Bride-to-be Casey stood shaking at the altar in front of her family in front of her friends on what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life, but instead, it was the beginning of the end of a 6-year relationship and everyone was going to bear witness.
The woman, who is only known as Casey, chose to remain anonymous and told her story to the Australian website Whimn. She found out the truth about her fiancé, nicknamed “Alex” in the piece, the night before her wedding. She and her best friends were kicking it in a fancy hotel room when she received a text from a number she didn’t recognize. “I wouldn’t marry him. Will you?” the message read, and with it came screenshots of exchanges between Alex and another woman—some from months before, others just days.
Unsure what to do next, the bride decided she wasn’t going to let her dress or venue go to waste and chose to seize the opportunity to expose her husband-to-be.
“Alex and I had been together for six years. I felt he was The One instantly. Our families became friends; our lives were entwined, and I believed we’d live happily ever after,” she wrote in her essay.
Alex had been messaging another woman for months and was speaking to her days before the wedding behind his bride’s back.
The messages were explicit. He sent photographs to his dark-haired mistress, even sending a text saying, “I wish my GF had half the skills you do.”
“Every word was like a dagger in my heart, and my wedding was only hours away. How could I cancel when everyone had already traveled to be there, and everything was paid for,” the bride wrote.
She burst into tears, and her girlfriends were all threatening violence against Alex and told her to call him, but she refused to take their advice. During the night, she could not sleep, and when dawn came, she awoke her girls and made her decision.
“I was going to go ahead with the wedding as expected and ‘out’ him in front of our friends and family,” she said to her friends.
When the day came, the bride walked down the aisle as friends and family members looked on. Alex saw her face but saw she was not ecstatic on the big day, but he had no idea what was going to happen.
Arriving at the front of the room, she turned around and said, “It seems Alex is not who I thought he was.”
Shock rippled through the crowd, and she pulled her phone out and read every single message Alex sent to the girl.
“I let my weeping eyes rise and meet his, and he had not one thing to say,” and she watched Alex stalk out of the church with his best man trailing behind him.
Instead of letting the reception go to waste, the bride and all her family and friends decided to celebrate “honesty, finding true love, and following your heart even when it hurts.”
While it was not the big day she was hoping for, the party afterward, she said, was “one hell of a party,” as she puts it.
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