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…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday: MUST-SEE Surprise Wedding Video

SURPRISE: We're Getting Married Today!

SURPRISE: We’re Getting Married Today!

Certain wedding trailers force even the biggest cynics stop and smile. This video, created by Eric Blanks Media, is one of them. [Read more…]

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 – The Matrimony

Behind the Scenes: Wale + model/actress Bria Murphy filming "The Matrimony".

Behind the Scenes: Wale + model/actress Bria Murphy filming “The Matrimony”.

“Even if you make plans you never think you’re really ready for marriage. Like any growth you can’t be (completely) ready for it because it’s going to be new.”

– Jerry Seinfeld

 View the video below and share your thoughts (particularly about the exchange between Wale and Jerry in the beginning)! The conversations surrounding marriage from a man’s perspective are usually enlightening if for no other reason because we rarely hear them. Share your feedback — good, bad or indifferent — and let’s get a discussion going in the comments, y’all. [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – Selecting a Videographer with Cleo + Lyncoln

Couple Cleo + Lyncoln Dujon give Triple B the scoop on hiring a quality videographer for your wedding day!

Couple Cleo + Lyncoln Dujon give Triple B the scoop on hiring a quality videographer for your wedding day!

After five years (whew!) of featuring awesome couples and their nuptials here on Triple B we’ve gotten quite a bit of content in our archives. Today we revisit an interview with our first Tie the Knot Tuesday couple, Cleo and Lyncoln Dujon. The Maryland couple first shared their insider videographer tips and tricks here. However, their insight — the couple comes clean on budgets and not initially agreeing on the need for a videographer — is still relevant so enjoy! [Read more…]

The Newlywed Chronicles – Finding a Perfect Work Love Life Balance

Can a modern married woman really have it all?

Can a modern married woman really have it all?

Hey Triple B, your resident newlywed L’Oreal is back with her third Triple B post. Like many of you she’s trying to juggle her relationship as a newlywed, manage a flourishing career, maintain a social life and more. (Whew!) Here’s how she’s balancing it all (or not)… [Read more…]

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

A young Kathryn in daddy's hands

A young Kathryn in daddy’s hands

As a kid, every Wednesday daddy and I had a tradition. We listened to Frank Sinatra and sipped cherry slurpies while cruising down the highway. Windows down and not a care in the world. My father has and will forever be my first love. The role my father played in my life helped to shape me as a wife. [Read more…]

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

Triple B founder Bridgette with her parents -- 1980-something...

Triple B founder Bridgette with her parents — 1980-something…

I was tempted to make this essay about how my father stressed the importance of family. I’m grateful for it and hope to pass similar family values to my children should I become a mother. Then I considered making the post about how culturally aware I am as a result of my father. The art, literature and even music he exposed me to at an early age was key in making me the woman I am today. I thought about focusing this piece on the way my father treated my mother and the message it sent to me. I knew early on that romantic love did not mean physical or verbal abuse and I have my father to thank for that.

But I decided against them all. Why?

[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…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday (VIDEO) – Allison + DeQuan

Tie the Knot Tuesday Presents: Allison + DeQuan

Tie the Knot Tuesday Presents: Allison + DeQuan

Who wants a perfect love affair anyway?

It has been a minute since Triple B featured a wedding trailer so here’s a true feel-good one from the talented folks over at 3 Ring Weddings. Couple Allison and DeQuan don’t disappoint and their chemistry is palpable. Be sure to leave a comment including your favorite part of the video after viewing. [Read more…]

The Newlywed Chronicles – What’s in a Name?

Newlywed + Triple B contributor L'Oreal discusses the name game!

Newlywed + Triple B contributor L’Oreal discusses the name game!

I’m baac-aack! Hey Triple B, L’Oreal here with my second Triple B post. What’s in a new last name?

Beyonce Knowles-Carter.

Kim Kardashian West.

Kandi Burruss Tucker.

Back when our mothers got married, they typically took our fathers’ last names. But nowadays, brides have more options than ever: [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…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday (Celeb Special) – Tina & Richard

Introducing the new Tina + Richard Lawson! Tina stunned in a sophisticated Romona Keveza column style dress.

Introducing the new Tina + Richard Lawson! Tina stunned in a sophisticated Romona Keveza column style dress.

Looks like the mother of Beyonce and Solange might be singing her own version of the Destiny Child’s hit anthem, “I’m a Survivor” right about now. [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday – L’Oreal and Jeff

Tie the Knot Tuesday Presents: L'Oreal + Jeff in Maryland! Share their love.

Tie the Knot Tuesday Presents: L’Oreal + Jeff in Maryland! Share their love.

Couple: L’Oreal and Jeff
Wedding Date: November 1, 2014
Wedding + Reception Location: National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD
Wedding Theme: Surrounded by family, friends and dolphins, the couple was wed by the same officiant who married the bride’s parents 30 years earlier.  [Read more…]

Tie the Knot Tuesday Celebrity Special – Miranda Brooke + AJ Green

Mr. & Mrs. AJ Green taking in all the bliss!

Mr. & Mrs. AJ Green taking in all their bliss!

Confession: Before this morning I had no idea who singer Miranda Brooke or Cincinnati Bengals NFL player AJ Green were. But the twosome tied the knot on March 21st in a lavish Atlanta wedding complete with several dress changes, plenty of bridesmaids and groomsmen, a six layer cake, specially choreographed dances at the reception and enough crystals for an Elton John world tour. Yet, judging from the pics and videos flooding the net of this affair online, the nuptials of Miranda and AJ weren’t pretentious and gaudy — just a hearty celebration of two people in love who decided to spend the rest of their lives together and wanted to make the most of the monumental occasion their way.

The 24 year-old songstress and 26 year-old jock met on Facebook in 2010. The pair said “I Do” at ATL’s famed 200 Peachtree venue. Their first dance was to John Legend’s So High and the bride’s father even broke out a fresh pair of Jordans to cut a rug with his daughter during the winter wonderland-themed affair.

Take a look at the fun pics and video to judge for yourself. In the meantime, Triple B is sending a heartfelt congratulations to the newlyweds for a healthy and happy marriage! [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…]

Marriage Matters: What Marriage Means to Me Series

Olivia from Maryland shares her feelings on marriage with Triple B.

Olivia from Maryland shares her feelings on marriage with Triple B.

Working with Black Bridal Bliss has afforded me the opportunity to interview scores of brides-to-be and women that have already jumped the broom. Two questions I often ask these individuals are: 1) What does marriage mean to you? and 2) What is/was your biggest fear entering marriage? The answers have been so entertaining and/or awe inspiring. Here’s part three in this enlightening feature. I invite you to revisit the first and second essays as well. You’re welcome. [Read more…]

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