We have the privilege of interviewing Brittany, from Texas, about her experience as a bride in a wheelchair. Welcome!
1. Can you tell readers a bit about yourself?
Brittany: Yeah, I love good cooking and the pool! I have muscular dystrophy. That means my muscles waste away over time and it’s hard for me to do stuff on my own. My hand grip is not that strong and I need a chest belt to keep me from falling forward. Gravity isn’t my fan, but I’m really great in the water as an expert at the Brittany paddle!
2. Can you share your love story and how you got there?
Brittany: I was at a church function with my sister and she noticed Glenn smiling at me. She told me to go talk to him, but I wasn’t into dating or wanted to be interested in anyone. The next time I saw him at church, he came over and we talked. He always kept coming over and talking to me. We started to hang out and months later, at church for New Year’s Eve party, he had someone stop the music, and asked in front of everyone if I’d marry him. I was so excited, but I was also nervous and later asked him, “Are you sure? Sure you can handle all of the struggles my disability comes with?” And he said, “I want to take you and everything that you come with. I want to marry you.”
3. What was the wedding planning like?
Brittany: It was simple and low key with about 60 people. We did it at the church. I borrowed a dress from a friend. Had flat dress shoes on. I had the pastor walk me down the aisle. It was a bit hard trying to figure out how to hold the flowers and move the joystick, but I made it work and also had a flower holder on the chair. Since I have weak hard muscles, Glenn helped me put his ring on during the ceremony. The one thing I hated was being rushed in everything to get ready. My sister and mom helped, but there was not enough time to get everything done. The best about the wedding was saying our vows to each other.
4. Did you have a great honeymoon?
Brittany: Yeah, it was a lot of fun and I loved spending time with my husband. It was a great to just get away and be with each other.
5. What is the best part about the relationship with your spouse?
Brittany: He is a wonderful man and takes care of me. I cherish his sweetness, kindness, patience, caring nature, and love. He makes me feel pretty even when I doubt myself, and makes me feel secure. He really sees me for who I am, beyond my disability.
6. What advice do you have for other brides in wheelchairs?
Brittany: Don’t be nervous. As long as you have a good man, you’ll have a great day. Take this day and be as beautiful as you want to be.
From the husband:
1. What was it like to fall in love with your wife?
Glenn: I liked spending time with her and each time we hung out, I saw how beautiful she was on the inside. Her heart is so beautiful and that is how I knew she was the one meant for me.
2. In regards to the wedding planning, what do you think was the hardest/most challenging part?
Glenn: Making sure everything was done on time.
3. What was the best part about the wedding?
Glenn: Seeing Brittany’s warm smile as she came down the aisle, and then when we said, “I do.”
4. What do you love most about your wife?
Glenn: Her beautiful heart.