Baby part of Jackson woman’s wedding dress

JACKSON, Tenn. — Shona Carter-Brooks, who lives in Jackson, is getting a lot of unwanted attention due to an unusual flourish on her wedding dress.

Guests at Shona’s wedding were surprised to see her 1-month-old daughter on the train of her dress.

In Facebook photos, the child can be see laying on her side on the train, near the very bottom of the middle edge.

The bride’s sister, Marcy Wright, admitted, “She didn’t plan it. If she did, she didn’t tell anyone about it.”

While most of her guests seem to appreciate the unusual way Shona incorporated her daughter Aubrey in her wedding, not everyone was so complimentary.

On her Facebook page, Shona wrote:

“The answer is we do what we want when we want long as Jesus on our side everything worked out fine and gone continue to be fine. Our 1 month old was awake and well secured on my train. 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 way from small town Ripley, TN and the social media doing what they do, TALK!!!!”

Shona’s sister told WREG-TV the baby was placed on the train, a photo was taken and the baby was picked up. She clarified the child was not dragged down the aisle on the train.

The bride’s cousin, Jeffrey Preston, said, “People just saw the picture and said, ‘Oh! The baby’s being dragged up the aisle!’ The baby was not dragged. The baby was laid on the train for a photo shot of them coming into the church.”

A friend who apparently attended the wedding wrote, “Shona and Johnathan Brooks your wedding was super perfect from the groom and his men and you and your diva’s baby you rock the gown and the princess tagging behind you it brought tears to my eyes. Regardless of anybody else dream your’s came true. I loved it and thank you for inviting me.”

The photo is all over the Internet, and many are not waiting for explanations before judging.

“Some of it is just outrageous and ridiculous,” Wright said, shaking her head.

Preston added, “People are blowing it out of proportion, like she had her baby by the arm just dragging it down the aisle.”

Others think the bride could soon be cashing in on her creativity.

Ripley resident Zannie Barbie said, “Maybe she’ll end up on Oprah or on a TV show some where.”

However, Preston said the picture was just about what all weddings should be about – love.

“I thought it was beautiful,” he said. “If we could do it again, we’d do it again!”

Carter-Brooks’ family said she did expect people to talk about the photograph, but did not expect the national attention it is now receiving.

120 comments

  • Ray

    I always scroll down to read comments on stories like this because I have a philosophy that has never failed me. No matter how ignorant, classless, or just plain ratchet a behavior there will ALWAYS be a number, albeit small, of folks trying to justify the stupidity. Always.

  • Elliott Lanosa

    This is not about the color of anybody’s skin. Come off it people, just a bad choice that ANYBODY can make. What is with you racists, clean your own back yards before you make racists remarks. The truth is that most abused and murdered children are killed by White people.

  • Laura

    Um, who actually read the article? It clearly says that the baby was laid there for a picture and then picked up. Now, as TACKY as the picture is I don’t think this lady actually dragged her 1 month old anywhere. Smdh!#tomfoolery!

  • Melvina Woods Anderson

    For this to not be a black white issue..I can’t tell. A lot of women wear white wedding dresses and the virginity has been long gone. I just wonder if one of our many celebs had used this idea would you feel the same way. What difference does it make wheither or not the groom is the father? How much are you paying to support this child? Some people just sit back and wait for something like this comes up so they came have something to talk about. The baby didn’t roll off the train, no one stepped on the baby. Was this a good idea..no..but it was their wedding and their child.

  • Auntie3times

    What about the brides response? Her lack of intellect speakes volumes. It’s really pathetic in 2014.

  • aever

    READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE OR LISTEN TO THE NEW STORY POSTED ABOVE… THE BABY WAS PLACED ON THE DRESS, PICTURE TAKEN, BABY PICKED UP, BRIDE CONTINUED HER WALK DOWN THE AISLE. I still think wanting this picture is strange but it states at the end of the article the baby was NOT dragged anywhere. At least read the entire article. You’re all crazy.

    • Evette

      The family has NOW made the statement, the baby was placed on the dress for a photo….after all of the backlash.
      The bride never stated it was just for a photo in her rant about God and “we do what we want to do”.
      Why wait until the bride is walking down the aisle and make her stop for a photo? Couldn’t they have gotten the same photo in the back…without everyone seeing the baby on the floor? Or I guess that was point , she wanted everyone to see the baby on the floor….#I’mconfused#Istillthinkshesstupid

    • Trailblazer

      Ok this is BS!!!! I did read the WHOLE article so stop acting like we haven’t. Only with the threat of DHS did they come up with the story of removing the baby after taking a photo. YOU haven’t apparently read everything either or YOU’D notice the discrepancy in their stories. I’m leaning toward damage control with the other people on here.

      • bambam84

        They even “forgot,” to edit the “Buzz feed,” link, which clearly states,”DRAGGED down aisle.”
        Way to go, damage control team. -clapping hands-

  • Melonie Largay

    READ THE STORY!!!! SHE DIDN’T DRAG THE BABY BEHIND HER SHE PUT THE BABY ON HER TRAIN AND GOT A PICTURE TAKEN. STOP JUDGING!!! PEOPLE TAKE WEDDING PICTURES DIFFERENTLY IN EVERY WEDDING. IT WAS JUST A UNIQUE WAY OF ADDING THEIR BABY TO THE WEDDING.

    • Evette

      OK….YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS IT’S ANNOYING, SEE….. I’LL SHOW YOU.
      YOU CAN BELIEVE WHAT YOU CHOOSE, I CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THEY ARE DOING DAMAGE CONTROL RIGHT NOW. I WASNT THERE AND IF SHE DID NOT DRAG THE BABY I OWE HER AN APOLOGY. STILL WONDERING WHY SHE WOULD DO A PHOTO OPT IN THE MIDDLE OF HER WALK DOWN THE AISLE, AND NOT JUST DO THE SAME PHOTO AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE…..AND SHE WOULD NOT HAVE THIS BACKLASH?
      (IF IT WAS JUST FOR A PHOTO)

  • Ava Monét

    Ok obviously y’all did not read the entire article. The baby was NOT dragged down the aisle. She was PLACED there for the picture which was probably for a brief moment. And I think it’s actually a cute picture. Honestly everyone is blowing this out if proportion, the baby was NOT harmed. I’ve seen parents do far worst like I don’t know, carry their babies in their arms WHILE DRIVING. Or prop the bottle with a pillow in the babies mouth. This was nothing, just something different, stop judging and move on with life people….

  • Bob

    These ‘parents’ WERE arrested and charged, right?!? And the child permanently REMOVED from their care? These ‘parents’ should never be allowed near a child again. That’s the height of stupidity.

  • KS

    Rather bizarre and not something I would ever think of doing. Probably not the safest way to incorporate your baby into your wedding, but the baby is apparently okay, and for all the “could have” bad things, they thankfully DIDN’T happen. I’ve seen several weddings where the couple’s baby was part of the ceremony, and they all involved someone CARRYING the infant, but whatever, I guess everybody’s different. Best wishes to the newly married couple

  • Seda Hoeller

    I think the bride, (or bride and bridegroom) just made a poor judgement in terms of trying to make a sort of “family first” fashion statement. Sadly, something like this – posted on social media and going viral will haunt them forever. I can understand what they were trying to say, but perhaps the medium was not right for the message that they were trying to get across in that what they did has the appearance, at least, of disregard for, and of putting the infant in danger.

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