MURRIETA, Calif. — A Southern California man with terminal pancreatic cancer knows he won’t live long enough to see his daughter’s wedding, but he found a way to make a lasting memory for her anyway.
This month, Jim Metz, 62, got to walk his 11-year-old daughter, Josie, down the aisle.
The backyard wedding ceremony was the idea of photographer and family friend Lindsey Natzic Villatoro. Josie wore a long, lacy white dress and carried a pink-and-white bouquet as she clutched her father’s arm and walked down the “aisle.”
Villatoro had photographed Jim, Josie and Josie’s mother Grace for one of their final family portraits together, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, which first reported the story.
“Your dad may not get to see you get married, but he is here to walk you down the aisle today,” said Gary Galbraith, the pastor, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, which first reported the story.
He put a ring on her pointer finger, the video shows, and then Galbraith pronounced them father and daughter.
“Down the road, this will mean a lot to her,” Jim Zetz said, according to the Press-Enterprise. “She will always remember it.”
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