Having the best motorized wheelchair can help make your dreams come true, and a bridal shop in England is helping brides with mobility challenges visualize their wedding day dreams.
The White Collection Bridal Boutique in Portishead, England, near Bristol, recently changed its window displays to feature one mannequin in a wedding dress in each window. But what caught people’s attention is that one of the mannequins wearing a full-length white wedding gown is sitting in a beautifully-decorated wheelchair.
Many people with disabilities are applauding the move, the Today Show reported, voicing their support on social media.
“The new wedding shop in town has a wheelchair-using mannequin and it shouldn’t be exciting but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen disability portrayed in a shop window,” said Beth Wilson on Twitter.
Boutique owner Laura Allen told Today she’s happy the display is getting so much attention. pleased with all the attention the current display has gotten, especially since it replaced a much
“Our thoughts of having one of them in a wheelchair was ‘why not?’ And we didn’t really think too much about it. We love the fact that it’s so simple compared to our window display before, yet it portrays such a powerful message of inclusion,” she said.
“This is fab!” said one Twitter use. “If only more bridal shops showed this level of inclusivity.”
She said the shop didn’t expect the window with the wheelchair-using bride mannequin to get so much attention but that they have loved the positive comments from passersby and they hope that one day seeing a window display featuring a mannequin representing a disability will become “just the norm.”
The tweet that Wilson posted showing a photo of the display went viral. It also inspired other people started to share their own photos of themselves or other brides using wheelchairs at their weddings.