(NEWSER) – Michelle Johnson is a wedding planner outside of Indianapolis, but she had nothing to do with the biggest surprise at her own June wedding. Sgt. Joey Johnson—an Afghanistan war veteran who lost all feeling below his chest after a 2012 motorcycle accident just four months after he met Michelle—wanted to make their big day extra special, ABC7 reports. So he recruited pals to help him build a device that would allow him to ditch his wheelchair and stand up for their first dance as husband and wife.
After they cut the cake, her mom and his mom made Michelle take a break in the bridal suite, and when she came back out, Joey was standing on the dance floor. "Everyone was crying in the room," she tells ABC. "It was so amazing to be eye to eye with him again, and such a dream come true."