Their heartwarming conversation was captured on film and went viral.
Over the weekend, a couple held a lovely wedding ceremony in Pennsylvania, which included the groom’s four-year-old kid from a prior relationship. His new stepmother chose to read his vows as well, and his reaction had the internet in tears.
Over the weekend, Josh and Emily Newville, both Marines stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Burlington County, New Jersey, married. The pair had been dating for two years before deciding to marry, according to CBS News. During that period, Emily had the opportunity to form a close friendship with her future stepson Gage, a relationship that resulted in a viral video from the Newville’s wedding.
Emily is reciting her “vows” to little Gage as his stepmom in the video. “I want you to be safe, do your hardest, and be a nice person,” she adds, her eyes welling up with tears. Gage flings himself at Emily, weeping and fiercely clutching her. Jessica Husted Photography caught the wonderful photographs.
And this is when Gage, Josh, the officiant, and other people in the crowd of loved ones all lost it. Because this is just too good to be true.
Emily continued, her voice trembling, determined to say what she needed to say to her new stepson. “I’m sure we’ll butt heads… But I sincerely hope that when you develop into a man, you will recognize my ways and recognize that I have only done what is best for you and that I love you.”
“The last thing I want you to understand is that you are a unique young man.” You are incredibly intelligent, attractive, and considerate to others. You have aided in the development of the woman I am today. I may not have given you the gift of life, but you were certainly given to me by life.”
Is it just me, or is anybody else avoiding the onion ninjas? Please don’t tell me it’s just me.
Emily finishes her vows and bends in to hug and kiss Gage before gently urging him to go see his uncle because the ceremony is still going on. The entire video is adorable for a variety of reasons, but the easygoing mood between this stepmom and her little kid is arguably the most important.
Emily describes her connection with Gage as “nothing short of perfection” and explains why she wants him to be a part of their wedding. “I wanted to include him because I was swearing to be Josh’s wife and stepmom at the same time.” I wanted to make him feel special and remind him of how important he is to me.”
She claims he was taken aback by his reaction. “He had no idea I was planning vows to him, and at four years old, I didn’t expect him to grasp what was going on, but his feelings say otherwise!”
Bringing two families together is never easy. Even if everyone engaged is on board, there are always obstacles to overcome. But it’s evident that Gage’s well-being is crucial in their household. “As his mother, I can tell that she is an excellent step-mother to him,” his mother said in response to the video’s remarks. “I couldn’t have chosen a better person. Gage is fortunate to have her, and I’m grateful I can rely on her to be there when I can’t!”
Gage has two mothers that adore him at the end of the day. And it’s a lovely sight to behold.