Category Archives: Brides and Grooms of Colour

Blackhair UK Magazine: Bridal Edition

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Hello there brides, grooms and undecided! Blackhair Magazine UK’s April-May 2015 edition is a bridal special to help with the upcoming spring and summer wedding season.

Inside you will find all sorts of wonderful advice for natural hair, relaxed hair and everything in between, as well as beauty and accessories tips for your big day. If it’s not “your” day and you are part of the wedding “party” or a guest, there is lots in the special edition for you too, to ensure you look your slickest and sharpest. There is plenty of celebrity inspiration, product suggestion and beauty regime guides. Also the magazine is available all over Europe so you have no excuse to miss out!

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Go out and get your copy today pr sign up for your subscription here.

Happy planning! ❤

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Bridal Natural Hair Inspiration on International Women’s Day

via buzzfeed.com
via buzzfeed.com

It’s been a really long time, but as we’re in the final hours of International Women’s Week 2015, I just thought I’d share these beautiful shots of brides of colour, flaunting their gorgeous natural tresses. The original post (available here) is courtesy of buzzfeed.com and should give all you fly sisters out there, preparing for your big days later this year, some much needed inspiration. Don’t forget to share with your fellow brides to be!

Enjoy ❤

 

Solange Marries in Serious Style!

So the blogging world is currently all caught up in the details of Solange Knowles recent marriage to Alan Ferguson, which took place in New Orleans this passed weekend. Knowing Solange and her previous fashion statements, as well as the music she has released, one could have guessed her wedding would be super cool. However, recent photos and reports from the big event have surpassed the expectations of many.

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Fun facts from the day include the wedding couple arriving together on matching bicycles, the bride wearing a jumpsuit before changing into a dress (with a cape!) and of course the more predictable but no less exciting fact that Solange wore her hair natural! I’m no fan of the Knowles/Carter branding empire or anything associated with it (that *ish is so contrived..), but I wouldn’t be representing “invisible” brides if I didn’t promote the shear elegance and beauty demonstrated here by a sister so completely at home with her natural self. Additionally, from the sound of it, the wedding was as unique, quirky and special as Solange has proven herself to be in spite of her sister’s constant fakery.

With all that said, congratulations Solange and Alan! I really hope you go on to have a beautiful and long life together.

 

Black Hair UK Magazine April – May 2014: Bridal Edition

Ladies! The April / May 2014 edition of Black Hair UK Magazine is a bridal special! In short – go out and get it while it’s still in stores!!!

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There are all kinds of hot hair tips for brides-of-colour to be throughout the edition, but some of the highlights are arguably the ideas offered for ladies who may wish to go natural on their big day (see pages 49 and 68-71), as well as fashion advice if you are going for something a little different than the usual princess look (see pages 120-123). As always, there is also plenty of make-up and beauty hints for those of us with darker skin hues (see pages 103-105), which is a much needed departure from the standard fashion and beauty magazine advice column, which tends to only acknowledge olive skinned, Latin beauties as their dark-skinned audience, thus not offering any guidance to a black readership. In any case, this it is wonderful to see this long-standing magazine reaching out to brides to be with a variety of pointers for how to achieve the classic / conventional bridal look, in addition to numerous alternative and yet gorgeous styles.

My personal favourite segment of this edition of Black Hair has to be the “Fairytale bride” – which turns Disney’s interpretations of beauty on its head once and for all, along with all notions of what a “real” bride should look like (see pages 110-113).

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Of course, it’s a bit girly, girly – but in my opinion, as long as we have numerous, balanced versions of what being “girly” means, it’s all good.

Go out and get your copy NOW before it’s too late. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

More Beauty Tips for Brides-of-Colour

The passed few days have been VERY productive fellow brides with brown skin and/or kinky hair. My big day is fast approaching (just under four months people!) so recent attention has been called to the beauty department.

Literally, right through 2013 I couldn’t have cared less about what I would do with my hair, what make-up style I’d be going for and I have barely stressed about the dress situation, regardless of how many concerned friends have tried to get me to seriously sit and think about such necessities. However, some time around early January, a panic mode went off in my brain and I began frantically thinking about hair and make-up (not so much dress as I only need to have it taken in..) and started doing research to figure things out.

I have to be honest, as soon as I mention to anyone that the wedding is coming up, people tend to ask me about hair and make-up, such as the young woman who threads my eye-brows, who immediately began telling me about the styling business (To To Effects)  she has started with her cousin. I already knew this girl had talent but the website really show what she and her cousin can do. So if you’re in and/or around the Hague area in the Netherlands and you’re looking for affordable and yet fabulous professional stylists who can make women of all hues camera-ready for all occasions, you should check them out!

While I still haven’t actually made my mind up about whether or not to go all out for my wedding make-up, I have made the decision to go for some sort of up-do hairstyle; the only dilemma remaining for me is whether or not to go with braids or with a natural and stylish bun of some kind.

There are just so many options!!! And I’m starting to see more and more that wedding madness doesn’t come so much from the planning, but from having to make decisions and worrying whether or not you got the choice right. I’d like to say it’s only one day in my life, so if I don’t end up looking a million dollars it’s not the end of the world, but our future guests have already made so much of the photo included on our invitations that I’m already nervous about the actual wedding photos.

I’ll let you know if I make it out alive!