Bride Finds Secret Message From Her Late Mum On Her Wedding Shoes
Bride-to-be Emma, from Kibworth Beauchamp in Leicestershire, got engaged in 2016 and has been planning for her August 2019 wedding ever since. But when she received her bridal shoes last week she sound a secret hidden on the soul that left her floored with emotion.
One month after her engagement the mother of the bride was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died in 2017, sadly before seeing Emma walk down the aisle.
When Emma's bridal shoes arrived and she discovered her mum had secretly paid for them, she was touched.
But it was when Emma, 38, looked underneath and saw a surprise message written on the soles that she was bowled over.
It read: "Wanted you to have a gift from me on your wedding day. Your wedding shoes are my gift to you.
"Hope you have a magical day. Lots and lots of love and big hugs, MUM xxxx"
Emma, who is marrying her fiancé Richard in August, told the BBC: "It's been so hard planning a wedding without having her with me, and I have had lots of tears."
She received the shoes in the post on Saturday, adding: "I had absolutely no idea, my fiancé knew about it. It was just an absolute shock.
"I pulled out the one shoe and I saw part of the message and I couldn't think who it would be."
When she realised who the message was from: "I started to cry... I was just absolutely in bits. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk."
When her mum had been given one to two years to live after a terminal lung-cancer, diagnosis, she wrote letters to other members of the family.
But Emma didn't receive one. "I didn't get a letter, she just ran out of time," Emma explained, "So this is special to me."
Emma received many messages of support after sharing photos of the sentimental shoes online.
She explained: "It's really nice to hear that obviously, what I'm feeling, that other people have gone through it, and to know that there are people out there who are planning weddings and not having their mum there."
Amanda Weise, who runs the online shop Lace and Love which customises shoes, said it was "lovely" to be able to be involved in the touching gift.
"It's probably the most emotional pair of shoes I'm ever going to make," said Amanda.
"Hopefully it will give her a bit of comfort on the day. It will be like walking down the aisle with her mum."
Amanda explained that she was contacted by Emma's mum a few weeks after Emma's wedding-shoe order was placed.
"It was her mum who told me she had cancer and wouldn't be there for Emma's wedding day. She told me on the first message she sent me.
"Her mum actually emailed me and said she wanted to pay for the shoes. I said, 'well she's already paid half'. She said, 'can I pay for it all and then you refund her the money when she gets the shoes?'
"I was aware that she was terminally ill at the time. I think Emma was kind of hoping she would see the wedding. From the message that she wrote, I think she did intend for it to be after she was gone."
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