A woman left paralyzed after a horrific car accident surprised guests at her wedding to walk down the aisle.
Grace McGowan, 27, from Dorset, married fiance Nick Capaldi five years after she was left in a wheelchair.
But she didn't stop her disability from making her dream of walking down the aisle a reality, and used a special exoskeleton device that was attached to her legs so she could stand up straight and walk on her wedding day.
Her mother Helen revealed the emotional moment of leaving guests in tears during the ceremony and said: “She really had to struggle, but they did it between her and her brother who was behind her. Everyone was crying. & # 39;
Grace McGowan, 27, from Dorset, walked down the aisle on her wedding day to meet groom Nick Capaldi, five years after she was paralyzed. pictured
The guests at the wedding in Sherborne, Dorset, were not told beforehand that Grace would find her own way to the altar.
It provided an emotional viewing experience for her friends and family when her mother and brother helped the rugby player in the wheelchair down the aisle.
The heartwarming moment was made possible with a device known as & # 39; ReWalk & # 39 ;.
The robot system works by detecting and improving movement, so that people with disabilities can walk.
& # 39; Walking down the aisle was something that I thought was lost to me when I had the car accident, but in 2015 I was very lucky to get the chance to try an exoskeleton and I found the one who worked for me, the Re-Walk, Grace said.
& # 39; Everyone has different priorities and I am not ashamed of my handicap, but walking down the aisle was something I wanted to do personally.
& # 39; We rented the machine at home for four months in advance and Nick taught me to walk. & # 39;
She explained: & # 39; He then had to train my brother Alex to walk me while he took me down the aisle. & # 39;
Grace said it had always been a dream to walk down the aisle, and had trained months before to use the device
& # 39; Alex learned how to do it in literally two hours, that's the whole time we had it. Many people do everything to make me a reality and I would like to have the effect of making exoskeletons more widely available to anyone who wants to use one. & # 39;
Her mother, Helen, said Grace & # 39; s determination to come down the aisle was one of the highlights of the day.
& # 39; Grace was determined to walk down the aisle using a ReWalk, & # 39; she explained. & # 39; She insisted, I didn't think she could do it, it was a long way for her. & # 39;
& # 39; She really had to struggle, but between her and her brother who was behind her, they did it. Everyone was crying.
Grace & # 39; s (photo) wedding guests remained in tears over the incredible achievement, with her mother saying she & # 39; very proud & # 39; was on her daughter's performance
& # 39; I was extremely proud of all my children, I am a very proud mom. & # 39;
The newlyweds actually met through an unusual turn of fate. After having sustained her spinal cord injury, Grace looked to buy a bungalow in Dorchester, which was converted into accessible accommodation.
But she knew little that the owner would later become her mother-in-law.
The couple could have got along very well during the sales process and eventually Grace met her son on the dating app Plenty of Fish.
Grace added: & # 39; It turned out that his parents were the people with whom I bought the house through a happy coincidence.
& # 39; I had no idea then. Nick didn't really tell her he met me. He said he was dating someone when he showed her photos and she said, "Oh my god, that's Grace!"
& # 39; We then went to her house to surprise her, she was really happy and excited. & # 39;
The couple met through the Plenty of Fish dating app, with Nick Grace helping with training using the equipment so she could walk down the aisle (pictured together)
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