Here at ESSENCE.com, one thing’s for sure: we love weddings! Each week we bring you a look inside a fabulous Black wedding and share in each couple’s joy. Although all weddings are beautiful, there are always certain aspects in each that truly stand out. See our list of our favorite details from this year’s Bridal Bliss weddings and share the love!
When Ayanna and Nicholas threw an ocean-themed cliffside wedding ceremony at The Cliff House in San Fransisco, the bride dazzled in this gorgeous statement necklace, and we haven’t been able to stop thinking about how much we love it.
Jillian and Ryan met on the dance floor at a nightclub, just like in the movies, and their love story was like a fairytale from then on – including on their wedding day, when the joyful bride chose this spectacular Anne Barge ball gown to feel like a real-life princess.
Newlyweds Janee and Jeffrey tied the knot in style when they said “I do” at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum in an intimate ceremony before those who mean the most to them. Their coordinating couple style was absolutely stunning!
Amber chose this eye-catching, elegant origami-inspired Nicole Miller gown to marry A.Dee, the love of her life, in the backyard of their new home.
Shannelle and Sean’s his-and-hers Chuck Taylors were irresistably cute. We love that they chose to combine comfort and style to get the most out of their wedding day.
While Aisha and JB were dating, she was diagnosed with lymphoma. He was at her side throughout the entire ordeal, including helping her shave her head after chemotherapy. That man’s a winner, and Aisha knows it. Plus, their destination wedding style was as romantic as their story.
Adora and Nathan, who met on the Obama campaign trail, made it official at the Riven Rock Ranch in Comfort, Texas. It was a picturesque day their guests won’t soon forget. Their elegant attire really popped against the rustic beauty of the property.
With nearly 200 comments and tons of likes, Staci and Joseph’s Bridal Bliss feature was by far the most popular of the year. Our readers really connected with Staci’s story: Staci met Joseph in her 40s, thousands of miles from home, and long after her mother joked that she’d never find true love. It took just two months for them to realize that their love was the real thing and they weren’t willing to wait on marriage any longer.
Reiko and Sean commissioned a custom painting of themselves wearing their wedding day gear that arrived just in time for their surprise wedding ceremony at a chic hotel suite. It was an instant hit with their guests, and it’s now their favorite keepsake. What a cool idea!
After Kenna and Marcus, who met in college, tied the knot in an elegant Southern ceremony, they set things off at their reception party with a picture-perfect first dance. Can you feel the love just oozing from this photo? We sure can!
When high school English teacher Charis and health administrator Peter tied the knot this summer they themed their big day around one of the final scenes of Romeo and Juliet. Every detail included a touch of romance, including their gorgeous wedding cake.
Memory’s sorority sisters serenaded her at the reception party. It’s so nice to see sisters sticking together throughout life’s most important moments. Memory met her husband Stanley at a museum crawl, and the two were married at the romantic Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, Tennessee.
When Ken proposed to Tania, the happy couple decided to take their time planning their wedding so they could throw a fabulous bash at their new brownstone home, just the way she’d always dreamed. The wedding day was a real success, and the newlyweds and their guests partied the night away right in their beautiful backyard.
Playful couple Reiko and Sean decided to prank their guests on their big day. They told them they’d already married at the courthouse, and they wanted them to attend their reception celebration. Imagine their guests’ surprise when they found out they were actually there to witness the couple exchange their vows in a trendy hotel suite. The big reveal came as the couple walked in hand-in-hand and escorted each other down the aisle as the DJ played “The Truth” by India.Arie.
After exchanging vows with her new husband, Ron, at the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in St. Lucia, Tanya rode off into the sunset on a horse led by her knight in shining armor. We love that Ron gave the love of his life the fairytale ending she deserved.
When Jillian and Ryan tied the knot in Pittsburgh, they made sure to include their brand new baby girl in all of the weekend’s festivities. They even cut the cake together, and when they did, we cried tears of joy.