Imagine finding out on the eve of your wedding that your fiancé had been cheating on you with another woman.
That’s what happened to one unsuspecting bride who has since gone public to describe her anger and humiliation…
and how she dealt with it in her own unique way.
The woman, referring to herself only as Casey to protect her identity, told her story on whimn.com.
She describes how she sat in her wedding dress the night before her wedding with her bridesmaids, looking forward to getting married the next day to her fiancé Alex. The couple had been together for six years and were very much in love, or so she thought.
Her iPhone was buzzing with messages of congratulations from friends and family but then she got a text that sent her life crashing in around her. It contained a number of screenshots and had the chilling message: “I wouldn’t marry him. Will you?”
She scrolled through with horror as she read messages from Alex to another woman, together with photos of the two of them together. The texts and photos dated back several months, but some were from only a few days earlier.
These are some of the messages he had sent:
“This weekend. You and I. It is on, hot stuff. Bring your A game.”
“Your body is…incredible. And…do you know how to use it. I wish my GF had half the skills you do.”
“I miss you so much. I can’t stop thinking about L, S, F’ing you. I’ve never had this kind of connection before.”
Casey could hardly believe what she was seeing but there was no doubting the authenticity of the messages and the photos. She cast her mind back over the previous months and remembered odd little things he said or did and it all started to add up.
She broke down in tears. “Every word like a dagger in my heart and my wedding was only hours away. How could I cancel when everyone had already travelled to be there, and everything was paid for?”
Her bridesmaids were furious with Alex and urged her to call off the wedding, but she was unsure what to do. She decided to sleep on it and decide the next day.
She didn’t get any sleep that night but by the morning she had decided on her course of action. She would go ahead with the ceremony but then expose Alex at the altar for the cheat that he was.
Casey describes how she walked down the aisle with leaden feet. Her wedding dress, all the wedding presents and the whole ceremony, were just hollow and empty to her. Alex could tell by the look on her face that she was no longer the happy bride, but he had no idea what was about to happen.
Casey describes how she stood in front of the altar, turned to face the congregation and said: “There will be no wedding today. It seems Alex is not who I thought he was.”
She then proceeded to read out the texts as Alex stormed out of the church, with the colour draining from his face.
After reading the texts, she told her friends and guests: “I love all of you and as horrible as this is I’m glad you all are here. There will not be a wedding reception today, but instead, there will be a celebration of honesty, finding true love and following your heart even when it hurts.”
Casey then says that despite everything, she went on to have a party with all the guests. It wasn’t what she had planned but it was a kind of act of defiance against her cheating fiancé, and an affirmation that she would survive and get on with her life afresh.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling