Bride Invites Groom’s Ex to Wedding and Shocks Entire Congregation

For most people, their wedding day is one of the most important days of their lives, and many strive for perfection. It’s a time to celebrate with close family and friends, and the guest list is one of the most crucial aspects of the planning process. The bride in this particular wedding decided that she wanted the groom’s ex to attend and ended up doing something that shocked the entire congregation – including the groom!

The Beginning of a Love Story

Like the subjects of many romantic love stories, Katie Hild and Jeremy Musser were college sweethearts, meeting four years ago while they were both studying. From the very beginning, Katie felt as though there was something special between the two and wanted to see where the relationship could go. She had no idea of the beautiful love story that was about to unfold and the journey she was about to embark on.

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But the journey was not without its challenges, and Katie was yet to discover how exceptional their relationship would be …

A Beautiful Relationship Blossoms

It was the same for Jeremy: he thought that the strong connection and spark he felt with Katie was unique, and the two quickly fell for one another. Within a matter of months, they were serious about each other and the relationship that had formed, and it looked like they might have a future together.

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However, there was something slightly non-traditional about their relationship that they had to adapt to in the beginning.

The Struggles of an Unconventional Setup

Katie and Jeremy’s relationship was a little unconventional due to the fact Jeremy had recently become a father to a little boy named Landon. He was not romantically involved with Casey, the mother of his son, but had no choice but to keep her in his life for the sake of their child. Although this is perfectly understandable, it was still a complication in the initial stages of Katie and Jeremy’s relationship.

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Unfortunately, there was a degree of resentment on Casey’s part, which further added to the issues.

Another Woman Causes Complications

There was an additional complication: Casey had wanted a relationship with Jeremy and was extremely upset when it was apparent he wasn’t interested. In fact, she developed a kind of resentment toward Jeremy and his ability to move on so quickly, as well as Katie, and the thought of her son being raised by another woman was something that made her feel uncomfortable.

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It was clear from the start that fitting into the non-traditional setup would be challenging for Katie.

Building Bridges over Troubled Water

Although a situation such as this would likely be confusing for anyone, Katie bonded with Jeremy’s son Landon and genuinely cared about him. However, despite this, she didn’t want to offend or upset Casey and was extremely cautious in her approach to parenting. But when she had been with Jeremy for just over a year, she realized that he was the one she wanted to spend the rest of her life with and knew something had to change.

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For this reason, she was determined to form at least a cordial relationship with Landon’s mother.

Extending an Olive Branch

Katie was understandably cautious when approaching Casey because if anything went seriously wrong between her and Landon’s mother, there could be severe potential consequences and implications for her relationship with Jeremy – which was obviously the last thing she wanted.

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Initially, Casey was very reluctant to talk but, after insistence from Katie, eventually agreed. Although in the beginning, both women were extremely nervous and awkward, the pair slowly began to warm to each other.

Burying the Hatchet for Good

Katie and Casey began spending an increasing amount of time together with the intention of burying the hatchet completely.

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Although in the beginning, their relationship was solely for Landon’s benefit, the two women soon realized that they had a lot in common and began to form a genuine bond, with any resentment rapidly dissipating. When questioned about their friendship in a later interview, Casey stated: “We bonded on so many more levels than just Landon.”

But would the two women be able to maintain this unlikely friendship?

Forming a Genuine Friendship

Fairly soon after their first encounter, Katie and Casey became good friends as they realized they shared so many of the same interests and outlooks on life. As a result, the setup between the two women, Jeremy, and Landon became easier to manage. Casey then went on to meet Tyler, the man she would later marry.

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Meanwhile, Jeremy’s relationship with Katie continued to become more serious, and he decided he would ask her to marry him.

Making it Official with a Special Question

Katie and Jeremy had been in a serious relationship for well over a year now, and Jeremy decided to make things official. When he asked for Katie’s hand in marriage, she agreed immediately, with no hesitation. She had been dreaming of this moment for a while now and was extremely happy and excited at the prospect of becoming Mrs. Musser. Feeling as though she was on cloud nine, she began thinking about the upcoming wedding.

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However, it wasn’t long before Katie felt a rush of anxiety and self-consciousness about one particular factor …

A New Role as a Stepmother

Of course, Katie was ecstatic to be engaged to the love of her life. However, that meant she would automatically become a stepmother to Landon. Although she was happy to become part of his life officially, she was also scared, knowing that this was a huge role and unsure whether she could handle it.

