Shelli of Hairscapades- A Wedding Story

Shelli of Hairscapades writes: 

On December 12th, I tied the knot with my love at a ceremony and reception aboard the Explorer of Seas port-side in Bayonne, NJ. To be honest, I always imagined that I'd elope. I never dreamed of my wedding day nor had I any desire or interest in planning a big, elaborate wedding. Add to that the facts that I'm the consummate procrastinator who hates planning anything and am also super cheap frugal, and you might understand my lack of motivation in setting a wedding date despite being engaged for almost a year and a half. But, with 42 knocking on the door, 2 years since our engagement fast-approaching, and a desire to have children, we knew it was time to get this thing done.

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A Natural Hair Wedding Story: Alicia B.

Alicia Brathwaite of Barbados, Caribbean/W.I., writes: 
Like many Natural Brides, I too had a tough time finding a hairstyle that wouldn't put a lot of stress on my hair, but still looked appropriate and most of all, made me feel extra beautiful on my big day!

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Tracey Boggs: Natural Hair Bride

Tracey Boggs writes: 

I had a very tough time finding natural hairstyle inspiration for my wedding, but what I eventually found came from stories on  So now I'm sharing my pictures in hope of inspiring others!

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A Natural Wedding Story- Eliss C.

Eliss writes:

Hi Nikki and fam!

I’m elated to share my experience with my hair on my wedding day. My husband and I got engaged in 2011, and we were married on 6/12/2012 at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula, California. I’ve been natural since 2007, and I knew I would be a natural bride if I ever got married. I tend to be stubborn once my mind is made up, so luckily no one tried to pressure me about how to wear my hair.

Hair planning started months before the wedding, and I had an idea on how to wear my hair. Due to conflicting issues with the stylist (conflicting meaning, she didn’t show up), I ended up doing my hair on my own. Normally, that would cause stress upon a pending bride, but I think going wine tasting before the wedding helped to calm my nerves, LOL! Since I was already packed for the honeymoon with a plethora of hair products and styling tools, I was prepared to do the styling with some of favorites including Oyin Handmade and Joico. It took me a while to complete the style, but I managed to do so before the ceremony. The main thing I had to keep telling myself was, “Keep pinning and rolling,” because that was the key to the style. The California weather was perfect for this “June Bride,” and it managed to last through all of the eating, drinking, and dancing.

Going natural has allowed me to live for me, and on the day that my husband and I became one under the eyes of God, I wanted everyone to see me in the way He created me…natural (just with some extra makeup, diamonds, and pearls).

Tanesha- A Natural Wedding Story

Hey Nikki,
I decided to contribute to this segment because I remember the trauma I went through trying to find styles for my newly natural hair.

We got married on July 23rd 2011, at a beautiful location in Montego Bay, Jamaica- "The Wharf House". I definitely wanted a laid back beach-y rustic feel as this is the kind of couple we are. It was a beautiful day and in the end, I loved everything about it.

The hair is an unusual story.  I started my journey on November 7th 2009. This was the day of my last relaxer and I Big Chopped in March 2011.  What led to this Big Chop only 4 months before my wedding day, was an odd revelation. 

The original plan was to flat iron my new growth, so that I would then have long flowing hair for my wedding day (my hair, at the time, was past bra strap length). Things didn't quite work out that way. 

One day I mentioned jokingly to Hubby that I was going to Big Chop right before the wedding and he looked as if he was hit by a truck, almost devastated. "You cant do that!" he said, "What then are you going to do with your hair?". It was at that point that I had a revelation... how can I get my husband to love my hair if he has never seen it? How could I expect him to love it if the message I was sending was the opposite? I didn't want him to get married to one person and to wake up to another after the Big Chopped.  I had to do it, I had to Big Chop.

After I BC'ed it was really difficult trying to find a hairstyle, I didn't have a plan, I was lost. I then thought that I would do what I usually did. So I placed my hair in a low set chignon on a freshly done braid out ( fake hair was added to bun to add some body to it). The veil belongs to my mom, it's over 30 years old (the borrowed item) and the head band was made of genuine swarvoski crystals. The headband was an attempt to fight any frizz which was bound to happen in this humid weather. Most of my other sisters are natural, the pictures were beautiful, the day was beautiful, the natural hair was beautiful!

I really hope that all those ladies out there who are hesitating to Big Chop or wear their natural hair because of fear or uncertainty, will realize that they will look amazing, more so because natural hair is the hair we were blessed with... especially the Brides to Be out there.  Think to yourself "How do I want to be remembered on my wedding day?".

Please visit my facebook page and "like" it as we continue to provide inspiration for all those lovely naturals out there. Muah!

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?

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