A bride found a secret message from her mum, who had passed away, written on the bottom of her shoes.
Emma, 38, is due to get married this August, but sadly her mum passed away from cancer in 2017, after being diagnosed just a month after Emma got engaged to fiancé Richard.
The bride-to-be told the BBC: “It’s been so hard planning a wedding without having her with me, and I have had lots of tears.”
Her wedding shoes arrived in the post and Emma was told her mum had paid for them before she died, and arranged for a message to be written on the soles.
The message 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 explained: “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.” Upon realising it was from her mum, she revealed that she started to cry: “I was just absolutely in bits. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk.”
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Her mum had been given between one and two years to live after being diagnosed with lung cancer, and had been writing letters to family members but passed away before she could write one to Emma.
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Amanda Weise, who runs the shop Lace and Love where Emma’s customised shoes came from, told the BBC it was ‘lovely’ to be involved: “It’s probably the most emotional pair of shoes I’m ever going to make.
“Hopefully it will give her a bit of comfort on the day. It will be like walking down the aisle with her mum.”