In Pennsylvania, a couple held a lovely wedding ceremony that included the groom’s four-year-old kid from a prior relationship. This boy’s new stepmother chose to recite vows to him as well, and the residents were moved to tears by his reply.
Josh and Emily Newville met at work in Burlington County, New Jersey, and had been dating for two years before they decided to marry. During that period, Emily had the opportunity to form a deep friendship with her future stepson Gage, a relationship that resulted in a viral video from the Newvilles’ wedding.
Emily can be heard reciting her “vows” to toddler Gage as his stepmom in the video. Through tears, she expressed herself.
“I just want you to be safe, do your hardest, and be a decent person,” Gage says, weeping and squeezing Emily firmly. This was photographed by Jessica Husted Photography.
And this is when Gage, Josh, the officiant, and even some people in the crowd of loved ones all lost it. This is just too delicious to bear.
The stepmom persisted, her voice trembling, determined to tell her new stepson what she had to say. “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.”
Emily concluded her vows and went down to hug and kiss Gage before gently persuading him to go to his uncle’s wedding.
The easygoing attitude between this stepmom and her young one is definitely the most endearing aspect of the video
Emily described her connection with Gage as “nothing short of perfection,” which is why she wanted him to be a part of their wedding. “I wanted to include him because when I promised to be Josh’s wife, I also promised to be his stepmom,” she explained. 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!”
Even when all parties involved are sympathetic, merging families is never easy. There are still obstacles to clear. However, it’s evident that Gage’s well-being is vital in their family. “As his mother, I can tell that she is a great step-mother to him,” his biological 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!”