Emma, from Leicestershire, England got engaged in 2016. Her mom, diagnosed with lung cancer, passed away in 2017, before her daughter's August 2019 wedding day.
When doctors told Emma's mother that she had one to two years to live after the devastating diagnosis, she started writing letters to family members. However, she suddenly passed before she could pen one to Emma.
Instead, Emma's mother put the deposit down for her engaged daughter's wedding shoes, and told the company, Lace & Love, to engrave the bottom of the shoes with a special note, making them PROMISE to keep it a secret. The idea, was to have mom, walk her daughter down the aisle, no matter what.
The shoes were delivered last week, and Emma told BBC, "I started to cry...I was just absolutley in bits. I couldn't breath, I couldn't talk. It's been so hard planning a wedding without having her with me, and I have had lots of tears."
The shoe company, Love & Lace, posted the touching story in a Facebook post that has gone viral.
"A pretty emotional pair of shoes:
This client put a deposit down on shoes months ago. In the meantime and unbeknown to her, her mum who was terminally ill contacted me to pay for them. She also sent me a message to include on the soles which I kept secret throughout the whole process along with the fact her mum had purchased them for her.
Sadly her mum passed away before the shoes were finished but we sent them out last week and I had a very emotional phone call when the client received her shoes.
What a lovely thing for this mum to do and I know these shoes will carry an even more special meaning to this client. Her mum will be right with her on her wedding day."
And aren't they just, beautiful!
The engraved message reads:
"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"