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This Bride With Cancer Did An Incredibly Breathtaking Photo Shoot

Her wedding vendors surprised her with the photo shoot of a lifetime.

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Dede Daniel has a lot on her plate — not only is the mother of two planning a wedding to her fiancé, Stephen Long, but she has stage 2 breast cancer. Thanks to the kindness of strangers, she recently did an engagement photo shoot fit for royalty.

Daniel was diagnosed in November, and began chemotherapy in January.

Just hours after she completed her first treatment, Long proposed.

In search of a beautiful, affordable venue in the Atlanta area, Daniel wrote a letter to a host of The Bert Show, her favorite radio show, to explain her situation and ask for a venue recommendation.

The host read her letter on air, and before Daniel knew it, a planner, a photographer, a florist, and more all donated their services to help her dream wedding become a reality.

As part of the package photographer Loyall Hart donated, he surprised Daniel and Long with an unforgettable photo shoot at the Swan House at Atlanta History Center on March 6.

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"My planner Summer McLane told me they were going to do some pictures, but not a lot of other detail," Daniel told BuzzFeed. "I thought they were just pictures for our save-the-dates. When we got there, they had a videographer, a camera crew, a makeup lady. It was awesome."

The anxiety, however, didn't last. "As I got more comfortable, I took it off," she said. "It was empowering."

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"I’m sick, but I’m going to live my life anyway," she said. "Cancer isn’t a death sentence."

Daniel said she and Long felt "like celebrities" the whole day, but the royal treatment didn't stop there.

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Hart, her photographer, went to one of Daniel's chemotherapy treatments after the shoot and brought her a framed photo from the session.

Daniel has four chemotherapy treatments left, and a double mastectomy planned for July 11. If doctors find no signs of cancer spread after that, she will go into remission — just in time for her Sept. 10 wedding.

"The wedding is going to be super special for me and Stephen, but also for and our children. Our kids [Daniel has two, and Long has five] are our wedding party," she said. "I’m going to bawl like a baby."

Between the surprise shoot and the generosity of strangers, Daniel's feeling a lot of extra love during her engagement.

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"I want to make sure everyone knows we feel super grateful and blessed by everybody that donated to make this amazing for us during such a difficult time," she said. "I want to encourage other women going through breast cancer that they don't have to be scared or worried, they can still have great lives, and they can get through it."