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Woman in the famous 9/11 image, the same for her wedding photographer

Phil Penman, the photographer who captured this iconic photo of Joanne “JoJo” Capestro, in 2001, took Capestro the wedding photos 17 years later.

(Phil Penman)

A photographer who snapped an iconic photo of Joanne “JoJo” Capestro just a few moments after they escaped the collapsing towers in New York on 9/11, has captured another memorable moment in the life of the woman — her wedding day.

Capestro they came to work in Lower Manhattan that day feeling under the weather, but is willing to work as an executive assistant on the 87th floor of the North Tower.

As described in a blog post by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Capestro rushed down after she felt a shock at 8:46 pm, just as the first tower was hit.

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When they finally made it to the outside of the building and the land, they ran into a friend, and the two made a dash to Ground Zero, just as the South Tower collapsed.

That is, as a photographer Phil Penman captured the iconic photo of Capestro and her friend, who are seen to be covered with dirt, ashes and dirt. Capestro even similar to bare feet.

Penman, pointing to the picture and the chaos that the city endured in September 2001, said: “Life stopped on that day. And then re-started.”

Years later, when both Penman and Capestro were donating their work and assets in connection with the terrorist attacks on the 9/11 museum, the two decided to meet.

“When we met, he came into my office and just looked at me and I look at him and just started crying,” Capestro told the Daily Mirror.

“Phil was with me on the best day of my life and the worst day of my life”, Joanne Capestro told the Daily Mirror. “That’s how it all started and we kept in touch for all these years. Now here we are today and six weeks ago, on 11 August, he was the photographer at my wedding.”

(Phil Penman)

And since then, the duo has remained in the touch — close enough that Capestro asked Penman to photograph her wedding.

“Phil was with me on the best day of my life and the worst day of my life,” Capestro said. “That’s how it all started and we kept in touch for all these years. Now here we are today and six weeks ago, on 11 August, he was the photographer at my wedding.”

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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