A pair from Kalamazoo, Michigan, made fairly a political assertion with the theme of their current nuptials. Their wedding ceremony hashtag? #MAGAPatriotWedding.
Bride Audra Johnson wore a plain white wedding ceremony robe for the ceremony, however then turned into a costume that basically turned heads for her wedding ceremony pictures. It was adorned with sparkly crimson lettering down the entrance, spelling out President Trump’s well-known marketing campaign slogan: Make America Nice Once more. The skirt of the fishtail costume merely mentioned “TRUMP.”
Whereas Johnson wore the crimson and white, her bridesmaids wore the blue. The bride informed CBS Information the Fourth of July wedding ceremony was initially simply going to be patriotic-themed, till she reached out to decorate designer Andre Soriano.
Soriano, a staunch Trump supporter, usually sports activities a MAGA hat and creates red-white-and-blue clothes, together with “Make American Nice Once more” and “Trump 2020” clothes. Two artists wore Soriano’s creations to this 12 months’s Grammy Awards — after which Johnson determined to put on one for her wedding ceremony.
Johnson and her associates traveled to Washington, D.C. to satisfy with Soriano in regards to the costume design. “It took 4 days of him doing measurements and placing the costume collectively,” Johnson informed CBS Information. “However it was superb. Him and his husband are fabulous.”
Different wedding ceremony visitors additionally wore patriotic gear. The groom, Jeff Johnson, is a Marine veteran who donned his costume uniform whereas holding a gun in some pictures. Actually, a number of visitors on the wedding ceremony posed with weapons, together with the bride herself. Nonetheless, not one of the weapons had been really shot, Johnson mentioned.
“Being a patriotic wedding ceremony, we actually did encourage folks to do no matter they felt snug with, in the event that they wished to open-carry, in the event that they wished to conceal-carry,” Johnson mentioned.
Regardless of the “MAGA Patriot” theme, the marriage was inclusive, Johnson mentioned. Her maid of honor was even a Democrat. “She mentioned, ‘You understand I like you, however I do not really feel snug sporting a MAGA hat,'” Johnson defined. “I mentioned, ‘That is advantageous, we are able to discover you a plain crimson one to put on.’ We had been capable of compromise on that. We are able to consider in another way however nonetheless very a lot love one another.”
For sure, pictures of the MAGA wedding ceremony turned heads when the couple and different visitors posted photos on social media.
“It has been completely loopy,” Johnson mentioned. “Wonderful patriots mentioned they love the costume and help us. However then there’s the opposite facet, the place we have gotten threats, and there is been actually nasty feedback.”
“Lots of the feedback are ‘It is a racist wedding ceremony.’ I am the granddaughter of a Filipino immigrant, my husband’s black,” Johnson mentioned. “I believe what I would like folks to take from that is there is a stereotype of Trump supporters flying round on the market and possibly a few of them are like that, however most of us aren’t like that.”