There are thousands of wheelchair users around the globe that have had beautiful weddings. We're talking beautiful, artfully, well thought-out weddings with a wheelchair brought into the photograph, or wedding, perfectly. Some of these wedding photos have gone viral, but there are many more that have gone unnoticed by the masses.
Below are five weddings of wheelchair-users that are some of the best we've seen, from weddings of couples you’ve likely heard of to a few that will not only be new to you, but will surely inspire you. Read on for all of the love!
5. Olya & Vov Kuznets
What wheelchair? A couple that seems to have fallen in love right away after meeting, Olya and Vov, paraplegics from Moscow, Russia, were married a little over a year ago around a year after meeting, and their wedding was an explosion of blue, set in the background of a green Russian summer. They also released doves at the end of their ceremony.
It also doesn't hurt that Olya is a photographer, which means she has an eye for making all things beautiful (even though she wasn't the official photographer for their wedding). Visit her Instagram and scroll back about a year ago to see more photos of their dreamy blue wedding.
4. Misti & Kent Stephenson
Some wheelchair-users would love to stand at their wedding, and this is exactly what Kent Stephenson did, a T5-6 paraplegic from Texas who was paralyzed in 2009 in a motocross accident. He and his fiancée Misti had met a year before his injury. Three years after his injury, Kent was lucky enough to have an epidural stimulator implanted into his spinal cord through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which allowed him to stand at his wedding.
The stimulator may have allowed him to stand years after being paralyzed, but he still needed a little help at their ceremony in March, 2016. Kent also used a custom designed standing frame that helped him to dance at his reception and he used an Action TrackChair wheelchair that allowed him to stand and be mobile simulataneously. You can see more photos from their wedding on The Knot.
3. Jocelyn & Michael Franciscus
Jocelyn Franciscus, a C6 quadriplegic from Perth, Australia, was an occupational therapist before breaking her neck in a car accident in 2010. Her boyfriend Michael proposed to her while she was in the hospital on her 30th birthday, and she said yes of course. Jocelyn decided to go with a vintage theme, and you can see that her wheelchair is absent.
She was determined not to sit in her wheelchair during the ceremony, so Jocelyn came up with a clever idea of sitting on a vintage couch. They were also married in the backyard of their new Art-deco home. The couple now has a baby girl, Myla, and are doing wonderfully. You can see more photos of their wedding from the Wedding Chicks.
2. Carolyn & Jeff
Hailing from California, Jeff and Carolyn may go down in history as one of the most memorable weddings we've seen a wheelchair-user be part of. Jeff, a paraplegic and Air Force veteran, is also a Star Wars fanatic. He absolutely wanted to work his love of the film into their wedding, and Carolyn agreed. That is true love.
They were married in 2012 in Escondido, California at a brewery & gardens and there were Star Wars elements throughout, including an appearance by Darth Vader himself. Weddings should be fun, and this definitely looked like one of the most entertaining weddings ever. You can see more the photos from Ohana Photographers.
1. Anna Claire & Jimbo Waldrup
Longtime high school and college sweethearts, Anna Claire and Jimbo's wedding was nearly put on hold after they were involved in a car accident a month after getting engaged in early 2016. Jimbo was thrown from the car and Anna Claire sustained a C4-6 injury. She was, however, determined not to let her injury prevent them from getting married on their already determined wedding date - October 22, 2016.
The entire staff at the rehab center where she was at, the Shepherd Center, pitched in to help plan the wedding. She says the wedding planning was one of the best things to focus on right after injury, helping her remain positive. The couple now lives in an accessible home and are huge outdoors lovers. She has a degree in pathology, and he’s an 8th grade teacher. See more photos courtesy of Shepherd Center.
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