Community rallies around couple after groom seriously injured days before wedding

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BRISTOL — For a Bristol couple, Friday, June 10, was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives. Instead, Brittain Gagnon and Alex Gardner will be spending yet another night in the hospital.

Monday, just days before they were supposed to get married, Gardner suffered serious injuries during a work-related accident which crushed his legs.

After multiple surgeries, Gardner is unable to put pressure on his legs. It will be months before he is able to walk again, leaving the couple no choice but to cancel their wedding.

Bride-to-be Gagnon said the wedding vendors have offered to reschedule their services, to help the couple save money. The couple is still losing thousands of dollars, having to cancel their honeymoon.

Money became an afterthought after doctors told the couple the groom is lucky to be alive.

“That's when I realized, you know my wedding is no longer important," Gagnon said. "His health and him being okay outweighed everything. The wedding no longer really mattered.”

Even though the couple didn’t get married Friday, it turned out to be a good day because Gardner was sent home from the medical center to recover.

The couple plans to get married next year, at the same venue, Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, when Gardner makes a full recovery.

The future Mrs. Gardner said this experience put a lot into perspective for the pair.

“I started becoming bridezilla and complaining about the littlest things that were getting messed up.  Those things don’t matter,” she said.

Now she said it is about so much more.

“True love and standing by each other through thick and thin," she said. "If you can make it through situations like this, or any rough time, than you`ll make it through anything.”

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