Wedding ceremonies tend to get emotional for everyone. Whether it’s family, close friends or the bride and groom themselves, someone is going to shed some tears. However, it’s usually not the youngest member of the wedding party, which is what makes Josh and Emily’s wedding so special.
When US Marine Corps Sergeant Joshua Newville married his wife, Senior Airman Emily Leehan, they never imagined that it would be as emotional for Josh’s son Gage as it was for them or the rest of their family. The cause for all the tears was the fact that Emily decided to write vows not only to her new husband, but to Gage as well. Luckily the whole ceremony was recorded and the photographer got the tender moment on video. And not long after Emily posted it, it went viral.
“I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person.” she wrote and read to Gage.
Emily thought that it was just as important she make the commitment to Gage as it was to make the commitment to Josh. This simple gesture may seem small, but the impact was huge. Not only to their friends and families, but to all blended families as well.
“You are so extremely smart, handsome and kind to others.You have helped shape me into the woman I am today and I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you.” she read on.
The gesture may seem like a small one, but not to Gage. He teared up as she read her words to him. Eventually he couldn’t take it and threw his arms around her, crying into her beautiful white dress. Emily tried to calm him down saying “Don’t cry baby,” but the tears kept coming. Josh also wrapped him in a hug and tried to convince him to be strong for the rest of the ceremony.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the in the crowd. Josh and Emily’s friends and family were touched at Gage’s reaction to the vows.
Blended families can be challenging sometimes, but Emily’s actions send a positive message. She shows that no matter how you are brought together, families can always be filled with love.
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