Family & Parenting

5-year-old Girl Gets A Dream ‘wedding’ Photo Shoot Before Open-heart Surgery

"This might be the only time I ever see her in a wedding dress."

Five-year-old Sophia Chiappalone wasn’t expected to live past age 2. She was born with a rare genetic defect, which left her with no connection between her heart and pulmonary arteries, meaning there’s no way for blood to flow to her lungs. She’s already undergone multiple surgeries, and she has another one scheduled soon.

Her mom asked Sophia what she’d like to do before her surgery, and she said she wanted to marry her best friend, Hunter Laferriere.

“That’s all she wanted in the world, was to marry the love of her life,” Sophia’s mom, Kristy Somerset-Chiappalone, told NBC Connecticut.

Of course, her mom was more than willing to make that dream come true for her little girl, and after speaking with Hunter’s mom, who was also happy to help, the sweetest photo shoot in history took place.

Sassy Mouth Photography was hired to take photos of the two children—decked out in miniature wedding attire—playing in the park. The end results are absolutely adorable.

According to Hunter’s mom, Tracy, the photo session was just as magical in person.

“He’d do anything to make her happy,” she told Cosmopolitan. “She always agrees to play Mario with him, so I think he’d happily marry her. They have a chemistry that’s magnetic, it’s adorable to watch.”

And, of course, the photo shoot was a very special moment for Sophia’s mom as well.

“I was trying so hard to be strong,” Somerset-Chiappalone told ABC News. “I’m trying to be strong for Sophia. In reality, she’s slipping into heart failure more and more, and this might be the only time I ever see her in a wedding dress. That was going through my head.”

It’s difficult to know exactly what to expect for the little girl, considering she’s in rather uncharted medical territory with her undiagnosed disease.

“She’s a walking miracle,” Somerset-Chiappalone told NBC Connecticut. “There is no life expectancy at this time because there’s no reason for her to be alive.”

You can follow Sophia’s progress via Facebook and donate to help her mom pay for her current and future medical expenses through GoFundMe.

“I hope that Sophia is going to live a long life and marry Hunter when she’s 25,” Somerset-Chiappalone said. “But my hope for the future is that Sophia stays happy and healthy as long as her body can handle.”

We are sincerely hoping that little Sophia continues to beat the odds—and that she and Hunter live happily ever after.