Prom is a memorable night for any high school student, but especially for those in relationships. For young couples, prom offers an unforgettable date night to celebrate with the one you love.
But prom wouldn’t be the same for one student, who was unable to go with her boyfriend.
Skylar Fontaine, an 18-year-old high school senior from New Orleans, has been dating Pvt. Gage Moak for over a year. They met in high school, but Moak has since gone on to join the Marines.
With her March 16th prom night approaching, Fontaine realized that Moak wouldn’t be able to make it—he would be 1,000 miles away in combat training. She was disappointed, but understood the sacrifice he was making.
“It was his dream to become a Marine and I will make sure I stand at his side,” Fontaine told People. “I’ve been at his side throughout the entire process of him becoming a Marine and because of that, we share a special bond.
Still, Fontaine didn’t have a date for prom. But if she couldn’t go with Moak, she decided on the next-best thing:
His four-year-old brother!
The Marine’s young sibling Clay Moak, Jr. was happy to step in while his brother was on duty. He got into a tux and posed for some prom pics with Fontaine.
“He is like my own little brother,” Fontaine told Love What Matters of her prom date. “Gage’s family has been so accepting and loving towards me since day one!”
“They were so excited for these photographs to send to their son who is away!”
It doesn’t look like the 4-year-old hit the dance floor with all the high school seniors, but Fontaine thought the photoshoot would be a cute idea—both for her and for Gage.
“I thought these photos would be a sweet gesture to send to my boyfriend while he’s away,” she said. “He is a family man and very sentimental. He always puts his family first, and that’s his motivation to be a United States Marine.”
And Fontaine found an adorable way to pay tribute to her boyfriend’s military service.
“I had seen a child Marine costume online somewhere and I thought it was absolutely precious,” Fontaine told People. “I mentioned to his grandmother that it would be a great idea to take some pictures and send to Gage.”
In addition to a tux, Clay also posed in a Marine uniform, just like his brother’s.
The precious photoshoot was a bright spot in what could’ve been a disappointing day for the high school senior.
“Even though Gage is 1,000 miles away, a Moak still made sure I had a great prom!” Fontaine told Love What Matters.
“It meant so much to me to have Gage be a part of my night, even though he couldn’t actually be here with me.”
And when her boyfriend finally got the pics, he was incredibly moved by the surprise, and was thrilled to get a taste of home while in military training.
“I miss them and my family more than words can describe,” Ptv. Moak told WFLA.
“Seeing their smiles motivate me more than anything.”
My boyfriend is a Marine and isn’t home to take me to my senior prom… so his little brother stepped in and took his place. Needless to say, this girl is so happy 😍💞 pic.twitter.com/7CT5KT0cYX
— sky (@idk_skylar) March 16, 2018