Few moments evoke tears of joy quite like a wedding.
This poignant truth was a lesson young Gage, a four-year-old, learned firsthand as he grappled with his emotions while attending the marriage of his father, US Marine Corps Sergeant Joshua Newville, to Senior Airman Emily Leehan in Ripley, New York.
Gage valiantly attempted to hold his composure throughout the ceremony, until the pivotal moment arrived: the instant when the bride, Senior Airman Emily Leehan, recited vows she had crafted specifically for him. This was the trigger for Gage’s emotional floodgate to open. It marked a profoundly proud moment for Gage Newville, who stood beside his father as he exchanged vows with his future wife, Senior Airman Emily Leehan.
However, the unsuspecting four-year-old was unaware that Leehan had composed a set of vows exclusively for him. As she uttered these heartfelt words in front of a already-moved audience, the emotional intensity proved too much for Gage to bear. With Leehan’s tender words, Gage’s tears flowed uncontrollably. The crowd couldn’t help but respond with collective affectionate sounds as Leehan attempted to console him. “Don’t cry, baby,” she whispered, fully aware of the overwhelming emotion the situation had stirred in him.
Leehan continued, “The last thing I hope you learn is that you are a special boy. You are so incredibly intelligent, handsome, and kind to others. You have played a pivotal role in shaping me into the woman I am today. I might not have given you the gift of life, but life undeniably blessed me with the gift of you.”
Predictably, both Leehan and Newville were moved to tears by their own words before concluding their vows. Gage, however, managed to unwittingly steal the spotlight with his genuine reactions—whether it was his impeccable suit, his wide-eyed gaze during Leehan’s vows, or his touching emotional response.
According to a report by US outlet ABC7, the newlyweds, Leehan and Newville, remained on active duty following the ceremony and couldn’t embark on their honeymoon immediately. Instead, they returned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to begin their married life together.
Nonetheless, their wedding ceremony left an indelible mark. The video capturing Gage’s reaction to Leehan’s vows has tugged at countless heartstrings. For those who wish to view the emotional scene, be prepared with tissues at hand.
This heartwarming ceremony serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring strength of love. Our warmest wishes go out to Joshua and Emily as they embark on this new chapter together.
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