Paraplegic groom stands for 1st dance with wife

Paraplegic groom stands for 1st dance with wife
Everyone but the bride knew about the first dance surprise. (Photo source: LinneaLiz Photography)
Everyone but the bride knew about the first dance surprise. (Photo source: LinneaLiz Photography)
The Johnsons' story went viral this week after their unique first dance was featured by several media outlets on Veterans Day. (Photo source: LinneaLiz Photography)
The Johnsons' story went viral this week after their unique first dance was featured by several media outlets on Veterans Day. (Photo source: LinneaLiz Photography)

NOBLESVILLE, IN (WLOX) - Sgt. Joey Johnson just wanted to dance cheek-to-cheek with his wife on their wedding day. The simple gesture becomes a lot more complicated when you're in a wheelchair. But with a little help from his friends, Joey swept his bride off her feet, and is now touching hearts across the internet.

Joey served in Afghanistan, but that's not where he was injured. Four months after meeting his wife Michelle, Joey was injured in a motorcycle accident that left him a paraplegic. Despite the tragedy, the couple's love only grew, and this summer they tied the knot.

Michelle works as a wedding planner, so she knew every detail of the big day, except one. Joey was planning a surprise for their first dance. After getting the bride out of the room for a minute, the military groomsmen hoisted Joey into the air through a harness system.

Jennifer Davis with LinneaLiz Photography said when Michelle walked back in, the whole room was quiet. She had no idea what was happening, until she laid eyes on her husband.

"She saw Joey standing and she had a giant smile on her face which quickly turned to tears. Everyone was in tears," Davis recalled. "Joey had been planning the dance for months and having his military groomsman literally supporting him added even more to the emotion in the room. The dance was a beautiful moment to not only capture but to experience."

The Johnsons' story went viral this week after their unique first dance was featured by several media outlets on Veterans Day.

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