Kristel // Natural Hair Bride

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When did you and your husband meet?
My husband and I met when I just started at the Academy of Art in Utrecht in 2001. There I was going to follow the recently new program Design for Virtual Theatre Games (DVTG). Before school started I went to check it out with my parents and little brother and sister. My parents and little brother spotted him in the schoolyard trying to breakdance with his friends. He noticed me, but I didn’t notice him because I was so excited about being in my new school.

The next time I saw him it was during introduction camp. I went with the wrong group from another program to the wrong camp. So I arrived a lot later than my DVTG group, at the correct location. Embarrassing! There we really met. There was an immediate click between us. 2 weeks later we were boyfriend and girlfriend.

When did you get married?
The 1st of June 2013, Beeckestijn Estate, Velsen South (The Netherlands).

How was your big day?
Amazing, Lovely and Wonderful! :) The whole month of May it was raining, so we were afraid that it would rain on our day. But it was dry and later on in the day the sun broke through the clouds. We had a family wedding on the Beeckestijn Estate: A beautiful land house with French and English gardens. We rented the carriage house on the property for the whole day because we didn’t want our guests to travel between a ceremony and a reception location. The ceremony started at 3 o’clock and after that we held a toast in the French garden beside the pond. My father in law is an Englishman, so he and his daughter organised a high tea for our guests. Then we had group pictures in front of the land house and went for a walk during our romantic photo shoot.

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For dinner we had an Indonesian buffet because Rashleigh’s mother and family are from Jakarta. After the first dance the DJ started the party with a Kanye West song. We had Surinam snacks to represent my roots. At the end of the evening we let loose balloons in the air. It was a fun and relaxing day. Family and friends worked together so that we could stay on schedule and that made them even closer. There was a lot of laughter and dancing. Love was definitely in the air!

How did you wear your hair?
I wore it loose, long with some curls in my hair. On my head I had a flower crown with a long veil. During the day it got more and more puffy because of the humidity, but I was so happy I didn’t care!

What was your process of deciding how to style you hair?
I used a hair straightener (comb), because I didn´t want my big hair to block other people in the photos. After I straightened it I did big 2 strand twists in my hair because I didn’t want my hair too straight.

How did your family/husband/guests receive your hair at the wedding?
They really liked it.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?



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66 thoughts on “Kristel // Natural Hair Bride

  1. Mooi!!!

    My family is from Surinam and I dream of finding a hubby that speaks dutch that my dad would like lol.

    YOU look/looked so beautiful!! and I love the pics of you guys dancing. What is a gathering with Surinamese people without some dancing? Awesome pics I love it.

  2. You go beautiful lady with your gorgous hair and blessing of a husband. What God has for U is for U……..Thank you for sharing.

  3. Hi bglh, I recently came across your blog and i must say nice job. I want to start my transitioning journey, however i have a bit of a problem, am looking for basic, good and affordable natural products that I can use as i transition. I live in Nigeria so am looking for that might be readily available around me. I read Dudu osun is great for shampooing and Shea butter for conditioning. Am not so sure about different opinions i have been getting. Please i really really would love to get a feedback from you. Thanks and sorry for the long write up.
    Just to add, i dont intend to do the Big Chop, i want to transition and trim my hair as it grows longer. Thanks

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