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Additionally, because she genuinely loved Landon, she wanted to make sure she got it right for his sake, as well as Jeremy’s.

Co-Parenting with Three Others

Being a part of Casey’s life was inevitable for Katie. Not only would she become a wife and stepmother on her wedding day, but she would also become a co-parent with Jeremy and Casey – and, in the future, Tyler. Although this was not how she had envisioned the start to her marital life, it was something she would have to deal with if she wanted to be with Jeremy – and she was happy to do so.

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Of all the roles she was about to enter into. However, it was the co-parenting role that frightened her the most.

Katie Forms the Perfect Plan

Although by this point she’d had a fair amount of parenting practice with Landon, Katie had no children of her own so was not entirely confident about her capabilities. She was also unsure if she would be able to handle the disagreements and tension that often come with co-parenting.

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Suddenly, though, during her wedding planning, she had a great idea that she thought could make the whole situation a lot easier.

Putting Emotions into Words

The wedding took months to organize, and the couple wanted to make it perfect. They planned the ceremony together and then began to write their separate vows, which they would say to each other on the day as a declaration of love in front of family and friends. Katie wanted hers to be serious, focusing on the fact that when she married Jeremy, she would also take on a lifelong responsibility as a stepmother and a co-parent.

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However, she was unsure how she would put her emotions into words and wanted to get it just right for the special day.

Recognizing Concerns and Apprehension

Katie wanted her vows to reflect on her new role but was conscious of her lack of parenting experience and apprehensive about raising Landon with three other people. She also wanted to express the love that had developed between her and Landon, and how she wanted the best for him throughout his life.

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Source: Facebook/Katie H. Muss

It was clear that Katie’s main concern was her soon-to-be stepson, but she still wasn’t completely sure what she was going to say or do.

Making a Surprising Decision

Suddenly, Katie realized that the perfect solution had been right in front of her the whole time. There was someone else she had to invite to the wedding – a person who no one expected to be invited. In a later interview, Katie stated: “Then I realized I’m missing something, the piece that helped shape me and Jeremy’s relationship and helped us both grow up. I needed Casey to know how thankful I am to her.”

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But would she invite her fiancé’s ex to the wedding, and would Casey even accept the invitation?

Putting the Plan into Action

After some consideration, Katie decided she wanted both Casey and Tyler at her wedding to Jeremy, so she invited them.

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As the big day drew closer, Katie began to feel more at peace with her decision, as well as her upcoming roles as stepmother and co-parent. Although she shared her thought process and final decision with Jeremy, there was one crucial part that she left out – something that would shock the entire congregation as well as the groom.

The Ceremony Goes to Plan

Finally, the day of the wedding arrived. The ceremony was beautiful and went smoothly without any disruptions or mistakes. It was no doubt an incredibly special moment for not only Katie and Jeremy but also all of their friends and family, who were marveling at the beauty of the location and the bride. Near the end of the ceremony came the exchange of vows – a personal, romantic moment that the guests were eagerly awaiting.

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Source: Facebook/Katie H. Muss

Unbeknown to anyone, though, Katie was about to put her plan into action.

A Change in Direction

Katie was the first to read her vows. However, she was not even facing Jeremy – in fact; it soon became apparent that her vows were not even being directed toward him. Instead, she had taken a step back and was facing the guests sitting in front of her.

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Source: Facebook/Katie H. Muss

Everyone started to get confused – even a little concerned – and began to look around to see who exactly Katie was looking at. So, who was Katie directing her vows to?

Shocking the Entire Congregation

Before Katie began to read, something peculiar happened. The minister handed Katie a piece of paper and announced: “To start Katie and Jeremy’s vows, I’d like to invite Tyler and Casey to stand.” There was a murmur of shock throughout the congregation – what was about to happen, and why were Casey and Tyler being invited to stand and join the happy couple? Everyone was extremely perplexed.

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Even Jeremy looked shocked, and it was clear that something wasn’t right.

The Bride Takes the Microphone

As soon as the words were out of the minister’s mouth, the whole congregation turned toward the back of the church, trying to spot Landon’s mother and stepfather and see their reactions.

