Boston Marathon Bride-to-Be: What the Upcoming Anniversary Means to Me
In her latest blog, Rebekah Gregory says that April will be a happy month going forward, not sad – and here's why
Please welcome back Rebekah Gregory! Rebekah and her fiancé, Pete DiMartino, will wed in Asheville, N.C., on April 4 in TheKnot.com’s Dream Wedding. The two had been dating just over a year when they were both injured in the April 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. In the midst of their recovery, Pete, 29, proposed, and the rest is becoming history. In the weeks leading up to her wedding, Rebekah, 26, is blogging for PEOPLE.com about her recovery, her relationship and the wedding planning process. Follow her on Twitter @rebekahmgregory and visit her Facebook inspiration page.
Someone asked me the other day if April was going to be a hard month for Pete and me. With the anniversary of the bombing quickly approaching on the 15th, it’s hard not to reflect back to the events that changed our lives just shy of one year ago.
Reporters are trying to get their stories. Bostonians are lining up tribute ceremonies for the survivors (I still refuse to call anyone a victim). And everyone is preparing to go back to the spot where our world literally blew up in front of our eyes.
I would be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about it. And I would be an even bigger liar if I said I hadn’t cried about it. After all, I’m a human with emotions and my entire world changed in one day. I went from being independent in every aspect of my life to relying on someone else to do nearly everything for me. (That’s a major deal if you’re as stubborn as I am.)
But even with all of these thoughts trying to cloud my head, the month of April is and always will be so much more to me. Every year when this time comes, I will be celebrating another great year with the love of my life.
You see April 15 is in fact the anniversary of the bombing, but April 4 – that is my wedding day! And that will be what I remember most about the month of April every single year from here on out.
It seems to be very fitting, too, that this week America voted on our flowers, because what signifies a new and beautiful life more than flower in bloom? When Pete and I look around our ceremony/reception we will see the perfect Whimsical Woodland arrangements (left) that will essentially mark the start of our new beginning with each other. And with everything that we have been through this past year, we are more than ready for this next step. Pete DiMartino has proven that he will be there for me no matter what, and I can’t wait to see how our marriage blossoms throughout the many years ahead. Eleven days, y’all!
This week, visit TheKnot.com/DreamWedding to vote on the sweetest detail: the cake!