A woman's heartbreaking wedding photos have touched hearts across the globe. On Dec. 13, when Amanda Free walked down the aisle in Louisiana she couldn't help but notice someone was missing.
"She wanted so badly for her precious Azalee to be there with us," Free's friend and wedding photographer Ashley Frantz wrote on Facebook.
Free's daughter, Azalee, died from an agressive childhood cancer in 2013, according to Yahoo7. Azalee was six years old.
"She went to heaven before her mommy met the most wonderful man," according to Frantz. "Heartbroken that her girl wouldn't be here to experience this new journey with her, Amanda asked me to please incorporate Azalee into the pics somehow."
“The thought of taking my wedding pictures without her hurt my heart so bad,” Free told Yahoo7.
Frantz said the photos were "the most beautiful and difficult pictures I've ever been asked to do."
In one, Free reaches out to touch the cheeks of a translucent girl dressed in yellow.
“You can't put a price tag on the happiness she [Frantz] has brought to my broken heart," Free told Yahoo7. “Azalee was my best friend, and the love we shared was so special and Ashley knows that and she put her heart into creating a beautiful memory for me.”
On Free's wedding day, not one eye was dry as guests remembered Azalee while the bride and groom, Chip, released butterflies. One flew onto Free's dress and stayed for a moment before flying to a nearby tree branch.
"We all know it was Azalee," Frantz wrote in a Facebook post sharing the photos. "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."