Community throws triple amputee Marine a dream wedding

Nadine Kalinauskas
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Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez lost his right arm and both his legs in an explosion while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

This April, he got married.

Dominguez wed his bride, Alexis Gomez, in at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, Calif. on April 27. Every detail of their big day, from the venue to the flowers to the cake, was donated by their community.

"You put your arms around Temecula, and Temecula puts their arms around you," says Wilson Creek CEO and president Bill Wilson. "I think it is one of the most giving cities that I’ve ever, ever been a part of."

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"I'm not surprised at all that everybody literally just jumped at the chance to help and be a part of it because that’s really what makes this town amazing," wedding coordinator Jennifer Molloy tells the Press-Enterprise. "They're literally the best of what California has to offer."

Molloy estimates that the wedding would have cost between $30,000 and $35,000.

Making the day even more special, Dominguez was able to walk down the aisle — and even dance with his wife — thanks to new prosthetics.

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"Nothing's changed, you know. I'm a little bit shorter, you know. Lost a couple of legs and an arm, but my brain's still here, and my heart's still here," the proud newlywed says in the video.

This isn't the first time the community has overwhelmed Dominguez with kindness.

Residents previously raised money for the construction of a $600,000 smart house built in Temecula specifically for Dominguez, complete with an elevator, easy-access ramps and a lighting system controlled by an iPad.