WATCH: Paraplegic Veteran Stuns Bride With Wedding Dance

An Afghanistan veteran confined to a wheelchair wanted to make his wedding day special, and it’s safe to say he succeeded. Sgt. Joey Johnson surprised his wife at their wedding reception by rigging himself up so the two could enjoy their first dance, wheelchair-free.

The video destroyed us.


Johnson, 27, suffered a spinal injury in a motorcycle accident just four months after meeting his now-wife Michelle. Johnson, who rode motorcycles after returning from combat to cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder, became a paraplegic.

Michelle stayed with him, and the two were married on June 28, 2014. Johnson and his friends worked to prepare a system that could help him stand and dance up to the big day.


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

The day of the wedding, Michelle took a break in her bridal suite after cutting the cake at the reception. When she returned for the first dance, she saw her husband standing in wait for her. See how the first dance went above.