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Cara- A Natural Bride!

By January 27th, 202158 Comments

Cara- A Natural Bride!

Hey Nikki!

My husband David and I were married June 20th, 2010 in Long Branch, NJ. Choosing wedding hair was such a struggle to say the least. After googling wedding styles over and over, I realized that there were very few natural bride pictures which of course made me sad. I eventually came across a few blogs that stated “sure natural hair is great…but not for your wedding day”. UGGGHH! At that point I gave in and tried straight styles with bouncy curls and even tried out a weave. They were cute, but just not me…and certainly would not have worked in the New Jersey heat, on the beach, WITH the humidity created by the ocean.

One day I came home completely discouraged and went through many styles with my husband. He stopped me and said “you know, all of these are great, but I am IN LOVE with your natural hair… I love those curls!” I had been so concerned about being beautiful for him on our special day that I never considered that he would be more than satisfied with my natural hair. That was all I needed to rebuild my confidence and truly embrace these curls.

So, a day or so before the wedding I took a great friend of mine to a natural hair salon with me (just in case I hated it and had a nervous breakdown lol). I ended up going with a few flat twists on the side and a rod set for the rest. My friend sat there anxiously with the camera trying to gauge my reaction… and I loved it!

Cara- A Natural Bride!
Hopefully this post will give other natural brides the confidence to embrace that natural hair on their special day. I cannot imagine the extra headaches I would have had running back and forth to the bathroom attempting to de-poof straight hair or flatten edges and so on. I was able to dance all night with no worries!

As I walked down the aisle and saw the smile on my husbands face, I knew I made the right decision (on both my hair and my man, lol!)

Thanks for letting me share!
Cara Rivera

Cara- A Natural Bride!
Cara- A Natural Bride!
Cara- A Natural Bride!


  • Anonymous says:

    Congratulations!! You look beautiful. I am getting married in September. My fiance wants a natural bride as well. I was just discouraged cause I couldn't find a style. You gave me some ray of hope!! Thank you!!

  • Bilqis says:

    u n ur hair look beautiful. congrats

  • The Chocolate Loveliness That Is Fraña says:

    Seeing a naturally curly hair woman rock a simple yet cute style on her wedding day is so helpful. I'm getting married next week! I have picked a style and my fiancé LOVES my decision to go natural. (Doing my BC the week after our wedding!) Thank you so much for sharing, it helps sistas like me accept this wonderfully thick/curly hair God gave us!

  • Veronica says:

    SOOOOO gorgeous!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I am getting married next year and Ive been stressing out over how to wear my hair. I will definitely be going natural!! Congrats)

  • Rania says:

    One word: BEAUTIFUL

  • Anonymous says:

    What salon did you go to? You look fantastic! Blessings for a wonderful life together.

  • Lataya Duren says:

    Thanks for sharing. i'm natural and getting married May 21,2011. I was just talking to my mom about "my wedding day hairdo!" :-)

  • Anonymous says:

    great pics!!!! and congratulations!!! I got engaged on nye and i'm just thinking about putting braids in my hair because it's not long enough for a twist out. but your hair looks great!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    STUNNING!!! You look so BEAUTIFUL!!!
    BRAVO! You nailed it girl!

    P.S. Good job on choosing a HANDSOME HUSBAND!

    God bless your union!

  • Aishah says:

    Congratulations to the beautiful couple. And the hair is GORGEOUS!!! This is now on my list of hair styles I need to perfect:-)

  • Unknown says:

    Congrats! =) You were a beautiful bride and you two took gorgeous pics.!

  • Nutmeg says:

    You and your husband are too cute in that last picture! Congratulations, and you were truly a blushing, beautiful bride.

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG… I love that the hubs is a curly head too! Y'all are gonna have the cutest, not to mention curliest babies… CONGRATS! You are truly a beautiful bride :)


  • Anonymous says:

    GORGEOUS!!! and you guys are gunna make some pretty babies! loll

  • Anonymous says:

    You looked absolutely stunning!

  • Anonymous says:

    such a pretty bride….CONGRATS!!

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  • Unknown says:

    @CrystalW…yes you did and your hair looked beautiful!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Very beautiful bride! LOVE the veil! Thanx for sending your pictures & COngratulations!

  • Anonymous says:

    I too rocked my natural hair for my weddding (which was 2 years ago). Congratulations! You looked beautiful! ~KF519

  • dearheart15 says:

    Congrats!!! The pics are so beautiful and you chose a great style. I wore my hair similar to this for my engagement photos last month :)

  • Passion says:


  • Unknown says:

    Such a beautiful bride…you guys look like you had such a good time on your wedding day!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story it is truly inspiring me to just accept my curls the way they are!! Your expressions were priceless!!! With Curly Love, Deanna

  • CrystalW says:

    Congratulations!! You were absolutely beautiful, love your hair and it suited you perfectly; the two of you look so happy!! May God bless your union!!

