11-year-old girl walks down the aisle with her terminally ill father

MURRIETA - Josie Zetz will forever remember her 11th birthday. It was the day she was walked down the aisle by her father, Jim.

Jim was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and he will probably not be there to celebrate another one of his youngest daughter’s birthday, let alone her wedding.

That's where local photographer Lindsay Villatoro stepped in—she helped create a lifelong memory for Josie and her father by organizing a special “daddy-daughter” ceremony (with the support of friends and strangers who provided a wedding cake, a bridal gown, make-up, hair, and even a pastor).

“One day [you will] wake up and realize you're given the opportunity to change someone’s life for the better,” Villatoro wrote in the description of the slideshow of the event she photographed. “You get an idea, don't think twice and run with it.”  

The ceremony took place March 14, 2014 in Murrieta, California, where the family is from.

“Josie you will forever have a video of you and your dad walking you down the aisle to play at your wedding in years to come as if he was physically there,” Villatoro explained in the description of the video.  

Grab a tissue and watch the video:

Walk me down the Aisle Daddy from Lindsey Natzic Villatoro on Vimeo.

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