A bride-to-be left paralysed by a rare spinal condition made a staggering recovery to walk down the aisle to marry her husband.
Leigh Cooke Bennett woke up one morning to find that she was paralysed from the waist down.
But determined not to be wheelchair-bound at her wedding, the 43-year-old endured hours of physiotherapy to regain her strength.
And to her delight, the bride-to-be was able to takae her first steps down the aisle on her big day, to marry her husband Phil.
After experiencing numbness and pins and needles in her foot, one day Mrs Cooke Bennett woke up unable to move her lower body. She went to see a neurologist who diagnosed rare spinal condition transverse myelitis (TM) within seconds of hearing about her symptoms
Mrs Cooke Bennett, from York, said: 'I knew that no matter what, I wanted to be able to walk down the aisle.
'I didn't want to use a crutch or a wheelchair - I wanted to be able to walk to meet my groom - like every woman dreams of.
'The wedding was a great motivation for me and helped me focus on my recovery.
"As I walked I just felt so proud, it was always going to be the best day of my life, but that made it even better. It was incredible."