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Natalie // Natural Hair Bride

• May 14, 2013

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When did you and your husband meet?
N:
Theo and I met in 2009 at a bar. I was there to meet up with a guy I was dating at the time who was playing drums there that night. So I was sitting there, sipping some wine, chillin when this Asian dude walks in, long hair, cheek bones that could cut glass…we look at each other for a second and that exchange kept happening for like an hour. I was talking with a group of people and all of sudden, Theo cuts through the crowd and nonchalantly asked what I was drinking. I told him it was my favorite pinot noir, he thanked me and said he’d try it for himself and left to go back to the bar. I was like…okay? I was so full of myself. I thought for sure he would hit on me and try to start some lame conversation, but he just smiled and was like, thanks. So after another hour, I made my way over to the bar to ask him how he liked it and before I knew it, I was the one trying to start some lame conversation! But we actually talked. And talked and talked. We talked for so long, I forgot I was there with another man! Goodness! So you can imagine how mortified I was when the guy I was actually dating came up to me and asked if I was ready to go because the bar was closing… Awkward. So not like me to do something like that. So we quickly said an awkward goodbye. Theo had actually flown in from NY, only there for the weekend. I saw him coincidentally the next day at an Easter event and that’s when we exchanged numbers. And even though he flew back to NY the next day, we called each other almost everyday.

When did you get married?
N:
We got married 3 years later at a wine bar owned by a cute couple in Madrona — a neighborhood in Seattle. We randomly found the wine bar while taking a stroll after brunch. Just before randomly finding my wedding dress two doors down. It was a vintage Max Mara, made in Italy. The woman who owned it previously had it tailored to fit her. Her measurements were mine exactly! And I am tiny. Crazy.

How was your big day?
N:
I was pensive and introverted before the wedding. I wanted to be left alone. My friends asked if I needed help, my mom wanted to help, but I just wanted to do everything myself, my makeup, my hair, everything. Such a mistake! I wanted to do everything so that’s exactly what happened. I did everything and made no time to get my nails done or get a massage or anything. I was so stressed right up until the millisecond of the wedding. And then it all got washed away — the happiness of seeing Theo, my friends, my parents was like a damn breaking over me. I was a new person. I was pure joy and love! And not to mention, we had an open bar the whole night so everyone was pretty flippin merry. LOL! We hadn’t written our vows either. We just talked to each other during the ceremony. Everyone in the room was crying too, it was crazy! Our wedding was definitely one for the books.

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How did you wear your hair?
N:
I am a creature of habit I suppose. I did a wash and go, do you believe that? I mean, it wasn’t as simple as that, but essentially that’s what it was. My mom washed my hair 🙂 Then I got under a helmet dryer for an hour, watched some Family Guy, got out of the dryer, styled and parted it to the side and was on my way. It was so shiny and tame! Not a frizzy piece in sight. I really should invest in a helmet dryer because damn. It really glams up the wash n’ go look.

What was your process of deciding how to style you hair?
N:
The process was, I’m getting married today…how should I wear my hair? I know, I know — stop shaking your head.

How did your family/husband/guests receive your hair at the wedding?
N:
They loved my hair! It was almost exactly how I wear it everyday, but more…posh and glam. It was me, it was beautiful and so soft and shiny! Theo told me if I didn’t wear my hair naturally he would call off the wedding. What a drama queen right? He adores my natural hair and for the first year, he couldn’t stop putting his hands through it. He was happy to see my wash and go a la wedding style 🙂

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
Yes! Blog: caseofthetinycloset.blogspot.com and Tumblr: thetinycloset.tumblr.com.

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Amber
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I love everything about this. Gorgeous couple and well for having done everything herself you did a boss job. Flawless beauty!

beajae
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beajae

Wow. I enjoyed reading this and viewing the pics. I love how you two met — from the chemistry at the bar to just happening to see one another the next day. The story has so much charm and elements of a lovely, romantic comedy.

Pat
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She is so beautiful and her style is bananas, I love her blog, The Tiny closet. I love the story on how they met too.

Ashlynn
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Ashlynn

This is truly beautiful. I mean beautiful!!! It put a smile on my face an I am so happy for you and yours. You guys make a gorgeous couple! 🙂

Lori
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Lori

OMG — that story sounded so romantic. They look so happy. Loved it. Beautiful lady, gorgeous guy. You go girl!

