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Beautiful Girl - Beautiful Father

--by, posted Apr 2, 2014
“Josie Metz's father won't be there to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. But thanks to California photographer Lindsey Villatoro, the 11-year-old was able to experience what it might be like anyway.

Her father, Jim, 62, had already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he and his wife, Grace, hired Villatoro -- a mother, photographer and founder of Love Song Photography based in Menifee, Calif. Two years ago, Villatoro began offering photography sessions for terminal clients or clients with serious illnesses to document their journeys and was referred to the Metz family. "I try to really showcase the person for who they are and not the illness," she told The Huffington Post during a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon.

Villatoro went to Jim and Grace's home for a shoot and offered to do one with their young daughter, Josie. After she left, she posted about the family on her website to get gift donations for the girl to help make her last birthday with her father a memorable one. But she decided to take the surprise one step further and dreamed up the idea of a wedding for the girl -- complete with flowers, desserts, a promise ring and a dress from L.A. Fashion Week -- so that her father could walk her down the aisle.”

For today, appreciate those you love. Give them lots of hugs and be grateful they are in your life. You never know what can happen. Say more "I Love Yous" and show more appreciation for all of your friends and family. Appreciate the blessings you have. I'm going to hug Rich more today, call my Dad, call my friend in NC, and give lots of kitty hugs to my pets. Hugs to all of you - I appreciate you all so much and am grateful to have you in my life every single Day!

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Ninjapree wrote: Such a great reminder to appreciate the ones in our lives and let them know of it everyday.
Brad wrote: Beautiful story

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