Marriage Matters: This Husband’s Work

Marriage Matters: Kyle with his wife Jackie of 9 years

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...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Kesha and Steven

Kesha + Steven Say I Do: Share Their Bliss

Couple: Kesha and Steven
Wedding Date: August 31, 2014
Wedding + Reception Location: Grand Historic Venue, Baltimore, MD
Wedding Theme: Easy Elegance

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Tie the Knot Tuesday – Nicole and Leonard

Nicole + Leonard get hitched! Share their bliss.

Couple: Nicole and Leonard
Wedding Date: July 19, 2014
Wedding and Reception Location: Hotel Seven 4 One, Laguna Beach, CA
Wedding Theme: Romantic Chic

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


Raised by married parents, a college graduate, pursuing a master’s degree and the owner of a pretty smile. Doesn’t that make me the perfect package? My relationship reality didn’t become clear until I began to scroll through my Insta (gram) timeline and notice many of my female classmates had either been recently married or engaged. For a moment I laughed at those girls. My first thought was, “Y’all are crazy!” Did your mother not teach you as mine did; to “Do You!” before settling down? In other words: Travel, party, live alone, and kiss a few frogs? [Read more...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Shannon and Stuart

Triple B Presents: Shannon and Stuart! Share their love.

Couple: Shannon and Stuart
Wedding Date: July 26, 2013
Wedding and Reception Location: Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle, NY
Wedding Theme: Simple Elegance

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Marriage Matters – Thinking Inside the Box


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.)

Tie the Knot Tuesday (Celeb Edition) – Gabrielle Union + Dwyane Wade

The Wade Union Download: (L) The newlyweds are flanked b y Wade's two oldest sons and his nephew. (R) Gabby stuns in her second reception dress.

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...]

Marriage Matters Monday – The Family Crews Exclusive Interview

Pucker Up! - Rebecca + Terry Crews at the 20th Wedding Vow Renewal

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...]

Marriage Matters on…Tuesday!

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...]

Love and Legacy: Remembering Ruby Dee + Ossie Davis

Loving + Living: A Young Ossie + Ruby

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...]

Marriage Matters – I’m a Force When We’re Together


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.

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – Summer Date Ideas


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...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Seti & Harry

Seti and Harry Share I Dos in a Modern Southern Affair

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...]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Lishawn & Miguel

Tie the Knot Tuesday Presents Fun-Loving Couple, Lishawn & Miguel in Sunny Florida!

Couple: Lishawn and Miguel
Wedding Date: November 17, 2013
Wedding and Reception Location: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wedding Theme: Diamonds Are Forever

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Marriage Matters Monday – 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Tying the Knot


Your honey popped the question so you’re ready to start planning your wedding. Sure you understand the marriage is bigger than the wedding — Duh!  You love your future spouse and have no doubts that he (or she) is who you want to say “I Do” to during that ceremony you have already begun meticulously planning.

After the bridal dust has settled and the honeymoon is (literally) over, the marriage begins. Even couples who live together before jumping the broom are likely to experience “growing pains” after their nuptials. Asking yourself the below questions then discussing your honest answers to those questions with your partner while still engaged is wise and will help you gain a better sense of self. [Read more...]

Tie The Knot Tuesday: The Royall Union (Bridgette and Anthony’s Bliss-part two)

 

Introducing the Royalls

Couple: Black Bridal Bliss founder Bridgette and Anthony Royall
Wedding Date: October 19, 2013
Wedding and Reception Location: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture – Charlotte, NC
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Tie The Knot Tuesday: Bridgette and Anthony’s Bliss (part one)

 

Tie The Knot Tuesday Presents: The Royalls

Couple: Bridgette and Anthony
Wedding Date: September 14, 2013
Wedding Location: (ceremony) The Cloisters at Ft. Tryon Park, Upper Manhattan, NY, (reception) Londel’s Restaurant, Harlem, NY
Theme: Just Us [Read more...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – Turn Wedding Planning Activities Into Dates!

Mr. TK and I last winter at a Martha Stewart Weddings Event in the Soho, NYC Tiffany & Co. store! Good times.

Nearlyweds if you’re in the midst of wedding planning, chances are you are neck-deep in scheduling lots of tastings, venue walk-throughs and dozens of other vendor appointments. Juggling it all along with your already hectic life (because I don’t know many Black women who aren’t pulled into a multitude of directions) can begin to seem more like work than play. But I strongly urge you not to stay in that place and here’s why. [Read more...]

Gabrielle Union, “Secret Children” & Judging Someone Else’s Love

Bridal Bliss? Gabrielle Union Faces Major Ridicule Days After Accepting Dwyane Wade's Proposal

Earlier this week, I posted the following note on my personal Facebook page:

LOL. So now that Wade reportedly fathered a child while he and Gabrielle were on a break, the ring that some folks were ooohing and awwing over and the holiday pics and video aren’t cute anymore. Funny indeed. Not saying I agree or disagree with either side but the commentary I’ve read on the subject from perfect people in their perfect relationships with perfect families is comical to say the least. [Read more...]

Final Fridays with Cousin Mars – She Made Me A Better Man

 

I needed a provocative title in order to pique your interest. In a moment you’ll understand why I chose it. This post may be my most personal Final Fridays with Cousin Mars post to date. In fact, it may actually break a few of the privacy rules I set when I first agreed to contribute to The Ultimate Online Destination for Black Brides. I have received such positive reviews, via emails and post comments, over the past sixteen months. At the risk of sounding extremely corny, I feel as though the Black Bridal Bliss audience deserves a more open Cousin Mars.

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