The guest this bride wanted most at her wedding couldn’t be there — but the six-year-old showed up as an angel in the tenderly constructed wedding photos.
Amanda Crowe Freebird’s daughter died from childhood cancer two years ago, and a special photographer found a way to include Azalee in the wedding album.
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“She went to heaven before her mommy met the most wonderful man named Chip,” wedding photographer Ashley Franz wrote on her Facebook page.
Franz digitally added pictures of the little girl taken years ago, so she appears as an illuminated angel with her mother.
In the most touching image, Amanda is holding Azalee’s face, about to kiss her. In another, Amanda is walking down a country lane holding hands with her son on one side and Azalee’s spirit on the other.
At the wedding, Sunday in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Amanda and Chip released butterflies in honor of little Azalee. Guests watched as the flock floated into the sky, except for one. It landed on Amanda’s wedding gown, perching for a while close to her heart before flying away.
The lone butterfly remained in a tree at the wedding site until all the guests had left, an omen that Amanda’s daughter will be always part of the family.
Photos: Franz Photography
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