Chelsie Hill is a wheelchair user and the founder of a wheelchair dance team called the Rollettes.
Hill surprised her husband, Jay Bloomfield, by walking down the aisle at their wedding.
Her wedding dress had a removable skirt that allowed her to walk and use her wheelchair with ease.
Jay Bloomfield “hates” surprises, as his wife, Chelsie Hill, told Insider.
But that didn’t stop her from planning a major surprise for him on their wedding day.
Hill, who uses a wheelchair, planned to walk down the aisle on the day they said ‘I do.’
Hill knew she wanted to walk down the aisle at her wedding
Hill, 29, has been paralyzed from the waist down since 2010, as she shared in an Instagram post in January.
Since then, she became the CEO and founder of the Rollettes, an LA-based wheelchair dance team. She is also an advocate for wheelchair users and has over 167,000 Instagram followers.
She has been with Bloomfield, 34, since 2014.
Hill told Insider she had always dreamed of walking down the aisle on her wedding day.
“I want to stress that there’s nothing wrong with sitting down in your chair,” Hill said. “But for me growing up, I always imagined myself walking down the aisle.”
“And I just wanted to feel that — not that my disability has taken anything away from me — but I just wanted to feel that heart to heart and stand up there eye to eye with him,” she added. “That was just really something really important to me personally.”
She used leg braces and a walker to make her dream a reality.
Her custom Galia Lahav wedding dress had a removable skirt that made transitioning from standing to sitting easier.
Hill said Bloomfield’s jaw dropped when he saw her walking
Hill arranged it so that Bloomfield, 34, had his back turned to the aisle before she entered the ceremony.
He turned around to see his bride-to-be walking with her father.
“As soon as I saw Jay, his jaw dropped,” Hill said.
“He was just in shock that I was walking because he had no idea,” she added.
Their wedding photographer, Asha Bailey, made a TikTok that captured Bloomfield’s reaction.
Hill told Insider that walking down the aisle was one of her favorite moments of the day.
“I just felt like that whole time our souls were locked in on each other,” Hill said. “I didn’t see anybody else around me. I just saw him.”
“After my accident, I wasn’t sure if I would ever find someone who truly loved all of me. You have accepted me fully, honored me, and adored all the parts of me,” Hill told Bloomfield in her vows, as she shared on Instagram.
“For this moment today, I wanted to do something I had always dreamed of. Stand eye-to-eye with you as we promise our lives to each other,” she went on to say.
Hill’s surprises didn’t stop at the altar
Hill decided to incorporate surprise, choreographed dances into her wedding day too.
She also used her leg braces during her first dance with Bloomfield, which was “special” for the couple.
“That was so amazing,” Hill said of the dance.
“I love that no matter how hectic my life can feel, Jay will always make me feel like I have time to still stop and smell the flowers,” Hill said of Bloomfield.
You can see more of Bailey’s work here.
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