Back in June, I had the honor of coordinating Dani and Andrew's wedding weekend. It was a blast! One of the highlights of the day, of course, was the bouquet toss. Ashley, Dani's cousin, caught it...pretty run of the mill bouquet toss. Girls bunching together to get their hands on the pretty little thing...you've seen it before. But what you haven't seen is what happened after Ashley caught the bouquet.
Ashley took this selfie with her boyfriend, Chris...
And it went viral. I think the first time I saw it pop up in my fb news feed, my mouth gaped open. Really, I recognized the bouquet before anything else.
The comments started flooding in. Just as all internet phenomenons go, there were positive comments, funny comments, and negative comments. A lot of them were extremely hurtful. People mentioned that they were not an equal match, that Ashley was "too good" for Christopher, etc. (ps - I'm not sure how one learns all of this from a single picture!) Ashley's response to those words taught me a lot about her.
"Well let me just tell you, I won the jackpot with Christopher. He may not have rock hard abs like the world tells girls to want in a guy, but really, why does that even matter when you are trying to really find someone you want to spend the rest of your life with? He is so thoughtful and patient, he always shows me how he loves me in little ways, he is my best friend. I love him for who he is and he loves me for who I am. Understanding, loving, and hilarious, which is so rare to find these days!! Since I was young, (like many other little girls) I dreamed about who I would end up with, once I gave my life to Christ and saw examples of Godly marriages and relationships, I wanted that. God saw the desires of my heart and gave me Christopher. He brings me closer to God through prayer, and his love. I know God will use us both for awesome things because we make a great team!"
While Ashley and Chris aren't exactly my couple, all of this did happen at one of my couple's wedding. Close enough, right? :)
So what's the moral of this story? I came up with a couple of things. First, ANYTHING you post on the internet can end up ANYWHERE. Second, how you react to criticism is very telling of your character. Lastly, if you hire me as your wedding coordinator, someone at your wedding will end up in stardom. Wait a minute... Seriously, I took away a lot from this story. When we are hit with hurtful words or attacks, the way we react can be used to teach the world about forgiveness. So go forth and be slow to anger and slow to speak. Ashley and Chris have used this opportunity to share the love of Christ with others. GO, YOU GUYS!
And Ashley and Chris, should you ever have a need for a, ahem, wedding planner, you know who to call! ;)