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Amanda was thrilled to be marrying Chip, the love of her life. But when her wedding day finally arrived in 2015, there was a giant hole in her heart.
Two years ago, Amanda’s daughter Azalee passed away. She was just 6 years old when she lost her battle to cancer.
Azalee never got the chance to meet Chip, which was just one more reason why Amanda wanted her wedding photos to somehow incorporate Azalee. So, she asked her good friend and photographer, Ashley Frantz, if she would use her artistic talents to find a way to include her late daughter in the experience. Ashley says the resulting photographs are the most difficult she’s ever taken, but they’re also the most beautiful.
But during the wedding ceremony, something completely unexpected took place. Amanda and Chip planned to release a set of butterflies in Azalee’s honor — but when Amanda looked down at her dress, she couldn’t believe her eyes. Luckily, Ashley was right there, snapping photos of the unforgettable moment.
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Amanda asked her good friend and photographer, Ashley Franz, not only to take pictures at her Louisiana wedding, but to also find a way to incorporate Azalee into the photos. Ashley understood the gravity of these photographs; she calls them the most beautiful and difficult pictures she’s ever been asked to take.
Here, standing in Amanda’s arms, is a transparent image of Azalee.
But that’s when something absolutely stunning happened.
Ashley says, “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!!”