Emma Lett, 36, says she broke down in tears after realising that her mum had bought the shoes for her wedding before her death
A woman was left “in bits” after she discovered a heartbreaking final message from her late mother inscribed on her wedding shoes.
Emma Lett’s mum passed away in 2017 after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and was tragically unable to attend her daughter’s wedding.
On Saturday, the bride collected a pair of £189 bridal shoes only to discover they had been secretly paid for by her mum and contained a touching personal message.
It read: “Wanted you to have a gift from me on your wedding day. Your wedding shoes are my gift to you.
“Hope you have a magical day. Lots and lots of love and big hugs, MUM xxxx”
Office worker Emma, who is due to get married to her fiancé Richard Wilson in August, announced her engagement to friends and family in 2016.
The shoes were delivered last Saturday
However, just one month later doctors handed her mother a terminal lung cancer diagnosis and said she had between one and two years to live.
Emma said: “It’s been so hard planning a wedding without having her with me, and I have had lots of tears.”
“I had absolutely no idea, my fiancé knew about it. It was just an absolute shock.
“I pulled out the one shoe and I saw part of the message and I couldn’t think who it would be.”
“I started to cry… I was just absolutely in bits. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk.”
Emma’s mum had writeen letters to members of her family to be opened after she died, but didn’t get the chance to write one to Emma.
Emma said: “I didn’t get a letter, she just ran out of time so this is special to me.”
Emma’s mum had the shoes made for her daughter after contacting her friend Amanda Weise, who runs online shop Lace and Love.
She said: “It’s probably the most emotional pair of shoes I’m ever going to make.
“Hopefully it will give her a bit of comfort on the day. It will be like walking down the aisle with her mum.
“It was her mum who told me she had cancer and wouldn’t be there for Emma’s wedding day. She told me on the first message she sent me.”
“Her mum actually emailed me and said she wanted to pay for the shoes. I said, ‘well she’s already paid half’.
She said, ‘can I pay for it all and then you refund her the money when she gets the shoes?’
“I was aware that she was terminally ill at the time. I think Emma was kind of hoping she would see the wedding.
“From the message that she wrote, I think she did intend for it to be after she was gone.”