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Chic Winter Wedding Invitation Ideas!

Winter weddings happen more rarely than summer ones, but are often some of the most distinctive and unique. If you’re planning your nuptials in the winter, one of the first things you’ll be doing is sending out save the dates. Since your guests will be getting them in the spring or summer, when winter is far from their minds, it’s important to take this opportunity to set the tone for your winter wedding and get them excited about your unique event. Our friends at Yonder Design, a luxury stationary Read more [...]
C.K. AlexanderChic Winter Wedding Invitation Ideas!

Cocktail Corner: Santa’s Little Helper

Mistletoe and Eggnog everybody, it’s Christmas! We are in the homestretch with only three more days to go, and by the grace snowflakes and presents under the tree, we have all but made it across the Christmas finish line! There is just one more gift to pick up, hopefully there are still some left in stock – it was a super popular toy this year. Also, don’t forget to set the turkey out to defrost, you need at least one hour for each pound. And the paper plates and napkins to drop off at the Read more [...]
Divai BrownCocktail Corner: Santa’s Little Helper

C.K.’s Countdown To “I Do”: Editor’s Edition {NYC Engagement Party}

Many of you may know me as the Senior Features Editor for Black Bride, but as of September 2016 I officially embraced my new favorite titles- fiancé and bride-to-be, when my boyfriend of three years, Jimmy Jean, asked me to be his wife. After years of sharing the beautiful love stories from couples all around the world, I finally have the opportunity to share my own! As I countdown to "I do," you guys get to join me on this crazy wedding planning journey. The transition from editor to bride has Read more [...]
C.K. AlexanderC.K.’s Countdown To “I Do”: Editor’s Edition {NYC Engagement Party}

2016 Holiday Beauty Must-Haves!

The holiday season is an amazing time of the year spent with friends and loved ones. It is also an excuse to get glammed-up for all of the holiday parties and festivities during this season. Erline Louigene, freelance makeup artist and beauty influencer of InnerBeautyOut, shares her favorite holiday beauty must-haves that will help you feel and look your absolute best for any holiday event. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré - $18 This moisturizer is great all year round but is especially Read more [...]
C.K. Alexander2016 Holiday Beauty Must-Haves!

Lakeside Fantasy Wedding Styled Shoot!

From Paige Brown Designs: There is a part of me that is obsessed with nature and natural elements. Huge bodies of water are insanely beautiful to me! I look forward to date nights at the lake with my husband. I also look forward to white water rafting and kayaking early Sunday mornings. I wanted to take different parts of my personality and blend them all together, which is how this "Lakeside I do" shoot was birthed. Design and Decor Details: We used hues of blues Read more [...]
C.K. AlexanderLakeside Fantasy Wedding Styled Shoot!

Get In Formation: Lemonade Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot!

From Laura Held of IDA ROSE EVENTS: This “Lemonade” inspired editorial shoot used bold, modern elements, citrus details, and "Sasha Fierce" attitude to capture the beautiful marriage of independent spirit and true romance. Bright pops of yellow, acrylic accents and linear, contrasting designs came together to make a truly unique wedding production at Washington D.C.’s Fathom Gallery.While it was imperative to nail the setting and decor for this styled shoot, storytelling was equally Read more [...]
C.K. AlexanderGet In Formation: Lemonade Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot!

Black Bride’s Favorite Instagram Groomsmen Moments of the Week!

Weddings have one million working and moving parts to it. The main focus is the bride right? Well not the only main focus. What about the guys? Groom and groomsmen? The groomsmen get lost and forgotten about at times.The groom needs his team of fellas's to be able to get over the cold feet or help tie his tie. This week Black Bride did not forget about the fella's that make it all happen for the groom, the groomsmen. So we featured Black Brides Favorite Instagram Groomsmen Moments of the Week! https://www.instagram.com/p/BKiCB8EAB-K/?taken-by=vitaephotography Vitae Read more [...]
Amber OgdenBlack Bride’s Favorite Instagram Groomsmen Moments of the Week!

