Some people walk down the aisle and some people roll – if you’re one of the latter people, you might just want to see pictures of brides and grooms who look a little more like you. That was my reasoning when I went looking for photos of disabled (differently-abled?) brides and grooms – specifically those in wheelchairs. As I usually do, I figured it would be a walk in the park, but you’ll remember my usual rule: I want to find great, or at least good wedding photographs featuring brides and grooms in wheelchairs. Not, you know, some grainy, scanned in snapshot taken 30 years ago.
Turns out it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be – when is it ever? – to find beautiful photographs of brides, grooms, bridesmaids, and groomsmen in wheelchairs. But I did find some:
It’s not always easy for a bride-to-be who’s in a wheelchair to find an accommodating reception venue or the perfect wedding dress, but it can be done! Katie Kirkpatrick Godwin did it while battling the cancer that ultimately took her life. (Note: Not safe for people who cry easily.)
If the wheelchair is going to be in the wedding anyway, why not decorate it? While searching for images for this post, I found many, many pics of wheelchairs that had been given a bit of flair with everything from tulle to signs to floral garlands. I also read about one Belgian bride who had a train made specifically for her wheelchair because she wanted a train and why shouldn’t she have one? (Image via Eron)
What bummed me out a bit was that while I saw some photos of brides and grooms in wheelchairs, I saw hardly any photos of bridesmaids and groomsmen in wheelchairs. Is it because weddings ceremonies can involve a lot of standing? I think if I’d had a good friend in a wheelchair who I wanted in my wedding party and it turned out she was uncomfortable with the idea of being seated while everyone else stood, I’d just sit everyone down. Problem solved. The bridesmaid above is Lianne, and she and her family are in the formal-wear business.
This is the sole picture of a groomsmen in a wheelchair that I could find (thanks to the amazing talent at Whitney Lee Photography) – if you don’t count all of the ridiculous photos of the males of the wedding party having wheelchair races or posing in wheelchairs. Which I didn’t, even though some of the pics were quite good.
I do realize that some people feel uncomfortable around the disabled or around medical equipment in general, so in case anyone was thinking that a wedding involving one or more people in wheelchairs would be somehow different than the usual sort of wedding, here’s a link to a gorgeous bride and her gorgeous wedding. I guess it was different than the usual wedding… in that it was nicer. Def cooler than my wedding! (Also, she has some great advice for those brides-to-be wondering how to pair wheelchairs and weddings.)