Web collectively swooning.  [Read more…]

Anniversary Bliss: The Obamas Celebrate 24 Years of Marriage!

It's Our Anniversary: Flotus & Potus on their wedding day, 1992.

It’s Our Anniversary: Flotus & Potus on their wedding day, 1992.

To celebrate the 24th wedding anniversary of Barack + Michelle Obama, who happen to be one of our fave couples ‘round these parts, we’ve compiled eight of the most memorable photos from their time in office that is sadly coming to a close. Enjoy!

By the way, in case you need a reason to know why we count these two as one of our fave couples (but, why?!), see the quote from First Lady Obama below the photos. [Read more…]

MARS VS VENUS CRITIQUES A GROOMSMEN LOOK

Aug 5, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; USA basketball players Kevin Durant , Paul George , Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-323234 ORIG FILE ID: 20160805_jel_usa_181.jpg

Kevin Durant , Paul George , Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony @ Rio’s Opening Ceremony

Mars thinks – These members of the 2016 USA Men’s Basketball team rocked these preppy threads. [Read more…]

How to Enjoy Your Bridal Bliss!

We've got tips to ensure you make it to your big day with less stress.

We’ve got tips to ensure you make it to your big day with less stress.

The hubby and I have friends who recently tied the knot in St. Lucia. I was texting with the bride a few weeks before their wedding when she shared the sentiments below:

“We are so excited but nervous at the same time. Let me know if you have any tips for staying calm [before] the big day.”

I had to share those tips here too because this is undoubtedly the way most engaged couples feel leading up to their wedding day. Here are Triple B’s top five tips for maintaining your bridal bliss as you prepare for your nuptials: [Read more…]

Marriage Matters on a…Wednesday?!

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. Marriage Matters is typically a Monday feature on Black Bridal Bliss. However, we’re mixing things up this week. There’s been a lot of chatter on social media regarding whether or not women, particularly wives, should or shouldn’t fix their partners plates at cookouts, Thanksgiving gatherings and such. Check out what our pal Charli Penn over at ESSENCE.com had to say about this debate:

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My Amazing (and BLISSFUL) Moment *SPONSORED POST*

Us...A couple of hours before getting engaged.

Us…A couple of hours before getting engaged.

September 15, 2012. I will never forget that date. It is the day my now husband proposed. It was a beautiful late summer afternoon. The temperature was in the mid-80s. Warm but not too hot. He requested I wear a dress. I obliged and rocked some heels for good measure too. We got an early start and headed to one of my favorite NYC chill spots, Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan. We took pictures of each other, asked strangers to take pictures of us together, took pics of the gorgeous scenery, flirted, kissed, laughed and just enjoyed each other.

In hindsight, he must have been drowning in anxiety knowing what he was planning to do later in the day. [Read more…]

If Mama Ain’t Happy…with CANDACE MONTGOMERY

Beach babes: The Montgomery Family surround Candace on vacay in Turks and Caicos.

Beach babes: The Montgomery Family surround Candace on vacay in Turks and Caicos.

The Black Bridal Bliss feature If Mama Ain’t Happy is bi-zack! This month we’re chatting with New York City event marketing director and blogger, Candace Montgomery. If Mama Ain’t Happy… is our series of intimate conversations with married mothers who are juggling the roles of wife and mom. This is where real mothers and wives can celebrate, inspire and encourage each other. Enjoy and remember to leave a comment!

Name: Candace Montgomery

Wedding Date: September 7, 2002

Husband: Kenneth Montgomery

Children: Stone, 12, Jade, 9 and Jett, 6

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Father’s Day Special – Confessions of Dad-to-Be, Anslem Rocque

Knock, knock: Anslem hangs out with wife Starrene's belly.

Knock, knock: Anslem hangs out with wife Starrene’s belly.

While many dismiss Father’s Day as another lame form of societal pressure to spend money, we like using this time to celebrate something we’re extremely passionate about here: Family. Rather than featuring a gift guide, Black Bridal Bliss convinced first-time father-to-be Anslem Rocque to open up about life since learning he would be a parent. Anslem is no stranger to Triple B, we’ve showcased both his engagement session and wedding. Now, there’s a Lil’ Rocque on the way! Keep reading for an honest take from a real husband on protecting his pregnant wife, leaning on his circle of male friends and keeping the good stuff about his family off social media.   [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – Family Business

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I recently noticed the above meme via @MarriageAnonymous on Instagram. Kinda profound I thought and put it in save.

Fast forward to last weekend. [Read more…]

Mother’s Day Special – If Mama Ain’t Happy…with Cleo Dujon

Circle of Love: Our featured mom Cleo surrounded by her family

Circle of Love: Cleo surrounded by her husband Lyncoln (right), son Mahki and daughter Madison

Welcome to the first Black Bridal Bliss feature: If Mama Ain’t Happy Mother’s Day Weekend is the perfect time to debut our series of intimate conversations with married mothers who are juggling the roles of wife and mom. This will be a space where real mothers and wives can celebrate, inspire and encourage each other. We couldn’t think of a better person to launch this fun feature than our first Tie the Knot Tuesday bride, Cleo. Enjoy and be sure to leave a comment. [Read more…]

MARS VS VENUS CRITIQUES A GROOM’S LOOK

Mr. Black & Yellow in all white

Mr. Black & Yellow in all WHITE at the 2016 Met Gala.

Mars thinks – Although he was probably high when he selected this outfit, I think it was a great choice. [Read more…]

MARS VS VENUS CRITIQUES A BRIDAL SHOWER/BRUNCH LOOK

Tika Sumpter at Glamour Magazine’s Game Changers Event

Tika Sumpter at Glamour Magazine’s Game Changers Event

Mars thinks – I’m digging this origami inspired, spaghetti strap dress. [Read more…]

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…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday THROWBACK – 10 Pics That Made Us Go Aww!

Join the Forresters in Grenada for a breathtaking beach affair!

Remember this? Beach Bliss with The Forresters in Grenada!

Howdy! It might seem hard to believe but we have not abandoned Tie the Knot Tuesday. There’s been a bunch of housekeeping and technical matters taking place behind the scenes here at Black Bridal Bliss and very soon you’ll understand the need for this hiatus. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up our top ten aww-inducing Tie the Knot Tuesday images for a fun trip down memory lane. Remember, #BlackLoveMatters and images are far more powerful than we realize. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday Flashback – Kesha and Steven

Kesha and Steven: Easy Elegance in Marlaynd!

Kesha and Steven: Easy Elegance in Maryland!

One of the things we enjoy about weddings here at Black Bridal Bliss is that although there are many similarities in each, every single one is distinctive. Take the nuptials of Kesha and Steven of Maryland, for instance (we initially featured them in Tie the Knot Tuesday last year). While their wedding on the surface seemed classic and pretty traditional, it in fact was injected with several unique touches such as liturgical dancers during the ceremony and a surprise Latin-inspired first dance that even their wedding party didn’t know about! The best part? Their touching and relatable love story. Check it out:

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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…]

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