Nubiahbella
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Nubiahbella

Never commented on people wedding pictures but I have to say I ADORE the simplicity yet very elegant of their wedding. I live her frizz‐free well defined curls and that husband of hers, oh my and I love his hair too.

Black Girl With Long Hair
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Between Natalie and her hubby, there is a lot of hair porn going on here…

MrsStro81
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MrsStro81

Lmao!

Love JAH
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Love JAH

Simply organic. Just beautiful…

Lauryn
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Lauryn

Natalie, where did you get your dress? I absolutely LOVE the design!

Lauryn
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Lauryn

To be specific, the name of the boutique you found it in?

Natalie Live
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Natalie Live

Thank you! I got it at my absolute favorite designer thrift shop called Driftwood. It’s in Madrona in Seattle. If you’re ever in Seattle, make some time to go shopping there! The owner has an amazing eye and her stuff is fabulous!

Theatergirl79
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Theatergirl79

Just in case she doesn’t answer you. She wrote in the above piece that it’s a vintage find, previously owned. Probably not likely you’ll find it anywhere else.

Kudos
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Kudos

I LOVE everything about that wedding!

Rachel
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Rachel

I love how 2 different backgrounds can come together and be married. You know some people like to say no one wants black woman but as we can see all types of men do! Congratulations!

Eloisa
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Eloisa

I was gonna let it slide, but I just can’t. This post reeks of desperation. ‘Nobody wants black women’ Smh. Please speak for yourself. The fact that you have so many people agreeing with you is also very telling. It must really suck to be a black woman in the US.

Just to be clear here, this is an American website with mostly views of black AMERICAN women. This is NOT how ‘black women’ in general feel.

eve-audrey
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eve-audrey

@eloisa i agree with you to some extent but as you said this is an american website, most of the readers are american/live in america so i guess they react according to the environment they live into. and from what i understood it can inded be hard to be black women in the US because of the stereotypes attached to it. i myself am not american nor do i live there but i try to understand the way they feel and why. don’t be so harsh

cynthia J
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cynthia J

Her hair is gorgeous and her husbands hair is gorgeous too, they are just so gorgeous.

jj
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Beautiful story and beautiful couple God bless you both!!

Chimmy
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Chimmy

OMG when I saw this I was like.….whoah I need to get with an asian man I just recently met. He was handsome just like your Theo and well dressed just like your Theo. Sigh, if only he’d look at a girl like me. Hopefully in two weeks we will see each other at a friends date/couple outing. Hopefully I will start dating him. He’s so cute and just so charming with the same exact number of kids that I want and he said he loves my skin color. Yikes when he said that, I melted, but I didn’t let… Read more »

Vonnie
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Vonnie

I’d say go for it. Men of other races don’t necessarily approach us in the fashion that were used to with Black men, and the fact that he likes you’re skin tone is a plus 🙂 go for it, let YOUR intentions be known & see what happens.

And don’t pay attention to all the thumbs down, apparently most of the women on BGLH made it known on a thread a week or so back that they are anti‐interracial relationships on here. Yeah, apparently some women are STILL funky over it #shame #its2013 #theyreprobablythelonelyones :-

Ummm
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Ummm

Don’t I know it Vonnie. I was surprised and thought the time had changed around here post‐makeover. Glad to see that some people subscribe to the notion of live and let live.

Natalie Live
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Natalie Live

Thank you Chimmy! Good luck in two weeks — he seems perfect!

Michelle
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Michelle

Natalie.…You’re hot… he’s hot… it’s a beautiful union! Thank you for sharing your story and it’s an encouragement to all black women that we should be confident in our natural looks and that confidence will shine through. We black people are our own worst critics; if we accept ourselves and are confident in our looks/ourselves, people of other races accept us too… our own black men also will accept us.
Chimmy … go for it girl! Be confident and rock your natural self! Forget the haters.

TWA4now
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TWA4now

Beautiful!

