US Marine Corps Sergeant Joshua Newville and Senior Airman Emily Leehan got married on Saturday at Quincy Cellars in Ripley, New York in a ceremony which turned out to be a moving and heartwarming ceremony. However, it was not the love between Joshua and Emily which had people wiping the tears from their faces, it was actually a beautiful moment between the bride and her new stepson that had everyone talking.
For young kids, the transition from having one mom to two is never easy and the relationship can be rather troublesome at times which is why Emily wanted to get off to the best possible start with little Gage. In the ceremony, instead of turning to her groom to say her vows, Emily looked down at her adorable four-year-old stepson and began reading the personal vows she had written to him.
Emily began “I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person” Her opening remarks led the four-year-old overcome with emotion and Gage proceeded to burst into tears and went over to wrap his arms around Emily. In response to his expression, she calmly told him “Don’t cry baby.” At this point, all of the wedding guests were in awe of the moment as was his father. Joshua then swept up his little boy and said “Buddy. It’s okay.”
Emily then continued “I hope you learn that you are a very special boy, you are so extremely smart, handsome and kind to others. You have helped make me into the woman that I am today.”
Emily finished her speech by stating “you have helped shape me into the woman that I am today and I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you.” At this point, the bride leaned over to give Gage a kiss and he was already waiting for a hug with outstretched arms.
The emotional moment had everyone, including the bride and groom in tears. It was something extra special that would never be forgotten on their wedding day. The love radiating from the family was incredibly powerful and looked to set them up beautifully on their journey through life together.
As for the newlyweds, Joshua and Emily, they were still on active duty when they said their vows and are expected to return to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Trenton, New Jersey to continue in serving their country. They may have to postpone their honeymoon, but the love between them shows no signs of diminishing.