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Marathon bombing survivors celebrate dream wedding

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory walks down the isle, where her fiance, Pete DiMartino, also a survivor of the bombings, waits for her during their wedding at Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, N.C., Friday, April 4, 2014.
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory walks down the isle, where her fiance, Pete DiMartino, also a survivor of the bombings, waits for her during their wedding at Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, N.C., Friday, April 4, 2014. AP/Adam Jennings

Two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings celebrated the wedding of their dreams this weekend thanks to the wedding planning website The Knot.

The site described Rebekah Gregory, 26, and Pete DiMartino, 29, who have been together since Nov. 2012, as “an inspiring couple who deserve the wedding of their dreams after the obstacles they have overcome.”

The Knot, who awarded the couple a dream wedding, relied on readers’ votes to plan out the wedding details. Everything from the location to the hair style was selected by readers.

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The wedding took place on a 19th century estate in North Carolina on Friday.

Gregory and DiMartino were less than 10 feet away from the first bomb that went off at the Marathon last April. They were at the event with Gregory’s son Noah cheering on DiMartino’s mother, who was running the race.

“I remember being thrown back and the noise and the smell of it and not knowing where anyone was,” Gregory told Boston Magazine. “The first thought that went through my mind was, where is my son? I couldn’t find him, but I could hear him in the background and he was going, ‘Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!’”

“I figured out that he was in the back of me. I couldn’t even see my legs at that point. So I reached out my hand to try to move him toward me, and I realized I had two exposed bones completely sticking out of my left hand, blood rushing down my arm. At that point I just remember thinking I was going to die,” she said.

DiMartino was also seriously injured.

“This experience has brought us so close,” she told Boston Magazine. “We have a new appreciation for each other and every day. When you go through something so horrible and it turns out to be one of the best and worst days of your life. It’s hard to explain but that’s exactly what it is. For us to be where we are right now, especially in our relationship, we couldn’t be any happier.”

DiMartino proposed to Gregory in a model of a house they were having built in Houston, Texas.

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