A bride who was paralyzed from the waist down went down the aisle during her wedding, and the experience was captured on video. Chelsie Hill was a high school student and dancer before she was paralyzed from the waist down in a vehicle accident when she was 17, an occurrence that meant she would never walk again!
Aged 29, Chelsie married Jay Bloomfield, 34, and surprised him by walking down the aisle. In order to do this, Chelsie wore leg braces under a specially made white dress and walked with a frame.
“I want to stress that there’s nothing wrong with sitting down in your chair. But for me growing up, I always imagined myself walking down the aisle. And I just wanted to feel that — not that my disability has taken anything away from me — but I just wanted to feel that heart to heart and stand up there eye to eye with him. That was just really something really important to me personally.”
“After my accident, I wasn’t sure if I would ever find someone who truly loved all of me. You have accepted me fully, honored me, and adored all the parts of me. For this moment today, I wanted to do something I had always dreamed of. Stand eye to eye with you as we promise our lives to each other.”
Chelsie has long advocated for disabled people, using her love of dancing to inspire. In 2012, she founded Rollettes, a wheelchair dance group in Los Angeles, which brings together disabled people and wheelchair users to get involved in dance and movement.