Blogger Peony Lim recently tied the knot and, like most wedding photos, the one she shared on social media made us zoom in right away on the dress. Seeing only the back, we can admire the elegant sleeveless cut, wide ballgown skirt, and cascading veil that flowed behind Lim and her new husband, Matthew. But instead of simply sharing a first look at her wedding—which has been a focus of several of her blog posts over the last several months—she used this picture she to make an important point.
“I’m sorry I have been absent online recently,” Lim captioned the post initially, going on to introduce her new husband and share some of the exciting details on their honeymoon. But things take a turn when the fashion insider says that their celebration was cut short when her husband had to have an emergency appendix surgery in a foreign country whose language neither of them spoke fluently. “It’s been a frightening struggle that neither of us could have foreseen but the experience has shown us how much we love each other,” Lim says, adding that they’re both back home now and her husband is recovering. “It's normally not my thing to share my private life but I think it's so important that you know that nothing runs smoothly for anyone all the time,” she ended her post, “and if you're struggling with something you're not alone. We are with you.”
It’s not the type of message we’re accustomed to hearing from some of our favorite bloggers. When Instagram affords you so many opportunities to edit images to near perfection, it’s common for us to scroll through our feed and see only positive, polished, and happy moments. It’s beyond refreshing that Lim took an opportunity to share such a beautiful image but give us the story behind it and remind us that real life is messy even when you have thousands of followers, are getting married, or have a few photo-editing apps at your disposal.
Scroll down to take a look at Lim's gorgeous and very real post.
I'm sorry I have been absent online recently. As you might have guessed from this photo a lot has happened. Meet my husband Matthew. It's been an emotional rollercoaster from the moment I met him 876 days ago. I didn't plan on introducing him like this, but things don't always work out how they're planned. While I've been gone we got married (which I will tell you all about another time) and headed off on honeymoon. Everything was perfect. We couldn't have been happier or more excited. The first part was to be a tour of the Italian Lakes, the second was a trip to the Seychelles (which it seems wasn't meant to happen). Each hotel and lake was stunning. We spent our time exploring villages looking for local fare with our little convertible Abarth and speedboats. But on our penultimate night things began to unravel; it became obvious he was going to have to have emergency appendix surgery far from home and since then we have been battling through ambulances and hospitals who have very little English and our even poorer Italian. It's been a frightening struggle that neither of us could have foreseen but the experience has shown us how much we love each other, how strong we can be for each other and how much we meant the vows we made so recently to each other. We are finally home and Matthew is making a good recovery. We are so grateful to all the kind staff at Ospedale Castelli Pronto Soccorso that cheerfully helped us patiently with the aid of Google translate! It's normally not my thing to share my private life but I think it's so important that you know that nothing runs smoothly for anyone all the time and if you're struggling with something you're not alone. We are with you.
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