Most little girls look forward to the day that they marry the love of their lives. In fact, many women have their dream wedding planned out before they even start dating the man that they plan to marry.
Casey was just like many other women and she was looking forward to the day that she finally got to say "I do" to the love of her life. After all of her planning, she never expected her day to play out this way.
They were about to make their marriage official, but there was something that Casey needed to do first. Her whole family was there to support her, but they had no clue what was about to happen. As she noticed that her parent's eyes were filling with tears, she immediately knew that she needed to expose her fiancé for what he was. It was time for Casey to answer the priest's question, but she pulled out her phone instead. The bride then began to read text messages that proved to everyone who her fiancé really was.
The couple had been dating one another for a little over six years. In an interview with Whimm, the bride explained that she knew he was "the one" from the moment they met. Eventually, even their families became friends. "I believed we would live happily ever after," said Casey. But Casey got a message on the day of her wedding that made her heart sink.
Casey woke up early on her wedding day to prepare for the day with her girlfriends. The friends shared memories and laughed about everything that they had done to make the wedding beautiful: the flowers, the bottles of champagne, the dress, and all of the excitement that would soon fill the air. Casey was only a few hours away from saying "I do" to the love of her life. But she had no clue that she wouldn't be getting the wedding that she dreamed of.
Casey and her girlfriends spent some time in her hotel room drinking champagne. They all felt like princesses because of how ritzy the hotel room was. Suddenly, Casey's phone began to buzz and she walked over to check it out. She had been receiving all kinds of messages of love and congratulations all day long, but this message was a bit different.
As Casey picked up her phone, one of the bridesmaids said: “Phone is running hot tonight." Casey most certainly wasn't expecting this message and everything changed as soon as she read it. The text had a bunch of different pictures from a number that she didn't know, and a message that said, “I wouldn’t marry him. Will you?”
The pictures were pictures of different conversations between another woman her fiancé. The screenshots showed a wide range of things, including selfies of the woman and Casey's fiancé. The woman in all of the pictures was completely different than Casey: she had olive skin and dark hair. What was happening?
Casey immediately took the phone and locked herself inside the bathroom so she could examine every single picture. These texts went back months, and there was even some from a few days prior. She couldn't figure out what was going on, but she knew these texts were real. Could someone be playing a trick on her?
Everything was ready for an unforgettable day. All the guests had arrived and the caterers were already serving food. Casey couldn't stop thinking about the texts and she had no clue what to do. One text said, “This weekend. You and I. It is on, hot stuff. Bring your A game.” Casey couldn't believe that her fiancé would cheat on her. Now she had to get revenge, but how?
Imagine how Casey felt. She was in love with her fiancé, and she was ready to marry him, but how could she ever go through with it knowing what she knew now. She had a lot to think about, so she turned to the people who could help her the most.
Her wedding was only a few hours away, but those texts kept swirling around her mind, stabbing her in her heart. There was no way she could cancel, but she told her bridesmaids what was happening. Her friends were shocked at the news, but they knew something had to be done. The bridesmaids wanted to hear everything, but Casey was too shook up to divulge it all.
Casey was still in shock, but she decided to do what was expected of her. "I was going to go ahead with the wedding as expected, and ‘out’ him in front of our friends and family," she explained. So she dressed in her stunning white dress, grabbed her flowers, and headed down the aisle. "My dream dress is now just a costume," she began to think as she walked towards the man who was breaking her heart.
Casey's fiancé looked at her as she made her way down the aisle. He knew that she didn't look happy, but he had no clue what was about to happen. "I arrived at the front of the room, took a big breath and I faced our friends, our parents and I told them the truth about Alex," said Casey. Once the time came for Casey to say "I do," she took out her phone instead and faced her friends and family.
Casey announced, "There will be no wedding today." Jaws dropped all over the room as guests tried to understand what was happening. Even the groom was taken by surprise at Casey's announcement. He quickly tried to grab Casey's hand, but she flicked it away and continued speaking. “It seems Alex is not who I thought he was.”
Needless to say, the crowd was shocked, but the groom continued to try to grab Casey's hands again. As Casey dropped the bouquet, she exposed the well-hidden phone she was clinging to. Casey then began to read every text and show every screenshot to the crowd. The groom was caught and there was nothing that he could say to fix things. Followed by his best man, he immediately left the church. So what was going to happen next for the couple?
The family of the groom looked repulsed. They couldn't believe what was happening, and neither could any of the other guests. Casey realized that she would have to give a better explanation, so after taking a deep breath, she began to speak.
As she faced her guests, Casey said: “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.”
There were some cheering and awkward applauses, but it seemed that Casey's bridesmaids were the only ones clapping. They couldn't believe how strong Casey was in continuing everything that she had planned for the day, except for actually getting married.
Even though Casey wasn't getting married, she still had plenty to celebrate. She just avoided a toxic marriage and a lifetime of unhappiness. But what was she going to do next?
Casey celebrated that night by being surrounded by her friends and family. She may have been heartbroken, but she was celebrating because she almost made a horrible mistake. Casey threw an amazing party and everyone went home with a smile on their face. But why did her fiancé cheat? How did she not realize it before?
Dr. Rowan Burckhardt believes that there are two big reasons why people choose to cheat. "The first is what the cheater probably sees as a problem in the relationship. The second is the straying party failing to have romantic feelings for their partner," he explains. "The first is what the cheater probably sees as a problem in the relationship. The second is the straying party failing to have romantic feelings for their partner," he continued.
Casey had no clue that her fiancé was cheating on her. Of course, they had their problems, but when things were bad, Casey just tried to sleep on it in hopes that it would be better the next day. Casey was lucky enough to find out about his cheating ways before they got married. Casey brought her story to the public and it went viral quickly.
Casey's story created a bit of commotion, and it seemed like everyone had an opinion about it. “A very brave woman who deserves and will certainly find, someone better. I wish her luck and happiness," expressed Graham Houghton. “Wow!! Very strong and forward thinking of her!! Honesty is the best policy with self and others!! Blessings all," agreed Will Agee. Even so, Casey explained: "It was certainly not the wedding day I had planned but to our credit, it was one hell of a party."
Casey may have been heartbroken, but she knew what she needed to do. She showed herself a bunch of self-love and refused to allow herself to be treated poorly! Every person should take a page out of Casey's book and celebrate their own worth!