If you’re lucky enough to have a bonus baby from your partner’s previous relationship, you undoubtedly love them as your own.
It is no different for bride Emily Leehan. She loves her stepson Gage so much that on her wedding day she made two sets of vows.
One to her new husband Joshua Newville and another to his 4-year-old son. There wasn’t a dry eye at the ceremony at Quincy Cellars in Ripley, New York on Saturday.
Emily’s heartfelt words even brought little Gage to tears. Emily, who has known Gage since he was just two years old, cried his precious heart out when he heard her kind words.
“I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person,” Emily, a senior airman in the Air Force, told Gage.
Gage’s father is a sergeant in the Marines.
“I know that you and I will butt heads, but I hope that with all my heart, that as you become a grown man, you will understand my methods and realize that I have only done what is best for you and that I love you.”
Gage then began to cry, with Emily having to pause several time to console him.
“The last thing that I hope you learn that you are a very special boy,” the bride continued.
“You are so extremely smart, handsome and kind to others. You have helped make me into the woman that I am today. “
“I may not have given you the gift of life but life surely gave me the gift of you.”
Emily told HuffPost that Gage’s sweet reaction to the vows “meant everything to [her.]”
“There were so many nerves leading up to this moment, which is why my immediate reaction was giggling.”
“If I didn’t giggle I probably would have sobbed and not been able to finish,” she said. “I wanted to make sure he heard everything I had to say and that he knows how much I love him.”
The groom told ABC News that they made a point to let Gage know how special he made the ceremony.
The couple also plans to give him a written copy of the vows for him to keep.
“We were telling him, ‘You did awesome,’ and our family and friends were saying that and told him he made it even better,” Marine Joshua said.
The video was shared on Facebook over the weekend where it has been viewed more than 11 million times .
And if you think there is animosity betwee Gage’s bio mother and Emily, think again. Kali Nuckols has sung Emily’s praises as a stepparent.
Marine's Son Cries During Wedding Vows
Adorable moment as Marine's four-year-old son tearfully hugs his new stepmom during wedding vows: "I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you." http://abcn.ws/2tTR9CX
Posted by ABC News on Sonntag, 23. Juli 2017
“As his mother I can say that she is an amazing step-mother to him,” Kali wrote.
“I couldn’t have picked someone better. Gage is lucky to have her and I’m so thankful I can trust her to be there when I cannot be!”