Behind the Scenes at the Chris Paul-Jada Crawley Wedding!

The Pauls & Me!

I’ve been itching to share this with you guys and the time is finally here! My former employer ESSENCE magazine tapped moi to cover the nuptials of NBA superstar Chris Paul and his wife Jada. You can check out the story in the November 2011 issue on pages 61-62 and over on Essence.com in their Bridal Bliss Wedding of the Week. (Be sure to watch the video, too.) This assignment admittedly caused me quite a bit of angst. Why? Well, while I’ve interviewed dozens of celebs in the past — from Heidi Klum to Steve Harvey — covering the Paul wedding was extra-special because it marked the first celebrity bridal-related story I nailed since launching Triple B. The stakes were high. Thankfully Chris and Jada couldn’t have been a more down-to-Earth couple. Once I calmed down and treated the story like a typical Tie the Knot Tuesday feature, I was just fine. Traveling to Charlotte, NC to cover the star-studded affair was technically work yet the entire wedding weekend felt like hanging out with family. Seriously. Here are my exclusive highlights you won’t read about anywhere else:

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Black Bridal Bliss – Looking Back to Move Forward

Please enjoy this post from me today — the final post from BlackBridalBliss.com for the year. Nadine will return next Thursday with her Road to Mrs. blog.

The oft-forgotten Black bride was the reason Triple B launched -- and the reason it has grown!

“How can you give advice on marriage or weddings if you’ve never been married?” she asked with a tinge of attitude while she flashed her colossal platinum diamond ring and matching wedding band. She was an on-air reporter for CNN and we were at a networking reception during the National Association of Black Journalists Annual Conference in San Diego last summer. Triple B was just four months young at the time and I was eager to spread the word about my baby. But honestly, her question stung. Okay, it stung a lot. [Read more…]

Welcome to Black Bridal Bliss!

Howdy, folks!

Welcome to BLACK BRIDAL BLISS! Bridgette Bartlett here, creator of Black Bridal Bliss and certified bridal junkie. I launched this site because while working as an editor for a major Black women’s magazine, I discovered how much sisters are neglected in the bridal market. And although I have never planned a wedding of my own, (God knows I’ve been in quite a few though!) it frustrated me. I also discovered that there are oodles of us who aren’t planning a personal walk down the aisle but still get a huge kick out of looking at wedding dresses and videos of random folks doing the electric slide during wedding receptions. And let’s face it, when opening any top bridal magazine you’re likely to find more women who look like Gwyneth Paltrow than Mo’Nique, right? I searched and searched for ways I could help do something about this imbalance.

So, I decided to combine my passion for all things stylish along with my sincere desire to showcase more Black women in happy marriages (The nerve of me to think the latter is possible, huh?) and eventually came up with BLACK BRIDAL BLISS. As the week progresses, you will find informative fashion and beauty posts in STYLE, get ideas on everything from engagement parties to escort cards in PLANNERS, PEONIES & PLACECARDS, soak up the latest jet-setting dish in DESTINATION IDEAS, ooh and ah over the exclusive real weddings featured weekly in TIE THE KNOT TUESDAYS and lastly learn from honest hitched couples on what to expect after the honeymoon in MARRIAGE MATTERS.

I’m super-excited about Triple B and I hope you are, too. Stop by again soon as the site will expand regularly over the next few days, weeks and months. Become a fan of BLACK BRIDAL BLISS on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Oh and be sure to drop me a line in the comments section to tell me what you simply love or just can’t stand. And don’t forget to forward the site address to a friend or six…or ten to help spread the word about the bliss.

The best is yet to come!
Bridgette

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