Friends Help Paralyzed Groom Share First Dance With His Wife
Thanks to them, the couple got to celebrate their love in the best way possible.
A couple's first dance at their wedding can be intimidating. It's usually in front of a room full of people, with cameras snapping photos at breakneck speed. While it's meant to be a sweet moment shared by two people who were just married, the whole thing can feel less than intimate.
For Chance Veazey and his wife Molly, none of that seemed to matter.
The 29-year-old from Tifton, GA and his longtime love tied the knot last month in front of their closest family and friends.
Sadly, in 2009 Veazey was paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident. It was his freshman year at the University of Georgia, and he had just earned a starting spot on the school's baseball team two days earlier. The accident left him unable to walk, run and play the sport he loved.
"I hit the pavement really hard and I crashed into the side of the car," Veazey told CNN. "Laying there on the concrete, I didn't know the severity of my situation."
As he dealt with his injury and adapted to his new way of life, Molly was there to help him through it. They ended up parting ways, but six years later their love brought them back together.
Inspired by a video he saw online of another paralyzed groom dancing with his new wife, he got two of his friends to help him make his first dance with Molly a moment she would remember forever.
Before the music started playing, Veazey used straps to connect his legs to his friends', who were standing on either side of him. Then, when he stood up, he put his arms over the men's shoulders so they could support him as he stood and danced with his new wife.
Molly wrapped her arms around her new husband's neck and rested her head on his shoulder as they swayed along to Céline Dion's "Because You Loved Me."
We're willing to bet there wasn't a dry eye in the room as the couple shared a dance that Molly later described with one word: "magical."
"It was the best moment of my life," Veazey said. "It gave me a sense of pride and fulfillment that I didn't think was possible."
What an incredible story about the power of true friendship. We should all be so lucky to have people who will lift us up when we need it most. Congrats to the newlyweds!