When New York attorney Stacey Becker first got engaged to her dream man, she thought she was finally getting her fairy tale ending.
At the time of the proposal in 2006, the then 29-year-old was absolutely smitten when her hunky boyfriend from California dropped down on one knee and pulled out a gorgeous Tacori diamond ring during their beautiful Caribbean cruise.
It wasn’t until after Stacey had already purchased a $3,500 Reem Acra wedding gown, invited 300 people to their lavish wedding reception in Westchester, and planned a romantic Hawaiian honeymoon for two that her then fiancé, Brad, decided to drop a bombshell.
Not only was he not ready to get married, but he didn’t even feel comfortable being engaged.
“An hour later, he apologized and said that of course he loved me, he was just confused about whether he was ready to get married right now,” Stacey told The Daily Mail Online.
As she reveals in her memoir, Knot the One: Why Getting Dumped Before My Wedding Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, Stacey actually continued the painful relationship for several grueling months after they called off the wedding.
They even maintained a long-distance relationship after Brad moved back to California for work; he visited New York every weekend.
“There is no easy way to date your ex fiancé. Especially in a long distance relationship!” Stacey said.
Then, suddenly, shortly after the couple had finally decided to call it quits, Brad called Stacey and revealed that he was already engaged to a new woman; it had only been three months since he called off the wedding.
While Brad’s marriage crashed and burned barely six months after the wedding, Stacey rekindled her relationship with an old friend from camp named Jonny.
Two years later, Jonny proposed to Stacey during a camp alumni weekend. They’ve been happily married for five years now and live on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with their 19-month-old daughter, Ellie, and their dog, Wally.