We love seeing our favorite former Disney stars find their IRL happily-ever-afters — like when Hannah Montana‘s Jason Earles married his longtime love Katie Drysen earlier this year, or when High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu wed fellow Disney alum Sasha Clements in July 2016. This past weekend, we watched another Disney star’s love story unfold, as Sonny With a Chance actress Tiffany Thornton said “I do” for a second time.
Thornton has experienced heartwarming highs and heartbreaking lows over the past few years. After she married her first husband, Chris Carney, in 2011, the couple welcomed two sons into the world, Kenneth James, who was born on August 14, 2012, and Bentley Cash, who made his big arrival on March 1, 2014 — 21 months before Carney was tragically killed in a car accident on December 4, 2015.
Now, nearly two years later, the 31-year-old actress has found love again with Josiah Capaci, a family friend, whom she married in an intimate ceremony on October 7.
Thornton and Capaci — who started dating in January and announced their engagement in April — enjoyed what looks like a picture-perfect wedding to kick off their happily-ever-after together. She took to Instagram to share a few photos from their special day, writing on one, “You are the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I’ll love you forever.”
A lot of fans expressed their happiness for the couple, and for Thornton, specifically. But a few criticized her for remarrying two years after Carney’s death. The bride responded to her critics on Instagram, captioning a picture of herself and her new husband, “This. This is love. That all encompassing, enduring, accepting, near perfect love. The kind that trumps my need to snap back at people who have the audacity to comment on my Instagram about whether I loved my first husband or not. But let me take a moment to explain something to you. There is no timeline for grief.”
She continued, “There are a lot of people who think it isn’t good to be transparent on social media but I say forget that.” She added that her second wedding came with a flood of emotions, and that while she walked down the aisle, “I thought of Chris watching us and knowing he would have loved the choice I made, for me and for the boys. I thought of Chris’s amazing parents sitting front row and how much of a blessing they have been and will forever be in our lives. How happy they are for the boys and I and how much they already love Josiah.”
“When I say ‘Jo is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me,’ that in no way indicates that I didn’t love my first husband with all that I had,” she stated firmly. “How dare any one of you judge me and say that on a social platform… I will always love Chris and Jo knows that. And I will always love Jo. The beautiful thing about love is that it multiplies as new blessings come into your life. I don’t have to share one bucket of love with the special people in my life. Each one has their own bucket. Get it? Isn’t that amazing??”
It certainly sounds amazing. Congratulations to the happy couple!
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