Former NRL star Alex McKinnon, who was left paralysed and wheelchair-bound after a shocking on-field incident, has married his long-term partner Teigan Power.
The smiling pair were surrounded by friends and family at the ceremony at Pepper Creek Chapel in the New South Wales Hunter Valley on Sunday afternoon.
McKinnon, 25, was pictured making his way down the aisle in his wheelchair, while his stunning newlywed wore a stylish white sequin dress.
It is understood Brisbane Broncos captain Darius Boyd was McKinnon’s best man, and his wife Kayla posted a video of their daughter Willow practising for her role as flower girl.
Ms Power’s sister Abbey was reportedly the maid of honour.
The bride announced to her Instagram followers on Saturday night that the pair would tie the knot the following day.
‘Tomorrow is the day we say ”I do” to the rest of our lives,’ she wrote alongside a photo of the couple.
McKinnon shared the same photo of the pair with the message ‘not long now’.
The Instagram posts were full of well wishes for the happy couple.
McKinnon’s promising career was cut short when the then 22-year-old backrower suffered a devastating spinal cord injury playing for the Newcastle Knights in 2014.
He was diagnosed a quadriplegic but vowed to one day walk Ms Power down the aisle after proposing to her from his hospital bed just days after the devastating accident.
It is understood McKinnon fulfilled his promise and rose from his wheelchair on their wedding day.
The couple’s journey has been inspirational and harrowing.
Ms Power, 23, has shared progress of his rehabilitation and just weeks ago shared a video of McKinnon walking with the help of a frame and two medical staff.
‘So proud of all the hard work Alex McKinnon puts into his rehab,’ she said.
McKinnon, now 25, said earlier this year he considered himself lucky.
‘A lot of people with spinal cord injuries aren’t improving three years down the track,’ he told Fox Sports.
He revealed he had long carried ‘hate’ and ‘frustration’ over the incident, but said he had moved on from the matter as he continued his physical rehabilitation.
He said he wanted to meet with Melbourne Storm player Jordan McLean, after forgiving him for the tackle that left him wheelchair-bound.
‘It is definitely something that has gone through my mind that I would like to sit down with him and have a different conversation,’ McKinnon told Fox Sports’ League Life program.
‘I understand he never went into that game to hurt me.
‘I watch football and see him on TV and it’s something unique that he went through as well. I cannot understand or know what he has gone through personally.’
McKinnon, who played 49 NRL games for St George Illawarra and the Knights, has rarely spoken publicly since the life-changing moment in 2014.