Black Bride’s Top 10 First Look Moments

There are so many looks to choose from when it comes to wedding photography. But first looks are amazing it's the first time the bride and groom see one another. During the first look photographer set up a  romantically intimate stage to give them privacy and to make that moment just for the bride and groom. First look shots are magical, so magical in fact here we have created Black Bride's top 10 first look moments! 1. Shayssa & Onil || Landon Hendrick Photography From the Groom "I Read more [...]
Amber OgdenBlack Bride’s Top 10 First Look Moments

Black Bride’s Favorite Instagram Bridesmaid Moments of the Week!

What is a bride without her bridesmaids? Brides have a million and one things to think about prior to and on their wedding day. But the bridesmaids hold everything together behind the scenes. Such as that popped button on the back of the wedding dress,  finding the missing boutineers for the groomsman or spotting the chipped nail polish and quickly fixing it before the ceremony.  Bridesmaids do it all even by throwing the best bachelorette party any bride could ever imagine. Some of our favorite Read more [...]
Amber OgdenBlack Bride’s Favorite Instagram Bridesmaid Moments of the Week!

Black Bride Book Club: Hosting, Entertaining and Good Eats!

September is a sure sign of fall, back to school for the children and a possible non-stop home life.  The family has to eat in between all the chaos. And you, your friends and your partner need to have adult time. Why not send the little ones away for the weekend and plan an elegant yet simple dinner party. Or maybe just a romantic dinner for two. The book selections for this month's Black Bride Book Club will help you to host, entertain and eat well this fall. Enjoy! Dinner Party Cookbook and Read more [...]
Amber OgdenBlack Bride Book Club: Hosting, Entertaining and Good Eats!

Black Bride’s Favorite Instagram Wedding Moments of the Week!

With the summer season nearing an end and fall on the horizon, this isn't stopping wedding season from continuing to blossom. Labor day 2016 seemed to be the perfect weekend for magical wedding bliss. We had to share some of our favorite wedding moments. Here are Black Bride's favorite Instagram wedding moments of the week! https://www.instagram.com/p/BJy_cIVAHo8/?taken-by=dukeimages Duke Photography || www.dukeimages.com https://www.instagram.com/p/BIdGXPXDxOE/?taken-by=alakijastudios Alakija Read more [...]
Amber OgdenBlack Bride’s Favorite Instagram Wedding Moments of the Week!

Real Engagements {Connecticut}: Ashli & Reginald!

Ashli and Reggie met for the first time in 2009 as neighbors in their condo complex. From time to time they’d pass each other in the parking lot and occasionally had small talk. Four years later, Ashli found a business card on her car, Reggie had finally asked her out on a date. Although for the next year their schedules would keep them apart, a big snow storm in February of 2013 brought them together. Check out their intimate themed engagement session which featured a few of their favorite things, Read more [...]
C.K. AlexanderReal Engagements {Connecticut}: Ashli & Reginald!

Romantic Proposal Inspiration!

From Tiffany Rolle of House of Ro: The inspiration for this proposal styled shoot came from the idea of wanting to create an atmosphere that would be intimate and romantic. From there, I was able to select a venue that would provide an warm, contemporary vibe to stage a dinner just for two. The colors selected were black, gold and emerald, because they are elegant, timeless and can be used in many different settings. Cool neutral colored flowers were included in the design to contrast with Read more [...]
C.K. AlexanderRomantic Proposal Inspiration!

Real Engagements {San Francisco}: Asia & Nana!

Asia and Nana met in 2010 in Minneapolis, MN. "We both worked for Target Corporation and met at a co-worker’s party. I asked him out to lunch and the rest was history." The happy couple has been together for 6 years and are planning a destination wedding in Mexico early next year. Check out their beachy engagement session, captured by Photography by Aizhan. Bride: Asia Smith, 28 Category Manager at Red Bull Groom: Nana Acheampong, 29, Ops Project Manager at Walker and Company Brands Place Read more [...]
C.K. AlexanderReal Engagements {San Francisco}: Asia & Nana!

Intimate Nuptials Styled Shoot

La Soirée Chic Events is an event planning boutique that specializes in well planned, coordinated, and designed intimate affairs. Teamed up with the talents of other expert industry professionals, the Ladies of the Chic are able to curate sophisticated events that cater to everyday people regardless of how big or small their financial investment. The inspiration behind the design elements of the shoot was birthed after an antiquing excursion. The vintage blue and white vases and plates became Read more [...]
C.K. AlexanderIntimate Nuptials Styled Shoot