A Georgia couple defended their love after a photo of them at a wedding was met with hateful comments on Reddit.
Ashley Stevens and her boyfriend Christopher Reed have been together for two and a half years. They recently attended a friend’s wedding and Stevens caught the bouquet. They decided to post a silly picture online with a caption that read: “She caught the bouquet… And I’m in trouble.”
The humor was lost on some folks after the photo was posted on Reddit. More than 2,600 people commented on the picture, with some users criticizing Reed for his size.
“That fatty should be jumping up and down that this girl is even with him let alone him possibly getting that much closer to marrying her,” wrote one user.
Other users took it a step further, asking if Reed had Down syndrome.
Stevens took to Facebook to respond to the hateful comments about her boyfriend and her post is now going viral.
"If you have seen the comments on our photo that went viral, they are pretty shallow and rude," Stevens wrote. "I would advise you not to look at them."
“It surprises me how many people are so quick to judge when they don't even know you. Well let me just tell you, I won the jackpot with Christopher.
"He may not have rock hard abs like the world tells girls to want in a guy, but really, why does that even matter when you are trying to really find someone to spend the rest of your life with? He is so thoughtful and patient, he always shows me how he loves me in little ways, he is my best friend. I love him for who he is and he loves me for who I am. Understanding, loving, and hilarious, which is so rare to find these days!!
"Since I was young, (like many other little girls) I dreamed about who I would end up with, once I gave my life to Christ and saw examples of Godly marriages and relationships, I wanted that. God saw the desires of my heart and blessed me with Christopher.
"He brings me closer to God through prayer, and his love. I know God will use us both for awesome things because we make a great team! So as of us and those rude comments, we know the truth and we will block out the haters. Enjoy our picture though. Lol"
Speaking with ABC News, Reed took the high road when asked about the comments.
“Honestly, I’ve always been a big guy the majority of my life and so of course I had the comments and the cruel jokes growing up, so I kind of got used to it,” he said. “I know who I am and I really don’t care what people have to say about me because I’m confident.
“It’s trolls sitting behind their computers. They don’t know us and they can’t talk about us, so honestly it just didn’t bother me.”
Reed also took to Facebook to thank his family and friends for their support since the picture went viral.
"I couldn't be more thankful for the support and love from our family and friends,” Reed wrote. “We're here because of you and we wouldn't trade you for the world. We love y'all."
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