Heart-Warming Moment Bride Signs Her Wedding Song To Her Deaf Husband

Everyone wants their wedding day to be the best day of their lives, and one woman certainly made her husband's day by learning the lyrics to their first song in sign language.

Elizabeth Shoesmith and her husband, Scott, who is deaf, tied the knot in Sydney last Saturday in a ceremony attended only by their closest friends.

When she arrived at the bottom of the aisle she began to sign the lyrics to 1000 Years by Christina Perri to her husband to be, who burst into tears.

The mum of two decided to teach herself to sign the song in the months before the wedding and started learning Auslan (Australian sign language).

She then surprised her husband, who was understandably pretty moved by the whole thing.

Elizabeth said: "Scott just burst into tears when he saw me. He has watched the video back at least 100 times now. I wanted to surprise him and he had no idea I was going to sign during the ceremony.

"I did some research and found that on average deaf people only comprehend about 60 percent of what is being said via lip reading. So, learning Auslan has been really important. I started learning the song three months out from the wedding.

"Shortly before the wedding I sent a video of myself practising to one of Scott's friends who is an interpreter, and he checked it for me. Every time I had practised it leading up to the day I would make mistakes or go blank.

"But when I was left at the top of the aisle and locked eyes with Scott, I didn't look away. It honestly felt like we were the only ones in the room."

What A Heart Warming Moment. Credit: StoryTrender
What A Heart Warming Moment. Credit: StoryTrender

Elizabeth is the CEO of the Inclusive Foundation - a not-for-profit organisation that aims to create an all-inclusive society - and she met personal trainer Scott on Tinder about two years ago (see, it does work for someone).

Scott has been deaf since he was very young, but has had a lot of speech therapy and speaks well but cannot hear.

Elizabeth didn't know that he was deaf when she agreed to go on a date with him, but started to learn sign language as soon as they met.

However, she was concerned that the meaning of the song might be lost if he relied solely on lip reading. I think he got it, Elizabeth.

By now they are presumably enjoying their honeymoon in Fiji, which is nice.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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