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Natural Brides- Crystal W.

By January 27th, 202157 Comments

Natural Brides- Crystal W.
Heeeeeyy Nikki!!

I wanted to share some of our wedding day photos…not a straight hair in sight (at least on my head), LOL.

We got married on July 3, 2010 in an evening ceremony at The Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Maryland. Like a lot of natural soon to be brides, I went nearly cross-eyed over what to do with my hair. I never considered straightening it but I wanted it “styled” in some sort of fashion so I scoured the internet looking for natural haired brides or styles that I could do up with my curls.

I’d finally decided to get my hair done in two strand flat twists into a side bun when one day sitting at home getting ready for my engagement photos I’d smoothed my hair up into a simple puff and EUREKA and said to myself, “Self…why not wear my puff and add a lil somethin’ to it?” Hmmmm, LOL. So fast forward 3 months and it’s the week of the wedding; I did a trial run with my birdcage veil and still something was missing so I thought a flower would do it but nope, too much, then I spied some baby’s breath on the kitchen table and VOILA…perfect.

The morning of, all I did was spritz my hair until it was damp with diluted Organix Cocomilk Conditioner added a little castor oil, smoothed it up into a puff, tied it down with my scarf and got my make-up done; after I got my make-up done, I took my scarf down, added fresh baby’s breath to my hair and that was that :). I felt confident, happy and beautiful…the way a bride should feel on her wedding day. When I walked out with my mom, my husband cracked a huge smile, nodded and mouthed “beautiful.”

Thanks for reading my story, hopefully it can show that even the most simple puff can be elegant :).

Natural Brides- Crystal W.Natural Brides- Crystal W.
Natural Brides- Crystal W.
Natural Brides- Crystal W.


  • Anonymous says:

    I SO appreciate you posting this! I have also been stressing over what to do with my hair for my wedding in June 2011. I also don't want to straighten my hair–one because I just don't, a nd two because I am getting married in Georgia where the humidity will have me looking crazy if I do! Lol! I saw your blog a few months ago and knew this was the style I was looking for. Even when I found images of Black wedding hair styles (which are like finding a needle in a haystack) most of the pictures portrayed women with relaxed hair, or straightened hair. Natural styles are even more difficult to find, so your post has been a blessing. I just sent this link to my stylist so that we can work out my puff for my trial run. I am SO excited about it! And you're right, one might not expect the regular afro puff to be elegant, but you ROCKED THE HECK OUT OF IT!! Simply stunning! Also, congratulations on your marriage! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is beautiful and you were a beautiful bride. Paula

  • Liz says:

    Thank you so much!!! I'm in my transitioning stage and one thought I've been having is, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO FOR MY WEDDING HAIR?! But seeing your post has totally encouraged me. It's similar to my personality. I love simple yet elegant..and your hair is the epitamy of that. I love it!

  • lataya Duren says:

    Thanks for sharing. You looked beautiful. I have been struggling to find the right look for my natural hair. My wedding is in May, 2011.

  • Sarah Nicole says:

    Crystal, where did you get your headpiece from? I too want to wear a birdcage veil but I haven't seen the flowery piece you have in your hair with it. It's sooo pretty!

  • Anonymous says:

    now THIS is a beautiful natural bride do… love it!

  • Anonymous says:

    God's many blessings and best wishes to you and your husband.

    Your hair is LOVELY!!!

    i co-sign with u 100% πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Can La'Toya win Comment of The Decade Award, please? No, I'm like, so serious.

    "LaToya said…
    This was so refreshing to look at. A beautiful black woman, fully embracing her hair for all to see and a handsome black man embracing all of her and professing it in front of their friends and family. Ahhh, black love, black hair. Doesn't get much better than this."

    /NO WORDS.

    <3 I love it.

  • Crystal W says:

    WOW!! Thank you all so very much! I'm overwhelmed by you alls responses. Jamil and I thank you so much for the compliments and well wishes for a happy life!

  • Tiana says:

    Crystal you were gorgeous! This was one of the most beautiful weddings I've been to in a while. You and Jamil are so cute. I'm so happy for you guys!

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  • Anonymous says:

    You looked absolutely gorgeous!

  • Anonymous says:

    Congratulations!!!! I just got married in April and was in a quandry about what to do with my hair too. I kept looking for hairstyles inspirations but never found any that spoke to me (unfortunately, I didn't find out about CN, longhaircare, Youtube or any other curly/natural hair sites until after my wedding). So, lacking inspiration or ideas, I subcombed to the pressure and flat ironed my hair and put on a half wig. I got married in St. Thomas, and child let me tell you what that humidity did to my hair was not kind. But it lasted most of the night, since I had literally drenched it in hairspray. The next day, I rinsed it out and hit the beach, carefree and natural. BTW, my husband loves my TWA (he did my BC) and says that I'm beautiful however I style my hair. I can tell that yours feels the same way about you. You look beautiful and you two look beautiful together. May God continue to bless you and your union.

