Real Weddings

Real Weddings {North Carolina}: Alicia & Julian!

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. Groom: Read more [...]
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Real Weddings {New Jersey}: Kathy & Andrew!

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 Wedding Location: Read more [...]
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Real Weddings {Georgia}: Victoria & Jarrad!

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 [...]
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Real Weddings {New York}: Kenisha & David!

Kenisha and David love story begins with a bit of divine intervention. The couple met at church in 2006 and became friends. Shortly after,  David moved out of state to attend college and the two lost touch. Fortunately they were able to reconnect through social media. "One day he asked me to go boating in the park and I said yes. We were inseparable ever since," said Kenisha. Check out their royal New York wedding capture by Alex Kaplan Photography! Bride: Kenisha Doris, 26, Model/Actress and Read more [...]
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Real Weddings {Washington, D.C.}: Cortavia & Van!

In our Nation’s Capital, where titles and positions of power reign supreme, two loving souls found each other in the most casual environment. Cortavia and Van met for the first time on January 6, 2013 while watching football with friends at a local bar. That night, subtle glances and a modest exchange of social media handles generated a spark that would lay dormant for a year. Nearly a year after their initial meeting, Cortavia’s Twitter account was hacked and spam messages were sent to her Read more [...]
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Real Weddings {North Carolina}: Brandi & Tyler!

Brandi and Tyler's love story started with a simple click! The couple met online in 2014 and have been together for two years. "He was working in Canada at the time and I lived in North Carolina. An algorithm determined that we were 98% compatible and we decided that it was 100% accurate," said Brandi. Brandi and Tyler celebrated their union with a summer wedding in North Carolina, beautifully captured by Lauren Cowart Photography. Check out their special day below! Bride: Brandi Norris-Cochran, Read more [...]
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Journey to the Aisle: Ashley & Kenneth’s Atlanta Real Wedding!

I’m so grateful to Black Bride for allowing me to share my “Journey to the Aisle” with their loving and supportive community. As a wedding planner, I wanted to share my journey with brides to see the realness of planning a wedding and dealing with life’s circumstances along the way.  This is the final scene of my series and if you haven’t been along for the entire journey, start here and enjoy the ride. Weekly bank deposits and consistent declines to lunch invites turned in marriage Read more [...]
Ashley MillerJourney to the Aisle: Ashley & Kenneth’s Atlanta Real Wedding!

Real Weddings {Virginia}: Lindsay & Donovan!

Lindsay and Donovan met in college at Bowie State University in 2010. "We were both tutors for the school, and during a lunch break we ended up in an empty break room together," recalled Lindsay.  "While in deep conversation, Donovan bit into a fried chicken wing and squirted grease across the table and into my face. I pretended it didn’t happen, after seeing the horror on his face. Somehow he got the courage to still ask me out." Check out their special day captured by Shoot Happens Photography! Bride: Read more [...]
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Real Weddings {New Jersey}: Whitney & Richard!

Whitney and Richard met during the summer of 2011, when Whitney spotted Richard at his job, while she was visiting a colleague.  "I saw him looking so handsome in a pair of sweats and a hoodie! I’m not particularly shy, so I made sure that my colleague, who knew him since they worked together some years ago, called him later to give him my number," said Whitney. The two didn’t actually meet that day, but when Richard got a call from his colleague about Whitney, he called her the next day. Read more [...]
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Real Weddings {Canada}: Jennifer & Timothy!

Jennifer and Timothy met in 2013 through a mutual friend. "My co-worker came up to me one day at work and said 'I have this friend and I think you two would be good for each other'," Jennifer recalled. "We met up for lunch one day and had a great conversation. Two years later, Timothy asked me to marry him!" Check out their elegant wedding captured by Samantha Clarke Photography! Bride: Jennifer Brooks, 33, Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist Assistant Groom: Timothy Brooks, 30, Law Student Place Read more [...]
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Real Weddings {Seattle}: Falesha & Rome!

Falesha and Rome met through a mutual friend in April of 2011. "My friends and I were out in the Seattle neighborhood of Belltown and Falesha recognized one of my friends and proceeded to chat with her. Mesmerized by her beauty, the opportunity to say hello passed, even though she seemed to be in a hurry. Little did I know she was a professional track athlete, which explains why she left in 13.1 seconds. Days later that same friend collaborated with her older sister, who used to live with Falesha Read more [...]
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Real Weddings {Maryland}: Madison and Carlin!

Madison and Carlin, who have been together for eight years, met on May 11, 2008, in Washington, D.C. "Carlin was home for the summer from North Carolina A&T and I was attending Howard University at the time, and decided to stay in the DC area for the summer. I was complaining about a boy to my best friend/ linesister Ashley Blaine Featherson and she recommended that I stop complaining and go on a date with her childhood friend, Carlin," said Madison.  Madison needed a little more encouragement Read more [...]
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Real Weddings {Maryland}: Tatiana & Armel!

  Tatiana and Armel met in 2008 during their freshman year of college. "I was a math tutor and she came in the tutoring center looking for help. I thought and still think that she is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen," said Armel.  After three years of being together, the happy couple celebrated their union with a romantic Maryland wedding. Check out their special day captured by Morgan Sydney Photography. Bride: Tatiana Lialo, 24, hHealthcare professional Groom: Armel Mbakop, Read more [...]
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Real Wedding {Maryland}: Shari & Darrell!

Shari and Darrell met in June 2002, during their freshman orientation at the University of Maryland College Park. During their lunch break in the South Campus Dining Hall, Shari was sitting at a table with a few girl friends and noticed Darrell (the only African American male of our orientation group) sitting by hiself reading the campus newspaper. "She then approached me and asked if I'd like to join her and her group of friends for lunch. After introducing ourselves, we realized we had friends Read more [...]
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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