A Tennessee man who is sick with terminal cancer gave his 20-year-old daughter the memory of a lifetime when he walked her down the aisle in a mock wedding last month.
Dressed in a white gown and her father clothed in a black suit and pink bowtie, David and Whitney Moore walked down a homemade aisle in the backyard of their Kingsport, Tennessee home on June 14.
Whitney’s 68-year-old father was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last October. He only has months to live.
During the special ceremony the father and daughter read handwritten letters to each other.
“In mine, I told him that no matter who I marry he will always be my number one man. He was the first man that I loved and honestly when my wedding day comes, it’s going to be hard, but there’s also no regrets and I know he’ll be smiling because he’s there,” Whitney told ABC News.
She added, “I hope that people look at this and are inspired. If they’re as close with their daddies as I am, this is something they should do. I’m a true Christian believer and I have so much faith and I believe everything happens for a reason.”
Whitney said she has always been a “Daddy’s girl,” but that bond has grown even stronger since his diagnosis nine months ago.
“I have no regrets with my daddy. I have said what I wanted to say. I told him what he needed to know and there’s no shame,” she said.
The pair also shared a father-daughter dance while the song, “Daddy, Dance with Me” played in the background.
David also presented his daughter with an engraved heart-shaped box that held a silver ring to remind her of her first love after he passes.
Whitney has no plans to marry anytime in the near future, but said the ceremony will always hold a special place in her heart.
“I would always hope my dad lives to see that day come, but if not, the special day on June 14 was like I was getting married. It was like my wedding day, so I know on my actual wedding day, it will feel the same. He’ll be there with me.”
David and his family are planning an August trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina so he can spend time fishing with his 13-year-old son.
*ABC News contributed to this report.