Bride stuns groom by leaving wheelchair behind to walk down aisle

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A bride has given her husband-to-be the biggest surprise on their wedding day.

Chelsie Hill, from Los Angeles, uses a wheelchair however for her big day in September she proudly walked down the aisle to the utter amazement of groom Jay Bloomfield.

Chelsie Hill and Jay Bloomfield on their wedding day. Photo: Asha Bailey Photography.
Groom Jay Bloomfield (left) was overcome after seeing his bride Chelsie Hill, who uses a wheelchair, walking down the aisle. Photo: Asha Bailey Photography.

Chelsie, 29, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that, while she was nervous, seeing Jay's gobsmacked expression made it all worth it.

"When our usher at the wedding asked for everyone to turn around and not look, I was so nervous and when I stood up and Jay turned around, he about dropped on the floor," she says.

"I was so nervous but we locked eyes and I just felt so connected to him at that point, when I was halfway down and it got really hard and I wanted to sit down I kept looking at Jay and I pulled through," she adds.

Chelsie was paralysed from the waist down in a car accident in 2010 but was determined to stand 'eye to eye' with her hubby when they said 'I do'.


Newlywed couple Chelsie Hill and Jay Bloomfield. Photo: Instagram/chelsiehill.
Newlywed couple Chelsie Hill and Jay Bloomfield. Photo: Instagram/chelsiehill.

"I get butterflies still," she says while recalling the unforgettable day. "It was such a big moment that I anticipated for so long.

"I always dreamed of walking down the aisle but when I was first injured, I thought that would be taken away from me." With technology and lots of time in the gym, I was able to strengthen my upper body to hold myself up.

To help make her dream a reality, the bride wore leg braces and used a walker. She also spent 'lots of time in the gym' in order to strengthen her upper body so she could hold herself up.

Chelsie's biggest support came from her dad, who was by her side the entire way up to Jay, 34, at the altar.

"My dad and I have talked about this moment forever," Chelsie gushed on Instagram. "He’s always had his tough guy face on trying to keep it together but he’s always been my big teddy bear.

"Walking with my dad down the aisle was so special, every step, every breath, I didn’t take it for granted whatsoever. I’ll never forget this moment with my daddy."

Chelsie's followers were overcome by the sweet video of the father-daughter duo, with one writing in the comments, "I just cried a little".

"So beautiful," wrote another, while a third added, "Love this".

Over on TikTok, wedding photographer Asha Bailey shared her own photo slideshow of the gorgeous nuptials as well as Jay's emotional reaction to seeing his stunning bride.

"[Chelsie] said she dreamed of the day she’d look her husband in the eye on their wedding day, and she did that," Asha wrote in the caption.

Later in the evening, Chelsie, who founded the wheelchair dance squad the Rollettes, was also standing for her first dance with Jay.

Then it was time for the father-daughter duo to regroup for a fully-choreographed dance routine that brought the house down.

"As a dancer, I'm really proud of the father-daughter dance," Chelsie tells Yahoo Lifestyle. "And the surprise dance I did for Jay — I loved everyone's reactions to it."

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