A couple from Kalamazoo, Michigan, made a political statement on the subject of their recent nuptials. Your wedding hashtag? #MAGAPatriotWedding.
The bride Audra Johnson wore a simple white wedding dress for the ceremony, but then changed to a dress that really spun her wedding photos. It was decorated with bright red letters on the front, stating the famous slogan of President Trump's campaign: Make the United States big again. The skirt of the fishtail dress simply said "TROMP."
While Johnson wore red and white, his bridesmaids wore blue. The bride told CBS News that the July 4th wedding was originally going to be patriotic-themed until she approached the costume designer Andre Soriano.
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Soriano, an unconditional supporter of Trump, often wears a MAGA hat and creates red, white and blue garments, like the dresses "Make American Great Again" and "Trump 2020". Two artists used Soriano's creations for this year's Grammy Awards, and then Johnson decided to use one for his wedding.
Johnson and his friends traveled to Washington, DC to meet Soriano about the design of the dress. "It took him four days to make measurements and put the dress together," Johnson told CBS News. "But it was amazing, he and his husband are fabulous."
Other guests at the wedding also wore patriotic clothes. The boyfriend, Jeff Johnson, is a veteran of the Marine Corps who put on his uniform while holding a gun in some photos. In fact, several guests at the wedding posed with firearms, including the bride herself. However, none of the weapons were actually fired, Johnson said.
"Being a patriotic wedding, we really encourage people to do whatever they feel comfortable, if they wanted to open, if they wanted to hide," Johnson said.
Despite the "MAGA Patriot" theme, the wedding was inclusive, Johnson said. Your maid of honor was even a Democrat.
"She said:" You know I love you, but I do not feel comfortable wearing a MAGA hat, "Johnson explained. "I said:" Okay, we can find you a light red one to use. "We were able to commit to that, we can believe differently, but we still love each other very much."
It goes without saying that the MAGA wedding photos went crazy when the couple and other guests posted photos on social networks.
"He has been absolutely crazy," Johnson said. "The incredible patriots said that they love the dress and they support us, but then there is the other side, where we have received threats, and there have been really unpleasant comments."
"Many of the comments are" It's a racist wedding. "I'm the granddaughter of a Filipino immigrant, my husband is black," Johnson said. "I think what I want people to take from this is that there is a stereotype of Trump supporters flying around and maybe some of them are like that, but most of us are not."