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Groom carries injured Northern Ireland bride up the aisle in Canada

By Steven Alexander

Published 11/10/2016

Stuart Patterson carries bride Hannah to the altar
Stuart Patterson carries bride Hannah to the altar

A Northern Ireland groom lifted his bride-to-be from her wheelchair and carried her down the aisle in Canada after she was injured in a serious car accident just weeks before the big day.

Last night, Hannah Patterson told the Belfast Telegraph of her determination not to let her devastating injuries ruin her big day.

The wedding took place in August, but footage and photos have only just been posted online.

In moving scenes, Hannah (23), from Sixmilecross in Co Tyrone, was wheeled through a grove of trees to the outdoor service by her father Paul, before her fiance Stuart (25) from Fivemiletown tenderly scooped her out of the wheelchair.

The ceremony was also recorded by Emily Harris, who posted a video clip to Vimeo showing the bride preparing for the ceremony, with the wheelchair in place outside.

After being buttoned up into her glittering gown, she heads to the ceremony at Cranberry Creek Gardens in Delhi, Ontario.

Brave Hannah (nee Kyle) had broken her pelvis in July, leaving her needing to use a wheelchair.

But the very next month the former Omagh Academy student was married to the childhood sweetheart she had met in Sunday School.

They met when Hannah was 15 and Stuart was 17, and she thought that her big day could be wrecked by the accident that left her distraught.

"I was very upset and thought my day was going to be ruined," she said last night.

"I suffered a lot of injuries and was in a lot of pain, but moving the wedding never crossed my mind.

"Our families were flying over for the wedding from Northern Ireland.

"Having the wedding gave me something to fight for."

Hannah said her dad was so proud of her, but added: "It was hard for him seeing me in the wheelchair on my wedding day."

Hannah said she's now "doing better, having a slow recovery, but its going in the right direction".

After Stuart picked her up, he slowly carried her to the altar in his arms, captured on camera in a tearjerking video.

Hannah said: "I was obviously very nervous and I'm guessing he was too. When Stuart came to get me, he said, 'You look stunning pet'.

"I was telling him how nervous I was and warned him not to rip my dress!"

She added: "My mummy was very overwhelmed with emotion seeing my daddy pushing me in the wheelchair."

The newlyweds had decided to set up home in Canada after Stuart and his family bought a farm there nearly five years ago.

"I went to university and then moved over two years ago to be with Stuart. We did long distance for years," Hannah said. "I miss my family a lot, and we both miss Northern Ireland. We travel home often and each time is very special."

Photographer Sarah Grace from Toronto shared an image from the ceremony on Facebook, saying it was "one of the most moving [ceremonies] I have ever photographed".

"There wasn't a dry eye there," she said last night.

"I was honestly so moved by it - I was stunned and amazed by how in love they are.

"Stuart looked after her the whole day."

She wrote: "Although this bride had been in a terrible car accident five weeks before the wedding day, this couple's love was not going to be stopped.

"After her father wheeled her partway down the aisle, her groom tenderly carried her the rest of the way."

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