Rage filled her heart as Casey watched her fiancé recite his vows. All she thought was how Alex could utter those empty words so smoothly in front of everyone. She gazed at her parent, who was on the verge of crying. Her heart dropped. Casey was about to do something terrible that might disappoint her loved ones, but it’s better than letting her fiancé deceive them for a lifetime. When it was her turn to say “I do,” she pulled out her phone straight from her bouquet and read words that were certainly not in the script… but from a different woman.
Having been together for six years, Casey believed her fiancé was “the one” because she already saw her future with Alex. The couple introduced each other to their relatives and planned to have their own family. Casey had a lot of visions and dreams with him. But everything she hoped for was flushed down the drain in an instant when her phone vibrated from a heart-shattering message.
Casey’s most awaited day came, their wedding. She couldn’t sleep a wink last night because her heart was racing from excitement. When her bridesmaids entered the dressing room, they wouldn’t stop commenting on how glowing Casey was. They had a wonderful time chatting and looking back at memories. She sighed in relief because everything was so perfect, from the dress, arrangements of flowers, her make-up, and everyone important to her was present on that day. But nothing was more enchanting than getting married to someone you love the most. Beyond her knowledge, the feeling she was experiencing today was not mutual with Alex.
They were enjoying their sweet time in the dressing room and everything was already prepared for the wedding. Casey’s smile never left her face until a loud buzzing sound resonated throughout the entire room. She was just going to ignore the phone as she knew it might just be people congratulating her. But the notifications didn’t stop and sounded like it just received consecutive messages. Curiosity grew on Casey, so she stood up to retrieve the phone. Then the wine glass from her other hand almost slipped out after she saw outrageous messages from an unknown number.
One of her bridesmaids chuckled, “Phone is running hot today!” when she saw Casey looking through her phone. But the bride didn’t respond. Casey’s breathing became unstable, and her knees weakened as she scrolled through the texts from an unknown number. It contained horrendous screenshots and pictures. Then her eyes landed on the most disturbing six-word message that would change the whole event.
Casey wished it wasn’t real. But the screenshots of indecent conversations and numbers of selfies of Alex with an unfamiliar woman became a solid proof that her soon to be husband was a cheating human trash. A wave of insecurity splashed cold on her when she noticed that the woman had blonde hair and glass-like skin—an exact opposite of Casey. She was on the verge of breaking down, so she ran to the bathroom and locked herself up.
With her phone still on her hands, she read the texts again and again. Casey figured out that the two were doing nasty things from months ago until days before their wedding. Color was drained from her face as she realized that there might still be something going on between the woman and her fiancé even after they got married. At this moment, Casey’s mind was clouded up with emotions—she doesn’t know what to do anymore. But then she received another message, “I wouldn’t marry him. Will you?” it was from the unknown number again.
Everyone was silent outside. Casey’s friends and the glam team were caught off guard when she suddenly ran to the bathroom. The bridesmaids waited patiently, but the bride still hasn’t come out for more than 20 minutes. They started knocking on the bathroom door but received no response. Her friends sensed that something terrible happened, so they didn’t stop banging until Casey swung the door open. The friends escorted the bride to the chair and gave her a glass of water. Slowly, Casey started to fill them in with every detail and they all gasped in disbelief. Never in their wildest imagination did they see Alex as the type to cheat or even lie to their pure-hearted friend. Anger built up inside the bridesmaids, but Casey already had a plan.
Casey wanted to end things so badly. But given that the wedding was all set, paid in full, and every guest had already arrived, the only thing that was left to do was for Casey to walk down the aisle. It was supposed to be a dream come true, but it turned out to be her worst nightmare. If only Casey could run away from all of this and cry as long as she wanted to. But it was impossible. She was tied down at this ceremony while the messages were circling her mind. “This weekend. You and I. It is on hot stuff. Bring your A-game,” she remembered one of Alex’s text that made her blood boil. She closed her eyes for a moment, then took a deep breath. And like lightning, a dangerous idea suddenly struck her.
