5-Year Old with Heart Ailment Marries Best Friend, Is Too Precious for Words

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WARNING: The following photo gallery will make you cry.

It's all but guaranteed.

But we still think it's worth your time to read about a five-year girl named Sophia Chiappalone.

She hails from Connecticut and she was born with a serious heart defect.

Prior to going in for her fourth surgery, Sophia told her parents that she wanted to marry her best friend, a four-year old named Hunter.

With the assistance of photographer Marisa Balletti-Lavoie, Sophia's parents turned this dream into an amazing reality.

Scroll down for all the details, and grab a box of tissues as you do:

1. This is Sophia

This is Sophia
She has tragically been in and out of the hospital for most of her young life.

2. Such a Sad Story

Such a Sad Story
Sophia was born with a genetic heart defect and not expected to live past the age of two.

3. Sophia is Due to Undergo a Fourth Surgery on Her Heart

Sophia is Due to Undergo a Fourth Surgery on Her Heart
First, however, she asked for something special: Could she marry her best friend, Hunter?

4. Too Precious for Words

Too Precious for Words
"That’s all she wanted in the world, was to marry the love of her life," Sophia's mom, Kristy, told a local NBC affiliate.

5. The Perfect Bride

The Perfect Bride
"She was born with half of a heart — the whole right side of her heart was missing," added Kristy to NBC upon sharing these photos and this story.

6. Enter Marisa Balletti-Lavoie

Enter Marisa Balletti-Lavoie
The photographer was only too happy to help with this special project. (And you can follow her on Facebook at Sassy Mouth Photo.)

7. A Huge Honor

A Huge Honor
"I was so honored and excited to be the one to document the big day!!" wrote Marisa on Instagram.

8. Where Were the Pictures Snapped?

Where Were the Pictures Snapped?
At a local park.

9. Pure Joy All Around

Pure Joy All Around
"That was a happiness that I have not seen from Sophia in so long," Kristy said.

10. Look at This Face!

Look at This Face!
"I teared up watching her get all dressed up," added her mom. Of course. How could she not?

11. What's Next?

What's Next?
Sophia is suffering from lung failure and needs another procedure. She and her family will travel to Boston Children’s Medical Center to have the risky, open heart surgery.

12. But At Least They Will Always Have This Memory

But At Least They Will Always Have This Memory
"She’s a walking miracle," Kristy says. "There is no life expectancy at this time because there’s no reason for her to be alive."

13. The "Bride" and Her Mother

The "Bride" and Her Mother
What a beautiful photo.

14. There Goes the Heroic Bride

There Goes the Heroic Bride
"I hope that Sophia is going to live a long life and marry Hunter when she’s 25," her mom says. "But my hope for the future is that Sophia stays happy and healthy as long as her body can handle."

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