Any married person will tell you how hard marriage truly is, especially when that person you married is not who you thought they were. In the story of Casey and Alex (whose names we have changed in order to maintain their privacy), their love was six years strong. Little did they know that their relationship held a dark secret that would change everything.
Before the wedding took place, Casey and Alex made an agreement to not see each other a few days before the big day. During those final days of singlehood, Casey was wrapping up the final details of the most magical event of her life. When it came to the wedding, she planned everything and it was all coming in to place, the way that she has always dreamed. Unfortunately, she would soon come to realize that she couldn’t control every single part of her wedding day. Little did she know that her “best day ever” was going to turn into a dreadful scene.
After the tireless days of preparation and planning, the day of the wedding finally came. The bride was all smiles and excited to take this new step in her life. This was the day she had been waiting for since she was a little girl. Sadly, the fantasy she always dreamt of would transform into a nightmare that she never saw coming. To make matters worse, it all took place just a few minutes before she walked down the aisle.
As per tradition, the bride escaped into a hideaway with her close friends and bridesmaids as they prepared for the wedding that was taking place soon. As they were all getting dolled up, the girl chat was thick with excitement. Casey’s bridesmaids joined in her joy and shared their tips to a happy marriage. Nothing but encouraging words were said, and it just made Casey even more excited to be marrying Alex. She could hardly wait to walk down the aisle and start her new life with the man of her dreams.
That excitement quickly changed to anxiety as her friends continued to tease her about how drastically her life was about to alter in a few minutes. As reality started to slowly sink in, Casey became more and more nervous. She was careful to keep her anxiety inside, so as not to worry her friends, but she couldn’t help but experience the feel of cold feet. She was starting to fully comprehend how huge a decision marriage is. All at once, the dream was becoming too real and she wasn’t sure she was ready to take on this change. For she realized, her life would truly never be the same again.
Casey couldn’t take it anymore. She got up from her seat, excused herself, and walked out of the room to get some fresh air. Her friends teasing, their expectations, and her new-found sense of reality all became too much for her to handle. Suddenly, the dream vanished and marriage wasn’t all that appealing to her anymore. With some of her friends already married, they instantly recognized the symptoms of cold feet and understood her concerns that were mounting up against her. One of her close friends, who we will call Jennifer, followed behind her to comfort her, and maybe even offer her some advice.
Jennifer tried to calm down Casey’s nerves by telling her all the positives aspects about getting married. She explained that love like she had with Alex was a rarity, especially in this day and age. In addition, she also reminded her that having someone to grow old with and experience life with is something truly special. Though Jennifer’s words were convincing and she meant well, Casey still couldn’t help wondering if she was making a terrible mistake. She went over all the possibilities and contemplated all the things that could go wrong. For example, what if the marriage would fail and they ended up getting a divorce? Seeing that her words weren’t getting through to her friend, Jennifer came up with a brilliant idea.
Casey and Jennifer were childhood friends and was able to grow up besides one another, making Jennifer well aware that once her friend made up her mind, she could dwell on it forever. However, though Casey was stubborn, she knew that Alexa was a good man and that their relationship was something worth fighting for. In an attempt to help her friend from making the wrong choice, Jennifer, like any best friend, knew that her only option was to bend the rules a little bit.
Jennifer knew that she had to put her plan into action fast. She excused herself from the bride and returned to the room. Once she entered, everyone inside was asking about Casey and if there were any recent news on her state. In a rush, Jennifer confirmed that everything was fine and that she had an idea. After a couple of more words, she searched around the room for something. Once she found it, Jennifer raced back out the door in hopes of saving this wedding day.
When Jennifer returned to Casey, the poor bride was on the verge of tears. Clearly, she was still looming over everything that could wrong if she were to get married. With no time to lose, Jennifer handed Casey her phone. Immediately, Casey understood Jennifer’s plan and knew what she had to do – she had to call the only person who could comfort her like no one else, the love of her life, Alex. Both of the girls knew that the only one right now that could ease Casey of her nerves would be Alex. If anyone could convince Casey of his love for her, it would be him and only him. It had to be done, even though it was breaking the rules they agreed on.
