Jim Zetz, 62 from Murieta California was sadly diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which meant the time he had left with his beloved wife and daughter was tragically short. Jim wanted to leave his family with one major memory to cherish.

The spark ignited during a photoshoot with Lindsay Villatoro. The photographer had noticed the exceptional bond between Jim and Grace, which had resulted from their struggles. She said “the most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths”

During the next 72 hours Lindsay got busy by securing financial contributions, a wedding cake, dress, flowers, catering and even free hair and make-up.

The following photos were taken from the inspirational event which followed; you may need a few tissues.

Grace told the photographer about her 11 year old daughter’s heartache in knowing her father would not be present at her wedding.

Lindsay helped the Zets family organize a memorable day for Josie and her Father.

It took place on Josie’s 11th birthday.

Since Josie’s wedding would happen long after her father’s passing, they threw a wedding that Jim could attend.

Jim happily walked his daughter down the aisle.

Jim placed the ring on Josie’s finger and they were pronounced “Daddy and Daughter” Tears were shed.

This event will live on in the Zets family’s’ heart long after Jims passing, something Josie will undoubtedly recall with bittersweet reflection.

At the wedding Josie stated that “this is the best day of my life.” 

Seeing how the Zets family dealt with their struggle is truly inspirational. It’s sad to watch sickness tear a family apart and reminds us to cherish and appreciate the time we have with our loved ones while they are healthy.