Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Brown Bride of the Day 2/27/2013

African American Designers: Cassandra Bromfield

Creative and passionate are words that come to mind when describing Cassandra Bromfield. Specializing in Custom Designed Wedding Gowns and Social Occasion Dresses. These one-of-a-kind pieces are simple yet elegant. Clients are women who want style, artistic flavor, and quality. Cassandra will listen, in order to interpret, and create the clients signature style. Patches of silk delicate antique laces and buttons, intricate beadwork and hand painted designs are all a part of Cassandra’s personal touch.
Gowns have been featured in Woman’s Wear Daily, Brides magazine, Essence, The New York Times, Cranes, and more (see my Press Page)

Cassandra’s potpourri of ideas presents a demure soft and subtle cultural touch in her eclectic style. She strongly believes in the concept of the ceremony and she refers to her multi-cultural art book collections for inspiration along with visiting many museums.

     The fresh approach which draws a wide variety of clients including celebrities such as Desiree Underwood (wife of Blair Underwood) and Ruby Dee, legendary actress.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

How to Find the Right Veil and Headpiece for Your Wedding


In comparison to the dress and the other decisions of your wedding, the veil may seem like one of the lesser details. It is an important part of a bride's trousseau, however. Keep these considerations to keep in mind to ensure your veil and headpiece are the crowing touch to your bridal ensemble.
  • What You Need to Know
  • Bring pictures of your hairstyle, accessories, and front and back of your wedding dress to the veil shop.
  • When shopping for your veil, bring a swatch that matches your wedding dress color; photographs may not reflect the true color.

Step 1:

Decide whether your face will be veiled for your walk down the aisle. If you cover your face your veil will need to have at least two layers in the back -- one to fold over the face and one to remain in the back.

Step 2:

Determine your hairstyle for the wedding. Some hairstyles will limit the kind of headpiece you will be able to wear. If you are flexible about the hairstyle, you can allow your veil to dictate how your hair will be done.

Step 3:

Bring your wedding dress or a color swatch from your dress. Even white can come in different shades, so be sure the veil color matches the dress.

Step 4:

Choose a veil that is consistent with the style of wedding and dress you have chosen. Traditional weddings with all the trappings deserve long, full veils with sparkling headpieces. This would look a bit out of place at a quick, informal civil ceremony where a short, understated piece would be more appropriate.

Step 5:

Complement the details of your wedding dress. If your dress is embroidered with pearls, don't select a headpiece with crystals. If your dress has some color in it, consider a veil that has colored flowers in the headpiece, a colored satin trim or colored crystals.

Step 6:

Envision the back of your dress along with the veil. For a smooth, continuous look that blends into the train, choose a long veil with no trim and only one or two layers. A shoulder-length veil with lots of layers will allow the details of a low-backed princess-style dress to shine through.

Step 7:

Dress for the venue. Choose heavier materials with a larger mesh for an outdoor wedding location that may be windy. Choose light, ultra-sheer material for a candlelight ceremony held indoors so you can still see through it. If you love ultra-sheer fabrics, but are having a seaside wedding, consider weighing the veil down with crystals, pearls or satin trim.

Step 8:

Consider how long you plan to wear the veil. If you want to wear the veil throughout the reception, then a long, complicated or heavy veil will be far too cumbersome. If you'll wear the veil just for the ceremony, however, then go ahead if you love the cathedral-length, antique lace veil with a hundred crystals in a three-tiered tiara.
  • Tips & Warnings
  • If you don't want to bring your dress or a swatch with you, see if the veil shops you'll be visiting have your dress in stock.
  • Wear smudge-proof makeup if you're going to cover your face with the veil, especially at an outdoor ceremony where the veil may be blown into your face.
  • Bring your veil with you to your hair and makeup trial to be sure that it works well. If you can't bring your actual veil, bring cloth in the same shade, material and length as your desired veil.

About the Author

Lynette DiPalma is a freelance writer in the weddings field who co-owns a small wedding services business and has officiated at weddings.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Love This Blog Post on Black Bridal Bliss: Beyonce & Jay-Z Marriage Matters Monday – CAPTION IT!

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Beyonce & Jay-Z Marriage Matters Monday – CAPTION IT!

