When did you and your hus­band meet?
I met my hus­band, James, while deployed over­seas in the Army in 2004 at Camp Vic­to­ry, Kuwait. He was the “younger” tall, dark and hand­some guy that I thought was too imma­ture to take seri­ous­ly. Boy, was I wrong. We were friends over there, but I was still too ner­vous to jump into the “rela­tion­ship” realm. Besides, how much of a rela­tion­ship you can have with an M16 at your side lol!

Fast for­ward to 2008, I got out the mil­i­tary and he was sent to Iraq. I wor­ried for a year, wrote, and sent care pack­ages. When he returned, he asked me out. In the end, he became to me the most mature, hum­ble, giv­ing and won­der­ful man I ever met.

When did you get mar­ried?
Octo­ber 9, 2011 in Colum­bia, Mary­land. We exchanged our vows in front of our clos­est fam­i­ly and friends. I guess you can say we had a down home Ja-mer­i­can. I come from a close knit Jamaican fam­i­ly and he from awe­some south­ern roots. So, we felt it impor­tant to include them in our spe­cial day. We did things such as hav­ing my cousin mar­ry us, to hav­ing our nieces read a poem ded­i­cat­ing to our grand­moth­er and par­ents dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny to chow­ing down at the recep­tion on some home cooked (by our fam­i­ly) smoth­ered chick­en, jerk chick­en and rice and peas, and Jamaican rum cake (YUM!). It was tru­ly a fam­i­ly affair!

But, most of all we thought it impor­tant to have f-u-n. Our bridal par­ty danced into the hall fol­lowed by us decked out in pur­ple shades. And, when it was time for my hus­band to take off my garter he pulled out an Amer­i­can and Jamaican flag (one by one) from under­neath my dress before he pulled out the actu­al garter. Fun times :-)

How did you wear your hair?
I want­ed an almost care­free style that would hold up dur­ing our hon­ey­moon in Jam­rock whether at the beach or pool. I went back and forth with hair­styles and options with my styl­ist. Final­ly, we decid­ed to do twists with human exten­sions. I had the twist put in the night before and the morn­ing of the wed­ding my styl­ist french twist the back up and pin-curled the front. I love the clas­sic look of an updo for wed­dings and my styl­ist lit­er­al­ly took 10 min­utes to braid and pin my twists. It was per­fect!

How did your family/husband/guests receive your hair at the wed­ding?
Every­one loved my hair! I got a lot of com­pli­ments. It felt great. It was so nat­ur­al look­ing many peo­ple didn’t know it was exten­sions until I told them. My Mom rocks a fly TWA reli­gious­ly so she’s always a fan of my hair.

Most of all my hus­band adored my hair. He’s an uber fan of my puff. So, I was ner­vous about what he would think. Lat­er that night, he said he LOVED my hair and wouldn’t mind me wear­ing the same style again. What an awe­some guy!

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18 Comments on "Paulette // Natural Hair Bride"

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I real­ly enjoyed this sto­ry and the pho­tos speak a thou­sand words…amongst hap­pi­ness n sin­cer­i­ty. Pray God bless­es your mar­riage n future plans.




Mag­nif­i­cent items from you, man. I’ve take into account your stuff pre­vi­ous to and you are just too fan­tas­tic. I actu­al­ly like what you’ve got right here, real­ly like what you are stat­ing and the way in which dur­ing which you assert it. You make it enjoy­able and you still take care of to keep it wise. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is actu­al­ly a great web­site.


Beau­ti­ful cou­ple, your sto­ry touched me espe­cial­ly as new 2LT. con­grat­u­la­tions and God bless!


Beau­ti­ful !


COLUMBIA, MD!!! Stand up! lol Beau­ti­ful nat­ur­al bride.

Patricia Kayden

Love the last pho­to. All the best to you and Hub­by.


Love­ly pic­tures. Con­grat­u­la­tions.

Annie L.

Very beau­ti­ful, I wish you a long and hap­py mar­riage! Flag up the dress…very cute, Lol!

Miss p

I love these Nat­ur­al brides sto­ries!! Always make me so hap­py! You guys are beau­ti­ful! And I love the last pic, with the sun­glass­es :)


Beau­ti­ful cou­ple, wish you all the best.


Love the inco­po­ra­tion of the two cul­tures in the wed­ding hon. My fiancee encour­aged and sup­port­ed me going nat­ur­al. I now have medi­um twa, and I am freaked out about what to do for my wed­ding on New Years Day!!!!! BTW he is Ger­man and I am JAMAICAN too, so I will be definet­ly doing the flag up the dress trick :-)


You’re a beau­ti­ful bride! You seem like such a fun & lov­ing cou­ple! Con­grat­u­la­tions!

Wanda Renee

Beau­ti­ful hair, dress and sto­ry.


3 words.…Beau-Ti-Ful :)



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The descrip­tion made me feel like I was there…beautiful Ja-mer­i­can wed­ding lol & love the hair does­nt look like exten­sions