A Natural Wedding Story- Tommye


Tommye S writes:

Hey Nikki!

My husband and I were married on September 3rd, 2011 on a particularly mild Saturday in Tennessee. In the beginning, I had no idea what I would do with my hair, so I decided to see what I could find and what would work for me. After scouring the internet and finding nothing that "spoke to me", I decided to lead my husband on so that he wouldn't discover my plan. About two or three months before the wedding I decided that a simple twist out would be my wedding 'do. But I told him that I had purchased a veil and that I would straighten my hair (much to his chagrin). I wanted to throw him off of my scent so he would be surprised when he saw me.

I prepared my hair the night before by washing it and stretching it with heat (shrinkage on my hair is something serious). I washed with Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap and conditioned with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. I applied Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream and put my hair into about 8-10 twists. I wasn't sure if my hair would hold up for the pictures or through the heat (we had an air conditioning unit out in our venue), so I didn't take my hair down until I was getting ready for the ceremony.


I tried on a gorgeous rose hair clip at my bridal shop that for over one hundred dollars did NOT fit into my post graduate budget. I buckled down and visited my nearest Hobby Lobby and recreated the clip to the best of my ability to "spice" my twist-out up. I didn't want a veil because I was afraid it would overwhelm my dress and my hair.

In the end, I am more than pleased with my decision to keep it simple. The hairstyle lasted through the festivities and I loved the way my entire "look" came together. I can say that it was definitely me and that is all I wanted to be on my wedding day, just turned up a couple of notches!


Any spring brides in our midst? What are your hair plans?

33 Weigh in!:
KeetaRay said...

Very pretty. You look gorgeous.

Candace4life said...

What a beautiful couple and the hair looks very pretty :). Congrats on the wedding!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am getting married on the beach and this hairstyle really inspired me. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!!

Ellegant Elle said...

Very beautiful wedding pictures!!

Anonymous said...

I'm getting married May 5th. I wear my hair in twist outs for most of the year, so for the wedding, I wanted something different. I plan to straighten it and wear a lose up-do for the outside ceremony (and a circle veil) and will wear it down with loose curls for the in-door reception. I love your photos and how you chose to rock your hair on your wedding. Beautiful bride! Congrats!

Belle Beejou said...

I love your hair and you look absolutely gorgeous!

GirlGriot said...

You look gorgeous! Congratulations on your wedding and on finding the right, lovely 'do!

Fatima said...

Your hair turned out beautifully!!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty wish I made the decision to go natural a long time ago that way i could have had my hair natural for my wedding....BUT SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!!

JMartinez516 said...

I actually just got married less than two weeks ago. I struggled quite a lot with how I would wear my hair up until the day of. No joke. I started the day with one hairdo (a faux hawk with a retro pomp)and actually got married with another (just a simple curly puff). I'm not sad I made the change.

Anonymous said...

OMG I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You go Tommye! And congrats to the both of you=)

Anonymous said...

Ohhh - so beautiful. Everything, your hair, your dress, you and your husband. I love it.

I looooove wedding photos. They inspire me to keep believing that love is out there. Congrats!!!

Chardae said...

Gorgeous, Tommye! Can you share how you made the rose hair piece? I'd love to try to do it myself at home!

Bridget said...

Congratulations to you guys! You look absolutely beautiful. Wishing you many years of marital bliss. I am getting married in August and I am not quite sure how I will wear my hair. Giving serious consideration towards wearing it in a bun/updo for simplicity sake.

Kaila said...

Wow! You looked absolutely gorgeous!!! Congrats!! =)

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous bride!!! The dress, hair, and makeup are on point. Congrats to you all and God Bless!

~caramelcurls

Unknown said...

Just stunning!! Congrats and God Bless

keisha said...

you made a beautiful bride! loved the dress and hair! may God bless your marriage!

Brownstone Beauty said...

What a gorgeous bride. I'm getting married on the beach and have no clue what to do with my hair. Maybe I'll take notes from the bride above and keep it simple with a twist out and fly accessory.

Tommye said...

Thanks everyone for the comments and well wishes! Personally, I am all for anything that simplifies the wedding planning process, buns, updos...seriously whatever makes it easier on you.

Chardae I will try my best to explain the way I created my hair clip. The clip was just a duckbill clip (I don't know what is is actually called). I purchased two white "real feel" roses from Hobby lobby one large and the other slightly smaller to create a tapered effect. I chose a narrow turquoise ribbon to aid me in securing the flowers to the clip. The hardest part was actually securing the roses to the clip. The roses were originally on a stem and I detached the stem using wire cutters. I used a glue gun to glue the flowers to the upper part of the clip. The ribbon was a more solid way of securing the flowers to the clip. While I picked up the roses I also grabbed some small feathers and a stem with pearl-like accents. The feathers and pearls were on a malleable wire so it was easy to wrap them around the top part of the clip. After some tweaking it did look quite messy at the back but I didn't sweat it because my hair was going to fluff around the clip. It was easy and probably like $20 as opposed to $100+. Sorry for the novel! I hope this helped!

Anonymous said...

How lovely! and I like the fact, you're not wasting your $$$ on the wedding and saving for the more serious after the honeymoon event

WineGrrl said...

Gorgeous!

luvnM3naturally said...

Congrats to you both! Love your hair and the fact that you chose to wear it 'out'! (I don't do much protective styling I <3 big hair!) Beautiful dress!

FunkyStarkitty50 said...

Congrats and you look beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Simply beautiful!

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Annie L. said...

My Gah! That hair and that dress are a HIT! What a beautiful couple you make, best of luck to you both!

Pinkrage said...

Beautiful Hair, beautiful dress, beautiful couple..may GOD bless your union.

Anonymous said...

Simply beautiful!

Decemberpumpkin said...

one word gorgeous

Just Aggie said...

so beautiful!!

hunnybun said...

i love that you wore your hair so big and beautiful

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