C.K. Alexander, is the Wedding Features Editor for BlackBride.com and Black Bride Magazine. C.K. is also a wedding and lifestyle expert and the creator of the Single Bride Blog. She is also the owner and founder of Love Ink, a special occasion writing and coaching company, and Brownstone Bridal, an online shop for custom wedding accessories. Keep up with C.K. on Twitter here: @Love_Ink
Briana and Jaymie's love story began when they met in 2006 at a sweet 16 birthday party, and since then they've been inseparable. Check out their elegant tropical wedding in the Dominican Republic, captured by Inije Photography
Bride: Briana Snell, 26, IT Consultant
Groom: Jaymie Snell, 27, US Navy
Place of residence: Hampton Roads, VA
Wedding date: 10/7/16
Wedding location: Eden Roc at Cap Cana/Punta Cana,
Wedding theme: Beach Elegance
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Bibiana and Jason met through Bibiana's sister in 2005 on a double date and have been together ever since. When Bibiana and Jason started planning their wedding, they knew they wanted a casual, non- traditional wedding that would display display their personalities. Check out their rustic wedding at the Martha’s Vineyard Oak Bluffs, captured by Mecca Gamble.
Bride: Bibiana Monique Hill, 48, Non Profit Director/Etiquette Instructor
Groom: Jason Lamar Steverson, 38, Owner of 3 Rivers Moving Read more [...]
There is something so romantic about an elopement. This styled shoot capture by Lorena Burns Photography was inspired by the 1920’s romantic vintage style, and featured hints of modern sophistication. The gorgeous details designed by Sydnee Event Production, complementing by the tranquil lakeside backdrop makes for a super inspiring shoot. We know you’ll love this shoot as much as we do!
Shoot location: Kaufman, TX
Shoot theme: 1920’s Romantic vintage elopement
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Shavonna and Joel met at a lounge in February 2014 and were engaged 10 months after meeting. "The night we met, it all made sense why everything else didn’t work out. The only reason why I went to the lounge was because my furnace went out and I was at a girl friend's house waiting for it to be fixed. He only went to the lounge because his friends told him there were going to be some cute girls there," said Shavonna. "We both feel like we married our best friend." The happy couple have been together Read more [...]
Michelle and Brandon met each other during their senior year of High School in 2011. Michelle would notice Brandon around school because of his sense of style. All the while, Brandon was interested in her as well and was speaking to a few of her friends to get the inside scoop about her. "We had a friend that tried to put us together but it wasn’t until I stepped out of my comfort zone and approached him to give him a compliment that we began to speak to each other," said Michelle. "We exchanged Read more [...]
From BB Guest Contributor Yenory Pouncil of iAmHealthyFit:
I’ve been meal prepping for almost seven years. During the last three years, I’ve been meal prepping for my now husband and me. That translates to roughly 28 meals per week not including breakfast and snacks. Yes, that a whole lot of food. Before we get into how to, let’s talk about why you should meal prep.
I first heard the term meal prep in 2011 when I moved back to the US, after spending a year in my native land of Honduras. Read more [...]
Bahamas based wedding pros Christina Ysaguirre Photography, Kaleidobloom Events & Design and Lucy Lu Beauty joined forces to create three glam vignettes with a beautiful married couple, Latoya Moxey and her husband.
From the pros:
We were going for elegant glam for our first look, super fun and colorful for our second look, and something very subtle, yet glam for our last look. Everything came together perfectly as the model had her own closet full of dresses for us to choose from. The tablescapes Read more [...]
Many couples who are looking to get married, have to face the fact that they have never planned or budgeted for anything like a wedding before. My goal is to guide you through making a financial plan for your wedding so that you come out on top and excited about having zero debt after you say "I do." I have helped many people over the years, plan and hit their goals financially while getting what they wanted. I can also say I have watched friends completely ignore everything I have suggested, Read more [...]
Atlanta Wedding & Event Professionals brought together its members and partners to create a shoot that incorporated the beauty and sparkle of the winter season. This styled shoot incorporated the accents of the season and trendy accompaniments of mixed metals. This shoot also incorporated the beauty of women of color on their wedding day. Check out this winter wonderland inspired shoot, captured by Southern Portrait & Video.
Shoot location: Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Shoot theme: Winter Read more [...]
Alicia and Julian both attended Elizabeth City State University, from 2008 to 2009, but didn't officially meet until 2012 after connecting on Facebook. "At ECSU, we saw each other in passing and somehow became Facebook friends. In early 2012, he sent me a Facebook message, we exchanged numbers went out on a date and we’ve been together since then," recalled Alicia. Check out their vibrant fall wedding, captured by Story and Rhythm.
Bride: Alicia (Marrow) Lee; 26; Human Resources Analyst.
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Cassandra and Orlando met the weekend of December 5, 2015. "I was in Atlanta graduating, receiving my doctorate degree, and celebrating with family and friends. One of my bridesmaids, Janaka aka “The Matchmaker”, surprised me by flying in that morning to attend my ceremony. That night, the crew and I decided to go to Whiskey Bar at the W Hotel Midtown. Janaka being friends with Orlando from college, noticed through social media that he was also in town celebrating. As Janaka walked into the lounge, Read more [...]
Kathy and Andrew met at Caldwell College in 2005, but didn't start dating until years later. "After two years of Andrew asking me to go on a date, I finally agreed and shortly after, we made it official. 4 years later, he asked me to marry him," recalled Kathy. Check out their rustic glam wedding, captured by Amy Anaiz Photography!
Bride: Kathy Foster, 27, Accountant / Auditor
Groom: Andrew Fraser, 29, Tax Accountant
Place of Residence: Caldwell, NJ
Wedding Date: 8/23/15
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Victoria and Jarrad met in high school at M.L.King Jr. High School in August 2005. "Jarrad was an incoming Freshman and I was a Sophomore. One morning while waiting for my girlfriends to arrive at school I was introduced to Jarrad through a mutual friend. Being the gentleman he is, he offered to carry my books to class for me. He did that for an entire semester and we developed a friendship. After high school, we went off to our respective colleges Jarrad (Georgia State), and I (University of West Read more [...]
Christine and Timothy met in November of 2015 at a semi annual event called “Family Dinner”, that brings like minded African American young professionals together for one purpose -- to fellowship and eat a delicious three course meal. "I was really enjoying myself and getting acquainted with the other people at my table, when a young gentleman walks up to my table and asks if he could sit in an empty seat. I said “Sure, of course” without any hesitation. Also, it did not hurt that Read more [...]
Just as it’s important to find the dress that feels like “the one”, finding the right planner for your wedding can make a huge difference in how you will feel during your planning experience and on your wedding day. But that doesn’t mean it should be difficult. Armed with the right set of questions, you will find the perfect planner in no time. To help us figure out the best questions to ask, we got help from Sandy Hammer, the co-founder AllSeated, a FREE wedding planning tool for couples Read more [...]