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When did you and your hus­band meet?
R:
My hus­band, Andre Seville and I met while both pur­su­ing our degrees in Com­put­er Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West Indies (UWI), in Mona (Kingston, Jamaica). I would see him around cam­pus and we would end up in the same class­es, even out­side our majors. We nev­er real­ly talked, but would give an occa­sion­al hi when our paths crossed, and then one day at the end of our first year I stopped him and we got to talk­ing. We became real­ly close friends and one day he asked me to be his girl­friend after being friends for almost 2 years.

When did you get mar­ried?
R:
We thought it would be sen­ti­men­tal to get mar­ried where it all began, so we got mar­ried at the UWI Mona Chapel on August 31, 2013. Our recep­tion was also on cam­pus at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge.

How was your big day?
R:
My big day was sim­ply amaz­ing. My fam­i­ly and friends trav­eled from the USA and Canada and it was so great to have all my sis­ters and broth­ers in one space. We live in Jamaica and the wed­ding was in Kingston at the end of August in the mid­st of the Hur­ri­cane sea­son, so we had some wor­ries that it would rain on our out­door recep­tion. The day was slight­ly over­cast but it nev­er rained, and although we lost some sun­light when tak­ing pho­tos we had a cool sum­mer day, which every­one appre­ci­at­ed given how hot the sum­mers can get. 

The day start­ed with me spend­ing time with my sis­ters, niece (flow­er girl) and moth­er. My old­er sis­ter did their hair and I did my own hair as that was very impor­tant to me. We went to the loca­tion on cam­pus where we got ready and had our make-up done by Loni Jones who did a fan­tas­tic job on all the ladies. Every­one looked gor­geous!

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The wed­ding start­ed at 4 p.m. and we took pic­tures out­side the chapel after. The bridal par­ty con­tin­ued the pho­to shoot while our guests went to the cock­tail hour. We took some amaz­ing pho­tos around cam­pus, which had been our sec­ond home for years. It was a nos­tal­gic expe­ri­ence and we had so much fun. 

After our pho­to ses­sion, we made our grand entrance at the recep­tion and had din­ner with our guests while being enter­tained by DJ Richie Ras and our MC. Our first dance was a com­bi­na­tion of 3 songs, one ded­i­cat­ed to the bride, the oth­er the groom, and the last to open the dance floor. The DJ played a mix­ture of gen­res rang­ing from Dance­hall, Reg­gae, Hip-Hop, EDM to Soca. We had a blast danc­ing and chat­ting with our guests. It was the per­fect day!

How did you wear your hair?
R:
I wore my hair in a side swept high bun with a bird­cage veil and feath­er fas­ci­na­tor to play on the pea­cock themed wed­ding. I removed the veil for the recep­tion and wore only the feath­er fas­ci­na­tor. I had blonde streaks in my hair before the big day for a change, and it was the first time colour­ing my hair since being nat­u­ral for almost 3 years. 

What was your process of decid­ing how to style you hair?
R:
Styling my hair by myself in its nat­u­ral state meant a lot to me because I want­ed to have con­trol of the process and I did not want to wor­ry about humid­i­ty if I flat ironed it. I washed and deep con­di­tioned my hair the night before and put my damp hair in two strand twists. In the morn­ing, I stretched my hair with a lit­tle heat from the blow dry­er and then pro­ceed­ed to style my hair.

How did your family/husband/guests receive your hair at the wed­ding?
R:
My Mom and moth­er-in-law were a lit­tle wor­ried about how my hair would be for the big day. They asked me ques­tions lead­ing up to the day about how I would style it, but I didn’t give any details except that I would not flat iron it and I want­ed to do it myself. My hus­band loves my hair, and he was con­fi­dent that I would be beau­ti­ful any­way I styled it, so he had no reser­va­tions. Every­one loved my updo and my mom and moth­er-in-law were gush­ing with com­pli­ments after the wed­ding. That was very spe­cial to me because I felt like I proved in a small way that you can be a beau­ti­ful bride with your nat­u­ral hair and not con­form to the tra­di­tion­al ide­als of beau­ty.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R:
I am a food­ie, so you can view my web­page www.eatoutjamaica.com and I am also obsessed with Pin­ter­est, so you can fol­low my boards here: www.pinterest.com/quelzseville.