When Alex saw his soon-to-be-wife’s name light up on his phone, he knew that it had to be an emergency because Casey was always a stickler for the rules. With no hesitation, Alex answered the call. At first, Casey apologized to him for breaking the rules that they created. Soon after, she began to confess all the feelings that she was experiencing at the moment. All the anxiety and fear crowded her mind and she wasn’t sure what to do. Meanwhile, on the other end of the line, Alex couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
After Casey finished revealing to Alex her concerns, he went on to express his thoughts. He told Casey that the relationship that they had was special and strong, especially since it has lasted for six years now. He confessed that he loved her and that he knew that she was the perfect woman for him. He promised that he would do everything he could to make her happy and to be the perfect man that she deserved. Casey’s fears began to melt away with every word Alex said. After a few more minutes on the phone, she hung up.
Jennifer asked how she was and Casey admitted that she was feeling much better after her conversation with Alex. His words gave Casey great comfort and reminded her of why she wanted to marry the man in the first place. She told her friend that she had to hang up the phone quick before Alex ran out of words to say at the altar. To Jennifer, it was clear that her friend was doing well in overcoming her nerves and that she was beginning to return back to her old self. She couldn’t be happier for her friend and couldn’t wait to see her walk down the aisle.
The two friends hugged it out, and Casey apologized for acting so crazy and for creating trouble. Jennifer said that it was no trouble at all and together they returned to the hotel room to finishing preparing for the wedding that was fast approaching. With all the hugs and commotion, Casey completely missed her phone lighting up with a new text message.
Eventually, Casey saw the notification on her phone but didn’t think anything of it at the time. Wanting to finally focus on herself and her wedding, Casey decided that it would be best to get rid of all distractions so that she could focus on her special day. She entrusted her phone to Jennifer, who promised that she would keep it safe.
However, the text still nagged at Jennifer and even though she tried to rid herself of all distractions, her mind wouldn’t let her rest. As a result, she gave up and asked for her phone back. When she received it, she saw that she had three new text messages and that they were all from an unknown number. The curiosity in Jennifer grew and she couldn’t take it anymore – she had to find out who was texting her.
Even though the number was unknown, as Jennifer read the texts, she soon understood who was sending the texts. That person, she knew, was more than familiar to her fiancé. At once, her world stood still as everything around her came crashing down. Desperate to escape, she retreated to the bathroom. Her friends once again became worried for her and tried to ask her what was the matter but she couldn’t respond. She couldn’t even speak. She just knew that she had to get away.
Safely away everyone else, Jennifer was able to carefully read each text. Her phone kept popping up with more and more texts and she read every single one, each one sending her deeper and deeper into a state of shock. Soon enough, tears began to fill her eyes and quickly began to run down her face. Finally, having enough and not being able to handle the pile of emotions that were hitting her at that moment, Jennifer threw her phone against the wall. Standing defeated and furious, Jennifer could barely move. As fifteen passed, her friends concern grew and they soon started knocking on the door, but there was no response.
Her friends became terrified when she didn’t answer and started to knock frantically, but there was still no answer from the other side. Casey heard them, but she simply didn’t want to let them in. She didn’t want to let anyone in, not anymore. For she knew that no one could fix this. Not Casey and certainly not Alex. No, she knew there was nothing anyone could do.
Though her wedding day, which was meant to be the happies day of her life, was now one where she was living her worst nightmare – Jennifer knew that she couldn’t stay in the bathroom forever. Though she would love nothing more than to be left alone, she knew she had to face the world eventually. After a moment to process everything, Jennifer decided that she had to be brave right now and face this thing which had caused her so much turmoil. She had to rise against it. So, she stood up, rubbed away the tears, picked up the working-but-cracked phone, and walked out of the bathroom.
