BRIDE Dawn Auty, who had to have both her legs amputated after an horrific wedding day accident, is battling to achieve a dream.
The former Marsh woman is planning to marry in the spring after taking the first steps on new false legs.
The 44-year-old is having an identical wedding dress made to the one she was wearing as medical teams operated on her in a busy street a year ago.
Dawn's dress became caught up in the drive shaft of a motorised tricycle on the way to her wedding to 35-year-old Stephen Flood.
Dawn, a nurse, was just yards from Central Methodist Church in Blackpool when tragedy struck.
With the help of hospital physio teams, Dawn took her first tentative steps on artificial legs last month.
She has paid tribute to staff at Royal Preston Hospital, where she has attended weekly sessions at the disablement services centre since March.
Dawn said: "Thanks to them I can walk a little bit, but I am not totally confident yet.
"I am not going to go marching off down to the shops just yet. I've even got my own Zimmer frame so I feel like an old lady before my time.
"People expect you to walk like normal straight away, but it takes three times more effort because these legs are so heavy."
Mother-of-two Dawn used to live at Grasscroft Road in Marsh before moving to Blackpool early last year.
She split up with husband-to-be Stephen for a brief time after the accident but the couple are now firmly back together.
They have now moved into a specially converted bungalow on the Fylde coast.
Dawn said: "A thank you with all my heart goes to Steve.
"Without his help I wouldn't have got this far and I have to thank him for all his encouragement and support and for putting up with me because I have said some awful things to him.
"I love him so very much and have to thank my Mister the most."
An exact date has yet to be set for their wedding.
But Dawn said it would be a dream come true when she finally walks up the aisle.