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Princess for day: Girl with autism mistakes bride for Cinderella

It was a magical wedding not only for the bride and her new husband, but also for a complete stranger who believed she had walked into a fairy tale story.

Olivia Spark and her new husband were taking their wedding photos at Akron Falls Park in New York on Oct. 13, WIVB reported

Layla Lester, 5, was there too and thought her dream had come true -- Cinderella was at her park. 

“She just goes running over, arms wide open, [yelling] ‘Cinderella, Cinderella,’” Jessica Lester told WIVB

The photographer, Nicole Wickins, started taking photos of the “princess” meet and greet. 

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“I was really caught off-guard because there’s a little girl that none of us had known, so I wasn’t sure if I should take pictures. But it kind of just felt like the thing to do,” Wickins told WIVB

Jessica Lester told WIVB sometimes her daughter doesn’t know how to deal with people, especially ones she doesn’t know, because she has autism. But in the little girl’s mind, Spark was familiar because, in Layla’s eyes, she was the Disney princess.

“She [Spark] was just so sweet with her [Layla] and just keep talking to her and asking her questions. Layla loved her and she fell in love so fast,” Lester told WIVB.

But it wasn’t just the the starstruck little girl’s mother who had a lasting impression of the interaction.

“I was flattered. I was like in tears that she thought I was a princess, and it just made my day absolutely more amazing than what it already was,” Spark told WIVB.

Spark met Layla again this weekend and gave her gifts. Layla is still calling Sparks Cinderella. 

But the story could be even more magical. The chance meeting has inspired the community to help get Layla to meet the “real” Cinderella. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help send Layla and the rest of her family to Walt Disney World so she can meet all of the Disney princesses, WIVB reported.

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