Bride falls in love with bridesmaid at her own wedding and they're now a 'throuple'
It's a simple transaction: you get married and leave with a wife or a husband. This wasn't the case for Karalyn Henry, however, who not only walked away her childhood sweetheart, but also her bridesmaid on her big day.
Speaking to the Daily Star Online, Karalyn revealed that she first realised that she was polyamorous when she was a teenager. But despite being happily engaged to her soulmate, Justin, she quickly realised that something was missing.
The 22-year-old holds her Christian upbringing accountable for keeping her sexuality secret for so long, but before long, she felt compelled to confide in her then-fiancée.
"I brought my worries up with my now husband, and he nonchalantly said, 'Well you can just date a girl on the side," she disclosed to the publication. "My mind was blown - I didn't even think that was a possibility to be honest. "We gave it a go though, and it just worked so perfectly that it stuck to us."
Shortly afterwards, Karalyn started dating women, and ended up striking up a conversation with Lana, who hails from Northern Ireland, online. The first time they met was at the Ohio native's wedding, when Lana walked down the aisle as a bridesmaid.
Karalyn and her now-husband proceeded to start a relationship with Lana shortly after their nuptials.
Initially, it was only supposed to be Karalyn and Lana who were dating on the side, but it quickly became clear that all three had developed feelings for each other.
"When Lana flew over for our wedding, they both developed crushes on each other, and started dating as well," she continued. "That turned us into a regular Poly Triad."
Lana still resides in the UK, but she regularly flies over to visit Karalyn and Justin. When she does, all three of them stay together, and take it in turns to sleep in the middle of the bed, which is apparently "the best spot in a polyamory relationship", according to Karalyn.
"And when she comes back, we have plans to go on dates together and separately," she clarified to the Daily Star Online. "Seeing both of my partners together, holding hands, cuddling - it's adorable, and I'm just so happy to see them so happy!"
"I don't know if I could go back to being monogamous - polyamory just works so well for us," she added.
And while Karalyn says that she's happier than ever before, she does often receive criticism online, with people accusing her of being unfaithful to her husband.
Ultimately, however, the throuple have received an overwhelming amount of support from their family members, with Karalyn detailing that Justin's family have not only accepted Lana, but fallen in love with her too.
If it works, it works, I guess.