He once said he was glad he got blown up because the resulting agony led him to meeting the love of his life, who is also his best friend.
Boston Marathon bombing survivor James Costello walked down the aisle Saturday with nurse Krista D’Agostino, in a wedding that came about through donated services from local businesses.
Costello, 31, met his bride as he struggled through months of surgery and painful rehabilitation after the April 2013 catastrophe that left him with serious wounds throughout his body.
A photograph of him — burned, staggering and with his clothes in tatters — become one of the most remembered images from the grisly bomb attack that left three dead and more than 260 injured.
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At the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, he met D’Agostino, who nursed him through rebuilding his body and his life during grueling skin graft operations and exhaustive physical therapy.
«She hates when I say this, but I’m actually glad I got blown up … I got her,» Costello said during an appearance on the «Today» show in December.
On Saturday, both said «I do» before some 150 family members and friends who gathered at Boston’s Hyatt Regency. The location was donated, as were services including wedding planning, photography, video and cocktails.
«It was amazing,» Hyatt’s marketing director Emily Sharp told the Daily News as she described the ceremony. «They’re the nicest, most deserving people.»
The Costellos were now on their way Tuesday to Hawaii, where they will honeymoon.