As she opened the door, she was greeted with the concerned looks from her friends. Jennifer was able to laugh it off and say, “Damn those mood swings for ruining my best friend’s wedding day.” Her friends laughed with her and all was well again. That is, except for Jennifer. She harbored a secret that could ruin her best friend forever, but, for now, she kept it concealed behind a fake smile.
The texts that Casey was receiving was from a girl who had been having an affair with Alex. Obviously, Casey was completely ignorant of the entire thing, and still was. Everyone thought that Casey’s and Alex’s relationship was true love and something special. Sadly, that was all a sham and the trust they had for one another would never be the same again.
Jennifer was furious, sad, and in disbelief that Alex would do something like this. She always thought of him as a decent guy, but now he was complete fool. Though Jennifer wanted to sulk and call off the wedding, she knew better than that. She wanted revenge. No one would cheat on her best friend and get away with it. So, Jennifer came up with a plan, one that reveal Alex’s true character.
The girl who was texting Casey was sending her all of these screenshots. After a slew of pictures, the girl texted, “I wouldn’t marry him. Will you?” Instead of getting mad at the messenger, Casey directed her anger towards the sender himself – Alex. Overall, the texts that were being spent spanned over the course of several months to only a few days prior.
Later on, in an interview with Danielle Colley, Casey explained that she did not doubt the legitimacy of the messages and pictures that were being sent to her. She admitted that over time little instance started to add up, revealing to her the true character of the man whom she thought was her true love. Casey revealed that she felt like she had been made a fool for the six years that she had been with him. She knew though that he would get what was coming to him one day.
Most of the screenshots that were sent to Casey’s phone included the woman whom Alex was having an affair with. She was the complete opposite to Casey look wise. This woman had olive toned skin and dark hair while Casey was fairer with blonde hair. Look weren’t the only thing that mattered. The conversations between this woman and the man she was about to marry sent daggers to her heart. It was a total mockery to the love that she thought she had and Casey’s wound just kept growing.
Casey realized at that point that there was nothing more for her to lose. The day she had been dreaming and planning for so long has turned into a complete disaster. In addition, the six years she had spent with Alex were now nothing more than a waste of time. Nonetheless, people were currently waiting for her to walk down the aisle. Some even traveled a long way in order to be there for the wedding. With the money she spent on the wedding lost, Casey decided that there was only thing left for her to do – bring Alex to his knees in front of everyone.
After all, there was no way Casey would allow Alex to walk away from this without some sort of consequence. He was after all the man she had loved fully and was about to devout her life too. For his massive betrayal, she needed an epic punishment. Casey would change her wedding day to a day that her and definitely Alex would never soon forget.
The wedding kept on schedule and Casey tried to play the bride the best that she could. However, as she was walking down the aisle to Alex, she couldn’t hide the disappointment. Alex quickly took notice. Instead of the giddy, happy bride that he was expecting, he saw a bride that looked utterly devastated. He soon caught on that something was wrong. What happened next, we doubt Alex never saw coming.
When she arrived to the altar, Casey was shaking, but not with joy and nerves. She was shaking because of what she was about to do in front of Alex and all the witness sitting before them. Standing at the altar, she was starting to have second thoughts. Should she really do this? Was it necessary? After all, even though it was proven that Alex could not be trusted, she did still love him. Though her mind was at war with itself, she stood there looking radiant. Her family and friends all looked at her with admiration; yet to Casey, her dream dress had been reduced to a simple costume that would only come in handy for the drama that was about to erupt.
Eventually, Casey knew that this had to be done and that Alex needed to be taught a serious lesson. With all of her strength, she steadied herself and began to read the texts aloud for everyone to hear. “This weekend,” she maintained with a steady voice. “You and I. It is on hot stuff. Bring you’re A game. Your body is f****** incredible. And s*** do you know how to use it. I wish my GF had half the skills you do.”
