This Little Girl Mistook a Bride for Cinderella, and It's the Sweetest Thing You'll See All Day

"Cinderella explained that they had to go because she had a ball to get to."

Updated 10/23/18

Photo by Nicole Wickins Photography

If a dream is a wish your heart makes, then one unsuspecting five-year-old girl hit the fantasy jackpot after running into an IRL "Cinderella."

No, it wasn't an actual Disney princess, but recent bride Olivia Spark certainly looked the part. While taking wedding photos with her new husband, Caleb, at Akron Falls Park in New York on October 13, Spark was greeted by young Layla Lester, who actually mistook the newlywed for one of her favorite fairy-tale characters.

"She just goes running over, arms wide open, 'Cinderella! Cinderella!'" Layla's mother, Jessica, told WIVB of her daughter's reaction.

Thankfully, the couple's photographer, Nicole Wickins, captured Layla's entire interaction with the princess-worthy bride, posting the pictures to her Facebook page. "[Layla] told Olivia she was beautiful and wanted to touch her dress," the mother of the groom, who witnessed the exchange, explained via the post. "My son and daughter-in-law and their wedding party were moved to tears by this little girl. Their photographer took photos of the little girl and they spent some time with her. Then Cinderella explained that they had to go because she had a ball to get to."

Spark played her role well, according to Jessica. "She was just so sweet with her and just kept talking to her and asking her questions," Layla's mother added. "Layla loved her and she fell in love so fast."

A few members of Spark's bridal party were also likened to fellow Disney princesses. "She even called a few of the bridesmaids Ariel and Belle," Jessica told Buffalo, New York–based website Totally Buffalo.

The bride may have cast a magical impression on Layla, but the feeling was undoubtedly mutual. "I was flattered," said Spark. "I was like in tears that she thought I was a princess, and it just made my day absolutely more amazing than it already was."

Although Spark and her Prince Charming had a very important "ball" on their agenda and had to part ways with their newfound fan, the story doesn't end there. After word got out of Layla's "Cinderella" meet-and-greet, community members have stepped in as Fairy Godmothers and created a GoFundMe to send the princess enthusiast, who has autism, and her family to Disney World. It doesn't get more fairy tale–esque than this.

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