When I first watched the fabulous wedding video below, I was blown away by how fun and imaginitive it was. I loved everything about it, and felt it truly captured the couple’s wedding in a style that was original and unique.
But after I saw and read about some of the disgusting, hateful comments being thrown this bride’s way, I simply wanted to cry.
As brides, as women, and as people, we are all different, with our own personalities, values and visions, both in life and when it comes to our wedding days. No two brides or weddings are alike, and that’s what I so love about these celebrations – the creativity and embracing of difference that they inspire.
Lauren + JP from Matt Odom on Vimeo.
I started blogging and sharing my story to support and encourage others, and with the hope I’d get the same in return. Fortunately, I have, and the camaraderie I’ve discovered in the community of bloggers has been nothing short of amazing.
That’s what we each deserve, and whether we agree or disagree about any number of topics, we should still respect and believe in one another. While I’m sure there’s someone out there who would love to cut down my wedding or my looks, all that matters is that I felt beautiful and happy on my day. Most importantly, our wedding reflected me as a person – with all my flaws and attributes on display.
Lauren, though I don’t know you and you’ll probably never read this, I hope you know that you and your wedding were absolutely beautiful. No one has the right to use hatred and ignorance to take away from the joy and excitement you felt.
I support you, as I do all the brides I have the honor of knowing, whether here online or in my day-to-day life. I’m here to share joy and build people up, not cut them down. We’re each beautifully unique people, and that's something to celebrate. Cruelty and ugliness have no place here.
(Video Credit: Matt Odom)