Dying dad walks daughter down aisle

22:29, Apr 02 2014

Get your tissues out folks, this one's a tear-jerker.

Dying from stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Jim Zetz, 62, decided to ensure his daughter would experience having her beloved dad by her side as she walked down the aisle. Because what's more precious than memories? 

The idea was dreamed up by wedding photographer Lindsey Villatoro who also specialises in photo sessions with people who are sick or have terminal illnesses and their families. Zetz and his wife Grace met Villatoro back in February for a photo session and the photographer, moved by the fact that Zetz had a daughter that was only 10, offered to come back and shoot a free session with father and daughter for Josie's 11th birthday.

The photographer Villatoro and Josie's mum Grace planned the surprise day for the gorgeous wee girl - securing a gown, hair and makeup, flowers, catering and even a pastor for the extra special birthday party. 

"Your dad may not get to see you get married," said Pastor Gary Galbraith on the day according to the Press Enterprise, "but he is here to walk you down the aisle today. The daddy and daughter relationship is one of the most special relationships in life."

After Zetz gave his daughter a ring, Galbraith pronounced them "daddy and daughter."

Josie is said to have found the day emotional and afterwards she called it "the best day of my life". Villatoro decided to turn her photography into a video for the family so that if Josie is to get married one day this can be played and Jim Zetz can be there with his family. 

"No one ever thinks of the celebration of that person until they've died," Villatoro told Today.com. "These types of moments are just special moments with the family when that person is still there, and they get to enjoy these moments together."