Shona Carter-Brooks shocked onlookers at her wedding last month, and it was all due to her dress. As she walked down the aisle at her ceremony, which took place at Elam Baptist church in Tennessee, she had a surprise for her wedding guests attached to the train of wedding dress: her one-month-old daughter.
The bride had strapped her newborn baby onto her dress' train, and the bizarre incident caused a firestorm of controversy on social media.
Carter-Brooks, who married Johnathan Brooks, is defending the act, which was described as “incredibly dangerous” by one commenter online. Others on Facebook said she should be reported to child protective services. After the wedding, the newlywed took to Facebook to post: "People questioning what we do, commenting all negative, and just doing the most. We good though we covered by the Blood which never loose its power [sic]. So to the media, radio, news, and whomever else wanting to talk about what WE do here you go: Media Media I see how it works regardless the situation or purpose people gone have something negative to say [sic]!
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"The answer is we do what we want, when we want, as long as Jesus on our side everything worked out fine and gona continue to be fine [sic],” she continued.
Carter-Brooks said her daughter was unharmed. “Our 1 month old was awake and well secured on my train,” Carter-Brooks wrote. “Most important while yall got ya feelings in us we had our hearts in Christ which covers all!! So keep ya mouths running for it was just that Exclusive and Epic enough we made top blog (sic) way from small town Ripley, TN and the social media doing what they do, TALK!!!! Too bless for mess!! Thank God we aint no celebrities oops got fans, guess we is [sic]!”
Some people defended Carter-Brooks for attaching the baby to her dress. Kaye Jordan wrote on Facebook, "For everyone believing that the baby riding on the back of her mother's wedding train, please take a look at the above painting by the great Annie Lee. This action has significant historical value and indicates the dedication of her mother (and father) toward caring for her child and family. We, throughout history have worked hard to do whatever necessary to take care of our own. A GOOD mother takes her child wherever she goes, even down the aisle…”
Carter-Brooks has a picture of the back of her dress on her Facebook profile page.