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Bride presents ‘proof of virginity’ on her wedding day

Published: Monday, October 26, 2015 @ 1:32 PM
Updated: Monday, October 26, 2015 @ 1:32 PM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

When Breyln Bowman was 13, she decided she would save herself until marriage. She even promised her pastor father, Dr. Mike Freeman, that she would maintain her purity.

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Nine years later, Bowman has tied the knot and is now a married woman. In a ceremony held on Oct. 10, Brelyn married her best friend, Tim Bowman, after dating for three years. But at the wedding, the bride did something unexpected.

She presented a certificate of purity to her father.

The certificate reads:

“On the 10th of May 2006, I, Brelyn Freeman, made a vow to glorify God in my body and spirit which are God’s because I have been bought with a price (Jesus). I have kept this commitment and present this certificate to my father Dr. Michael A. Freeman to show him I have honored God and my earthly father in my body by maintaining my purity.”

The certificate was signed by Brelyn's gynecologist.

Brelyn and members of her family posted photos and messages on social media about the certificate, garnering tons of comments on the posts.

Who knew that a pic like this would get so much negativity but a natural man will not understand things of the Spirit for they are foolishness to them!!! #meetthebowmans #readyourbible #prayingforyou

A photo posted by @drmikefreeman on

“Who knew that a pic like this would get so much negativity,” her father wrote.

Some commenters have praised Brelyn for waiting, and others have criticized the public posting of what they say should have been a private moment.

Apparently some people on social media are trying to decide if they like or don't like my commitment of waiting/presenting a certificate to my dad. I started to want to explain/go in depth then I looked to my right my husband is swimming in the pool. I looked ahead & saw the Indian Ocean. So while they're deciding I'll enjoy the promises of God for my life!  #MeetTheBowmans #livingmybestdays #mychoicemylife #goodlife

A photo posted by Brelyn Bowman (@brefree) on

The newlyweds have used the media attention they’ve received as a platform to promote their values of waiting until marriage.