Tear-jerking moment US soldier surprises mother at her wedding after more than three years apart

This is the moment a mother screams in shock when her US serviceman son – who she has not seen for more than three years – surprises her on her wedding day in Guyana.

Heart-warming footage shows Raphael Holder, 23, shouting out ‘I do’ as the minister asks ‘Who here gives this woman’s hand in marriage?’ as his mother Colice Paris sits in front of the altar with her husband-to-be.

His mother, 45, screams in shock, her mouth wide open as Raphael strides forward after travelling more than 3000 miles from his base in Fort Drum, New York.

It’s the first time Colice has seen her son since his passing out ceremony at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in November 2017. 

Since then, Raphael has been based in the U.S. which meant being separated from his mother, who lives in their native Guyana, South America.

During the surprise, Colice said there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

She said: ‘Upon looking over my shoulder, in the direction from where the response came, I saw Raphael walking towards the altar.

‘Everyone that was present at the time and all who viewed the videos and photos have all relayed that they were moved to tears.’ 

Colice Parris (pictured), who lives in Guyana, lets out a howl of shock as her soldier son, based in Fort Drum, New York appears unannounced on her wedding day

Raphael Holder (pictured), 23, hugs his mother as she sits at the altar next to her now-husband, Rolf Baird, 46

Raphael Holder (pictured), 23, hugs his mother as she sits at the altar next to her now-husband, Rolf Baird, 46

Raphael (pictured) beams with joy at the weddings guests, having arrived from the U.S. to surprise his mother, who he hadn't seen in over three years

Raphael (pictured) beams with joy at the weddings guests, having arrived from the U.S. to surprise his mother, who he hadn’t seen in over three years

Son Raphael holds his mother's hand, as she sits next to groom Rolf Baird (pictured)

Son Raphael holds his mother’s hand, as she sits next to groom Rolf Baird (pictured)

Moments after the officiating minister asked, 'Who here gives this woman's hand in marriage?' Raphael swooped onto the scene, shocking his mother and sending her into a state of utter exaltation and disbelief

Moments after the officiating minister asked, ‘Who here gives this woman’s hand in marriage?’ Raphael swooped onto the scene, shocking his mother and sending her into a state of utter exaltation and disbelief 

Son Raphael, posing next to his mother, doubled the surprise factor by calling her the night before to apologise for not being able to get leave to attend her wedding in Guyana - little did she know he was set to make a startling and memorable entrance while she sat unsuspecting at the altar

Son Raphael, posing next to his mother, doubled the surprise factor by calling her the night before to apologise for not being able to get leave to attend her wedding in Guyana – little did she know he was set to make a startling and memorable entrance while she sat unsuspecting at the altar

The family portrait post-wedding ceremony includes soldier son Raphael, who made a shock eleventh-hour entrance into mother Colice's special day

The family portrait post-wedding ceremony includes soldier son Raphael, who made a shock eleventh-hour entrance into mother Colice’s special day

The footage, recently shared online, was filmed on January 10 2021, as Colice was just about to marry her now-husband Rolf Baird, 46. 

But ahead of her wedding, Raphael wanted to do something special for his mother, and so he was granted time to head to Guyana.

To help keep the surprise from Colice, Raphael also spoke to her the night before the big day, pretending he was devastated he could still not see his mother. 

Colice hadn't seen her son in three years, with his military career taking him to Fort Drum, New York, while she lives over 3000 miles away in her native Guyana, South America

Colice hadn’t seen her son in three years, with his military career taking him to Fort Drum, New York, while she lives over 3000 miles away in her native Guyana, South America

Raphael's passing out ceremony, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in November 2017 was the final time Colice had seen her son

Raphael’s passing out ceremony, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in November 2017 was the final time Colice had seen her son

Colice, pictured with her son, said his stunt on her special day moved her and many of the guests to tears

Colice, pictured with her son, said his stunt on her special day moved her and many of the guests to tears

‘I was in utter shock and speechless because I had spoken to him the night before – I really wasn’t expecting to see him. 

‘Always have an open mind – I was closed because I truly didn’t expect to see my son on my special day, but the video and pictures proved otherwise.’

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