American bride defends marriage after ’emotional’ photos spark outcry


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Megan Livingston has gone viral after posting several videos of her crying “tears of joy” at her wedding last year. Photo / TikTok, @megan_livingston

An American bride’s decision to share her “emotional” wedding photos has oddly backfired – with the woman now being forced to dispel rumors that she was “forced” to marry.

Megan Livingston got married last year, aged 21, and has posted several videos of her wedding on TikTok.

Numerous videos show her crying – like really sobbing – with Livingston saying in a TikTok caption that people should “normalize girls crying in the aisle at their wedding.”

“Who else cried as they walked down the aisle?” Livingston asked, adding that they were “tears of joy” from an “emotional bride.”

Videos saw her accused of having a "arranged marriage".  Photo / TikTok, @megan_livingston
The videos saw her accused of having an “arranged marriage”. Photo / TikTok, @megan_livingston

While the videos drew comments from women saying they had reacted in the same way that “tears at weddings are normal”, some have expressed (unfounded) concern for Megan.

“She looks very sad lol, not tears of joy,” one person wrote.

“Was it an arranged marriage? asked another.

Livingston said she was struck by comments from people saying she was posting “too many” tears of her marriage and “it looks like a forced marriage.”

Some have even cruelly claimed that she had “ruined” her wedding photos by crying so much in them.

“Yes, I cried in the aisle but I was happy,” she explained in a follow-up video. “I have not had a forced or arranged marriage.”

People have since come out in force to defend Livingston, especially after sharing more photos of her smiling and happily kissing her husband in a video.

Megan Livingston has since had to come out several times and reassure people that she was not "strength" in marriage.  Photo / Supplied
Megan Livingston has since had to go out several times and reassure people that she had not been “forced” into marriage. Photo / Supplied

“It will be me too! Ignore the hate,” wrote one person.

“No shame in expressing tears of joy,” one viewer also commented.

“Do people forget that people have emotions and can cry for joy? Another said.

“I would absolutely cry if I married the person I love,” one person commented.

“It’s so sweet.”

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