Speaking from a groom’s point of view, there is nothing quite like seeing your bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle. It’s safe to say that the bride looks forward to this once-in-a-lifetime moment just as much, if not more. For Jacquie Goncher, this priceless experience looks much different because she is confined to a wheelchair.
Jacquie suffered a horrific injury at the age of 17 when she jumped into a pool and broke her neck, which left her paralyzed. Jacquie and her family were devastated by the injury, but the young woman wasn't about to let it change who she is. Even though the doctors said that she would never walk again, Jacquie kept her head up and her spirits high and began to thrive, despite her handicap.
Jacquie started attending physical therapy during the week, to help improve her quality of life. Through this process, Jacquie eventually met an amazing man that looked past her wheelchair and saw her for the truly beautiful and remarkable woman that she is. The two started dating and soon they engaged to be married.
The wedding plans commenced, and Jacquie was overjoyed at the prospect of spending the rest of her life with the man that she loves. There is one thing, however, that weighed on Jacquie's mind; her fiancé had never seen her without her wheelchair. So while plans were being made regarding the wedding venue and ceremony, Jacquie devised a private plan of her own.
Through her physical therapy, Jacquie grew stronger each day, but she decided to kick it into high-gear with a singular goal in mind; she was going to prove the doctors wrong and walk. The days were long and hard, often bringing Jacquie to tears. Through all the trials, however, Jacquie kept her future husband’s face in her mind.
After months of preparation and planning, the wedding day arrives, and Jacquie is ready to show the world and, most importantly, her husband what she has accomplished.
As her husband waits at the end of the aisle, Jacquie is wheeled into the church by her mother and father. Jacquie's parents stop at the opposite end of the aisle and give their daughter a kiss of encouragement. Then, with her husband watching in loving disbelief, Jacquie stands up out of her wheelchair and begins walking down the aisle. With tears in his eyes, Jacquie's husband takes her by the hands and embraces her. In front of everyone, they say their vows and share their first kiss as man and wife.
The couple walks back down the aisle, hand-in-hand, and when they arrive at the reception, everyone applauds as the happy couple walks in together. Jacquie inspires everyone at her wedding, to persevere through even the toughest of circumstances. One thing is certain - Jacquie is looking forward to her new life with her husband, standing together, to the end of time!