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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Marriage Matters Monday – The Obamas…Caption It!

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On the evening of Friday, September 25, President and First Lady Obama stunned at the China State Dinner at The White House and basically broke the Internet when these images surfaced. Talk about images being worth a thousand words…Sheesh.

Leave a comment with how you would caption both pics. Annnnnnnnnd go! [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday Flashback – Akida + Ken

2011 FLASHBACK: The Neelys said "I Do" in the "City of Brotherly Love"!

2011 FLASHBACK: The Neelys said “I Do” in the “City of Brotherly Love”!

This feature is extra-special for Triple B (well, every Tie the Knot Tuesday wedding is but…) because of the sense of community it displays. Bride Akida was honest about not having an active relationship with her biological father and therefore opted to be escorted down the aisle by her longtime swim coach and mentor, Jim Ellis. “I attended college on a swim scholarship largely because of him,” she shared. Ellis is the same swim coach that the film Pride was based on (actor Terrance Howard played him in the movie). It takes a village. Remember, Triple is is bigger than weddings. Enjoy today’s  [Read more…]

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…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday FLASHBACK – Kelly & Bryan

Revisit Kelly + Bryan's frugal yet fab wedding!

Revisit Kelly + Bryan’s frugal yet fab wedding!

Even with the popularity of “wedspiration-friendly” platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, Triple B still gets lots of inquiries from engaged folks thirsty for ways to save money while planning their wedding — without sacrificing style. Allow us to re-introduce [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. 

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Marriage Matters Monday – In Sickness & In Health

Love Rules: Tracy and Megan are in newlywed bliss

Love Rules: Tracy and Megan are in newlywed bliss

Comedic actor Tracy Morgan tied the knot with longtime fiancee Megan Wollover in an intimate ceremony yesterday! [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: Making Love Work

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We’re borrowing from our pals over at The Lover’s Rocque (Remember their fun Tie the Knot Tuesday wedding?) for today’s Marriage Matters. The messaging that brides-to-be are bombarded with is plan, plan and plan some more for a beautiful, memorable wedding however there is very little information for engaged women (or men) on achieving and maintaining a beautiful and memorable marriage. [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday: Cousin Mars Presents A Father’s Day (Month) Special

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Triple B’s editorial assistant Janee shares a warm embrace with her father

Last month’s Mother’s Day Special Series received such positive response that I decided to show love to the other parent — FATHERS. I chose to allow women to show their appreciation for, in most cases, the first man they loved. This month, Marriage Matters Mondays will be replaced with a Cousin Mars Special Series: How Daddy Helped Me to Be A Better WifeOur first participant and the BlackBridalBliss.com editorial assistant Janee D. Weather (aka Venus) currently resides in New York and has yet to marry. [Read more…]

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…]

Mars VS Venus Critique of a Groom’s Engagement Rehearsal Dinner Look

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 Mars thinks – First, I would like to congratulate Mr. Curry and the Golden State Warriors for winning the Western Conference Finals last night and securing a trip to the NBA Finals.  [Read more…]

Cousin Mars Presents: A Mother’s Day (month) Special (Part III)

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Did you forget that Marriage Matters Mondays has been replaced with a Cousin Mars special series: I Love My Wife Even More, Because of the Mother She Is during May? Of course you didn’t. Our third husband to participate, Donald (currently residing in TX) is a proud father of two and has been married for 10 years. I’m sure you’ll enjoy what he shared below. [Read more…]

Mars VS Venus Critique of a Groom’s Look

Groom Inspiration on Mars VS Venus

Groom Inspiration on Mars VS Venus

Mars thinks – Nice suit. One could definitely get many wears – random Tuesday, nephew’s graduation, date night, and of course the day one trades in freedom for a lifetime of Honey Do lists.  [Read more…]

Cousin Mars Presents: A Mother’s Day (month) Special (Part II)

Richard and his lovely wife are happily raising two children together.

Richard and his lovely wife of 6 years are happily raising two children together.

Part II in our special series: I Love My Wife Even More, Because of the Mother She Is was penned by Richard who currently resides in Florida. Richard, who has known his wife for 10 years and has been married for six, opens up on how they’ve grown individually and collectively over the past decade. Be sure to comment on his essay shared below. [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday Special – 5 Things We Can All Learn from TTKT Couples!

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Triple B’s very first Tie the Knot Tuesday couple, Cleo and Lyncoln!

BlackBridalBliss.com is officially five years old. Yes, five years old. (Our anniversary is actually April 26.) As shared on social media yesterday, thank you for your support, encouragement and especially for lighting the fire under our butts to keep the Triple B team going. [Read more…]

The Newlywed Chronicles – So…How Does it Feel to be Married?

The Newlywed Chronicles Debuts on Triple B today with L'Oreal Thompson Payton shown here on her wedding day!

The Newlywed Chronicles debuts on Triple B today with L’Oreal Thompson Payton shown here on her wedding day!

Triple B has a treat for you! BlackBridalBliss.com is launching a brand new “column” called, The Newlywed Chronicles! That’s right…And last week’s Tie the Knot Tuesday bride L’Oreal Thompson Payton will be kicking off this exciting monthly feature. Read up and be sure to show her some love in the comments. (All feedback — good, bad or indifferent is welcomed as long as it is respectful.) Enjoy! [Read more…]

Marriage Matters Monday – I’m Married to My Best Friend

Verdel + Jeremiah have been married for more than 25 years!

Verdel + Jeremiah have been married for more than 25 years!

Please enjoy the below essay from a new contributor to BlackBridalBliss.com — Verdel A. Jones. Verdel is an educator in Long Island, New York and has been married to her husband Jeremiah (pictured above) for 26 years and counting. Be sure to show her some Triple B love in the comments after reading! [Read more…]

(Not Quite) Tie the Knot Tuesday – Ashley and Leonard

Meet Ashley + Leonard!

Meet Ashley + Leonard!

Couple: Ashley + Lenoard
Engagement Session Locations: St. Simon Island and Jekyll Island (near Brunswick, GA) and Miami/Daytona Beach
Wedding Date: May 10, 2015
Wedding Location: Ocoee, FL [Read more…]

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