The story behind this beautiful wedding photo will break your heart

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One newlywed mom wanted to include her daughter in her wedding pictures, even though the little girl passed away in 2013. Her good friend and photographer, Ashley Frantz, knew just what to do.

“Finally get to share one of the most beautiful and difficult pictures I’ve ever been asked to do. This is my wonderful friend Amanda during her bridals. She wanted so badly for her precious Azalee to be there with us. 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. It was such an honor to be able to do this for her and I’m so thankful God has given me a talent that I can use to make broken hearts just a tad less broken.

Azalee Mae Carroll Crowe
6.10.2007 -11.17.2013


Azalee lost the battle with cancer when she was just 6 years old. But she’s always there is spirit.

At Amanda Crowe Freebird’s wedding, the couple released butterflies during the ceremony in remembrance of little Azalee, and there was “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).

“We all know it was Azalee, just a little whisper from her and God saying ‘congratulations’ and letting everyone know she was nearby to help her mommy cross over into her new path of life…where there is nothing but sunshine ahead!!”

Freebird was beyond pleased with the way the photo turned out.

“Words could not express how satisfied I am with Frantz Photography. This beautiful soul was able to capture an absolutely priceless moment on my wedding day with my sweet girl who passed 2 years ago. She found a way to include her in my bridal and she did it so well. God has blessed Ashley with many talents and there is no one else o (sic) would have wanted taking pictures on our most special day.”

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