When did you and your hus­band meet?
I met Caique dur­ing my trav­els to vol­un­teer in Sal­vador da Bahia, Brazil in 2010. Dur­ing my stay, I went to see the Afro-Brazil­ian bal­let “Bale Fol­clori­co” with a group of my friends when I saw Caique as we wait­ed to buy tick­ets. No words were exchanged at the moment we first saw each oth­er, but it was love at first sight for me. After see­ing the bal­let with my friends and as we were leav­ing, I heard a voice singing the song “You are so beau­ti­ful”. Then I saw Caique’s smile, and the rest was his­to­ry!

When did you get mar­ried?
We mar­ried on Sep­tem­ber 14, 2013 in Raleigh, North Car­oli­na at the Con­tem­po­rary Art Muse­um.


How was your big day?
We made sure to infuse Caique’s Brazil­ian cul­ture into our spe­cial day so the details were very col­or­ful and the ener­gy of the night was very spirit­ed! We also had ele­ments that rep­re­sent­ed our African her­itage (Tast­ing of the Four Elements/etc.) and my South­ern cul­ture (food). This day was so spe­cial to me because my father offi­ci­at­ed while my broth­er Mike escort­ed me down the aisle. Caique also made it super spe­cial because he sur­prised me with a beau­ti­ful per­for­mance and sung two songs to me. One that he wrote for me! It was every­thing I envi­sioned; from the weath­er, the love/support that we received from fam­i­ly and friends, to each detail of the day (includ­ing my hair)! It was PERFECTION!

How did you wear your hair?
I wore my hair in an intri­cate soft updo cre­ation styled by the most amaz­ing Taji Shabu, and it was all that I envi­sioned for my spe­cial day!

What was your process of decid­ing how to style you hair?
First, my Caique request­ed that I wear my hair in an updo style, and I prefer updos for spe­cial occa­sions as well. I real­ly want­ed to chan­nel Janelle Monae’s/Miguel’s pom­padour style with adding an eth­nic flair to it with corn­rows. I want­ed an art­sy yet clas­sic look, which I felt would be fit­ting with our venue of choice and the­me. I gave my styl­ist my vision and she deliv­ered!

How did your family/husband/guests receive your hair at the wed­ding?
Every­one loved it and found it to be very fit­ting to my per­son­al­i­ty and to our spe­cial day!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Come vis­it me at @JOYLVIDAL on Insta­gram!


Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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Absolute­ly beau­ti­ful you looked gorgeous/diva-ish/so hap­py, con­grats and I wish you two the best!

wanda renee



Sim­ply beau­ti­ful!! I wish I were in atten­dance, looks fun!!


your advice is sound! chrees @jason, thank you for the com­pli­ment jason!@melissa, thanks too! the ear­rings are from H&M. I found them in the H&M shop in Bris­tol! they were the only nice ones there


Beau­ti­ful!!! So touch­ing and such a per­fect sto­ry.

Youngin girl

The sto­ry of How they met raised eye­brows. I wish them hap­pi­ness and com­mitt­ment. The dress, The wed­ding and most definit­ley the uodo was beau­ti­ful, ele­gant and urbane. The pic­tures were cap­tured at the right time and did you say “Afro-brazil­ian?” That’s a first and Good luck on what­ev­er you two dream of doing. A frw­sh face and smile–So cute.


Yes, Afro-Brazil­ian! The high­est pop­u­la­tion of African descen­dant peo­ple out­side of con­ti­nen­tal Africa is in Brazil. i.e. Brazil’s pop­u­la­tion con­sist of about 50% blacks. We Afro-Brazil­ians exist and we don’t all look like Adri­ana Lima as much as the media would like you to believe. Google Sal­vador da Bahia and blacks in Brazil and edi­fy your­self =)


Great comment…I was start­ing to believe that Afro-Brazil­ians don’t exist,atleast the way they keep pro­mot­ing Adri­ana Lima and Gise­le Bund­chen as the face of Brazilians,you fall into the trap of think­ing black ones do not exist.


Beau­ti­ful dress, beau­ti­ful hair, beau­ti­ful wed­ding, beau­ti­ful bride and beau­ti­ful cou­ple… Love, hap­pi­ness, and pros­per­i­ty to them..


Ahh­hh, so beau­ti­ful. :)


I remem­ber their engage­ment ses­sion from! Their pics were so beau­ti­ful and they seemed so con­nect­ed. Same with the­se wed­ding shots. And of course her hair was on point! Wish­ing them a long, hap­py and blessed mar­riage.

I don’t know why peo­ple are vot­ing you down… you are prob­a­bly speak­ing the truth and I guess the truth hurts. I gained some weight while com­plet­ing my Doc­tor­ate — too much time in front the com­put­er I guess and even though guys and girl­friends are always telling me I am so pret­ty — noth­ing is hap­pen­ing on that front and I blame the dif­fer­ence in my weight from my under­grad days to now. The gain is also on my butt and I don’t think its so fash­ion­able any­more (not on a black wom­an). I nev­er let my spir­i­tu­al life… Read more »

He’s get­ting thumbs down because this post had absolute­ly noth­ing to do with black women’s weight or atti­tude! GOD for once can black wom­en just live with­out some guy com­ing into the con­vo and ruin­ing it? Why are you even here on this site? What ben­e­fit are you get­ting by leav­ing this com­ment? I know why, it makes you hap­py to bring us down.