A New Orleans high school student had the best prom photoshoot the other day, even if her Marine boyfriend wasn't the man standing beside her.
18-year-old Skylar Fontaine was upset to find out that her 19-year-old Marine boyfriend couldn't attend her senior prom. Most girls look forward to getting all dolled up and standing next to their dates while their parents snap a million photos.
Gage Moak is currently 1,000 miles away on the East Coast for training for the Military Occupation Specialty.
The couple has been dating for over a year and met while they were playing soccer. Even though she knew her boyfriend was doing something honorable, she still felt sad knowing she would be alone on an important night.
"I was upset, but at the same time I support him 100 percent, and I’m willing to deal with him being away because he’s the one making the ultimate sacrifice," Fontaine said. "I have been with him through this entire process of becoming a Marine, and that has given us a special bond."
Fontaine is a great girlfriend to continue to support her soldier through such heroic decision to become a Marine. To honor him, she asked Gage's 2-year-old brother Clay to stand next to her during her photo shoot.
She takes an extra step by dressing his baby brother up as a Marine. From the navy blue uniform all the way to the white, dress hat.
My boyfriend is a Marine and isn’t home to take me to my senior prom so his little brother stepped in and took his place. Needless to say, this girl is so happy," Fontaine wrote on Twitter.
Gage and his entire family were over the moon by the pictures. He felt truly honored and supported by his girlfriend.
"I received so much amazing feedback from our friends and family," Fontaine said. "I didn't actually bring him to prom, we just took pictures together then my friends and I headed out!"
Sadly, Fontaine received some negative and "disgusting" comments about her pictures. She is saddened by thousands who criticized her.
"It’s been a mixture of emotions, because of the amount of negative and disgusting feedback I have gotten," Fontaine said. "As an 18-year-old, it’s hard to deal with thousands of people criticizing you at once. People always have a way to try and ruin a cute story with bad comments."
She said that she is trying to focus on the positive comments and what her boyfriend thinks. Fontaine said that they are not sure when Gage will be returning home; she thinks it might not be until August.
"I have only been able to see him ten days out of the past five months. It’s a new experience to us but we are dealing with it," she said.
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