updated 06/13/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/13/2013 AT 12:45 PM ET
The tuxedoed groom stands at the altar, beaming as his bride begins her slow march down the aisle. The bride, in an off-the-shoulder blush chiffon gown, turns to him, placing both her hands in his.
“You are my heart, my soul, my life,” he says, repeating vows they wrote themselves in a soft but firm voice. “My world changed when you came into my life,” she replies tearfully. “Things happened I didn’t think were ever going to be possible for me.”
On March 30, at Ridglea Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, two people who had given up on love swore their eternal bond.
Dallas Cole Wiens, 28, kissed his bride but could not see her: Blind beneath his dark glasses, Dallas is the nation’s first full face transplant patient, a living medical miracle after a freak electrocution accident in 2008 almost killed him.
Jamie Kaelyn Nash, 30, had the French lace on her wedding gown designed to blend into the ropey, pink scars that cover her arms and back; her sandals reveal only one manicured toe on her right foot, the results of life-threatening injuries from a fiery 2010 car wreck.