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Bride Gives Father ‘Certificate of Purity’ Verifying Virginity on Wedding Day

Bride poses with certificate of purityBrelyn Bowman gave her father a "certificate of purity" on her wedding day to prove she was still a virgin. Credit: Mike Freeman/Instagram

Brelyn Freeman (now Bowman) and gospel recording artist Tim Bowman, Jr. let the world know they were virgins on their wedding day.  Officially.

On Saturday, October 10 the two were married with over 3,500 wedding guests in attendance, according to the New York Post. Though the bride was dressed in a stunning sleeveless Vera Wang ball gown and the groom looked suave in a Tom Ford tux, it was not Mrs. Bowman’s wedding dress but her “Certificate of Purity” that caught the attention of social media.

Bowman, whose father is Pastor Mike Freeman of Spirit of Faith Christian Church in Maryland, wanted to prove her virginity before she wed, so she presented her father with a signed “Certificate of Purity” to make her vow of celibacy official.

“I was able to present a certificate of purity to him signed by my doctor that my hymen was still intact,”  Bowman wrote under a photo on her Instagram feed of her and her father dancing.

Her father later shared a photo of the two smiling, holding the certificate of purity together with the caption, “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.”  

Three weeks prior to the wedding, Bowman had shared an image of her wedding invitation where she wrote, “That’s right everyone is invited to our ceremony! How many times have you witnessed two virgins get married?” followed by “If you’re looking for me I’ll be the one in white.”

While the two were honeymooning in Dubai, Bowman took a moment on Instagram to briefly address and set aside the situation.  “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,”  Bowman wrote.   “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 and saw the Indian Ocean.  So while they’re deciding I’ll enjoy the promises of God for my life! #MeetTheBowmans #livingmybestdays #mychoicemylife #goodlife.”

Bowman’s father, who has posted only a little commentary on his daughter’s decision to present him with the Certificate of Purity at the wedding, wrote on Twitter, “A lot of your hate mail will come from those who don’t feel good about who they are. #prayforthem.”  

According to a re-posted Instagram photo by Bowman’s father (originally posted by Tamara Hush of HUSH Boutique), both Mrs. Bowman and Mr. Bowman are scheduled to speak about their wedding and the Certificate of Purity on Fox 5’s Good Day DC on Thursday, October 22.

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Kaitlin Jones
Kaitlin Jones
Kaitlin is an online news writer at The Knot covering viral wedding news. She has a Bachelor’s in English from Plymouth State University. Kaitlin has a passion for news writing and all things Disney.