[VIDEO] 4-year-old boy moved to tears when new stepmom gives touching wedding vow

November 30, 2017 Last Updated: December 23, 2017

In July, a newly wed couple in New York tied the knot over a weekend. When exchanging their vows, the bride gave a heartfelt message to her stepson, who was moved to tears.

Two U.S. service members held their wedding ceremony on July 22 in Quincy Collars in Ripley. At the ceremony, the bride, Emily Leehan, a senior airman in the Air Force, gave a touching speech to her new stepson, Gage, whom she met when he was 2 years old.

“I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person. 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,” Leehan said to Gage.

The young boy cried and hugged his new stepmom and dad, Joshua Newville, who is a sergeant in the Marines.

“The last thing that 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. I may not have given you the gift of life but life surely gave me the gift of you,” Leehan continued.

Seeing Gage’s tearful reaction, the newly wed couple tried to comfort him with hugs and kisses.

Speaking to the Huffington Post, Leehan said that Gage’s reaction “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. I wanted to make sure he heard everything I had to say and that he knows how much I love him,” she added.

Recalling the wedding day and his son’s reaction, Newville said to ABC News, “When she started reciting the vows, that’s when the emotion took over and he lost it. The whole day was pretty emotional, so I was just trying to keep myself together and keep him together.”

Newville added that they were encouraging Gage. “We were telling him, ‘You did awesome,’ and our family and friends were saying that and told him he made it even better,” he said.

The heartwarming video was uploaded to Facebook, and soon after, social media started buzzing with positive comments from netizens, including one from Gage’s mother, Kali Nuckols, whom Newville said is a “great mother.”

“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!” Nuckols wrote.