Lovestruck Lauren Wall was so grateful to her mother for paying for the wedding that she had even taken her on her honeymoon.
And while she was glad that her mother and husband were doing so well, it quickly became clear that it could have been a mistake.
Just eight weeks after the £ 15,000 ceremony, her husband Paul White moved – and nine months later her mother Julie gave birth to her son, announcing that she and Paul were now a couple.
Lauren said, “Paul always got along very well with mom. I never thought it was strange, since she was his mother-in-law and he was just friendly.
“They laughed a lot together. I didn’t think I was worried at all. Who would you like?
“I was looking forward to settling for the wedding, but the ink was just dry on our certificate when Paul changed it.
“He went out for hours and became protective on the phone. Four weeks after saying “Yes”, I found out why. “
Lauren’s sister was using Mom Julie’s phone and found that Lauren claims that they were messages between Julie and Paul.
And after privately suffering from the discovery, Lauren eventually expressed her fears.
She said, “Mommy denied everything, saying,” You’re crazy! “When I confronted Paul he turned white as a sheet and refused to show me his phone.”
Days later, Paul took off his wedding ring and went out with his new bride and their seven-month-old daughter.
Although Julie and Paul have always denied having an affair, Lauren said: “I felt like my world was over. I was a 19 year old boy with a child. “
When she heard that the Paul airport worker had moved with her mother, Lauren was amazed.
He said, “I couldn’t believe the two people I loved and trusted the most in the world could betray me in this way.
“He was sick. It’s one of the worst things a mom can do to a daughter.
“Paul may have been a bridegroom, but she is my mom. She is meant to love me and protect me above all others.
“Instead, she stole my husband, shattering my family and dreams. For this, I will never truly forgive her. “
That short-lived dream had started on Valentine’s Day two years earlier, when she and Paul – a year older than her at 18 – had gone on their first date.
Lauren of Twickenham in South West London recalled: “I met him in a local pub – I immediately imagined him.
“He asked for my number and the next day he wrote a message asking to go to a movie date. We started right after. “
The blooming relationship began happily a few months later, when Lauren found herself pregnant.
Their daughter arrived in March 2004 – and the couple later married in August after Paul knelt down to propose.
Recalling the sumptuous ceremony organized with the help of her mother, corporate development manager Lauren said, “Even though we hadn’t planned a family so early, when our daughter was born, we were thrilled.
“Five months later we were getting married in a beautiful church ceremony with friends and family. Mom watched with pride as we exchanged vows.
“He also kicked out £ 15,000 for the occasion. And it was a fairytale wedding: I had the dress of my dreams and Paul was showering me with compliments. “
Lauren, 34, added: “I must have been young and naive because I thought everything was going well.
“He said he wanted to be with me forever.”
The couple went on their honeymoon for a week in Devon – and gratefully took Julie with them.
But within two months, that family harmony was painfully destroyed.
And if losing her husband had been difficult, Lauren had even worse to bear.
A few weeks after hearing rumors that Paul and Julie lived together, she saw her mother walking the street, apparently pregnant.
Lauren said, “When I saw her on the street and noticed that she had a bump, my mind ran. He squeezed his belly and said, “It’s a cyst.” I felt so bad, I went home and destroyed all the photos of our wedding. “
He also began to divorce and rebuild his life.
In July 2005 – nine months after Paul was released – Lauren’s mom Julie had her baby boy.
Lauren couldn’t resist one last jibe.
She admitted: “I sent her a message to say” Did you remove the cyst? “
“He tried to claim that the father was another boy, but I knew the truth. Paul and mom officially announced themselves as a couple that summer and my world crumbled. “
Five years after her marriage to Lauren, Paul was again making marriage vows with Julie.
And that was a new anguish for Lauren’s broken heart – who bravely participated for the sake of her daughter.
A careful attempt followed to build bridges with his mother. Lauren said, “He started it. I left my brother at her house and she got into the car, started crying and said “I’m sorry”.
“I said,” Get out of my car. “He wrote me a letter a couple of weeks later apologizing.
“And that was the beginning of us fixing our relationship.”
It was 2006. It is not surprising that Lauren is still having difficulties. He said: “We would get along, we would have had a massive fall and then we would have gone again.
“I still lift it and make a comment and don’t like it.
“Just because we talked after doesn’t mean I went there. Paul never apologized or tried to apologize to me.
“I talk to him while he’s married to my mom. I asked him first to explain to our daughter and he just says he’s now forgotten.”
When Julie decided to marry Paul, she wanted her daughter to be close. Lauren said, “He called me and invited me. It was embarrassing. I got married on August 14, 2004, they got married on August 15, 2009.
“It was almost too much to bear, but I did it for my daughter.
“I went to see mom marry the same man I had married five years earlier.
“While exchanging vows, it was hard not to think about the day Paul had said the same words to me when Mum had been at my side, the proud mother of the bride.”
Ten years after that second marriage, Lauren is philosophical about how her relationship fell apart.
She still has rare contacts with her mother, who works in childcare and who remains married to her ex-son-in-law.
Lauren herself has been able to move forward and recently found a new partner. Now she is happily pregnant with her fourth child.
But he admits that his path has not been easy. He said: “What happened still has an impact on me and every relationship I’ve had.
“It will give me confidence issues for the rest of my life.
“Time is a great healer and mom and I tried to have a normal relationship. But we will never be as close as we were – and I will never trust her again. “
Speaking from home that he shares with Paul, Julie, 53, said: “We are married. We had no relationship. We are just married. “Paul, now 35, declined to comment.