I’ve been to my fair share of interesting weddings over the years as couples bonded their lives together in creative ways. There was the ceremony with the “salt covenant” in which the couple filled a glass container with salt before adding their own pinch, symbolizing their union. I’ve also seen couples light unity candles, release doves, partake in the sand ceremony, and of course, jump the broom. After attending scores of ceremonies, I considered myself someone of a wedding ritual pro, but recently I caught a glimpse of something I’ve never—ever—seen before.
Over the weekend, Tennessee couple Shona Carter and Jonathan Brooks tied the knot. The couple, who also just welcomed a newborn daughter, wanted to include the baby in the wedding in a creative way, so Shona had the one-month-old infant attached to the train of her wedding dress.
A photo of the baby tucked away in the bottom of the dress quickly went viral and many questioned the bride’s decision to drag her newborn down the aisle. But the new Mrs. Brooks took to Facebook to assure her critics her baby girl was perfectly fine, and that she and her family are “covered by the Blood.”
“People questioning what we do, commenting all negative, and just doing the most. We good though we covered by the Blood which never loose its power,” she wrote. “So to the media, radio, news, and whomever else wanting to talk about what WE do here you go: Media Media I see how it works regardless the situation or purpose people gone have something negative to say! The answer is we do what we want when we want long as Jesus on our side everything worked out fine and gone continue to be fine. Our 1 month old was awake and well secured on my train. Most important while yall got ya feelings in us we had our hearts in Christ which covers all!! So keep ya mouths running for it was just that Exclusive and Epic enough we made top blog way from small town Ripley, TN and the social media doing what they do, TALK!!!!”
While the image of a baby wrapped in the bottom of a (beautiful!) wedding dress caught many off guard, let’s face it, Shona’s walk down the aisle could have been worse. I mean, it could have looked like this tragic “two step” toward the alter.