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A woman in a bridal dress getting her makeup done | Source: Pexels/Esma Atak

My Bridesmaid Brought Her Own Makeup Artist to My Wedding Because My 'Taste Is Ridiculous,' but Karma Didn't Let It Slide

Ayesha Muhammad
Jun 10, 2024
08:20 A.M.

"I do" turned into "oh no" when my best friend's secret feelings caused a poolside splash! What could have been a disaster became a hilarious (and unforgettable) turning point, revealing true love and real friends.

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Hey everyone, I'm Sarah, a 26-year-old woman who recently experienced a wedding day drama I never saw coming. Let me take you back to the beginning. I met John three years ago at a local coffee shop.

It was raining outside, and we both sought refuge in the cozy corner café. I accidentally bumped into him while juggling my umbrella and coffee.

A couple drinking hot beverages and looking at each other in a café | Source: Pexels

A couple drinking hot beverages and looking at each other in a café | Source: Pexels

"Oh, I'm so sorry!" I exclaimed, nearly spilling my latte.

"No worries at all," he said with a warm smile. "Mind if I join you? I think we could both use some company on this rainy day."

We talked for hours that day, and it felt like I'd known him forever. From that moment, John and I were inseparable. He was kind, supportive, and everything I ever wanted in a partner.

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Emily, my best friend since high school, was thrilled for us, or so I thought. We shared everything: our dreams, fears, and even silly secrets.

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A couple on a romantic date | Source: Pexels

She was there for every milestone in my relationship with John, cheering us on. But little did I know, Emily had feelings for John that she kept hidden behind her friendly facade.

As my wedding day approached, Emily and I sat down to finalize the plans. We were sipping on some tea in my living room, surrounded by wedding magazines and planning notes.

"Sarah, I've been meaning to ask," Emily began, her voice unusually serious. "Would you like me to be your maid of honor?"

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A woman reading a magazine and holding a mug near a glass window | Source: Pexels

"Of course, Em! I can't imagine anyone else by my side," I replied, smiling warmly. "Everything's coming together so perfectly."

"Yeah, it really is," Emily said, though there was a hint of something in her eyes that I couldn't quite place.

A week before the wedding, we were reviewing the final details when Emily brought up a concern.

"Sarah, I need to talk to you about the makeup situation," she said, fidgeting slightly.

"Sure, what's up?" I asked, looking up from my list of to-dos.

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A woman in a black turtleneck sweater leaning against a fence while talking to someone | Source: Pexels

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"I've developed severe allergies to most makeup products recently," she said, hesitating. "I need to bring my own makeup artist."

I looked at her with concern. "Oh, Em, I'm so sorry to hear that. Are you okay?"

"Yeah, it's been tough, but I'll manage," she replied, trying to smile. "I just don't want to risk any reactions on your big day."

"Of course, Em! I don't want you to be uncomfortable," I reassured her. "Bring your makeup artist. It's no problem at all."

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The girls having a conversation | Source: Freepik

Emily visibly relaxed, her smile more genuine. "Thanks, Sarah. I appreciate it."

"Anything for you, Em," I said, feeling a sense of relief that everything seemed to be falling into place. Yet, beneath the surface, there was an undercurrent I couldn't quite place.

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The morning of the wedding was a whirlwind of activity. My bridal party and I were getting ready, laughing, and sharing stories. At that moment, Emily's makeup artist, Marco, made his grand entry. He was flamboyant and full of energy, making everyone laugh with his dramatic flair.

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A happy bride and her bridesmaids holding bouquets | Source: Pexels

"Ladies, prepare to be fabulous!" Marco exclaimed, striking a pose with his makeup brush.

While everyone was busy being entertained by Marco, my gaze suddenly fell on Emily, who seemed a bit distant. "Emily, are you okay? You seem off," I asked.

"Oh, no. I'm great," she replied, forcing a smile. Thinking I might be having some pre-wedding jitters, I decided to step out for some fresh air, needing a moment to myself.

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A few minutes later, I walked past Emily's dressing room, and that was when I heard voices. The door was slightly ajar.

Marco after unpacking his tools | Source: Midjourney

Marco after unpacking his tools | Source: Midjourney

"Can you believe her taste? It's ridiculous," Emily's voice was sharp and unfamiliar as she talked to Marco. "I refuse to look like a clown like she will. Besides, if she decides to back out, I'll have John to myself."

"I'm sure her taste is awful. Now, will you please relax? All this stress will ruin your makeup," replied Marco, making final strokes with his eyeshadow brush.

I froze, my heart sinking. My best friend, my maid of honor, had been hiding her true feelings all along. I felt betrayed, the reality of her words hitting me like a punch. Trying to shake off the shock, I returned to my room, determined not to let her ruin my day.

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A bride holding a bouquet standing on a brick pathway | Source: Pexels

The ceremony went smoothly, but Emily's words kept echoing in my mind. I put on a brave face for the reception, determined to enjoy my special day.

John and I had our first dance, surrounded by our loved ones. He held me close, whispering in my ear. "You look stunning, Sarah. I'm the luckiest man alive."

"Thank you, John," I replied, my voice filled with emotion. "I'm so happy we're finally married."

As the bridal party joined us on the floor, Emily approached John for a dance.

"Mind if I steal him for a bit?" Emily asked with a smile that didn't reach her eyes.

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A bride and groom dancing on their wedding day | Source: Midjourney

A bride and groom dancing on their wedding day | Source: Midjourney

"Of course not," I replied, trying to keep my voice steady.

I watched them, my heart pounding with anger and hurt.

"John, you're such a great dancer," Emily said, her voice sugary sweet.

