VIDEO: Paralyzed vet surprises new bride by ‘standing’ for first dance


First, watch the video. Then, get a good excuse ready in case somebody sees you starting to tear up. After that, some back story:

The video of Sgt. Joey and Michelle Johnson dancing at their wedding has been online since their summer nuptials, but it gained serious traction recently thanks to an ABC News report about the couple published on Veterans Day.

The groom met his future bride at a country music concert in 2012, a few weeks after returning from a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan, ABC News reported. He injured his spine in a motorcycle wreck in August of that year, Michelle Johnson told ABC, losing all feeling from his chest down and becoming a paraplegic.

He proposed in April 2013. They were married more than a year later, and after the traditional cake-cutting, the bride’s mother and mother-in-law suggested she take a short rest in the bridal suite.

“I kind of knew something was going on, but I really never knew what was to come,” she told ABC.

The groom and his friends had constructed a rig to allow for the dance, to the tune of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

The wedding photographer caught the bride’s moment of surprise and joy here. For more from the wedding album, including the dance, go here.


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