When I met my fiancé in the beginning of 2011 we were both athletes at the same university in Tennessee.
We started dating soon after that and hit it off very quickly.
By December 2013 we moved in together and were doing great.
So great, that we got engaged in March and started planning our wedding for November.
I poured my heart and soul into the wedding plans to try and make it the best day it could be.
It was going to be a celebration of our love and commitment to each other, so I wanted it to be absolutely amazing.
My mother spent so much money on the dress and alterations, so I was nervous to even think about destroying it, let alone try and pitch the idea to her.
But after thinking about it, I knew that doing something to mark the occasion was the perfect thing for me. I can't even describe how liberating and cathartic the experience was for me. I am a strong woman who believes that everything happens for a reason.
I was not going to let my ex-fiancé's mistake of letting me go take away my happiness. We all face adversity in our lives, but what really defines us is how we decide to overcome that adversity.
My bridesmaids and parents supported the idea 100% and even joined me in their own dresses and suit. I decided that I will not let this tragedy and heartbreak consume me, and bring me down in life.
A few weeks before the wedding I had everything planned out to a T and was so excited for our big day.