Bride swaps engagement photoshoot for a last dance with her dying dad
‘We haven’t had professional family photos taken since my brother and I were little, and this would mean so much to us.
‘Of course this is a very difficult and dark time, but I know how you feel about love and capturing it so beautifully and meaningfully.’
In the email Becky explained that a friend had agreed to film Becky and her father dressed up and doing their first – and last – dance, with the intention of the clips being played on her wedding day.
She asked if Bonnie would take photos of this important moment.
Becky wrote: ‘Dad is getting weaker by the day and unfortunately we have to do this as soon as possible.
‘We are throwing this plan together really fast because we don’t know how long we have before he won’t be able to.
‘I know this is a huge ask and no worries if you can’t do it. It’s not an ideal location, but I know you can make anything look gorgeous. (Except maybe not my ugly crying that I will try to get out before hand.)
‘Please let me know your thoughts.’
Naturally, the photographer agreed.
Becky and her father, Tim, were able to have their wedding dance together five months before he passed away on 29 March 2019.
Bonnie has shared the photos on Facebook and Instagram, where they’ve received tens of thousands of likes and comments. She’s also created a GoFundMe page for Becky’s family, to raise money not just for the wedding but for the expenses the family face for medical care, Tim’s funeral, and looking after their home.
Becky wrote on Facebook: ‘These photos are near and dear to this family and most of all, special to her.
‘She knew he possibly wouldn’t make it to walk her down the aisle or share that father-daughter dance on her wedding day.
‘So she took it upon herself to scratch those engagement photos for a while and share that father-daughter moment in the back yard where she grew up.
‘My heart is heavy today as I have been informed of his passing. He fought so hard for a very long time.’
‘Photographs and memories are EVERYTHING when they are all you have left.’
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