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Kelley Brooks's family and friends remained seated as the bride-to-be rolled down the aisle with TV cameras glued to her veiled face.

After her father gave her away, her soon-to-be husband, Bradlee Simoneaux, was given a chair to sit in to be eye level with his bride.

No one in the packed audience at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Saturday afternoon seemed to notice that Ms. Brooks was a paraplegic who after a car accident eight years ago was left without the ability to use her legs.

"She has overcome everything," said her mother, Sallie Brooks. "She doesn't want to be treated different; she isn't different."

Because of her unique story of triumph, the 24-year-old woman from Chattanooga was given an opportunity to share it on TLC's "Say Yes to The Dress" before her wedding day.

"Whether I was sitting down or standing up, that didn't really affect my goals and my dreams, and what I wanted out of life," Ms. Brooks said.

When Ms. Brooks went in June for her bridal dress fitting at Kleinfeld, a bridal shop in Manhattan, she was asked by TLC producers to be a guest on the show, her mother said.

"Immediately we were captivated with her," TLC producer Anna Geddes said. "She has such a vibrant personality."

As Ms. Brooks was trying on her dress with her mother and sisters, she was concerned how her wedding guests would see the back of her dress when she was taking her vows, Ms. Geddes said.

Kleinfeld's fashion director and one of the stars on the show designed a special satin and silk train for the back of Ms. Brooks' wheelchair, she said.

"(This was) the first time Kleinfeld designed a dress special for a wheelchair," Ms. Geddes said.

Because of her inspirational story, Ms. Brooks was chosen to be the bride who gets her wedding aired on the show, she said.

After the car accident, her father, Mark, said he and his wife didn't know what would happen to their daughter. The couple was unsure if she even would be able to finish high school, he said.

Eight years later, after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in political science and traveling to many parts of the world, she is studying to be a lawyer at the University of Tennessee College of Law, he said.

Now, she is getting married, Mr. Brooks said through tears.

"Today is more than just a marriage," Mr. Brooks said. "It's her here, after all the obstacles she has been through."

And she was able to stand before the wedding with the help of her leg braces, he said.

"I got to see her stand for the first time in years," he said.

Ms. Brooks' father and other family members were beaming with pride throughout the wedding.

Her younger sister, Michelle, said that when she sees her sister she doesn't see a wheelchair. Michelle Brooks said she sees someone who is a role model in her life.

Ms. Brooks' new husband, who began to cry when he saw her coming toward him at the wedding, said he admired her more than anyone else.

"She's a huge inspiration to me, because she never quits," Mr. Simoneaux said. "She just inspires me to know that anything is possible."

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