Word for word, she read each text as loud as she possibly could so that everyone could hear. Most of the texts, if not all, were X-rated, making it clear to anyone that Alex obviously had a sexual connection with this girl. Each text was a conversation of the intimacy between them, discussing about the time they spent together and planning for the next time they would meet again. It truly was the epitome of all deception.
Gasps and whispers were heard throughout the entire crowd as Casey spoke. Alex, on the other hand, instantly became mortified at what was happening and reached out to grab Casey’s hand. She pulled back and continued to read the texts aloud, careful not to miss a single one. As she persisted to reveal his dirty secret in front of his family and friends, Alex became numb with embarrassment. He had no idea what to do but just stand there, drowning in humiliation.
Once Casey was done airing out Alex’s dirty laundry to the world, she looked up to meet his eyes. What she saw was utter embarrassment. He was at a loss for words. Even if he could have managed to say something, anything to Casey at that moment, he knew it was useless. He lost her forever; he saw that in her eyes. He was ashamed for masterminding a cruel perversion, especially towards a woman he truly cared for, and realized that having the best of both worlds was a selfish fantasy. With nothing to say and rightfully chastised, Alex stepped off the altar and practically ran out of the church exit. His best friend followed behind him and his family were left sitting in shock. Apparently, they were unaware of Alex’s true character like Casey was.
Casey was left standing at the altar alone, but she didn’t cry. Instead, she felt a wave of joy wash over her as she saw Alex leaving the church. Although it was hard, she knew that she had made the right decision. Proud for having stood up for herself, Casey faced the congregation before her and announced that there would be no wedding because, in case it wasn’t obvious enough, Alex had cheated on her.
Not wanting everything to go to waste, Casey invited everyone who attended to join her to celebrate honesty, and finding genuine, selfless love, and for making the right decision even when it was overwhelming. She was mindful to express her gratitude and love for everyone who attended that day. Though there ended up being no wedding like they were expecting, she appreciated them all for showing up.
After she finished her speech, there was silence. Soon after, there were some who applauded her for her actions. Some even cheered. Most though were confused and not sure as to what the appropriate next step is suppose to be. Though the circumstances were quite awful, Casey invited the guests to join her for the party afterwards that she was still determined to have. There everyone was put more at ease and started to congratulate Casey for the difficult task that she had to undertake.
Meanwhile, the story of the wedding that never happened quickly went viral and Casey soon gained a lot of attention. Many went to the internet to state their opinion on the matter, with most agreeing with Casey’s action. Many women took delight in Casey’s story and praised her for her strong voice and courage. Many agreed that she set a great example for girls everywhere, teaching them to refuse to settle for less.
On reader went so far to write, “A very brave woman who deserves and will certainly find, someone better. I wish her luck and happiness.” Another comment wrote, “Wow!! Very strong and forward thinking of her!! Honesty is the best policy with self and others!! Blessings all!!” It was hard for Casey to believe that she was close to being a silent victim, allowing her fiancé to get away with a horrible act. Instead, she has become a figure to inspire women to stand up for themselves even in circumstances that may seem overwhelming.
Even though it was all over, Casey knew that it wasn’t over just yet. She still had many more mountains to climb in order to fully be able to move on from her past. It was especially hard because she did spend six years with Alex. So, getting over him would be no easy task. Luckily, she had her friends right beside her to help support her during this time, especially after witnessing Alex’s betrayal.
Since her notorious wedding day, Casey has been able to spend her time focusing on herself. Though her past with love has been rough, to say the least, she is still convinced that true love does exists. However, she is way more skeptical with other people than she was before. Nevertheless, she still maintains her confidence and looks back on her wedding day as a helpful reminder to always be genuine in all things. To this day, she still uses her story to be an encouragement to others, promoting self-love and honesty.