Grieving mother honors late daughter in wedding photo

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KTRK) -- It's a beautiful photo that's going viral.

Amanda Crowe Free of Port Allen, Louisiana, was getting married, but wanted memories of her big day to include her young daughter, Azalee. Azalee's battle with childhood cancer ended two years ago with her passing.

That's when she and a photographer had an idea to honor Azalee's memory.

"(The photographer) told me to imagine I was holding her face and leaning in and giving her a kiss," Amanda told ABC News. "I could see that being something (my daughter) did if she was really here with me. Not having her there was very difficult, but the butterflies and the picture made me feel like she was there."

Franz Photography posted about the photos, saying, saying "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."