A soldier is kicked out of his sister's wedding after he decides to surprise her by coming home from his deployment. He reluctantly makes his way home, only to be ushered back to the wedding a couple of minutes later.
Marissa Ricks had always dreamt about having the perfect fairytale wedding since she was a young girl. She wanted all her family members to be there with her and imagined her dad walking her down the aisle.
Unfortunately, Marissa's dad died five years before she was able to find her match, and by the time she was getting married, her older brother, Mark, had been deployed by the army.
Marissa had always dreamt of having the perfect wedding. | Source: Pexels
Marissa asked Mark to come home for the wedding, as she wanted nothing more than for him to walk her down the aisle to represent their late dad. Although Mark wanted to be there for his little sister, his schedule was too unpredictable that he couldn't commit to coming home.
Marissa was distraught. She wanted her brother to be there on her special day. She suggested postponing the wedding, but Mark dissuaded her because regardless of the date, he still would not be able to commit to coming.
"I'm sorry, Marissa," Mark apologized. "I don't get clearance from our superior until a couple of days before the scheduled leaves. Don't jeopardize your wedding just because of me. I'll be with you in spirit," he explained.
Her brother Mark could not commit to the wedding due to deployment. | Source: Pexels
Although she was heartbroken, Marissa reluctantly pushed through with the wedding after some convincing from her mom, who assured her she would be with her every step of the way.
Just two days before the wedding, Mark found out that he would be able to attend. He decided not to tell anyone about his plans and instead wanted to surprise his sister by unexpectedly showing up at the ceremony.
When he arrived at the church, however, he was kicked out for not being on the guestlist. "You don't understand. I'm the bride's brother," he tried to tell security. "I wanted to surprise her today after coming home from deployment."
The security guard refused to let Mark enter because he was not on the guest list. | Source: Pexels
"If you were the bride's brother, you would have been on the list regardless. Your name is not here, and there is no way we can guarantee that you're telling the truth," the security guard explained. "I'm going to have to ask you to leave."
Desperate, Mark searched the room for a familiar face, but there was no one he could recognize. "Can you at least lead me to the bride's room, then? I can prove to you that I'm her brother then," Mark asked.
The security guard shook his head. "The bride and her entourage are already preparing to march. If you're not on the list, there's no way I can allow you to enter, and that's final. Please, leave before the procession starts," he told Mark.
Mark searched the church for a familiar face, but it was filled with the groom's guests. | Source: Pexels
After realizing that the security guard would not let him in, Mark went home. He didn't want to cause a scene at the wedding and his sister to undergo unnecessary stress.
Instead, he conditioned himself to spend the day alone and visit his mom and sister the following day so as not to spoil the celebration.
But soon after changing into his ordinary clothes, Mark suddenly heard the doorbell ring. He walked towards the front door and was surprised to see Marissa and her fiancé when he opened it.
Soon after changing into ordinary clothes, Mark heard the doorbell ring. | Source: Pexels
Before he could say anything, Marissa rushed to hug her brother. "Mark!" she cried. "I'm so glad you're here!"
"What are you guys doing here? Your ceremony is going to start in 15 minutes! You're going to be late," Mark told his sister.
"There will be no ceremony without you there," Marissa said, shaking her head. "I'm sorry they turned you away. I didn't expect you to surprise us because I haven't heard from you in a couple of days."
Her fiancé, Joshua, also apologized to Mark. "I heard from my relatives that there was a man in his military uniform who tried to enter the ceremony but was refused by the security guard. I immediately remembered you, so I rushed to tell Marissa," he revealed.
Marissa and Joshua asked Mark to get changed so they could all go to the wedding together. | Source: Pexels
Marissa knew there was no place her brother would go but home, so she and Joshua rushed to his house. "Now come on, Mark. Get dressed! You've got to walk me down the aisle in a couple of minutes," she told him.
Mark quickly changed into his military uniform because Marissa wanted him to wear it instead of a suit. She was proud that her brother was a soldier and wanted everybody to know the sacrifices he continued to make for the sake of his country.
Marissa had everything she could want on her wedding day, save for the presence of her late dad. It was the happiest day of her life because she was marrying the man of her dreams while surrounded by her loved ones.
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