MrsStro81
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MrsStro81

This sooo sweet! To meet the next day was nothing but fate. I wish you two the best 🙂

emma
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emma

If I saw him I’d forget my date too! His hair…your hair…Ahhhh! I can only imagine the hair your kids would have, if you wanted kids. And on a side note, I like how smooth he was! Subtle…I appreciate that. Anyways, back to the hair, simple elegance at its finest. I wish the best for your family. 🙂

Natalie Live
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Natalie Live

Lol! Thank you, Emma! Then I’m not the only one who would just up and forget haha!

Leo the Yardie Chick
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Leo the Yardie Chick

sniff :*D

Michelle
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Michelle

You look absolutely gorgeous and your wedding looked lovely. Your husband is so handsome… does he have an identical twin brother lol #soserious

Francine
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Francine

This is so beautiful. An I love that you rocked a natural hairdo on your wedding day. I’ve been debating if I should rock my natural hair or get a sew in, but this definitely helped make up my mind.

Natalie
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Natalie

Gorgeous couple. You’re personalities really shine through and the wedding seemed very unique and personal. I love your hair!! Just went trhough your blog too (looking for any ideas of how you do wash and gos or products you use) but couldn’t find anything but I love your fashion style.

Lita
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Lita
AJ
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AJ

Just Gorgeous, Simply Gorgeous

Lorraine
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Lorraine

BEAUTIFUL couple!!!

Coconut + Cream
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I love natalie! I love natalie! I love natalie! I love natalie! I love natalie! I love natalie! I love natalie! I love natalie! I love natalie!
This wedding is everything.

SPAM!

On another note… Does Theo have a brother who looks exactly like him… Who lives in London, England… And who wants to marry this girl I know (namely me).

Afrinaturality
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Afrinaturality

Lol! I thought the same thing, too! Us London girls, eh!

MojoJojo
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MojoJojo

Brother! I will even settle for a second cousin!

Phoxxie
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Phoxxie

He is SOME KINDA FINE! Oh and her hair looks great.

Taleah
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Taleah

You both look so gorgeous happy! I love the way Theo approached you. Smooth man 🙂 All the best!

linnie
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linnie

Beautiful couple! I love how casually she approached her wedding‐no bridezilla here. Congratulations!

Jacky
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Jacky

So happy for you and i love the pictures

Jaunel
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Jaunel

Nothing but smiles while reading your story! I can’t wait to have this experience! From the pictures I can see that you guys are a perfect match and I wish you many blessings in your marriage 🙂

Dani
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Dani

Woah! Gorgeouuus couple, and another London girl on the cosign for Theo! Blessings to you, you look incredibly happy — congrats! PS.. of course, your hair looks beaut

AFUA
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AFUA

BEAUTIFUL!!!

LBell
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LBell

Beautiful story, beautiful couple, but that dress…THAT DRESS! Rarely do I wish to turn back the clock to my younger days but if I could…! I love seeing people who aren’t afraid to buck wedding traditions BUT also do so in a stylish and memorable way.

Best wishes for a happy and long marriage! (because ultimately that’s what it’s about…)

Carla
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Simply beautiful. I love the whole concept of this wedding and how stress free it seemed to be. You were truly able to focus on your union, love, family and friends. Much happiness and love to you both! 🙂

merry
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merry

okay, this is a trip.

from looking at her photos, i’m pretty sure she lives in the building i used to live in in downtown l.a. lol.

i never saw her though. how funny.

Lena
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I hope Natalie doesn’t take this bad but this is THE finest Asian man I’ve ever seen in my entire life, cheekbones for days, beautiful hair my I think I just had a crush on a married man, not so me.
To the London girl if you find that brother of his that lives in London and get married please pass him around this way to South London lol

Alwina
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Alwina

Congratulations on your marriage!!! Glad you decided to keep it simple and wear your hair the way you usually wear it. God bless!

Thelly
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Thelly

that is so awesome! i am so happy for you!

shirley
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shirley

oh my god this is beautiful

gigi chanel
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gigi chanel

She looked beautiful. Congrats.

Autumn
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Autumn

I see some pretty babies in your future. beautiful couple. and your groom is fione.

D.K.
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Whoo! It’s like a fairy tale for grown‐up girls! Nothing BUT love for you and wish you a VERY happy marriage with your super‐fine and lovely guy! Rock on, girl! You look great!

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Nicole
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Nicole

I’m in love with this story! I really admire the fact that she wasn’t a fussy,diva bride.…and he’s def a looker! good catch.…wish u both many blessed years!

