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My Husband's Ex-wife Manipulated Their Daughter into Ruining Our Wedding — It Backfired on Her

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 19, 2024
12:20 P.M.

When my fiancé and I finally decided to tie the knot, we knew that challenges would come but we didn't expect them from someone close. The person tried using a child to sabotage us, but nothing could keep us apart!

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When I agreed to marry Sam, I knew his ex-wife would complicate our lives. But I never expected her to go as far as she did on our wedding day. Read on to find out how karma quickly put her in her place.

A happy couple hugging | Source: Pexels

A happy couple hugging | Source: Pexels

The preparations for the wedding had been both a joy and a challenge. Sam and I had spent months planning, hoping to include his eight-year-old daughter, Alice, in a meaningful way. Little did we know, Lisa, his ex-wife, had other plans.

Alice had been so enthusiastic about her role in our wedding. She would often ask, "Do I get to wear a fancy dress too?" I always reassured her, "Of course, you do. You'll be the most beautiful girl there, after me, of course."

A woman and a girl bonding | Source: Pexels

A woman and a girl bonding | Source: Pexels

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We spent afternoons trying on dresses and making flower crowns. Alice's laughter was infectious, and I cherished those moments. Sam often joined us, offering his opinions and making us both laugh with his jokes!

It felt like we were already a family, solidifying our bond through these small, yet significant, moments. Yet, behind the scenes, Lisa was a constant thorn in our side! She would call Sam incessantly, finding any excuse to disrupt our plans.

A woman and a girl working on a craft project | Source: Pexels

A woman and a girl working on a craft project | Source: Pexels

One evening, as we were finalizing the guest list, Sam's phone rang for the fifth time that hour. "Lisa, what is it now?" he answered, frustration evident in his voice. I could hear her shrill voice on the other end, demanding that Alice not be involved in the wedding.

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Sam sighed, rubbing his temples. "Lisa, this is not up for debate. Alice wants to be part of this, and she's excited. Please, let her have this." My fiancé's ex-wife was a hard woman to get through to, but we remained resolute.

A frustrated man talking on the phone | Source: Pexels

A frustrated man talking on the phone | Source: Pexels

On the morning of the wedding, I woke up early, my heart racing with excitement and nerves. Alice was still asleep, clutching her teddy bear. I gently shook her awake, and she smiled sleepily at me. "Today's the day," I said, my voice filled with anticipation.

Alice's excitement was palpable as we got ready. She twirled in her dress, admiring herself in the mirror. "Do you think Daddy will like it?" she asked, her eyes sparkling. "He'll LOVE it," I assured her. "You look beautiful!"

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A little girl showing off her dress | Source: Pexels

A little girl showing off her dress | Source: Pexels

The venue was a picturesque garden, decorated to perfection with blooming flowers and twinkling fairy lights. Guests started arriving, and the atmosphere was joyous. The sun was shining, casting a warm, cheerful glow that mirrored the joyous mood of the day.

Before I left the house, Alice shared her excitement about her role as the ring bearer! I had spent a lot of time with my fiancé's daughter. I ensured she understood how important her role was so she wouldn't feel left out.

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A gorgeous bride standing in a beautiful garden | Source: Pexels

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I wanted my future stepdaughter to feel special and involved in the preparations. We'd even made matching flower crowns! She was thrilled and eager about my and Sam's wedding, or so I thought.

I had arrived separately from Alice who was left with her mother. Lisa was supposed to drop Alice off at the venue and leave. At least, that was the agreement.

But, as the ceremony was about to start, I saw a familiar figure lurking at the back of the room. My heart sank, but I tried to ignore it, focusing instead on the joy of the moment.

A woman at an event | Source: Pexels

A woman at an event | Source: Pexels

A second later as the music began, Alice walked down the aisle. She was carrying our rings in a box laid on a little satin pillow. Suddenly, she stopped and started bawling her eyes out, her tiny body shaking with sobs.

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The little girl was crying and coughing as the beautiful music continued. All eyes turned to her as she stood there, crying uncontrollably. The WHOLE CEREMONY STOPPED! Even the music faltered.

An upset ring bearer at a wedding | Source: Midjourney

An upset ring bearer at a wedding | Source: Midjourney

I rushed to her, my wedding dress trailing behind me, and knelt to her level. "Alice, sweetheart, what's wrong?" I asked, my voice trembling with concern. Through her tears and the deafening silence, hers was the only voice that filled the room.

She managed to say, "It's her! My mom told me that if I let you marry my dad, then I would never see him again!" Alice was shaking as she continued. "She... she said you will steal Dad and he will forget me just like he forgot her!"

