This natural hair bridal inspiration comes courtesy of the ever beautiful Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, from their “Pretty Curls” Natural Hair Shoot by Lerkia Lee-Tidball of Modage.
There’s more and more natural hair bridal inspiration to be found online, and thats’ such a beautiful thing! The good people of Munaluchi Bride shared the behind the scenes details on this shoot with a Q&A with the stylist, Lerkia Lee-Tidball of Modage • Where Modern Meets Vintage.
We love the natural hair bridal shoot you did! Tell us about your inspiration for this shoot.
I was inspired by natural beauties that I would chat with in passing who were undecided as to how to style their hair for their wedding and honeymoon. Since I too have been natural for 13 years, I felt that it is time to showcase women of color who need inspiration in preparation for their special day. Many women have decided to alter their look just for their wedding because they are frustrated and unable to find the perfect style for their hair. I discussed my concept with my hairstylist and she agreed that we should begin featuring stunning looks for brides who need inspiration that would compliment their bridal hair vision.
I visited Paris recently and met a natural bride and she had a vintage pearl comb in her coiled tresses and that inspired me because basic hair accessories can provide a universal look effortlessly. There are so many natural hair options for brides and my goal is to continue to partner with natural hair care professionals to style shoots that will showcase the possibilities. I’m very pleased that many women are embracing their natural state, because it is a beautiful thing.
There often isn’t enough natural hair inspiration for brides. What do you think is the reason for that?
Yes, this is true and I’ve been contacting many of my friends who specialize in natural hair and have requested that they start taking photos of their work and posting them on their personal blogs, websites and other social media platforms for natural brides to consider. I do feel that there is a shift and I believe that we will be seeing more natural hair styles since many bloggers and natural hair websites are starting to showcase everyday women rocking their natural styles. I too search the web and other social platforms for styles in between hair appointments, and I am seeing more amazing natural hair styles that can be achieved within seconds. Munaluchi Bridal Magazine is an inspiration to many and you are doing a phenomenal job of showcasing women of color and I feel that many can relate and see themselves in the pictures that you post on your website and blog. The natural hair movement is growing and I have faith that we will see more natural brides as the face of many notable campaigns in the near future.
What are the bridal fashion trends you’ve noticed this year?
Couples are really getting creative this wedding season. The demand for peplum gowns are increasing, as well as fitted beaded bodices and full skirts. We also love convertible gowns which provide brides with multiple looks for the wedding, cocktail hour and the reception. Many of our clients are stepping out of the box and using unique nail polish colors, unique colored veils and gorgeous vintage necklaces to complete their look. I’ve had a few request for blush wedding gowns, as well as utterly feminine and romantic short bridesmaids dresses. Our grooms are wearing more tailored suits because they like the practical look but will put a spin on their attire by wearing a textured necktie or signature eyeglasses.
Natural Hair Bridal Shoot Key Players:
Bridal Styling: Lerkia Lee-Tidball and Tonae Lee, Modage • Where Modern Meets Vintage
Hair: Adunni Easton, Adunni Braids & Locs
Photography: Michael Clark, Michael Clark Photographers
Florals & Decor: Samara Mendoza, By Design Events
Rentals: Juli Wolf, Vintage Affairs, LLC
Makeup: Danielle Lewis, Danielle Lewis Beauty
Gowns: Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Accessories: Randie Schoenberg-McConnell, Faye Daniels Designs
Venue: The Josephine Butler Parks Center, Washington, DC