  • Queenofthe4s says:

    Simple elegance….I love it!! Congrats!

  • modest-goddess says:

    love your puff, simple yet beautiful

  • Anonymous says:

    It's been said over and over again, but it's something we surely can never hear enough of…but you look absolutely beautiful! Just breathtaking. Blessings to you as you begin your new life as well.

  • Perkisha says:

    Gorgeous! I love this style…I want to style my own hair for my wedding too. Seeing this post gives me even more confidence to do so!

  • Shannon says:

    You were a stunning and gorgeous Bride….Your hair is absolutely gorgeous….

  • Anonymous says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT. Simple, elegant, lovely, sweet. Just what a bride is suppose to be.

  • Unknown says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • LaToya says:

    This was so refreshing to look at. A beautiful black woman, fully embracing her hair for all to see and a handsome black man embracing all of her and professing it in front of their friends and family. Ahhh, black love, black hair. Doesn't get much better than this.

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful hair! May God bless!

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  • Anonymous says:

    O….M….G….. Ridiculously gorgeous….

  • Crystal W. says:

    Thank you all so very much for the comments!! And thank you Nikki for posting my story!

  • spicenaturalhairsalon says:

    I love it!!! Congratulations on your day. Your hair was FABULOUS and I may have to repeat this natural hairstyle…thank you and you were definitely beautiful.

  • Bobbie says:

    You look beautiful!!! Congratulations!
    Thanks for sharing!


  • Gado-Gado Gal says:

    Gorgeous! Elegant! Stunning! Breath-taking! Beautiful! Inspired! All worth being repeated, woman. Congratulations, and thank you for sharing. You're a vision!

  • CocoEuro says:

    You're beautiful!!! stunning!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm getting married in like a year and a half and I've been wondering what to do with my hair. I have a TWA now and I've been thinking about wearing my hair natural. Thanks for sharing.

  • angelarose says:

    Perfect example of how simplicity sometimes really is the best way to go, absolutely STUNNING!

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Anonymous says:

    Aw, so beautiful! Congrats!

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  • Anonymous says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL representation for natural hair on a wedding day!!!

    How kind of you to share with us!!

  • Nicole says:

    Congratulations! You looked beautiful! May your union be blessed!

  • curlytarheel says:

    beautiful story and pictures! thank you for sharing. i love that you were a natural bride. simply gorgeous! may God do exceeding abundantly above all you could ever ask or think in your union!

  • Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful couple! I hope you two last! We need more couples like you two nowadays. πŸ™‚

  • Thinice says:

    Loves it. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…

  • Anonymous says:

    oh my gosh you look BEAUTIFUL!

  • Andrea says:

    You are simply Beautiful!

  • karenna says:

    you looked beautiful…may your union be forever blessed

  • Anonymous says:

    What a gorgeous simple style!!

    I obsess about what to do on my wedding day, also!! The bigger problem (than what to do with my hair) IS I need to find a man to marry me πŸ˜›

  • Unknown says:

    LOVE your hair…you are simply STUNNING…im inspired to NOT let others to convince me to straighten my hair for my big day…

  • Shalonda says:

    LOVE it!!! I want to renew my vows just to be a natural bride! LOL!

  • Sabrina says:

    Wow you are breathtaking, those pictures of the wedding are gorgeous. You did a great job on your hair, it's so healthy and thick,shiny all in one. Congratulations on the wedding and on being a natural. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures with us, and don't party to hard on the honeymoon lol hum honeymoon baby maybe next πŸ™‚

  • HolisticLifeRN says:

    Stunning! Congrats

  • stacye says:

    You look so cute! Kinda reminds me of when JJ on Good Times was getting married and his bride was a young Debbie Allen.You look like her on that episode.

  • Tracy says:

    Beautiful hair, beautiful dress. Congratulations!

  • Esther Griffith says:

    oooooooh! Love it! So beautiful…

  • Anonymous says:

    You looked beautiful on your wedding day! Simple, yet elegant! Congratulations…I hope it lasts forever! πŸ™‚

  • Nikkyni says:

    So Beautiful and elegant..Congrats!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous! Congratulations!!! You look so happy. I love your reaction in the third pic. You look elegant and flawless…lovin the hair!

  • Imani says:

    You look incredibly elegant and simple. There's nothing fussy about it and I like that. You're probably one of my favorite natural bride features πŸ™‚

    P.S. Bird-cage veils are so adorable

  • Nutmeg says:

    Congratulations: You were an absolutely stunning bride! Thank you for showing a way to do special occasion hair in a way that is effortless, elegant and 100 true to who you are.

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