When planning her wedding day, there was one person Amanda wanted to be there more than anyone. But heartbreakingly, she couldn’t be there. You see, her daughter died after a battle with childhood cancer 2 years ago.
Azalee Mae Carroll Crowe was just 6 years old when she died in 2013.
But although she had passed away, 2 years after her death, her mother still wanted her little girl to be a part of her special day. So she asked her photographer friend Ashley Frantz to incorporate her daughter into the wedding photos – and this is the amazing result.
In the photo, Amanda lovingly holds the face of her daughter – in a tragically impossible, but truly beautiful moment.
“She wanted so badly for her precious Azalee to be there with us,” Ashley wrote, sharing the image on her Facebook page.
“Azalee’s battle with childhood cancer ended 2 years ago…she went to heaven before her mommy met the most wonderful man named Chip.
Heartbroken that her girl wouldn’t be here to experience this new journey with her, Amanda asked me to please incorporate Azalee into the pics somehow.
“This is what I came up with and I couldn’t be more pleased.”
In another photo, Ashley captured the incredible moment a butterfly landed on the bride’s dress during the ceremony. And you can see from her face that she took it as a sign.
“Today at the ceremony, Amanda and Chip released butterflies in remembrance of their beautiful little Azalee,” Ashley wrote on Facebook.
“It was a moment in time that stood perfectly still for all in attendance, not a dry eye to be seen. As the butterflies flew up and away, one little beauty decided she wanted to stay a while.
“She landed right on Amanda (closest to her heart) and stayed while a heart-wrenching cry was shared between the bride and groom (and the entire congregation)…then, it flew up and perched itself on a nearby tree.
“It stayed there and was still sitting so peacefully even as we left.”