An upset girl talking to the bride | Source: Midjourney

An upset girl talking to the bride | Source: Midjourney

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She pointed towards the back of the room where Lisa stood, her face a mask of feigned innocence. A murmur spread through the guests. I felt anger boiling inside me, but I knew I had to stay calm for Alice's sake.

Instead of ruining the wedding as she'd planned, her daughter had exposed her in front of everyone by telling the truth! Sam joined me as I hugged Alice tightly. As a unit and in front of everyone gathered, we both addressed my soon-to-be stepdaughter.

A woman embracing a little girl | Source: Freepik

A woman embracing a little girl | Source: Freepik

I said, "Alice, listen to me. Your dad and I love you as much as we love each other. We will NEVER forget you." The little girl stopped crying as she listened intently. "We are a family, and nothing will change that."

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Sam kneeling beside me added, "Honey, what your mom said isn't true. We promise to be one happy family where no one will be forgotten." She seemed calmer as he continued, "No one is going to take me away from you."

A bride kissing the head of a little girl | Source: Midjourney

A bride kissing the head of a little girl | Source: Midjourney

Alice sniffled and nodded, still clinging to me. I looked up and saw Lisa slipping out the door. Her plan had backfired spectacularly! We took a moment to collect ourselves and then proceeded with the wedding.

Our ring bearer made us proud! And when it came to exchanging the jewelry, Lisa's deviousness reared its ugly head again. The rings Alice was holding were not the ones we had chosen. They were cheap children's imitations, a last-minute swap by Lisa!

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Wedding rings | Source: Pexels

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I shared a look with Sam, and we knew what to do. "Everyone," Sam announced, "it seems there's been a little mix-up with the rings. Our original rings have been swapped out for fake ones." I smiled at him. "Luckily, nothing can or will stop this wedding from going forward."

The venue rippled with shocked murmurs and utterances. Under normal circumstances, the bride and groom might've seen all these mishaps as signs that the wedding shouldn't go through.

A groom talking into a microphone | Source: Pexels

A groom talking into a microphone | Source: Pexels

But what Lisa didn't expect was that Sam and I had anticipated her trying something to sabotage us. What she also didn't know about us was that we were tenacious! Our secret motto for the day was "Don't let Lisa win!"

Alice's father smiled as he continued addressing our worried guests. "Don't worry we will use these in the meantime to show that our wedding is about our connection and not the jewelry." Exchanging the fake rings with me, he made a short statement.

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A groom talking on a microphone | Source: Freepik

"These might not be our real wedding rings," he said, his voice steady. "But they symbolize enduring love and commitment, and I can't think of a better way to honor that tradition than by using them today!"

The guests clapped, and the ceremony continued. Alice stayed close to us, and as we exchanged vows, I felt a deep sense of peace. Lisa's attempt to sabotage our special day had only strengthened our bond and shown everyone our love and commitment.

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A bride and groom kissing | Source: Pexels

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After the ceremony, we had a moment alone with Alice. "Are you okay, sweetie?" I asked her. She nodded, looking much calmer. "I'm sorry I cried, but I was so scared."

"It's okay, baby," Sam said, hugging her. "You were very brave. We're proud of you."

"And you know what?" I added, "You're the one who made this day extra special. We couldn't have done it without you." Alice smiled, the tension of the day finally lifting. "Really?"

"Really," I assured her. "You're a very important part of our family."

A little girl hugging the bride | Source: Freepik

A little girl hugging the bride | Source: Freepik

As the reception began, I watched my stepdaughter play with the other kids, her laughter ringing out over the music. I knew there would be challenges ahead, but I also knew we could face them together.

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Lisa's scheme had failed, and in its place, we had built something stronger and more beautiful than ever. The wedding ended with Sam and I sharing a dance, holding each other close. "We did it," he whispered in my ear. "We're a family."

A little boy and girl at an event | Source: Freepik

A little boy and girl at an event | Source: Freepik

"Yes, we are," I replied, feeling the truth of those words deep in my heart. "And nothing will ever change that." As the night drew to a close, I felt grateful for the love and support of our friends and family. I also felt gratitude for the strength we had found in each other.

Lisa had tried to tear us apart, but in the end, she had only brought us closer together. And for that, I was truly thankful! Our love for Alice and each other had triumphed over her bitterness. We had created a family built on love, trust, and mutual respect.

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A happy family of three | Source: Pexels

As I drifted off to sleep that night, I realized that our wedding day had been a testament to our love and commitment, a day that we would cherish forever.

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A happy couple drifting off to sleep | Source: Pexels

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While Lisa was a bad ex-wife, in the following story Laura is actually the good guy. She swoops in and saves Maisie from her ex-husband who lied and said she'd died years ago. Click here to read the full and shocking story!

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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