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Photo of bride kneeling at father’s grave goes viral

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Posted at 11:04 PM, Jun 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-27 23:04:12-04

It`s a picture that`s captured the hearts of people around the world.  A young bride was seen kneeling at her father`s resting place

“When she fell down to her knees and started crying, that emotion immediately overcame me,” says Kari Wieringa, the photographer.

She photographed the bride, in her gown, seen pressing her head against her late father's headstone.

“I know when I captured it, I started crying and so I knew what a great moment was. Not just for me to be a part of but just that I was able to capture it for her,” says Wieringa.

Kari said she was so touched by the photo that she decided to post it on her Facebook Fan Page. Within days, that picture has more than 700,000 likes. The response was overwhelming, especially for the bride.

“Like I understand the impact it has on me, but it`s so strange to think that this photo is having such an impact one everybody else,” says Paige Eding.

23-year-old Paige Eding, of Zeeland Michigan, lost her dad, Mark, in 2011.

He died from a lung infection at 45 years old.

“There`s joy and peace in my heart, knowing that he was there and I was doing something to respect him,” said Eding.

Paige's story certainly has touched the lives of thousands, including the woman behind the camera.

Kari's mom passed away when she was 7.

“I lost my mom when I was little, so just having that parent not present for your wedding. That`s a pretty big day. It`s something you dream about, having your mom and dad there,” says Wieringa.

That`s exactly what Paige wanted. To be able to include her dad, on the day she married her husband, Kevin.

It`s a moment, the bride will never forget

“And that`s all I can really hope for is that he knows how much we miss him,” says Eding.