Boston Bombing Victims Get Their Dream Wedding
Nearly one year after sustaining severe injuries in the Boston Marathon bombing, Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino took an emotional walk down the aisle.
In 2013, the couple went to Boston to support DiMartino's mom, who was participating in the historic race. They were at the finish line with the bomb exploded, and Gregory broke almost every bone in her foot, leg and ankle while trying to protect her son. Now, 15 surgeries later, she's in a wheelchair and will have her leg amputated later this year. DiMartino lost 90 percent of his Achilles tendon and also broke multiple bones in his foot as well as rupturing his eardrum.
Though the past year has proved to be a struggle, both physically and emotionally, this couple will have their happy ending. Last October, DiMartino surprised Gregory with a proposal. Though they planned on having a small event, TheKnot.com offered to throw them The Knot Dream Wedding, which the company pays for and readers vote to decide every wedding detail, from the cake to the dress. See one of their wedding pictures below:
With the help of celebrity wedding planner Marcy Blum, the couple tied the knot in early April in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Biltmore Estate. In front of 150 of their closest family and friends, Gregory walked down the aisle in a absolutely gorgeous strapless fit-and-flare Sophia Moncelli for Kleinfeld gown.
After a moving ceremony, the wedding moved to an enchanted garden-themed reception that featured romantic rose centerpieces and a cover band that kept everyone on the dance floor.
The newlyweds will spend a few days in the Dominican Republic before heading to Thailand in June for their honeymoon. They seem to look forward to moving on and enjoying married life. Gregory told PEOPLE "Come next year, when we're in the month of April, we're not going to say, 'This is the month we got blown up. We'll say, 'This is the month we got married.'"
Watch their video below (and try not to tear up). Don't they make a handsome couple?
-- Mara Betsch
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