A stepmother whispered 6 words to the 4-year-old stepson at the wedding – he burst into tears at once.

There’s a special kind of magic in weddings that can bring even the toughest of us to tears of joy.

This sentiment was never more evident than in the heartwarming story of young Gage, whose emotional journey during his father’s wedding touched the hearts of people worldwide.

Imagine being just four years old and thrust into the spotlight of your father’s wedding. For Gage Newville, this was more than just a family affair; it was a moment that would leave an indelible mark on his young heart.

In the quaint town of Ripley, New York, the stage was set for a wedding that would capture the attention of people around the globe. Surrounded by loved ones, US Marine Corps sergeant Joshua Newville prepared to exchange vows with his beloved, Senior Airman Emily Leehan.

Little Gage was doing quite the job of keeping it together. That was until his father’s bride read vows that she had written specifically for him….

When she delivered them, with an already-emotional audience watching on, it all became a bit much for Gage to bear.

Leehan had barely started her recital when Gage succumbed to tears. According to the Daily Mail, Leehan began, “I want you to stay safe, give your best, and be a good person.”

Before she could proceed, Gage enveloped her in his arms, overcome with emotion.

As anticipated, the audience collectively sighed in sympathy as Leehan attempted to soothe him. “Don’t cry, darling,” she reassured, though at that moment, it was understandable if Gage let his guard down.

“The last thing thing I hope you learn is that you are a special boy,” Leehan went on to say. “You are so extremely smart, handsome, and kind to others. 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.”

Keep reading to see the heartwarming video…

It wasn’t entirely surprising that both Leehan and Newville found themselves shedding tears before completing their vows. However, Gage managed to steal the spotlight admirably, not only with his striking suit and enraptured gaze as Leehan began her vows but also with a reaction that is sure to capture hearts worldwide.

As reported by US outlet ABC7, the newlyweds, Leehan and Newville, remained on active duty immediately after the ceremony, postponing their honeymoon. Instead, they returned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to embark on their married life.

Nevertheless, their wedding was truly unforgettable. You can view the touching moment of Gage hearing Leehan’s vows in the video below – it’s a tearjerker, so have tissues handy.


What a beautiful celebration, serving as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of love. We extend our heartfelt wishes to Joshua and Emily for a lifetime of happiness together.

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