Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino had known each other for almost a year, but only saw each other off-and-on since Rebekah lived in Texas, and Pete, in New York.
On April 15, 2013, they were on the sidelines watching Pete's mother compete in the Boston Marathon when the first bomb went off, wreaking havoc. Both Rebekah and Pete were badly injured in the attack, and suffered severe damage to their ankles, feet, and legs. After several surgeries and months of therapy, Pete was finally able to go home. Rebekah's injuries were worse. She went through 15 surgeries, but was still in lots of pain and unable to stand or walk without the aid of crutches.
It was during this time that she realized how much she wanted Pete by her side. "I need you here," she told him over the phone one day. Unable to fly due to his recent surgeries, Pete jumped in his car the very next morning and began the 1600+ mile trip from New York to the Houston hospital where Rebekah was staying. He walked in and to her great surprise, got down on one knee and proposed. She said yes immediately.
After news of the proposal got out, the wedding website theknot.com decided to give the couple a dream wedding... at no cost! On April 4, 2014, surrounded by family and friends, Rebekah walked down the aisle on her father's arm to her waiting groom... without crutches!
Although there's still a long road ahead for the new couple and more trials to face, now they can face those trials together.