A Bride In A Wheelchair Shares Her Shopping Experience
This week’s bride is Priscilla Hedlin from the blog WheelChairMommy.com. She is wearing Alfred Angelo dress 8501. Priscilla tried on three dresses (okay 10 but I only let her send me 3 to choose from) and in her wheel chair this wedding dress was easiest to maneuver while still being beautiful. So listen to what Priscilla has to say about becoming a paraplegic below and how it impacted the way she chose a wedding gown. I enjoyed working with her so much because she knows people are going to be curious and was eager to answer questions.
As intended Priscilla’s Real Women/Real Bride’s article should help all women find beauty and confidence for their wedding day. This time however I specifically hope to reach brides using mobility devices so they can see that wedding gown shopping in a wheelchair can be stress free. For example although Priscilla wasn’t in need of any extra assistance at Alfred Angelo the store was happy to make an extended appointment where they could offer her one or more specialists to be sure her experience was above and beyond her expectations.
Priscilla’s @ WheelChairMommy.com‘s Story
First tell me a little about Priscilla. What makes you, you?
I am so many things to so many different people, but if you want to know about JUST me, that gets a little tricky. I love to read and I love to write. I love to encourage people to live life to the fullest no matter what curve balls come your way. These people I hope to reach come from all walks (all rolls) of life. I do this by sharing my everyday, ordinary life on wheels. I would LOVE to visit Australia some day. I really don’t know why. I’ve always been fascinated by the Sydney Opera House. It stands to proud. When I was growing up I wanted to be a doctor, a marine biologist and a mom. I’m a mom, so I accomplished one of those. Maybe I will go back and become a doctor when I’m old and gray.
Would you be willing to share the story about how you ended up in the wheelchair?
I appear young and healthy. What could possibly be wrong? Why on Earth do I need a wheelchair? I was paralyzed in a car wreck in 1999. I broke my spine at L1, L2, which left me a paraplegic.This means I can’t feel or move below my hip bone. I talk about it in depth on my blog and even answer some VERY personal questions, on my ever popular FAQs page. This does not mean that I need help throughout my every day life. I am married and have children that I take care of independently.
Are you currently married? If so for how long?
Yes! I have been married for 12.5 years to Charlie. We will celebrate our 13th anniversary on December the 7th 2015. I am hoping we will finally get a HUGE getaway for our 15th. The youngest will be 6, so maybe it will be doable. If not maybe we can shoot for 20.
Would you consider renewing your vows?
We often talk about this, but have never solidified the plans. I would absolutely love the excuse for a big beautiful party and a new dress. We even ever so slightly considered doing it on a recent trip to Vegas. I mentioned to my kids the other day and they thought the idea was silly. Maybe we won’t after all.
If so, how would your vow renewal differ from your wedding?
It would be more like a traditional wedding. My real wedding was more of an elopement. Long story, but we only had 3 people attend. We got married in Niagara Falls, in the winter, so it was absolutely breathtaking. Everything was frozen. I can’t imagine a more beautiful place. The plan was to go up in a helicopter but at the last minute they had to cancel. The cloud coverage was too low and they couldn’t fly.
Why did you choose the Alfred Angelo wedding dress 8501?
It was simple, elegant and beautiful. It was an easy wedding dress to move in my wheel chair and didn’t get tangled. I felt that it would be THE perfect dress if we were renewing our vows or getting married for the first time! It was the exact opposite of my original wedding dress. I loved that dress. It had beads and organza. I wanted to go for something entirely different for this project.
Are there limitations to dress searching when it comes to your chair or your disability?
Yes and no. I think anything I wanted could have been modified to work. I prefer simplicity and less work. Why spend hours and hundreds of dollars making something work when something else is just as amazing? I tried a ball gown and immediately vetoed it. It was extremely poufy and unattractive. My shape was just completely lost in the chair. I looked like a ball of (beautiful) pink satin. I suppose if someone was going for that look, they could find a way to make it work.
Why did you agree to take part in the Real Women/Real Brides campaign?
I wanted people to see that not all brides get to walk down the aisle. Some of us have to roll. That doesn’t make our day any less important or any less glamorous. I wanted to represent what makes me different. As a paraplegic bride wedding gown shopping I can still be beautiful and find something amazing.
How did you feel when you took part?
I felt gorgeous. I made sure I had evening makeup on and my hair was smooth and miraculously not frizzy despite the rain. I looked like I was ready to head down the aisle in each and every dress.
A huge thanks goes out to Priscilla for participating in the Alfred Angelo Real Women/Real Brides program. Be sure to visit Alfred Angelo for all of your wedding attire needs. They have gowns in all sizes with no upcharge for plus sizing.
If you would like the chance to be one of our “models” please apply by sending an email to [email protected] with your name telling us why you think you would make a unique choice for this campaign! Make the reason completely your own, you name it we want to hear it! Write to us and you could be the next Alfred Angelo Real Women/Real Brides! I am receiving complimentary product in return for my blog articles. All opinions are my own.