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Bride Uses Engagement Photo Session to Capture Her Father-Daughter Dance With Dying Father

Bonnie Turner Photography

Photographer Bonnie Turner first met bride Becky Carey last year.

Turner was hired to shoot Carey’s engagement photos when she received an email from the then-future bride asking for a “huge” favor.

In the email, which Turner shared on Facebook, Carey asked if they could reschedule the shoot and change the context of it.

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Met this darling woman end of Spring last year. She got engaged and booked an engagement session with me. Never settled on exact date due to all the rain we had been getting. We were constantly in touch because we connected so well. Then I received this email in September. "Hi there, So I know you probably think I am the biggest photo session flake in the whole world, I'm so sorry for being all over the place with our requests changing. Yet, I have a huge ask, to see if it is possible. I had to write this in email because I couldn't keep it together to talk on the phone. My dad has been fighting Prostate cancer and his body is now at the point where it can't handle more treatment. We found out yesterday that he starts hospice this week. We'd really love to use the deposit Matt gave you to do a family photo session. Matt and I will worry about our photos later, because this is more pressing with time. We haven't had professional family photos taken since my brother and I were little, and this would mean so much to us. 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. This weekend (on Sunday) a good friend of mine who does videography is doing a really special favor for me- My dad and I are getting dressed up to film our first dance so that I can have it at my wedding. Dad is getting weaker by the day and unfortunately we have to do this as soon as possible. I wanted to see if you were able and willing to come and take photos at my parent's house in Woodbridge on this really last minute request. We are throwing this plan together really fast because we don't know how long we have before he won't be able to. I know this is a huge ask and no worries if you can't do it. It's not an ideal location, but I know you can make anything look gorgeous. (Except maybe not my ugly crying that I will try to get out before hand.) Please let me know your thoughts. You can email or text me. I just didn't want to send a 4 page text! Thanks girl, talk to you soon. xo" (Read more in the comments)

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As Carey explained, her father — who had been battling cancer for quite some time — would be going into hospice care after being unable to continue on with treatment.

The email read:

Hi there,

So I know you probably think I am the biggest photo session flake in the whole world, I’m so sorry for being all over the place with our requests changing. Yet, I have a huge ask, to see if it is possible. I had to write this in email because I couldn’t keep it together to talk on the phone.

My dad has been fighting Prostate cancer and his body is now at the point where it can’t handle more treatment. We found out yesterday that he starts hospice this week. We’d really love to use the deposit Matt gave you to do a family photo session. Matt and I will worry about our photos later, because this is more pressing with time. We haven’t had professional family photos taken since my brother and I were little, and this would mean so much to us. 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.

Carey continued:

This weekend (on Sunday) a good friend of mine who does videography is doing a really special favor for me- My dad and I are getting dressed up to film our first dance so that I can have it at my wedding. Dad is getting weaker by the day and unfortunately we have to do this as soon as possible. I wanted to see if you were able and willing to come and take photos at my parent’s house in Woodbridge on this really last minute request. We are throwing this plan together really fast because we don’t know how long we have before he won’t be able to.

I know this is a huge ask and no worries if you can’t do it. It’s not an ideal location, but I know you can make anything look gorgeous. (Except maybe not my ugly crying that I will try to get out before hand.)

Please let me know your thoughts. You can email or text me. I just didn’t want to send a 4 page text!

Thanks girl, talk to you soon. xo

Turner made sure to be there to capture the emotional moment for the bride, her father, and their family.

In March, months after the photo shoot took place, Turner shared the pictures from that day on Facebook.

Met this darling woman Becky A Carey end of Spring last year. She got engaged and booked an engagement session with me….

Posted by Bonnie Turner Photography on Thursday, March 28, 2019

Turner wrote:

She knew he possibly wouldn’t make it to walk her down the aisle or share that father-daughter dance on her wedding day. So she took it upon herself to scratch those engagement photos for a while and share that father-daughter moment in the back yard where she grew up.

The photographer shared the photos on March 28 after being told that Carey’s father had passed away, adding that “he fought so hard for a very long time.”

Turner told Dearly that Carey and her mom have found a lot of comfort in their story now going viral:

“It has been such a heartbreaking yet amazing story.

Becky and her mom have found a lot of comfort by the love and kind words that so many strangers have said. They enjoy sitting down and going through those comments.”

A GoFundMe has since been started to help the family with funeral costs.

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