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This is the moment when a mother cried out in shock when her son, an American serviceman, whom she had not seen in over three years, surprised her on her wedding day in Guyana.
Heartwarming footage shows 23-year-old Raphael Holder yelling ‘Yes, I do’ as the minister asks ‘Who here is shaking hands with this woman in marriage?’ As her mother, Colice Paris, sits at the altar with her future husband Rolf Baird. 46.
Her 45-year-old mother screams in shock, open-mouthed as Raphael strides forward after traveling more than 3,000 miles from his base in Fort Drum, New York.wikipedia
It was the first time Colice had seen her son since his fainting ceremony at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, more than three years earlier, in November 2017.
Since then, Raphael has been based in the United States, which meant being separated from his mother, who lives in his native Guyana.
The stills, filmed on January 10 and shared recently, show smiling guests watching Colice experience a variety of emotions as she cries tears of joy.
Speaking later, she said there was not a dry eye in the house.
She said: ‘Looking over my shoulder, in the direction the answer came from, I saw Rafael walking down the aisle.
“ Everyone who was present at the time and everyone who saw the videos and photos has conveyed that they were moved to tears. ”
Raphael’s fainting ceremony, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in November 2017 was the last time Colice saw her son.
But before his wedding, Raphael wanted to do something special for his mother, so he was given time to travel to Guyana.
To help keep Colice in surprise, Raphael also spoke to her the night before the big day, pretending that he was devastated that he still couldn’t see her mother.
“ She was in shock and speechless because she had talked to him the night before, she really didn’t expect to see him.
“Always be open-minded; I was closed because I really didn’t expect to see my son on my special day, but the video and photos proved otherwise.”
Son Raphael takes his mother’s hand as she sits next to boyfriend Rolf Baird
Moments after the officiating minister asked: ‘Who here shakes hands with this woman in marriage?’ Rafael pounced on the scene, surprising his mother.
Raphael Holder Quick and Facts
- Raphael Holder, 23, is based in Fort Drum, New York, serving in the military
- His mother, Colice Parris, 45, didn’t expect him to make the 3,000-mile trip
- She lives in her native Guyana, where the wedding ceremony took place
- Raphael waited until his mother was at the altar before announcing himself