Nowadays, the digital is taking over. With the expansion, weddings are becoming more and more extravagant. Many people plan their weddings before they have even met the person they are going to marry.
With internet access, people far and wide are looking for inspiring ideas on places like YouTube or Pinterest. There are many examples of decor and wedding dresses here. However, some wedding videos are very different from others.
Lots of planning
Wedding anniversaries are something very special for both the bride and groom. The bride wants a unique wedding like no other. Only the flowers and colors of the wedding take weeks to decide. Let̵
It’s an intense process that every bride wants to plan down to the smallest detail. It wasn’t good enough for a bride. She wanted more than any traditional spectacular wedding.
Bending the rules
Cassandra was planning something very special for her wedding that her soon-to-be husband didn’t know about. The couple live in Florida and the videographer they hired would capture the surprise many felt when Cassandra revealed the surprise.
The video would be seen by people all over the world if the video gained momentum. Then everyone saw what the bride had done.
No wedding would be right if there were no wedding gifts. The gifts generally help the couple start a home together. But these days, more couples are living together before they get married, so the need for kitchen or household items has dropped significantly.
Regardless of who receives the gifts, whether from the guests or from the bride to the groom – gifts are still a tradition and must be present for the perfect wedding. Cassandra would turn a few heads with the gift she had for her husband.
Sign of love
The couple will also get something for each other. Usually they are cute little gifts like socks that will keep you warm when they get “cold feet” or handkerchiefs for tears of joy when the big moment comes. Sometimes it’s even a love letter.
Cassandra did not want to give any of it to her bridegroom. She had planned to do something other than the norm. She knew it was controversial. When the moment came, all attention was on her husband.
Traditionally, the bride would never give a speech at a wedding, this honor would go to the best man and the bride’s father. Cassandra liked to break the norm, however.
Now she was going to give a speech and no one could stop her, it was her wedding, wasn’t it? After all she had to say, it was said that she would soon be husband and all of her guests, and anyone watching the internet felt their eyes widen in disbelief.
The wedding was going well when Cassandra suddenly stood up and tapped her glass with a cake fork to silence the crowd. Everyone there stared at her in confusion.
All her eyes were on Cassandra when a group of strange men entered. They turned to watch them, unsure what to think. When the six stocky men walked behind the bridegroom, they were all still silent.
Nobody knew what was going to happen, not even the new guests who had arrived. Cassandra did not address who the men were, but told everyone about a nice surprise she had planned.
She told all guests that there was something for each guest and that they were hidden in the room. All eyes widened when they got excited.
Cassandra told everyone it was time to look for their gifts. All the guests rushed frantically through the room and searched. They looked into the bouquets and even under all the tables. In desperation, they picked up statues and decorations.
It’s not uncommon for the couple to give guests a gift to remember the occasion. It could be a candle or a glass with the couple’s names engraved on the bottom. The guests expected these things at least.
The presents were closer than anyone had thought. After a guest yelled that they’d found an envelope under their seat, everyone soon found their own too. Each guest now held an envelope and stared curiously at her.
What was in the envelopes? The bride finally broke the silence by saying that anyone could open the envelopes. The excitement that turned the crowd into confusion.
The guest’s eyes widened as they tore open the envelopes and looked inside. Inside each envelope was a $ 3 Dunkin ‘Donuts voucher – enough to buy a treat.
But why did the bride give out Dunkin ‘Donuts coupons? After such excitement, they felt pretty under-challenged. And what was the relevance of this chance offer from the bride? Even the groom didn’t know what to do with it.
Then Cassandra again asked everyone’s attention. A sea of confused faces looked up at her again as she began to explain herself. As you can see, the vouchers were not intended for the guests present. Surprise noises rose from the room.
All guests wanted to know who the vouchers were for. They all felt that the more the bride revealed, the more confused they were! Then Cassandra explained that the gifts were relevant to the six men she had called into the room. In their excitement, the guests had completely forgotten about them!
