Fall wedding table inspiration from Minoo Hersini at Au Ciel Design Studio

Our bridal shoe inspiration of the day comes from designer Badgley Mischka.

Couture Pump with Tulle
$215 at
Notice we said, "inspiration." *wink*

When Houston Rockets basketball player Brian Cook tied the knot earlier this month, his bride Victoria Velasquez (left) caused a sensation in a stunning gown from Priscilla of Boston’s Platinum Collection.

But lots of non-famous brides-to-be are also discovering gowns from Priscilla of Boston thanks to the lush fabrics, beautiful beadwork and attention to detail.

The newest Priscilla of Boston bridal gowns come with glam modern details like “crumb catchers” and empire waists, but also with vintage touches.

Each gown is custom made and sizes go up to 24. The standard order time for gowns is around 16-18 weeks. See more gowns and read about real bride La’Keidra O. Hardeman on the Priscilla of Boston website.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Courtesy of Michael Clark Photography

Amy Kuschel

This dress is from Amy Kuschel's beach destination line. But we think it's gorgeous enough to wear anywhere! It's made of french chantilly lace with a bateau neckline and an open back, and finished with a trumpet/flutter skirt. The hidden beauty of this dress? It actually converts to a mini-dress for your post-ceremony transformation. Go, butterfly!

Did you think bartenders had run out of -"tini's"? If so, you would be wrong. We haven't personally tried this week's chocolate-laden concoction (we WILL this weekend), but those who have say it's simple divine. Maybe that's why it's called the Divinitini.

We're told it was created by the barman at the Sanderson Hotel in London's West End. The recipe we like best is below and was taken from

For Each Cocktail:

4 squares of chocolate, melted
1 fl oz orange vodka
1 fl oz vodka
A dash of Grand Marnier
A dash of Creme de Cocoa
1 slice orange
Garnish with a purple pansy

Put the melted chocolate, orange vodka, pure vodka, Grand Marnier, Crème de Cocoa into a cocktail shaker. Crush the orange slice and add. Shake well and then pour into a chilled glass, decorated with a pansy on the side, and sip.
If you can't find a purple pansy, don't worry about it. ;) Photo courtesy of Lisa Barber

Why are handmade goods so popular for weddings right now? Part of the reason is that they allow a lot of room for customization and personalization. But they also impart a quality that makes them suitable for heirlooms and "handing down". We were intrigued recently when we heard about companies focusing on handmade bridal shoes. One of them is DiKusa, which features intricate designs using hand-beading, embroidery, Swarovski crystals, and rhinestones.

See more at DiKusa's website by clicking below.

Black women are blessed to be able to enjoy a wide range of hairstyles, whether relaxed or natural. We're often contacted by natural brides-to-be who want to thank us for the styles we include on our hair blog, because they've had a hard time finding what they're looking for. The good news is that right now lots of natural stylists, loc-ticians, and braiders are putting out the word that they are creating formal styles for women who are tying the knot. One of them is Nedjetti (seen in the upper-left photo), a stylist in the New Jersey/New York area. Several of her hairstyles are below, and we'll be featuring many more on African American Wedding Hairstyles along with all of the other natural, relaxed, texturized and braided styles we continue to spotlight.

Hair by Nedjetti Salon
Bloomfield, NJ & NYC

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