Wheelchair-users get married everyday (despite most able-bodied people being shocked).
No, we are not damaged goods; we are some of the most precious cargo around. What’s important is the love that’s shared between two people, not the car you drive.
These two wheelchair wedding videos – one giving advice on planning a wedding if you use a wheelchair, the other showing the coolest first dance I’ve ever seen a wheelchair-user do – prove just how awesome our weddings can still be.
And what I love about these videos is that they’re not about a bride or groom walking down the aisle, the media‘s favorite subject of late (we get it already; people feel cooler when they walk!).
The second video is titled, “A Perfect Wedding Dance – Bride in a Wheelchair” (courtesy of “Shake It” by Metromix) and it shows the coolest first dance I never seen a wheelchair-user do.
The bride Angie is a paraplegic and she hired a choreography company (that specializes in first dances) to create the first dance for herself and able-bodied groom.
From start to finish, the routine is flawless. It’s an up-tempo song (hip-hop) and she even throws a cute kick in there at the end. You gotta watch it. Read this entry
Last night, the Southern version of the hot wedding dress reality show, Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta, featured a bride in a wheelchair – a woman who was shot by a stray bullet only five months before.
As a wheelchair-user myself, I love it when women in wheelchairs get married. But is it really THAT big of a deal if they do? Why the abundant recent news coverage over the “paralyzed bachelorette?” Is it a masked pity fest? Read my blog
An inaccessible bridal shop in Michigan has gone so far as to ban wheelchairs from their dressing rooms, worried the wheels may damage the dresses. Stephanie Nash, a wheelchair-user, and her cohorts are calling this shop out on their bullshit, and for good reason. Read the rest
Rachelle Friedman, a 24 year old woman from Virginia, has shown nothing but strength and class since a prank at her bachelorette party last May resulted in paralysis.
For my entry on the Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta episode on Lauren Garcia that aired 3/2/12 click here
Amazing $4,000 (and over) wedding gowns are standard fare on Say Yes to the Dress, the hugely popular wedding dress shopping reality show. And Kelley Brooks, a gorgeous paraplegic from Tennessee, was the first wheelchair-using bride to be featured on the show.
Sometimes it’s not the brides who are crazy, but the industry itself. Follow my friend Melissa’s wedding adventures as she manuevers her way through the wedding planning industry, making sure her Cerebral Palsy is nothing more than an inconsequential detail. Her blog: Disability and I Do