John Palmer has used a wheelchair since he was paralyzed in a pool accident 19 years ago. When it came time to plan his first dance with his bride Corey, he knew everyone would expect her to sit on his lap for the performance, as brides often do when their groom uses a wheelchair. Wanting to take a more creative approach to this special moment, he convinced Corey to practice a slightly different method for their first dance as husband and wife.
As John explained to the Detroit Free Press, the couple took ballroom dance lessons from Ecuadorian professional dancer Sergio Sanchez and wheelchair athlete Cheryl Angelelli, who partner together to teach dance to wheelchair users in Michigan. They learned how to use pushing and pulling movements to truly dance together, while Corey stands and John uses his wheelchair.
"The first time we tried it, it was a hot mess," said Palmer. "Now we understand the movements and the things we can do."
Watch the video above, produced by USA Today and posted to YouTube on Tuesday, to see John and Corey's sweet and beautifully choreographed dance to Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud."