Published May 21, 2013
Juan Dominguez gave a lot for his country. During his tour of duty as a Marine in Afghanistan, an improvised explosive device tore off both his legs and his right arm.
His adopted California hometown, however, did not forget his sacrifice and treated Dominguez along with his new bride to the wedding of their dreams.
Residents of Temecula, California donated goods and services totaling $30,000 for Dominguez’s wedding to his sweetheart Alexis, which took place in front of 147 family members and friends, including a number of his fellow Marines.
Dominguez met Alexis following his injury in Afghanistan while he was an outpatient at the U.S. Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
"I thought she was cute, so I kind of dumped my girlfriend at the time and asked her out," Dominguez told TODAY.com. "I flew her to DC to watch me race in the Marine Corps marathon, and she thought I was crazy for flying her out there."
The two then attended the Marine Corps Ball in the small town of Temecula, California, where soon after the two decided to settle down.
The local hero and his beautiful bride made a heady impression on the town, which along with the Gary Sinise Foundation raised funds to buy the two a smart home. Actor John Voight was even on hand last year when the home was presented to Juan and Alexis.
When he planned to propose to Alexis, Dominguez decided that he needed to go the traditional route.
"I asked her mom for permission," Dominguez said. "I went old-fashioned."
When the town heard that the famed couple was preparing for their nuptials, they decided to help them out once again.
Local winery owner Bill Wilson offered to throw them a wedding complete with the venue, food and wine, and Jennifer Molloy, who runs local event planning firm Amore Events, offered to donate her services to the couple.
"I just felt like I had been chosen by [Juan and Alexis], and couldn't have been happier." Molloy told TODAY.com. “Sometimes I couldn't even finish a sentence when I would talk to one of my fellow event associates and they would be jumping at the chance to donate services, anything."
While the town was eager to support the entire wedding, there were two things that the wounded warrior said that he had to buy himself for his bride.
"They wanted to buy her ring and her dress, but I wanted to take care of that," he said.