Shelby Platter and her new husband Garrett recently tied the knot. However, after a note included in her wedding invitation went viral, Platter is speaking out to the Internet trolls who put a damper on the happiest day of her life.
One of the couple’s guests, Ceara LaFrance, was outraged at the note in her wedding invitation had a special request for breastfeeding guests — to feed their babies in the women’s restroom. Her complaint was shared on the Breastfeeding Mama Talk Facebook page and then quickly went viral, with breastfeeding woman joining in on LaFrance’s anger.
The note reads, in part:
To all our mommies who are breastfeeding, we are thinking of you. […] we have designated an appropriate place for you to feed your baby so that you do not have to do so in public in front of our family and friends. For your convenience we are accommodating you with a comfortable and private area with chairs.
LaFrance spoke candidly with WFAA:
“It’s something that is natural that shouldn’t be shamed. You wouldn’t want to eat in a bathroom, why would you think that’s an appropriate place to feed a child?”
However, the bride, now labeled as “Bridezilla” is speaking out, claiming that this viral infamy has cast a “dark cloud” over her happy day. Platter also spoke with WFAA to defend her decision. She said she and her mother concocted the idea together, even coming up with a “Plan B” should anyone appear disgruntled. However, no one in the wedding party had an issue with the designated space plan.
Platter said she is “all for breastfeeding,” and wishes that LaFrance would have confronted her directly before the event. She told WFAA:
“She had two, maybe three months to contact us. She should have done that. She should have said, ‘Hey look, you know, I don’t feel like this is right.'”
To make matters worse, Platter explained that her husband and LaFrance’s husband have been friends for a decade, with him being the best man at their wedding. She added:
“That’s not how friends treat friends. How would she feel if somebody did that to her? Blasted her and her newlywed husband all over the Internet and the news? It hurts.”
WFAA also spoke with Blake Nash, the wedding planner, who said:
“I thought they had it very nicely set up in there and they had an option to go to a foyer or a hallway. On the wedding day we work for the bride and groom and if they tell you to do something … I think it’s their wedding day.”
Platter believes that LaFrance was trying to promote her own agenda that day, rather than respect the bride and groom. Since the Facebook post went viral, Platter said she has been “bombarded with messages on social media,” some of which were “hurtful.” She added that the viral controversy has left her “unable to enjoy her first weeks of marriage.” Platter said:
“It wasn’t her day. It’s not anybody else’s day but the bride and groom.”