Marine's Son Bursts Into Tears at New Stepmom's Wedding Vows

"I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you."

Updated 07/26/17

Photo by Jessica Husted Photography

The reading of the vows is often the most emotional moment of a wedding—the bride and groom are sharing their most intimate, personal feelings about their lifelong commitment to each other, after all! When U.S. Marine Corps. Sgt. Joshua Newville and his now-wife Senior Airman Emily Leehan exchanged vows at their wedding on July 22, they wanted to make sure Gage, Newville's four-year-old son, knew his special place in their joined family. After the newlyweds read each other their vows, Leehan pulled out a piece of paper with her own vows—specifically for Gage.

Photo by Jessica Husted Photography
Photo by Jessica Husted Photography

"I want you to be safe, and to try your hardest and to be a good person,"Leehan said. But the new bride hardly made it through the first few lines of her speech when Gage burst into tears, throwing his arms around his new stepmom.

Photo by Jessica Husted Photography
Photo by Jessica Husted Photography

"You have helped make me into the woman that I am today," Leehan read to her new stepson. "I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you."

Her sweet words were aimed at Gage, but there wasn't a dry eye in the audience. Photographer Jess Husted of Jessica Husted Photography captured the entire beautiful moment on camera, and her photos have since been shared across the internet.

Photo by Jessica Husted Photography
Photo by Jessica Husted Photography

"When she started reciting the vows, that’s when the emotion took over and he lost it,” Newville said in an interview with ABC News. "The whole day was pretty emotional, so I was just trying to keep myself together and keep him together."

Though Gage was overcome with emotion during the ceremony, he quickly rebounded for the reception, arriving to the hall wearing a Darth Vader mask on his head in honor of his favorite movie Star Wars.

"We were telling him, 'You did awesome,' and our family and friends were saying that and told him he made it even better," Newville said.

Watch the video below—we dare you not to shed a tear.

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