If you’re looking for a good cry, you’ve come to the right place. Jeni Stepien spent her year getting ready to walk down the aisle, but what should have been a joyous time in her life was simultaneously a painful one. Stepien tragically lost her father, Michael Stepien, in 2006 after he was murdered outside of Pittsburgh. Following his death, Michael’s organs were donated to a man named Arthur Thomas, who had been waiting 16 years for a heart transplant. And now ten years after that fateful surgery, Stepien was walked down the aisle by a man who carried her father’s heart.
“We’ve been talking to him and writing letters and calling and receiving flowers and sending gifts for the past 10 years and now it’s finally here,” she explained during an emotional interview with a local CBS affiliate. Though the pair had never met, Thomas made sure to be there for Stepien’s wedding day so her father could help give her away.
We’re drowning in a bucket of tears. Watch the emotional reunion below.