At 62 and with terminal cancer, Jim Zetz doesn’t have much time left on Earth.
But his community of Murrietta, Calif. — inland from San Clemente — came together to help him make a special memory for his little girl.
When a local photographer met the Zetzes to take a final family portrait, Lindsey Natzic Villatoro found out that daughter, Josie, was about to turn 11.
Josie’s mom mentioned that her daughter was “emotional about her dad not being there for memories down the line, so I figured we would make some now,” Villatoro says.
The photographer dreamed big for Josie’s last birthday with her dad, and friends and business associates pitched in to throw a backyard “wedding” last month so the little girl would know what it was like for her dad to walk her down the aisle.
For her big day, Josie was surprised with a white dress, a bouquet, a hair stylist, professional make-up and music as friends and family gathered in the backyard, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.
Gary Galbraith, the officiating pastor, told the 11-year-old: “Your dad may not get to see you get married, but he is here to walk you down the aisle today.”
“It was a beautiful ceremony,” a neighbor tells the Press-Enterprise.
Since Villatoro posted a video of Josie’s big day, it’s gone viral.
You can watch a news report here.