It's the moment Rebekah Gregory once thought might never happen: walking down the aisle on her wedding day just one year after her legs were torn apart at the Boston Marathon bombing.
Gregory and her boyfriend, Pete Dimartino were just 10-feet from the first bomb when it detonated near the finish line. They both suffered grievious injuries. The couple underwent many surgeries and months of agonizing physical therapy. But they endured it all, side by side, with Boston-strong courage.
In an exclusive interview with INSIDE EDITION, Gregory said, “I have such a new appreciation for Pete, what he means to me. And I know that there is no one else I would spend my life with.”
Out of the horror of that day came happiness when Pete proposed. The website The Knot selected them as the well-deserving winners of an all expenses paid dream wedding.
INSIDE EDITION was there every step of the way as Gregory tried on wedding dresses. Her legs are still healing and she needs crutches and a wheelchair to get around. But she was determined to make it down the aisle on her own.
“I don't know how I'm getting down the aisle, but whether I'm going to hop or wheel or whatever, it's the groom that matters to me. I will get there,” she said.
Over the weekend, at the majestic Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, her wish came true. With a brace hidden under her dress and a little help from her dad, she was able to make it down the aisle. Dimartino, who is still recovering, wore sneakers under his tuxedo as he waltzed with his bride for their first dance as husband and wife.
At the reception, Gregory toasted her guests and said, "We have a long recovery to go, but with the people who are here in this room we can do it. I'm just so excited to celebrate and love this man so much."
A happy ending to a senseless act of terror that threatened to tear this couple apart, but only brought them closer.