WEDDINGS
11/12/2014 07:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Veteran Groom, Paralyzed In Motorcycle Accident, Surprises Bride With Wedding Dance

Sgt. Joey Johnson has used a wheelchair since August 2012 when he was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident following a 10-month tour in Afghanistan.

But at his June 2014 wedding to Michelle Johnson, he surprised his beautiful bride by standing for the first time since the crash during their first dance.

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After returning from Afghanistan in 2012, Joey suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Looking for a rush, he took up motorcycle riding, according to his wife. Just four months after meeting Michelle at a country music concert, he got into an accident that paralyzed him from the chest down.

Without Michelle's knowledge, Joey's friends created a special harness for him to wear at the wedding, which made the couple's first dance to "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri possible.

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"If you know Joey, he cannot keep a secret," Michelle told ABC News. "But he made my dreams come true and I never knew how special our day would really be.

The bride said there was nary a dry eye in the place during the emotional dance.

"Everyone was crying in the room," she said. "It was so amazing to be eye to eye with him again and such a dream come true."

Check out some more photos from the wedding below. For more on this couple's touching love story, head over to ABC News.

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