Marriage Matters Monday – How to Manage In-Laws as Newlyweds

Caught in the Middle: Newlywed Kandi spent much of her engagement caught between her mother and her beau, Todd.

Last week on April 4, 2014, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss wed her honey Todd Tucker in what appeared to be a fun-filled affair in Atlanta. Kandi happily Tweeted, “This is one of the best days of my life! I never imagined that I would marry my best friend. Todd’s been that to me. And to have just had the wedding of my dreams, it’s all been so beautiful. Now it’s time to party!” Triple B is very happy for the couple and wishes them a happy and healthy marriage.

Those of you who even remotely follow the RHOA know that Kandi’s mother Joyce has not been a fan of Todd or her daughter’s relationship with him. At all! [Read more...]

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...]

Bridgette’s Pick of the Week – My First 100 Days of Marriage

Ever notice how the first 100 days a president is in office is a really big deal? Or perhaps we’ve just made it a really big deal… Well, I’ve compiled a list of ten things I’ve learned since I’ve been hitched. It has been more than 100 days but y’all get the gist. In addition to being therapeutic to compile, I hope this list is helpful to someone else the way Tie the Knot Tuesday alum Rashida’s letter was to me before I said “I Do”. [Read more...]

Marriage Matters Monday: Mara Brock & Salim Akil

Dynamic Husband Wife Duo Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil

Over the weekend, I ran across a good read in the form of a Q&A interview over on ESSENCE Relationships Editor Charreah Jackson chatted with Hollywood power couple Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil (Mara is the mastermind behind hit television shows Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane while Salim is the director of The Game.) about how the married couple makes their love work. As with any relationship “advice” or commentary, it is important for all of us to our discernment. I truly feel every relationship has it’s own DNA yet there is something validating about seeing and hearing from people that look like you in [seemingly] healthy and happy marriages. Check out this interview snippet and then leave a comment with your thoughts. [Read more...]

Marriage Matters – Good Reading!

The Huxtables made marriage look easy, right?!

A former Tie the Knot Tuesday groom turned good friend shared these two stories with me recently regarding marriage. Whether or not you agree with all of the information in them is irrelevant. But, ensuring that Triple B shares content beyond the flowers, tulle and pretty pictures of traditional weddings is extremely important. Let’s remember folks, the wedding is only the beginning of the marriage… And every couple’s vows will get tested. Yes, even yours.
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Marriage Matters – From the Mouths of Babes

Me on my wedding day flanked by my rock-star nieces, Briana (left) and Benaya (right)!

I’m officially back from my minimoon and the bridal dust is beginning to settle. There are certainly still tasks to complete — thank you cards, anyone? — but Mr. TK and I have had an opportunity to look back on our weddings (Yes, there were two!) and reflect. We’ve basically come to this conclusion: We worked dang hard together to pull off The Royall Union and we’re proud of our teamwork, we have so much more hard work to put in as we build for our future, we really dig each other (LOL!) and we’re blessed beyond measure. Although the road ahead of us seems daunting at times, we’re looking forward to getting familiar with the unfamiliar together. Which leads me to what are possibly my favorite wedding gifts of all. These gifts are from my 10 and 12 year-old nieces who I’m pictured with above.

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Marriage Matters Monday – Negative Folks Go Thatta Way!

My intention today was to share the below video Marriage Is… by The Social Series that was brought to my attention by Triple B friends Black & Married with Kids. The Social Series also produced this moving video on fatherhood so I was anxious to see their latest work. Marriage Is… doesn’t disappoint. Don’t believe me, just watch:

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Marriage Matters: Married Friends vs Single Friends – Who Cares?

Recently my fiance and I spent the weekend out of town and had the opportunity to catch up with old friends. Ironically, our time was split almost in half between married friends and single amigos. We had a great time from beginning to end. I’d like to think Mr. TK and I are pretty discerning when it comes to our friendships and we greatly value all of them — those who have already said “I Do” or not. However, some people claim we should begin thinking otherwise. [Read more...]

Marriage Matters – Zenobia & George

35 Years & Counting! Triple B Presents Zenobia and George

Couple: Zenobia & George
Wedding Date: March 18, 1978
Wedding Location: Mt. Herman AME Zion Church; Goldston, North Carolina
Children: Cassandra, 40-something; Kaia, 32; George “Preston” Jr., 25 [Read more...]

Marriage Matters – Tashai & Ron

Tashai & Ron
Wedding Date: May 15, 2005
Wedding Location: A ski resort in Liberty Mountain, Pennsylvania [This location was chosen because the couple met during a ski trip in PA.]
Children: Aaron, 22; Kennedy, 6; Addison, 3 [Read more...]

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