Children, Family Life, Uncategorized

Viral wedding photo creates controversy (But hey, at least it’s a good pic)


I hate to say it, but I saw this problem coming a mile away. On the heels of one of the most influential photographs taken during the month of September 2015, lawyers are now involved. The photo depicted a biological father requesting the hand of the stepfather of the bride – the other man who helped raise the now new bride – to guide her down the aisle.

The two dads cried.

The photographer cried.

Everyone cried.

It was a magical moment that has now turned sour.

The bride has yet to receive her wedding day pictures from the photographer.

I don’t know why. It’s a case of he said-she said-they said-I said-he signed-she signed-they signed-I signed. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. Maybe it’s about money, maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s about who owns the rights of the photographs, maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s about the family wanting to get on television shows, maybe it’s not. I honestly don’t care. (There are more real problems in the world now – like the lives lost in Paris …)

So, while the families continue to battle it out until mid-December (the new deadline for the photographs to be completed and given to the bride), I thought I would share with the world the most influential photograph taken during the month of August 2000.

While the photo from 2015 may be the most influential, this one here, on this page, right in front of you reading this blog, is the most God-awful photo I have ever seen in my life.

You heard it right.

This is my husband and me during our wedding. For some unknown reason, our wedding photographer thought it would be super awesome and creative to blend two photographs together and create this morbid display of love and affection.

Let’s just say what it looks like – it appears as if we are DEAD, looking down into the congregation who just witnessed us say, “I Do” forever.

My husband is somewhat smiling while I on the other hand look as if I had been forced into this marriage. I’m surprised my parents didn’t run up and grab me from the altar if this is how I looked during the entire ceremony.

So, let me just be blunt here …

To the bride and family – you have some amazing wedding photos coming your way. Just thank your lucky stars that you do not look the two characters from BeetleJuice in your poses because I would give ANYTHING to turn the clock back and tell OUR wedding photographer to never, ever, ever, ever, EVER blend a pose like this ever, ever, ever again.

But then again, this does make for a great conversation piece every August when we celebrate our anniversary … and your story will too.


About the author:

Melissa Linebrink is a reporter/bi-monthly columnist for “The Mommy Wars” printed in The Chronicle-Telegram. She has been featured as a blogger on the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop site, and “Great Moments in Parenting.” She also writes, edits and manages her blog, She can be reached at