She can’t stand on her own, let alone walk, so being a flower girl at her aunt’s wedding seemed like a step too far.
But the disabled four-year-old charmed viewers as she walked down the aisle giggling, thanks to a harness that was sewn into her dress and attached to her father, allowing them to take steps together.
She said she “felt like Cinderella” – and to everyone’s delight the device allowed her to dance at the reception too.
Isabella, who has cerebral palsy that has left her legs undeveloped and uses a wheelchair, she was two when she was asked to be the flower girl at her aunt Louise Luckett’s wedding to Jonathan Heathcote-Curtis.
His family hoped he would make some progress before the wedding in the 13th century St Nicholas Church in Wilden, Bedfordshire, but sadly this was not to be.
But her parents Gary and Natalie Luckett, both 29, heard about the new harness, called Upsee, which was launched on the global market only last month. Mr. Luckett, who works on an oil rig
in Abu Dhabi, contacted the company behind it to get one made especially for Isabella in time for the wedding.
Mrs Luckett, of St Neots, Cambridgeshire, later said: “Bella is very shy but she told me she feels like a princess, like Cinderella.”
Gary had decided to walk down the aisle with Bella and as soon as we saw the Upsee advertised, he was on a mission to find one.
“I didn’t care if Bella was carried or walked down the aisle, but I was really excited that she was there.”
The Upsee was invented by mother Debby Elnatan to help her son Rotem.