Love & Loyalty for Rachelle Friedman and Chris Chapman

Many of you might remember the heartbreaking story of Rachelle Friedman, a bride in North Carolina, who was playfully pushed into a pool during her bachelorette party last year. The accident happened just a month before her wedding, and resulted in paralyzation and severe emotional trauma for herself and everyone involved in the accident.  The couple reported that they were putting the wedding on hold to recover, and that they would certainly still marry one day.

That day will arrive on Friday for Rachelle and her groom, Chris Chapman.  Her father will be pushing her down the aisle in a wheelchair, and she will wear the same gown she intended to wear last year.  Chris is a middle school teacher, and has shown nothing but devotion to his bride.  The two had been together for five years before the accident.  Chris said, “It was not, `What am I going to do?'” he says. “It was, `what are we doing to do?’ … I just didn’t know what to do next. It was one step at a time.”

The two will finally be united in marriage at The Fearrington House in Pittsboro, with a reception in the village barn, surrounded by the bride’s favorite flower, sunflowers.  Both the ceremony and honeymoon in Fiji are being paid for by 1-800-REGISTRY.  Yay for generosity and love! 

Take note, couples:  Rachelle reports that she has one regret about life before the accident.  “I wish we had danced together more because I love dancing so much, and we didn’t do it enough,” she says of her soon-to-be husband. “Looking back, I would have done it every night.”

View their wedding website here: