Plenty of people are susceptible to tears during wedding ceremonies – but this 4-year-old boy couldn’t contain his emotions when his stepmom gave him a special message during the vows.

Senior Air Force airwoman Emily Leehan and U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Joshua Newville got married in New Jersey earlier this week in front of 130 guests. However, there was one person in particular who Leehan and Newville wanted to include in the ceremony: Newville’s adorable son Gage.

When Leehan was giving her wedding vows, she gave a special little speech to her stepson.

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“I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person,” Leehan tells a tearful Gage. “I know that you and I will butt heads, except for right now. But I hope, with all my heart, that as you become a grown man, you will understand my methods and realize I’ve only done what is best for you and that I love you.”

“The last thing that I hope you learn is that you are a very special boy,” she says. “You are so extremely smart, handsome and kind to others. You have helped make me into the woman I am today, and I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you.”

Throughout the speech, Gage is hugging her waist and crying over his stepmother’s kind words – and it is the sweetest thing you have ever seen.

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