Hannah, 23, and Stuart Patterson, 25, had long dreamed of their wedding day. The two met in their home country of Northern Ireland when they were just teenagers, and they planned to get married in a beautiful ceremony in August 2016.
But five weeks before the wedding, a car accident left Hannah in a wheelchair. She reportedly broke her pelvis, punctured her lung, and broke her ribs. Doctors told Hannah she’d be able to make a full recovery, but it would take months—meaning she’d still be in pain from her injuries and in a wheelchair on the date of her wedding.
Hannah quickly realized her walk down the aisle wouldn’t go the way she had envisioned. But that didn’t keep her from enjoying her big day. Her father wheeled her halfway down the aisle, and her groom carried her the rest of the way—creating a moment that touched every guest who’d come to celebrate the couple’s happily ever after.
“Obviously, being in the wheelchair and not able to walk was very upsetting for me on my wedding day,” Hannah told ABC. “But I had cried at the rehearsal so I didn’t cry on the day.”
And even though she stayed seated for much of the ceremony, she was determined to stand for one part: her vows. She balanced on one leg and leaned on Stuart as she recited them, and her inner strength helped her persevere. “It was hard on me to stand for that long—even with Stuart holding me up,” Hannah said.
She’s now making a slow recovery, and she’s able to walk with a cane at home. She’s thankful to have her new husband next to her every step of the way. “Stuart has never left my side during all of this,” she said. “I know it has been hard on him to see me like this, but he was strong for both of us.”
Watch the touching video from the ceremony below.