PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Her father died in 2006, but his heart was there to walk her down aisle.

Thanks to an organ donation, her father’s heart was donated to Arthur Thomas. Leading up to the big day, bride Jeni Stepien did some investigating and found Thomas, she then wrote him a letter and asked him if he would be willing to walk her down the aisle.

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“It is just like having my father here, and better because we get to share this story with other people, and people get to see that organ donors do matter,” Stepien said.

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Thomas made the trip from New Jersey to Pittsburgh. This is the first time the two families have met.

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