Weddings tend to be a happy and memorable moment, and tears only fall after “I Dos” are spoken, but this newlywed groom did something very special that everyone at the reception had to share a tear.
Kristeena and Luke Rheault, a couple of 8 years, finally decided to tie the knot. However, just a year before tying the knot with his wife Kristeena, Luke Rheault found out that his mom Rebekah was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a disease that directly affects one’s ability to control muscles necessary for breathing, speaking, moving, and eating. She was already confined to a wheelchair by the time her son’s November wedding rolled around.
Luke knew that the wedding was all about his bride but he wanted to do something very special for the woman he calls his hero – his mother.
At the reception, during the traditional Mother and Son dance, once the song, “Hero” by Mariah Carey, started playing, Luke gripped his mother’s hand and led her around the floor. And, in an incredibly heartwarming gesture, he dropped to his knees, smiling at Rebekah and kissing her tenderly on her head.
‘I remember feeling uncomfortable standing above her for the first few moments of the dance – it just didn’t feel normal, and that’s when I got down on my knees and danced with her,’ Luke explained to The Huffington Post. ‘I had no idea of the impact it had on everyone until they had told me.’
“I wanted her to feel so special in that very moment, so I tried to make the best of it and spin her around and continue smiling with her,” Luke added. “I don’t recall at any point in the wedding thinking that these might be my last few moments with my mother. So I did what felt right at the time, and I’m really glad I did because it’s a memory that has well-served its purpose.”
The groom pulled her mother around the room, dancing with her, and her mother broke in tears.
“There was not a dry eye in the house, everyone was so touched by the dance,” the bride Kristeena told Huffington Post. “The tears started as soon as Luke dropped down to his knees to dance with her. You can see Luke’s daughter Arianna in the background crying and hugging my mother and then Luke’s father.”
Sadly, Rebekah died less than a year after she shared a dance with her son.