As mentioned on Triple B in the past, some images are so strong they require no words to describe them. The above pic was snapped just moments after Beyonce shut down (literally) the 2013 Superbowl with her electrifying halftime show. After her unforgettable performance, Beyonce’s hubby Jay-Z was waiting for her backstage and the two shared this heartwarming embrace. This picture is especially touching since the duo rarely exhibit PDA. As if this weren’t adorable enough, Jay — who despite having over two million followers rarely ever tweets — jokingly tweeted: “Lights out! Any questions?” of course referencing the power surge in the New Orleans Superdome after his wife’s performance.
Again, this picture doesn’t need a caption but if I had to come up with one I’d choose that age-old line from the beloved film Mahogany: “Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with.”

Friday, February 1, 2013

African American Designers: Kimma Wreh - TeKay Designs


 was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa and travelled to the US in 1988 after political unrest spurred the transition to the United States. Kimma immediately pursued her educational goals receiving a Bachelors Degree from Howard University in Washington D.C.

After completing her MBA in 1998, Kimma embraced her American dream when she founded TeKay Designs in 1998 with her sister. Always having a love of fashion and passion for ethnic, Kimma developed TeKay Designs to cater to the markets of Ethnic wear, including men’s, women’s, bridal, children’s wear, and accessories, and expanded to Maternity Bridal wear.

More recently, she was pivotal in adding Traditional Bridal wears as well as unique and delicately hand crafted jewelry to TeKay Designs portfolio.
Never one for mediocrity, Wreh’s pieces appeal to those who like elegance with a contemporary twist. Each piece is made individually with a limited quantity produced each year, much to the pleasure of her clients who crae unique items.

TeKay Designs is an international fashion house with headquarters in Houston Texas. TeKay designs and manufactures unique Bridal, Formal, and Ethnic wear, Accessories and its recently added jewelry line. The Bridal collection includes ethnic bridal, modern (traditional) bridal, and maternity bridal. The Ethnic line carries designs that embrace cultures in Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe. We showcase fabrics and fashions influenced by various ethnic groups around the world by infusing cultural elements into current and historical creations.

In addition to embracing the cultures of these regions, it is also our goal to support the individuals who create these fabulous textiles and materials. TeKay is committed to Fair Trade practices as well as supporting our staff in Ghana whom we consider as extended family. TeKay Designs manufactures its products in the US and Ghana.

This ethnic inspired sleeveless and strapless wedding gown has kente trim around upper bust, waist, sides, and back of dress skirt with attached chapel train.  Lined with netting underneath. Zipper in back. The white veil has blue satin trim and kente headband included (at customer''''s request). Kente purse sold seperate. The woman''''s wedding gown is made in the U.S.A. Kente is hand woven in Ghana. This bridal attire is a TeKay Designs exclusive.  Fabric is super Guinnea brocade. All sales final. Order now.The fitted top has corset in back. Bolero included. The fishtail skirt has lovely embroidery around edges of train in back and around hem of skirt in front. Skirt waist band is flat with elastic on each side and zipper in back. Lined. Hat included. Fabric is Guinea brocade. Dry clean. Imported. Made in Ghana, West Africa. Make a cultural impression on your wedding day or special occassion. All sales final. Order now.

With over 14 years of history, TeKay Designs has been the subject of many notable interviews and features in magazines like The Knot, Bridal Guide Magazine, and the New York Times. Designing high quality products is our pledge to our customers. Offering a look of luxury at affordable prices, our fashionable collection of unique ethnic wear and contemporary pieces has endeared Tekay Designs to fashion gurus, creating a fabulous fit for every customer and making the bride’s dream come true.
This gorgeous full length sleeveless and strapless wedding gown is made of crepe satin with oriental jacquard fabric around the waist and in back of the attached train. Fully lined. Made in the U.S.A. Order now!
This stunning wedding gown is sleeveless with square neckline, and detachable train with ruffled edges and mix of satin with oriental jacquard fabric. Lined. Dress has jacquard waist band and zipper in back. Headpiece sold seperate. A TeKay Designs exclusive. Order now. All sales final.      The top of dress has a gorgeous silk flower. The dress skirt has embroidered lace over satin and lining. The lace overskirt has a pretty lace trim all around the edge.  Fully lined. Order now for your special day!


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