"Thanks, Emily. You're doing great too," he replied, oblivious to the tension.

As they danced near the edge of the pool, Emily's high heels caught the edge of a tile. She stumbled and fell straight into the water.

There was a collective gasp, followed by awkward laughter. Her makeup, not designed to be waterproof, streaked down her face in a rainbow of colors.

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A bridesmaid feels awful after accidentally falling into a swimming pool | Source: Midjourney

A bridesmaid feels awful after accidentally falling into a swimming pool | Source: Midjourney

"Oh my God, Emily!" someone shouted, rushing to help her.

I couldn't help but smile. It felt like karma had intervened.

Without missing a beat, I kicked off my shoes and jumped into the pool, laughing as the cool water enveloped me. My bridesmaids hesitated for only a moment before following suit, their squeals of delight echoing around the yard. Our waterproof makeup stayed perfectly intact, a testament to our careful planning.

"Come on, John!" I called out, waving him over. "Don't just stand there!"

A bride and groom splashing in a swimming pool | Source: Midjourney

A bride and groom splashing in a swimming pool | Source: Midjourney

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John grinned and shrugged off his jacket. "Why not?" he said, diving in with a splash. The rest of the wedding party followed, turning what could have been a disaster into a spontaneous pool party.

We laughed and splashed, enjoying the unexpected twist. "This is the best wedding ever!" my cousin Mia shouted, her hair dripping with water.

"Totally unforgettable!" agreed my friend Laura, floating on her back and looking up at the stars.

Emily emerged from the pool, her once-perfect face now a mess of streaked makeup. She glared at me, her eyes burning with anger, but beneath it, I saw guilt and embarrassment.

A bridesmaid with smeared makeup | Source: Midjourney

A bridesmaid with smeared makeup | Source: Midjourney

"Sarah, I…" she started, but her voice trailed off.

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I took a deep breath, trying to muster some compassion. "Emily, why didn't you just tell me how you felt?"

She looked down, tears mixing with the water on her cheeks. "I was scared, Sarah. I didn't want to lose you or John."

"You never had to compete with me, Em," I said softly. "You're my best friend. But honesty matters more than anything."

She nodded, looking ashamed. "I'm so sorry, Sarah."

A bride and groom talk by the poolside | Source: Midjourney

A bride and groom talk by the poolside | Source: Midjourney

The rest of the evening, Emily kept to herself, a shadow of the confident person she had been. She watched from the sidelines as we celebrated, the joy around her a stark contrast to her isolation.

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As the night wore on, John and I found a quiet moment together. We sat on the edge of the pool, our feet dangling in the water. "Can you believe tonight?" he asked with his arm around my shoulders.

"It's definitely not how I imagined it," I replied with a laugh. "But in a way, it's perfect."

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A bride and groom dancing with fireworks in the dark | Source: Pexels

John looked at me, his eyes filled with love. "You handled everything with such grace. I'm proud of you, Sarah."

I leaned against him, feeling a wave of gratitude. "I realized something tonight. True friendship and love can't be forced or manipulated. I'm surrounded by people who genuinely care for me, and no amount of sabotage can change that."

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He nodded, kissing the top of my head. "And Emily?"

"Emily has to face the consequences of her actions," I said, my voice firm but kind. "But I hope she learns from this. Maybe we can find a way to move forward, eventually."

Happy friends and newlywed couple celebrating their wedding at night | Source: Pexels

Happy friends and newlywed couple celebrating their wedding at night | Source: Pexels

The night wound down with more laughter and dancing. Despite everything, the atmosphere was filled with joy and love. My bridesmaids and I dried off and wrapped ourselves in towels, chatting and reminiscing about the day.

"Sarah, you were amazing out there," Mia said, squeezing my hand. "You turned a potential disaster into something beautiful."

"Thanks, Mia," I said, smiling. "I couldn't have done it without all of you."

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As the last guests departed and the lights dimmed, I looked around at the scene. It wasn't the wedding I had planned, but it was a celebration of resilience, love, and friendship.

A bride and groom watching the stars at night | Source: Midjourney

A bride and groom watching the stars at night | Source: Midjourney

John and I stood together, watching the stars. "Karma, it seems, has a way of making sure everything falls into place just as it should," I said, feeling a sense of peace wash over me.

He nodded, pulling me close. "And I'm glad it did because it brought me to you."

We shared a quiet moment, knowing that despite the ups and downs, we were stronger together. The future was uncertain, but with John by my side and the support of true friends, I felt ready to face whatever came next.

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A bridesmaid sitting alone and crying at a wedding | Source: Midjourney

A bridesmaid sitting alone and crying at a wedding | Source: Midjourney

As we headed back inside, I glanced over my shoulder to see Emily standing alone, looking lost. I walked over to her, my heart heavy but hopeful. "Emily, it's going to take time, but maybe one day we can rebuild our friendship."

She looked up, surprised but grateful. "I'd like that, Sarah. I really would."

We hugged briefly, an unspoken understanding passing between us. It was a small step towards healing, but a step nonetheless. The night had been full of unexpected twists, but in the end, it brought clarity and closure.

A bride and groom walking hand in hand | Source: Midjourney

A bride and groom walking hand in hand | Source: Midjourney

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With a final look at the night sky, John and I walked hand in hand toward our future, ready for whatever adventures awaited us next.

Craving more drama? Dive right into this next story: When Emily's friend, Elle, gets engaged to her boyfriend, Brian, she is completely over the moon. Emily does everything she can to help Elle plan her dream wedding. But then Elle starts acting secretive and gives Emily a wedding invite with the incorrect dress code.

This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided "as is," and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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