It was almost time and everyone was waiting for her to march down the altar. Casey knew it was too late to cancel now. But she would be lying if she said those words didn’t rip her to pieces. While her bridesmaids convinced her to confront her groom right away, there was a more twisted plan that was already on her mind.
Casey knew exactly what to do—she would walk down the aisle and continue the ceremony as if nothing was wrong. Her friends’ opinions were divided, but Casey reassured that everything was going to be fine as long as they went along with the plan. The bride retouched her make-up and fixed her wedding dress—she made sure she looked stunning. Then she picked up her bouquet and flaunted to the venue with her head held up high.
Walking Down the Aisle
When she reached the venue, the coordinator’s face lit up. She positioned Casey to the center in front of the two enormous wooden closed doors. “This is it.” The bride took her deepest breath as she heard the Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” orchestra echoing from the inside. The two doors slowly opened, revealing all the guests that were looking her way. Everyone beamed and happiness was evident on their faces as they watched the bride walk down the aisle. However, it was different for Casey.
She felt hatred and despair when she saw her fiancé waiting at the altar. No one noticed the bride’s stoic appearance and furrowed eyebrows, even her parents. “My dream dress is now just a costume,” Casey chanted as she reached her hands to Alex, who was clueless for the impending disaster.
The moment Alex caught a glimpse of Casey’s face, his smile dropped. He was confused about why her bride wasn’t as blissful as she used to be. But he swept away the thought, assuming that Casey was probably just nervous. The groom squeezed the bride’s hand in assurance, but she didn’t react. The ceremony proceeded, and he excitingly narrated his vow. When the priest asked him if he promised to love and cherish Casey until death parted them, he didn’t hesitate and said, “I do.” However, when it was Casey’s turn, a dreaded silence filled the church.
Casey was waiting for this moment. She faced the crowd as she firmly announced, “There will be no wedding today.” Earning puzzled expressions from the guests. Their gaze went to the groom as if they were asking for answers. However, Alex was even more bewildered. He tried to reach for Casey’s hand but she quickly pulled away. The bride kept ignoring the groom’s existence and continued, “It seems like Alex is not who I thought he was.”
Caught in The Act
Everyone was astonished. Alex was still trying to find answers from his bride, but Casey in return, threw the bouquet on the floor, revealing the phone hidden inside. She started reading the explicit messages out loud, making sure she wasn’t missing any words nor details. Alex was so horrified that he felt thousands of bricks just fell on him.
Every word Casey read felt like daggers stabbing her heart—but she had no plans of stopping soon. Her groom silently stood in front of her, completely dumbfounded. Alex’s parents threw daggers at their son and that was his cue to walk away from the church. He would never have thought that he was going to be humiliated at his very own wedding. Casey’s gaze followed her ex-fiancé’s figure as he vanished from the venue. She smiled in victory. But what would happen to the event now?
Casey’s eyes wandered around her guests. She could see their baffled expressions, especially both of their parents. She knew she had to explain further, so she gathered her courage once again and faced the crowd. “I love all of you, and as horrible as this is, I’m glad you are all 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.”
Celebration For Casey
There was a little silence until one guest started clapping, then it was followed by the rest. Her bridesmaids had zero regrets from following her plan because everyone thought that the groom really deserved everything that happened to him. Her parents rushed to hug her, expressing how proud they were of their daughter. Even though Casey’s heart just broke, she was able to get up on her feet as she was surrounded with love from her friends and family. The guests then spent the rest of the night celebrating and cheering for Casey.
The story of Casey’s courage went viral after she decided to open it to the public. Her intention was for every woman to not be afraid of stepping out of a toxic relationship. She didn’t know that it would reach thousands of people.
One comment stated, “A very brave woman who deserves and will certainly find someone better. I wish her luck and happiness.” Then it was followed by a response from a different person, “Wow!! Very strong and forward-thinking of her!! Honesty is the best policy with self and others!! Blessings all!!” Casey received a lot of positive sentiments, so she made a very witty feedback, “It was certainly not the wedding day I had planned but to our credit, it was one hell of a party.” The people loved her even more, and many women started to look up to her.