A 4-year-old boy’s emotional reaction to hearing his new stepmom’s wedding vows is melting hearts across the country.

Joshua and Emily Newville are both U.S. Marines stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, WCBS reports.

The couple dated for two years before officially tying the knot over the weekend. Emily was reading vows to Joshua’s son, Gage, when the 4-year-old boy suddenly burst into tears.

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“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,” Emily said during her vows.

Gage burst into tears and hugged his new mom as she read.

“I wanted to involved him because when I was vowing to be Josh’s wife, I was also vowing to be his stepmom. I wanted him to feel special and to remind him of how much he means to me,” she said. “He had no idea that I had planned vows to him, and at 4 years old I really didn’t expect him to understand what was going on, but his emotions tell a different story!”

Watch the touching moment below:

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