U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Newville of Ripley, N.Y. got married to Senior Airman Emily Leehan but while the wedding ceremony itself was beautiful, it was Emily’s moment with Josh’s son Gage that stole the hearts of millions of netizens.
The boy was so touched that his stepmom includes him in the wedding vows, creating her own vow to him that even at such a young age, he was crying his heart out as he listened to her words. Some netizens think that was merely stage fright but videographer Michael Gallagher thinks it was not the case.
According to Michael who is also a family friend, Gage is a jolly and brave young lad who smiled as he walked down the aisle – and the boy even made his grand entrance to the reception in a Darth Vader mask! So, his tears during the wedding vows were genuine.
After Josh and Emily exchanged their marriage vows, she stopped the ceremony for a while to call on Gage to the front so she can also give him her own mommy vows.
“I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person. I know that you and I will butt heads. But I hope with all my heart that as you become a grown man, you will understand my methods and realize I have only done what is best for you and that I love you.
The last thing that I hope you learn is that you are a very special boy. 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.”
As Emily said those words, Gage cried so hard that his sobs nearly drowned Emily’s words. It was such a beautiful moment that it quickly went viral on social media.
But what does Gage’s biological mom have to say about this? Well, she was actually quite happy that Gage has an additional mom to love him!
“As his mother I can say she’s an awesome addition to the family and they love each other so much. He’s got so many people that love him, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!” Käli Nuckols commented on the post by Good Morning America.