Florida Bride, 38, Embraces Gray Hair on Her Wedding Day: ‘I Didn’t Want to See a Stranger’

Florida Bride, 38, Embraces Gray Hair on Her Wedding Day: ‘I Didn’t Want to See a Stranger’

Kadeja Jackson’s hair stylist recommended she cowl her grey earlier than her wedding ceremony day. However the bride-to-be refused.

“I did not need to look within the mirror on my wedding ceremony day and see a stranger,” Jackson, 38, who lives in Miramar, Fla., tells PEOPLE. “I simply wished to appear to be me.”

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And her look has since impressed many because of social media. Her wedding ceremony images displaying her old-school Hollywood glam have gone viral, encouraging ladies all over the world to embrace their pure magnificence.

Jackson tells PEOPLE she “can’t consider the suggestions.”

“It has taken me completely off guard,” she shares. “As a result of all people is all, ‘Oh, I am so amazed along with your type, I am so amazed by your hair. You are so gorgeous.’ And I am like, ‘What? Are they severe?’ It is thrilling, but it surely’s very stunning.”

Jackson’s hair began going grey when she was 16. Embarrassed and ashamed, she spent 15 years going to the salon for weekly contact ups. “I’d dye it and dye it,” she tells PEOPLE.

Seven years in the past, she stopped coloring her hair — and ever since strangers cease her a number of occasions a day to ask who her colorist is and what the identify of her silverly hair shade is to allow them to get it too.

“I began to embrace it,” Jackson, the regional Supervisor for the Housing Division in Hollywood, Fla., shares. “I felt extra lovely than I did earlier than. I bought tons of compliments.”

Derrick Baker & Kadeja Jackson Baker Wedding ceremony images

When her wedding-day hairstylist recommended she cowl the grey — she stated she would possibly must get one other stylist. Her groom objected too.

“Derrick was completely towards it,” Jackson says. “He loves me with that look.”

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Jackson met Derrick Baker, a 39-year-old soccer coach and habits specialist at Somerset Academy, after they had been in ninth grade.

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They had been finest mates all by means of highschool and attended Florida State collectively. “Once we met,” she says, “We had been an instantaneous connection.”

Midway by means of their freshman yr of faculty he instructed her he wished to be greater than mates, she remembers.

“He is like, ‘I need to be with you,'” she remembers. “I used to be like, ‘I can’t do life with out you.'”

Twenty years and two sons later, he proposed marriage on Mom’s Day 2021 with their sons, 14-year-old Kaj and 8-year-old Dax, by his facet.

She loves that he is a pushed, affected person, mild-tempered man. “He is very accepting of who I’m, he loves who I’m,” she says. “He is an exquisite father, an distinctive father. Only a robust man.”

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Derrick Baker & Kadeja Jackson Baker Wedding ceremony images

For his or her wedding ceremony on the Lodge Colonnade in Coral Gables, Miami, the bride wore a strapless, white silk mermaid styled costume with a plunging neckline customized made by J Del Olmo Bridal. “I’d describe it as a regal, traditional, look,” Jackson says. “I wished a timeless look.” She wore a pair of gold Jimmy Choo sneakers lined in crystals. She added thick crystal vine hair equipment from La Vie Bridal to finish her look. Her hair was styled by the workforce at Mon Cheri Hair Design based mostly out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“I wished my hair to be what stands out,” she says. “It added that additional glamour.”

Jackson says she additionally designed her husband’s customized made white tux with a floral print, and pink velvet lapels — he paired it with sparkly pink, gold, and silver loafers. She carried an infinite spray of white, Phalaenopsis orchids.

She wished her wedding ceremony to be “dreamy,” and “I’d be a part of that dream.”

On their June 26 wedding ceremony day, make-up artist Tia Codrington, beloved the bride’s hair and posted to social media with the remark: “I like the ladies that follow their roots.”

“I used to be similar to, ‘Oh my God, her hair is wonderful,'” Tia Codrington, a 35-year-old vacation spot make-up artist based mostly in Miami, instructed PEOPLE.

Her Instagram submit is as much as 5.9 million views and on Tik Tok 1.4 million views.

“All people’s dying over it,” Codrington says. “She wasn’t ashamed of it. She did not attempt to cover it. …She was herself and I simply hope that it conjures up folks to be themselves. And it is okay, you may nonetheless be lovely even when your hair is grey.”

Jackson says she despatched extra images to her hair stylist, with higher lighting, who agreed she ought to rock her pure hair shade.

Each Jackson and Codrington says the hair stylist agreed it might have been a mistake to paint Jackson’s locks. “I spoke to the hairstylist,” Codrington tells PEOPLE. “I instructed her, I stated, “I am so glad that you simply let her simply be her,” Codrington tells PEOPLE.

“She appeared like a portrait from again within the day,” Codrington provides.  “I could not even think about her with every other hair shade, to be trustworthy. It would not be the identical. It would not be her.”

Derrick Baker & Kadeja Jackson Baker Wedding ceremony images

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Jackson says she’s gotten 1000’s of DM’s from ladies all over the world that her confidence and braveness has impressed and inspired them to embrace themselves too.

“If I can encourage anybody, I am glad,” she tells PEOPLE. “I have been getting lots of messages about folks embracing themselves — simply off of my confidence that they see. They’re now prepared to embrace issues that they did not fairly embrace at first. I bought just a few tales in my Instagram, folks sending me voice messages. Simply to know that you would be able to encourage so many individuals off being your self, it makes me smile. It makes me glad.”

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