"I, William Etheridge, take you, Christine Madison, to be my lawfully wedded wife, my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward

I met William at a party a few years ago.

His green eyes stared into mine as he began his vows in his usual soft voice, his words with just a sprinkling of the Southern drawl that gave him part of his charm. He looked perfect in classic black and white, his blonde hair neatly combed. He was a dream to behold, soft and well spoken, successful and handsome, the husband of every sane woman's fantasy.

"In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow."

The irony of our meeting was David, my boyfriend at the time, was William's best friend.

"I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

So the assumption everyone made when I began dating him was that David and I had fallen out of love and then like lightning, I had fallen in love with William.

"Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you, For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay."

If only the situation had been so easy.

"Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God."

People say marriage should never be for anything other than love and this marriage is made from nothing other than love.

"And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried."

But my love isn't for who it should be.

"May the Lord do with me and more if anything but death parts you from me."

I know ever telling these things to the person who is currently dedicating his life to me could destroy him.

William smiled as he finished the vows I know he had been practicing for months.

I know I have destroyed something sacred with my false vows.

The reverend folded his hands together before reciting the five closing words.

I know one day, the new life I am about to begin will crumble beneath me.

"You may kiss the bride."

I know I could never convince myself that he is my soul-mate because I have known my true love and have also said goodbye to him.

As we kissed, the previously silent church erupted in applause.

I know I married a stranger because his best friend would not do the same for me.