updated 04/04/2014 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/04/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET
It may have been pouring rain in Asheville, N.C., on Friday, but underneath a tent filled with flowers it felt like the sun was shining.
That’s because Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino, who were gravely injured in last April’s Boston Marathon bombing, were standing together, exchanging vows in front of family and friends who at one time had worried this day might never come.
The couple was positioned at the finish line of the Marathon on April 15, 2013, watching DiMartino’s mom run. When the first bomb exploded, they were both sent flying, Gregory ultimately losing functionality in her left leg, DiMartino suffering injuries to his Achilles tendon and requiring reconstructive surgery on his eardrums.
But after months of physical – and emotional – healing, the two became engaged in October 2013, and wed on Friday in a dream wedding planned by TheKnot.com and celebrity planner Marcy Blum in the gardens of Asheville’s breathtaking Biltmore Estate.
As 150 friends and family members looked on, tears in their eyes, Gregory, in a stunning fit-and-flare Sophia Moncelli for Kleinfeld gown, walked down a dreamy petal-covered aisle, escorted by her father Tim and son Noah, 6. She later held on tight to her husband, noting with a smile that she couldn’t stand without leaning on him for support. “Keep holding him like that – it’ll do well in your life,” the officiant said poignantly.