The bride went on to explain that the vouchers were intended for someone they all know but who may not have met yet. What happened?
She introduced the men to her husband as brothers in arms – colleagues who served with her husband in the local police force. A little appreciation spread through the crowd, but they were still confused as to why the bride had insisted on lifting them up during her speech.
Lack of respect
She went on to describe the men – brave, selfless, thoughtful, strong, and kind. However, this wasn’t always the way they were treated. So often, the police show a lack of respect and treatment by the public is unfair, according to the bride.
She explained the sacrifice her husband and team make each day – risking their lives, bringing their families to the ministry, and never really having free time like most guests.
What should that mean?
The policemen stood there a little shy, not used to such high praise and the focus of attention. The rest of the audience, feeling a little uncomfortable too, thought about what the bride was saying, and wondered if they too had been guilty of the lack of respect she had described.
Understandably, they were still curious about the situation and wondered what the vouchers were about. What did they have to do with the cops? Everything should be revealed.
Playing to the stereotype
Police officers have a common perception: they love donuts and coffee. This stereotype has been carried over to many films and TV shows – even in the animated series The Simpsons, police officers are depicted this way.
The bride was aware of this and cleverly decided to play with the stereotype. Each voucher would buy a hot coffee and a donut. But instead of using it herself, she had another plan up her sleeve.
The bride turned to the confused crowd and urged them to keep the vouchers and pass them on to the nearest police officer they met. The gesture should show respect and gratitude. Cassandra explained that while the coupons were just a small token, the little act of kindness could go a long way.
She hoped that they would make some police officers smile and feel appreciated. But Cassandra’s gifts actually meant so much more.
The best present
To Ryan, Cassandra’s stunned groom, the gesture meant so much more. He was touched that she had planned such a unique and heartfelt way to tell him that she respected and supported his decision to become a cop. And not only that, her gesture had spread to his colleagues too.
He got emotional quickly and tearfully thanked his wife for what she had done – it was the best gift he had ever received. The six officers gave the bride a warm hug to show how touched they were.
Ryan felt that his gift to his wife would never do justice to the amazing gesture Cassandra had so carefully planned – and frankly, he would be forgiven for thinking so! However, he had a speech of his own for his wife.
He promised to continue serving his country and he promised to do everything in his power to keep his wife happy. With their love and support, he knew they could weather any storm.
Of course, the entire wedding was recorded by the couple’s videographer and even some guests. Soon the footage was uploaded online for the world to see. It was also a way to share the day’s magical events with those who hadn’t attended the ceremony.
But no one knew how far it would spread. The video exploded on social media and went viral, getting over 180,000 views! But how did the audience react to the touching video?
Spread the love
The comments continued. Civilians, police officers and their families showed their support and gratitude. One of the many spectators was the wife of a police officer.
In her comment, she explained how difficult it was for her to raise a family while her husband traveled long shifts to protect his country. She also expressed how difficult it was for her to know that something might happen to him while he was on duty – a very real fear for the police officers’ families.
The video was shared far and wide and has inspired hundreds of people. People were so touched by Cassandra’s tribute to the cops that they decided to spread their own love. It’s incredible to believe that a bride’s wedding video touched the hearts of thousands of people worldwide.
The video also came at a time when tension between police and civilians was particularly high – making its message doubly important.
Cassandra had thought long and hard about the perfect gift to give to her husband. But instead of opting for a gift like a watch or a hip flask, she decided to make a grand gesture to show her love.
Instead of giving her wedding guests a meaningless gift that would be quickly forgotten, Cassandra had decided to give them something they would remember forever.
Hopefully this story inspires many people to remember those who are so easily forgotten as we move on in our comfortable lives – the men and women who risk their lives every day for their country and the people who live in them, serve them and protect them there. The next time you see a cop, a thank you will go a long way!
Another lesson you can learn from Cassandra and Ryan’s wedding video is that the best gift you can give your loved one is showing your support and appreciation for what they are doing.