    @apaine & takeysha, lol…that's how I wore my hair, Nikki featured me a couple of weeks ago :)

  • Anonymous says:

    You look absolutely beautiful and your hair is an inspiration.

  • Anonymous says:

    you look beautiful! congrats to you and your husband! I love your dress!

  • Unknown says:

    You and your husband look gorgeous! Congrats :-)!
    Love the twists and the birdcage veil!

  • Anonymous says:

    You guys make a beautiful couple! May God bless your union :)

  • Linda J says:

    Congrats, and those pictures were gorgeous!

  • Anonymous says:

    Congratulations!! You made a beautiful bride. I got married on June 21 last year and instead of being true to myself like you did I got weaved up for my wedding =( Something I truly regret!! I was worried about the heat & being the typical "beautiful bride" that you see in mags. It was the first & last time I'll have a weave. I know that I would've felt more beautiful rocking my curls on the day I married the love of my life. So long story short – I'm sooo glad you did it! =)

  • Tina says:

    Awwww, cute story! Stunning pictures!

  • eclectikchic says:

    too cute! I love the birdcage veil! I have always dreamed of using that when my time comes. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  • 1010 Photography says:

    congrats to you….i wish when i got married i was natural, my hubby loves my hair and all the products that come with it, lol

  • Shelly says:

    I know that shop! That's Nappy by Choice in Allentown, PA! I love them, congrats and good choice going there. Pay is the best!

  • Cara Rivera says:

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments!!! im glad you like, we had a blast! @ Takeysha… the veil was actually from Davids Bridal

  • Latoya says:

    You looked absolutely gorgeous…from the hair, to the veil, to the dress. Great choices! Congrats on you marriage!

  • apaine says:

    @takeysha – great minds… ;o)

  • Basic Woman says:

    You look absolutely gorgeous! Congrats!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You're stunning. Congrats! May your life together be a beautiful adventure.

  • missimone says:


    And thank you so much for sharing. I am a fairly new transitioner (relaxer-free since mid-Dec '09) and engaged since NYE 2010. I have been back & forth about what to do w/ my hair mainly b/c I want my bridal "look" to be on point! I have since been tempted to go back to my "good ol' faithful relaxed do'" (haven't caved yet), but its been really stressful thinking about hairstyles. I even wanted to BC but didn't want to b/c we hadn't decided on a date yet. Anyhow, I truly appreciate you sharing your story and encouragement to other "natural" brides-to-be!! You look amazing!

  • Sabrina says:

    Wow you look absolutely gorgeous, and you have really pretty eyes, love the slant look. Your husbd is a lucky man indeed, and the hairstyle is on point. The hairstylist did a great job, even the salon design looks good…

  • Unknown says:

    @Apaine…I was thinking about the same style..except i want the puff kinda on the side of my head with the babybreath…now if only my BF would stop playing :)

  • Kerri says:

    What a beautiful bride and a handsome groom. I loved watching you dance down the aisle. :)

  • Jeannette says:


    I have seen too many natural women go straight on their wedding day. Nothing wrong with the straight flat iron look but there are sooo many elegant natural hairstyles that are perfect for a bride and this bride has done a great job showing this! :) Absolutely beautiful.

  • Nesha E. says:

    so sweet!!!!!

  • Elle B says:

    Awwwhhh beautiful! I love seeing bridal pictures.

  • Anonymous says:

    You looked gorgeous, Mrs. Rivera!

  • Krystal K. says:

    I can't say I love it enough! You and your hair are absolutely GORGEOUS! Congratulations =)

  • vonnie says:

    literally the cutest bride i've ever seen!

  • Whitney B. says:

    Absolutely stunning! Congrats on the nuptials!

  • Anonymous says:

    you look so gorgeous. congratulations on your wedding and many blessings to your marriage sweetheart.

  • ladyhart says:

    Beautiful!!! Congrats!!

  • apaine says:

    congrats! lovely pics :o) i think on my wedding day (after i find The One lol) i'm gonna wear a huge puff in the back with some baby's breath on the front/side and a lil coctail hat veil. boom! done. simple and beautiful. (now, hurry up The One! lol)

  • Unknown says: look gorgeous…i just LOVE your veil..where did you get it from?!

  • Pinkrage says:

    You look absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Great Choice!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love it! Congratulations!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wonderful story. And congrats!

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