The bride-to-be Becky said that her dad was "getting weaker by the day, and unfortunately, we have to do this as soon as possible."
Planning a wedding isn't just about celebrating the union of two people but it's also sharing the joyous occasion with close loved ones. Any bride-to-be would want her father by her side, especially during the father-daughter dance at the ceremony. For Becky Carey, her excitement was short-lived as she learned that her beloved father would not live to walk her down the aisle or share a father-daughter dance. Becky’s father US Air Force Colonel Timothy Carey had been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate and pancreatic cancer and had been battling the disease for 4 years. But Becky was determined to immortalize the traditional dance between father and daughter in a series of beautiful photographs.
Elementary school teacher Becky Carey and her fiancé, Matt, from Virginia had been trying to settle on a date for their engagement photoshoot with their photographer, Bonnie Turner. According to Little Things, Tim could no longer handle treatment and was slated to go into hospice care. Becky knew time was ticking and she made the call to change plans. Becky then requested a photoshoot with her father instead. When Bonnie read the bride-to-be's email, she knew there was no way she could deny the moving request. “We haven’t had professional family photos taken since my brother and I were little, and this would mean so much to us,” Becky wrote to the photographer for the family photoshoot request. “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.”
On the day of the shoot, Becky was wearing her wedding dress and her father was in his Air Force uniform and they were dancing in her childhood backyard. The dad's favorite song “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers was played and the two danced the father-daughter dance. The moment was so emotional, neither of them could hold back the tears. He started crying, so of course, I started crying,” she told InsideEdition.com. “It was sad,” she said. “But it was also beautiful. “I had been in chosen denial about how sick he was,” Becky added. As she danced with her 70-year-old father, she joked in his ear, "This is just practice and just for fun." "We were able to talk and laugh," she said.
The moving photographs of the bride-to-be and smiling father have since gone viral. Sadly, Tim died 5 months after the photoshoot and before he could ever attend his daughter's wedding. "He wanted to make it" to his daughter's wedding this fall, but his body gave out. The people at the hospice folks had delivered a hospital bed to the family home, "but he didn't want to go there because he didn't want to go yet," Becky said. The family tucked him into his own bed. "We found him at 7:30 in the morning," she said. He passed away in his sleep. As heartbreaking as this story is at least the beautiful moment shared between the sweet father and daughter will live on. Bonnie Turner herself was so moved by Becky's story she set up a GoFundMe page on her behalf.