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None of the guests were aware of what was about to happen – nor could they guess! Casey and Tyler got to their feet and walked toward the altar, stopping next to the bride and groom. The minister gave Katie the microphone, and what she said blew everyone away.

The Power of Unorthodox Vows

All the guests – and the groom – waited with bated breath to hear what the beautiful bride was about to say. “First, I want to thank you for accepting me as your friend and allowing me to be a part of Landon’s life,” Katie began, looking at Casey. “I promise to be an amazing mother to your son. I will guide, teach, and love him every single day.”

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Source: Facebook/Katie H. Muss

It was clear from the start that Katie’s vows would be emotional, but no one could have predicted just how so …

It’s Not Finished Yet

No one could believe what they heard – to say everyone felt emotional would be an understatement. The guests’ eyes began to well up, but Katie had not yet finished. She had much more to say, and it became clear that she had planned every word of her speech extremely carefully.

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As well as caring for Landon as though he was her own, Katie’s vows contained additional promises to the mother of her stepson.

Wishes and Promises for the Future

Continuing with her speech, Katie revealed what she wished for the future: “And I promise to respect, work, listen, and communicate together as co-parents. I will love you guys no matter what comes our way.

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We are one family, always,” she concluded. It was clear that she wanted to let them know that she was willing to give everything to ensure they could all enjoy bringing up their wonderful son together.

But there was still more to come that would leave the guests and groom speechless.

The Love Shines Through

Katie’s speech was so moving and touching that it left the entire congregation in tears. It was incredibly beautiful to see someone taking becoming a step parent so seriously, and it was clear that her love for Landon was real and substantial.

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There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. But Katie still hadn’t finished – she had one more person to address. Surely that would be Jeremy? After all, she hadn’t even looked at the groom yet!

A Vow to Little Landon

After Katie finished speaking to Casey, the minister called Landon to the altar. Surprised, the little boy walked up to where the bride and groom were standing, with more shocked murmurs coming from the congregation. Katie bent down to little Landon’s eye level and took his hand. “Landon,” she emotionally declared, “I love you more than you will ever know. I’ve had the privilege of knowing you since the beginning.”

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Source: Facebook/Katie H. Muss

Needless to say, the guests began to get increasingly emotional, with many struggling to keep their composure.

A Tearful Room after a Touching Moment

Revealing her innermost feelings regarding the love she had for her new stepson, Katie continued: “I’ve loved watching you grow and I will for the rest of my life.

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I’m so happy that now I officially get to be your bonus mom.” Landon looked directly into Katie’s eyes in a profoundly emotional moment that touched the hearts of everyone present. Katie was also struggling to hold back her tears while trying to express her feelings.

The Ultimate Promise from a New Mother

Next, she explained to Landon what she was willing to do: “I promise to love daddy with all my heart. I promise to be a best friend to mommy and your daddy Tyler. We will be one big family that I promise you will have for the rest of your life.” It was clear that Katie would not take her new parenting role lightly and she was serious about having a positive impact on Landon, who now had four parents.

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Now, they were unified as a family, and the occasion had been marked with Katie’s beautiful speech – but what would the future hold for the five of them?

An Instant Family of Five

Once her vows had ended, Katie gave Landon a huge hug and stood up so she and Jeremy could continue with exchanging their wedding vows to each other. Finally, the couple was married! Not only had the beautiful ceremony celebrated their love but also the love between the extended family that they were now a part of.

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Katie and Jeremy were now officially husband and wife; a union that resulted in many other lifelong connections being formed.

The Unlikely Friendship Is Solidified

When they first met, the last thing either Katie or Casey expected was to become great friends with one another. “At the time, I thought we would be able to be cordial and co-parent. Never in a million years did I think she and I would be the very best of friends,” revealed Casey in a later interview, confirming how close the two women had become and showing how even the most hostile introductions can result in an unlikely friendship.

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This friendship has remained strong, which can only be a good thing for Landon.

Setting the Standard for Family Goals

So, what about little Landon? Well, it’s a win-win situation for him, as he now has two mothers and two fathers that love him very much and also care about each other. No matter how step parents are portrayed in stories, this particular situation is extremely different.

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The family might be non-traditional and unconventional, but every member cares and is willing to work with the other members to make it work. Surely, if “family goals” exist, this is it.