Young girl gets dream 'wedding' ahead of heart surgery

Sophia Elyssa Chiappalone.
Sophia Elyssa Chiappalone. Facebook/Sassy Mouth Photography

WELCOME to the wedding of the year.

Five-year-old Sophia Elyssa Chiappalone, who has undergone two surgeries for several life-threatening heart defects, has long dreamed of her perfect wedding.

And before heading in for her third surgery, the young, brave girl asked if she could 'marry' her best friend Hunter.

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Who could say no?!

Thanks to the efforts of her family and friends, Sophia, dressed in beautiful dress complete with veil, exchanged vows with Hunter at the local playground.

The entire celebration was captured in a series of stunning shots - including photos on the slide and swing-set - by photographer Sassy Mouth.

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