Courtney Hope is a Phoenix rising from the ashes of her iconic red wedding dress

Darcy Rafter November 11, 2022
Courtney Hope is a Phoenix rising from the ashes of her iconic red wedding dress
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The Young And The Restless’ Courtney Hope is a Phoenix rising from the ashes as she shares throwback pictures of her iconic red wedding dress.

Hope has taken the time to reflect on the special day that she described as “the beginning of the end” as she starts to reclaim herself, her identity, and her future.

Courtney Hope launched onto daytime soap viewers’ television screens as the great-niece of The Bold and The Beautiful’s legendary namesake Sally Spectra. Sally was set to revitalize Spectra Fashions with her iconic style and it appears the actress shares her character’s passion for fashion.

Courtney shared photos from her wedding with General Hospital‘s Chad Duell (Michael) on what would have been their one-year anniversary.

Courtney Hope is a Phoenix rising from the ashes

Hope and Duell tied the knot on Saturday, October 23, 2021, in Malibu. They had a gothic, victorian, and steampunk-themed wedding; the bride and groom both wore red and Hope’s dress and veil were simply stunning. However, their marriage only lasted a couple of months as they made the private decision to split.

Hope is now ready to talk about her past and in a one-year reflection post, Hope shared photos of herself on her wedding day. Sally Spectra’s portrayer opened up to fans about what has happened since her marriage came crashing down.

The actress is a massive Harry Potter fan and decided to quote Professor Dumbledore’s speech on a phoenix. Hope used the description of the mythical, immortal birds that burst into flames when it dies and is reborn from the ashes; to mirror the process she has been through over the past year. Hope’s inspiring post revealed she: “turned inward to look deeply at the wounds.”

Hope shared in her Instagram caption: “Fawkes is a phoenix, Harry. Phoenixes burst into flame when it is time for them to die and are reborn from the ashes. Watch him…
“It’s a shame you had to see him on a Burning Day. He’s really very handsome most of the time, wonderful red and gold plumage. Fascinating creatures, phoenixes. They can carry immensely heavy loads, their tears have healing powers…” – Dumbledore

Courtney Hope reminisces on her iconic red wedding dress

Courtney shared in the Instagram slides: “One year ago,” she starts, “I was getting ready for what I thought would be one of the biggest dreams come true of my life. Little did I know it was the beginning of the end. I’m not going into details, because honestly, it’s nobody else’s business but the parties involved.”

Hope has clearly taken a lot of time to free herself of any resentment or anger towards the situation, in fact, she has forecast optimism. Writing that her relationship was a big life lesson and “one of the greatest, albeit testing at times, half a decade of my life. A love that was built through memories, patience, adventure, lessons, challenges, and laughter.” Hope admits that whilst her love with Duel “did not stand the test of time” the experience will still “forever hold a place in my heart because it changed me.”

Hope then revealed that she spent the last year, “scraping herself off of the floor time” and then “walking out in the world trying to seem ‘OK.’ Hope recalls having to pick herself up again after the crushing heartbreak and she dedicated the post to everyone who’s been through similar things, learned the hard way, and had to keep moving forward: “I’ve lived the life of a Phoenix this last year,” Hope continues, “and it was far less majestic than I had previously believed it to be.”

Courtney Hope feels optimistic about the heart-breaking experience

Hope then revealed whilst it was painful and infuriating, it was also “powerful, enlightening, cathartic, grounding,” she even described the experience as her “greatest teacher.” Another positive she has taken from the heartbreak is that her relationship with herself, is stronger than ever, “and for the first time in my life, I know that I fully, unshakably, have my own back.”

Although, Hope admits that she is “still picking up the pieces” yet she concludes, “where I’m at greatly surpasses anywhere I’ve ever been before.”

Hope looks into the future with positivity, although it’s not where she imagined she would be. However, the actress concludes: I’m at peace with it and I’m thankful for where I’m headed next.”

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.