One bride recently experienced an exceptionally-emotional walk down the aisle, after greeting her husband, who’s deaf, with a sign-language version of Christina Perri’s love ballad, “A Thousand Years.”
The bride, Elizabeth Shoesmith of Sydney, Australia, shared footage from the intimate moment via Facebook on January 28, writing: “This is how I chose to [honor] my deaf husband at our wedding ceremony yesterday. It was a magical moment and one neither of us will ever forget.”
According to AWM, Scott started to lose his hearing when he was five years old and was deaf by age eight. The couple met on Tinder two years ago and Elizabeth quickly started learning sign language. In the months leading up to their wedding, Elizabeth learned how to sign the lyrics of their favorite song.
In the video, the bride stands on one end of the aisle in a strapless, white lace wedding gown as Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” plays in the background.
Adoring guests look on at the intimate gesture, while the bride solely has eyes on the groom, standing at the end of the altar. She then signs along to the song—made famous by the Twilight film franchise—as the groom slowly breaks down in response.
“Even though Scott is deaf, I have never felt more heard in my life,” Shoesmith subsequently told Love What Matters in a submission. “For every joy he has brought into my life over the last two years, I wanted to surprise him with my entrance.”
The clip itself has garnered over 2 million views, and it’s been shared more than 21,500 times on Facebook.
“I won’t lie, I was terrified before walking into the ceremony,” she continued. “But the moment I locked eyes with him I never looked away and it was a special moment just between the two of us. He held it together for a few seconds before crying the whole way through the song.”
Thankfully, the couple has footage from the moment. “He has re-watched the video a hundred times since,” she added. “And he still cries every time.”
She called their wedding “the best day ever.”
Watch below the heartwarming surprise for the groom: