Elizabeth Shoesmith started learning to sign when she met her future husband, Scott Shoesmith, who has been deaf since he was 8. Two years later and she was ready to surprise Scott with the most romantic gesture ever.
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“This is how I chose to honour my deaf husband at our wedding ceremony yesterday,” she captioned in the video, which shows her signing the lyrics to “1000 Years” by Christina Perri. “It was a magical moment and one neither of us will ever forget.”
Shoesmith, who is the founder and CEO of the Inclusive Foundation, a non-profit foundation whose goal is to create a more inclusive world by prompting social change, advocacy, and empowerment, says she was inspired to start the organization after witnessing the discrimination and exclusion Scott faced as a deaf man.
“Even though Scott is deaf, I have never felt more heard in my life. For every joy he has brought into my life over the last two years, I wanted to surprise him with my entrance,” Elizabeth told Love What Matters. “He has re-watched the video a hundred times since and he still cries every time!”
“Every time I had practiced it leading up to the day I would make mistakes or go blank — but when my son left me at the top of the aisle, I locked eyes with Scott and didn’t look away,” Elizabeth told news.com.au.”I honestly felt like we were the only ones in the room. The moment I began signing the words to the song he burst into tears — apparently the rest of the guests did too, but because I was focused on Scott I had no idea.”
The video has been viewed more than 2,000,000 times!