Terminally ill father walks 11-year-old daughter down the aisle for last family portrait

MURRIETA, CA – A man with terminal pancreatic cancer knows he won’t get the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle. So, Jim Metz, 62, hired a photographer to document a trial run with his 11-year-old daughter, Josie. The event ended up being one of the family’s final portraits together according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, which first reported the story.

The daddy and daughter wedding was the idea of photographer Lindsey Natzic Villatoro. She got her friends and the family together in the family’s back yard for the ceremony. Her friends even helped to do Josie’s make-up, hair and dress.

After a short ceremony Pastor Gary Galbraith pronounced them “Daddy and Daughter.” They walked out to share a quiet, tearful moment before returning to a reception with family and friends.

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