Lauren Scruggs never dreamed she could be this happy.
In 2011, the former model and blogger, 26, made headlines when, in a freak accident, she walked into an airplane propeller during a trip to see Christmas lights in her home city of Dallas.
The incident left her without a hand and an eye, but Scruggs, a devout Christian, became an inspiration to others who face adversity.
On Dec. 13 that story took a happy turn: Scruggs wed E! News co-host Jason Kennedy, 33, in a glittering affair planned by Todd Fiscus at the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas in her hometown.
Looking radiant in Romona Keveza, she walked down the aisle with her dad, Jeff.
“I was trying not to completely cry my eyes out,” says Kennedy.
For exclusive photos and more on how Scruggs and Kennedy celebrated their special day, pick up a copy of this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. The Kennedy Wedding: Jason and Lauren Get Married will air Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on E!