Meosha

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

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26 Comments on "Raquel // Natural Hair Bride"

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Chiwi

#Beau­ti­ful… :)

Michelle Spice

Con­grats on your wed­ding! Loved the col­ors, alive and vibrant enjoyed the wed­ding pic­tures… Many hap­py returns and lots of chil­dren with mon­ey to take care of things and a big beau­ti­ful home to dwell.

Keep hap­py and all the best!

Lunye'

Beautiful…congrats on your mar­riage and you looked amazing..May you love each oth­er forever…

Soo

Wow! Con­grats Raquel!! I attend­ed this beau­ti­ful wed­ding and the pics are beau­ti­ful, but being there and see­ing the­se two exchange vows was price­less… Every­thing was exact­ly the way a wed­ding should be and Raquel was stun­ning from head to toe! Blessup to the cou­ple!

youngin girl

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your big day. A long last­ing com­mit­ment and hap­pi­ness goes a long way. You two deserve each oth­er because you must have felt some­thing. Wed­dings and recep­tions are one of the sweet­est events in a person’s life. You looked ele­gant and the plan­ner did a won­der­ful job. thanks for shar­ing this.

Shan

Wow! Just Wow! I wasn’t even there and I could imag­ine how beau­ti­ful it was. You look amaz­ing!

Brianna Love

CONGRATULATIONS beau­ti­ful! :) I want to get mar­ried some­day but I’m ner­vous! :(

Bee

WoW! beau­ti­ful! Love­ly! Stun­ning! All the best, and thanks for shar­ing the mem­o­ries of your spe­cial day.

Love JAH

Beau­ti­ful. Very love­ly.

jacyyy

OMG!!! I love this so much. Look how she’s glow­ing! Woahh. Proud to see a Jamaican on here :)
All the best to the young cou­ple

Shari

What a beau­ti­ful bride and the cer­e­mony looked amaz­ing. My sis­ter too got mar­ried at Mona chapel. It tru­ly is beau­ti­ful!

Brittany. L

Aww this is so love­ly

Carly

So sim­ple but beau­ti­ful! Con­grats!

Sandrine

Such a beau­ti­ful cou­ple. I loved the colour scheme of the wed­ding and wish you guys a hap­py fun filled union. You are an inspi­ra­tion to many nat­u­ral brides to push the envelope and sport their nat­u­ral tress­es on their spe­cial day. (UWI Aluma, Jamaican, Recent Nat­u­ral)

Jamzie

The­se pics bring back mem­o­ries of Mona cam­pus! Ur hubby’s face looks famil­iar to me. Gor­geous bride, hair and make up! Con­grats :)

Bhamanon

You have the best smile ever!!! Every­thing turned out so beau­ti­ful­ly and the bride is radi­ant! Love it! Con­grat­u­la­tions!

Amma Mama

She’s so beau­ti­ful. Love­ly island wed­ding and the­se pic­tures are great!

Marissa

UWI alum­na here too!!!!!!!! Well, St. Augustine cam­pus tho… But still.…..UWEeeeeee!!

Kira-lee

Beau­ti­ful job! And thanks for rep­re­sent­ing Jamaica very well. Con­grats on your beau­ti­ful wed­ding :)

Maha

Her hair is pret­ty, but that smile is elec­tric!! It looks like she enjoyed her day, which is the impor­tant thing.

Dorian

You are beau­ti­ful. And I love the island back­drops and col­ors. Con­grat­u­la­tions!

Ann

Very pret­ty!

Pat

I was just won­der­ing what to do with mine. I do want to wear a comb and a fas­ci­na­tor with veil. Loni is great. Ker­ry Ann Mur­ray is also great, I wish I could fly her to NY to do my wed­ding make­up.

a1sgrl

Mona Chapel is such a beau­ti­ful chapel to exchange vows. Always loved see­ing people’s pics when they got mar­ried there.
Your hair was sim­ply beau­ti­ful. Con­grat­u­la­tions to you and your hub­by. The col­ors were sim­ply beau­ti­ful! And your pictures…BREATHTAKING!

boyhead

Beau­ti­ful! And hon­ey, your hair looks fab! What a hand­some cou­ple!

Ilham

Wow…one word ‘Exquis­ite’
Love your hair and i love the vibrant colours. I always thought that the day i get mar­ried i would straight­en my hair. But you have changed that! Con­grats to you and your hub­by

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