The Bridal Citizen
It was 2016 and I was so excited about my wedding. I was two months away from jumping the broom and my dad died of Parkinson's disease. As if that wasn't heartbreaking enough, two weeks before the wedding we lost so many vendors because of the sudden floods in Baton Rouge. We were living there when we got engaged so most of our vendors were there. Rings, umbrellas, transportation, and other items we all tangled up. I had to find new vendors on short notice in New Orleans. It took everything in me not to scream! At the time all this was going on I saw a friend on FB live asking for donations for the flood victims. I gave without hesitation!!! When I arrived at the drop-off point one of the ladies said," tell me about your wedding .." I was so drained , I could hardly speak. I said ," well, it's on Sept 4th and that's all I know..." She leaned over and said tell me everything! Don't hold back....let just say she was my angel! She was so impressed that I would take time to give back to others in the midst of my own crisis, so she blessed me. Our wedding was the best day of my life. I cried a few times because I was overwhelmed with the realization of God's favor and love. I realized that there are women who are planning weddings in the middle of a storm. Women who want a beautiful day but don't know where to start. I remember telling myself ," I just want to be who I needed - a bridal bestie!" I inspire millennial brides to be bold and confident while shaping the world around them long after the wedding. It's okay to be a Bride and a Citizen. Being a bride is awesome, being a bride who serves her community is even better.