Syd
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Syd

I am jelly beyond belief — the hair, the dress, the husband, the ceremony.…!!!!! This is beautiful though, congratulations to them!

Kimberly
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Kimberly

I was grinning ear to ear while reading this love story :)? Thanks for sharing and many blessings to the both of you! ?

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Oops don’t know where that question mark came from, so sorry 🙁

MomofIV
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MomofIV

any plans for children? you two will have adorable babies

denise
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denise

THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN BOUT !!!!!!! Pure and simple love.…. The way that it should be. Love it.

Xhalted1
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Xhalted1

Congrats to you both. This was absolutely a beautiful story thank you so much for sharing.

michele
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michele

absolutely beautiful!

Natalie Live
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Oh my goodness, all these wonderful, amazing, loving comments!! I just want to answer all of them! Instead though, I will just leave a comment of my own saying thank you to everyone who took the time to read about Theo and I. You ladies are so so sweet and it was such a special day, this feature just made the memories even better! Aaaand, for you London girls, Theo happens to have a thing for London ladies and after reading these comments, I will be sure to be with him at ALL times when we visit!! LOL! Love, Nat

trekwoman21
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trekwoman21

Wonderful love story. Thanks for sharing. Wishing the two of you all the best.:)

Martha ikiring
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Martha ikiring

Beautiful ceremony, I did not belive in love, but after reading to story I do. Congs!

Tamanya
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Tamanya

I can’t decide which is more gorgeous and stunning, the dress or the husband?!

I LOVE your traditional wedding band, it looks a lot like mine. Mine belonged to my husband’s late Grandmother when she was married during the war. What made you choose that style?
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Tasha
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Tasha

I love this. You can see the love you two share for one another and it is truely beautiful. God bless you both and your hair is goregous!

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TP
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TP

This story is so great. You and your husband look amazing. And your hair, if it was that easy to do I know that natural is truly natural, it’s can be low maintenance if we allow it. Thanks for doing the interview and sharing you stories, they were inspiring and hopeful.

Njokii
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Njokii

This has to be one of the most beautiful meet‐up stories I have read. It is the third time I am reading it and I am always fascinated by it. The wedding images are mind‐ blowing. I love the sincerity of it all. What a lovely couple! I wish Natalie and Theo all the very best in their lives together.

Sjamie
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Sjamie

You and your husband are such a handsome couple. He looks like he wants to devour you in that one photo..sniff sniff..reminds me of me and my hubby..we met in Rome..and love just happens!

krise
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krise

I’m late on catching your story, but LOVED every minute of it! You were a gorgeous bride, and from the way you met, saw each other again, found your wedding dress (which is SO originally different), to venue…AWESOME! Congrats and thank you for sharing this lovely story 🙂

Teresa
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Teresa

OMG this is so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

isley
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isley

one of my favorite stories on this site. You and your husband look like a love match meant to be! Love the hair, love the story

Koukla
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Koukla

Such a warm love story and a beautiful couple, blessing to you both! 🙂

Nikki
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Nikki

Absolutely beautiful! Blissful blessings to you 🙂

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Jennifer

They are so cute ! What a lovely couple. God bless them

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afra

This true story is so fairytalesque it would be amazing if a film was made with this storyline, it would be an awesome film :)…all the best newlyweds!!! 😀

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eloise Baker

BEAUTIFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL, she’s cute, her dress is perfect and her hubby is yummmmmmmy!

Ade
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Ade

What a beautiful couple! Congratulations to you both! I teared up a bit at the photo where he is kissing the back of her neck because it truly illustrated their love. Keep featuring Natural Brides!

Aliyah
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Aliyah

Aww cute you both are gorgeous gorgeous hair . Wow this just proves other races do want black women . This black man was putting me down saying they don’t want us so no other race wants . Many black men have said no one wants black women and I started to believe it after seeing this they have been proven wrong and I have hope now . Lol he is one of the sexiest Asian man I saw and she is so pretty would make gorgeous babies . God bless you . 🙂

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Foxylady242

Theo had some serious game!! LOL. This is an absolutely beautiful couple. I wish them all the best!!

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Macintouch

There are so cute! The bride is gorgous but honesltly her husand is sooo hot jeeeez!!

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