Abby*, 37, was excited to be marrying the love of her life and things seemed perfect for their special day. That was, until her jealous sister Cherie* decided to spill a secret.
Abby's wedding to Jamie * was a very casual event as it was the second time for both of them and they wanted minimal fuss.
"We only invited family and our closest friends. I was so happy to be marrying him, he was everything I’d really wished for and I felt so grateful to have love back in my life after being single for eight years.
There was one secret I had kept from him, however, and that was I had had a one-night fling with his cousin Nick — who was also his best friend. I hadn’t cheated on Jamie because we hadn’t started properly dating at that time. We were about two weeks away from meeting as Nick introduced me to him. But after a work function when we’d both had a lot to drink, Nick and I hooked up," Abby says.
Abby claims she and Nick vowed to keep that information to themselves because Nick was married at the time.
"Then a couple of weeks later I started dating Jamie. I was nervous that Nick would tell him that we'd hooked up. But Nick promised me he would keep it a secret. He said he would never tell him that we'd had a one night stand and I believed him to be true to his word. So I thought my secret was safe," Abby says.
"The one stupid thing I did was confide in my sister, Cherie. Yes, she promised to keep her mouth shut, and I trusted her. So, in the lead-up to the wedding she insisted that she wanted to say a few words at the reception, as she was my matron of honour."
"The wedding day was beautiful — we said our vows in a lovely old country church, I had my dream dress and married my dream man. Everything seemed to be perfect."
When it came time for reception, Abby's father said a few words and then the best man spoke about the couple's love for each other. Then it was time for Abby's sister to stand up and speak.
"Cherie was always quite jealous of me and though we were quite close, I often found it was like walking on eggshells around her – she was never really happy when I had any kind of success, "
"First, she first spoke about how lucky she is to have a great new brother-in-law and that she’s never seen me so happy. It was a short and sweet speech and I had tears in my eyes. People clapped and toasted us, all was fine."
Then, Cherie was about to sit down when she leaned over to Jamie and I saw her whisper something. I could see Jamie go practically white. At the time, I had no idea what Cherie could have said to him. He looked at me and gave a look of horror. I leaned over to kiss him and he smiled so I thought nothing more of it.
We left the reception to go to our hotel but on the way there, Jamie was very quiet and I couldn’t work out exactly why. We got to our room and I gave him a cuddle and asked him if he was okay as he was hardly speaking.
He said, "Is it true that you slept with Nick?" I was absolutely gobsmacked. So that’s what Cherie must have told him! But why?"
I had no idea why she would try to sabotage my wedding day like that. I just burst into tears and confessed; I told Jamie that it was a one night stand, I hadn’t even met him yet, that Nick and I both regretted it immensely, and the only person I had confided in was my sister.
"We sat on the bed for a long time, talking it through, and trying to resolve this error I made two years ago. Finally we came to a conclusion that we needed to just push away the past and focus on our future. We ended up going to bed quite early, and resolving to resume our wedding night the next day."
"As for my sister, I dealt with her by sending her a long SMS saying how disgusted I was with her for ruining my special day and for making Jamie feel like rubbish on a day we’d both been looking forward to so much.
I am still trying to patch up my relationship with her; she did apologise and blamed alcohol for her indiscretion but it is difficult to forgive her.
If she felt the need to tell my husband about my past fling, why the hell did she choose the most important day of my life? I will never understand her, but I hope I can just keep moving forward with forgiveness."
*Names have been changed