Heartwarming moment when stepdad ‘officially’ adopts son at surprise birthday party

This is the emotional moment when a stepfather burst into tears when his stepson surprised him with adoption and an “adoption ceremony.”

Gavin McGeachie, 18, from Irvine, North Ayrshire, wanted to surprise his ‘chosen father’ Chris with adoption papers for his 43rd birthday.

But Gavin was gutted to find out Chris couldn’t legally adopt him because he was over 18.

Determined to still make the gesture, Gavin and his mother Lyndsey, 40, organized a surprise for Chris’s birthday, pretending to take him out for a fancy meal.

But instead of taking him out to dinner, they staged a humanistic adoption ceremony to strengthen the bond between the men, who have been close since Gavin was four.

Gavin McGeachie, 18, from Irvine, North Ayrshire, hosted an adoption ceremony for his stepfather Chris, left, on his 43rd birthday.  Chris Can't Actually Adopt Gavin Legally Because He's Too Old, But Stepson Wanted To Make Their Union Official Anyway

Gavin McGeachie, 18, from Irvine, North Ayrshire, hosted an adoption ceremony for his stepfather Chris, left, on his 43rd birthday. Chris Can’t Actually Adopt Gavin Legally Because He’s Too Old, But Stepson Wanted To Make Their Union Official Anyway

Pictured: Gavin, right, with his mother Lyndsey, left, his stepfather Chris and his three sisters Scarlett, Aurora and Isla

Pictured: Gavin, right, with his mother Lyndsey, left, his stepfather Chris and his three sisters Scarlett, Aurora and Isla

Pictured: Gavin, right, with his mother Lyndsey, left, his stepfather Chris and his three sisters Scarlett, Aurora and Isla

Emotional images of the couple, which have gone viral on TikTok, show a confused Chris overcome with emotion when the penny drops.

The couple took vows to bond themselves as father and son forever and there was the symbolic handfasting.

Furniture upcycler Lyndsey said, “Watching the ceremony my heart melted.

“One thing I always hoped for when I was a single mom was that I would meet someone who would take Gavin as their own — and that’s exactly what happened.”

Gavin and Chris have been close since Gavin was four, pictured.  The teen wanted to recognize the place his stepfather had in his life

Gavin and Chris have been close since Gavin was four, pictured.  The teen wanted to recognize the place his stepfather had in his life

Gavin and Chris have been close since Gavin was four, pictured. The teen wanted to recognize the place his stepfather had in his life

The two men, right, shared an emotional embrace at Chris' 43rd birthday party, with officiant John, right, performing an official adoption ceremony for them.

The two men, right, shared an emotional embrace at Chris' 43rd birthday party, with officiant John, right, performing an official adoption ceremony for them.

The two men, right, shared an emotional embrace at Chris’ 43rd birthday party, with officiant John, right, performing an official adoption ceremony for them.

Lyndsey, mother of twins and another daughter, all eight, added, “I kept finding myself slipping and almost giving the surprise away while we were planning it.”

Chris and Gavin have a great relationship that has only grown stronger over the years, and they will cherish this memory in the future.

“Since sharing the video it has become clear that there are many adults who are in the same position as Gavin, but this could be the start of a new kind of ceremony.

“It’s one where children can honor and recognize the parents who came up and raised them as their own parents.”

Officiant John, performed the adoption ceremony for Gavin and Chris

Officiant John, performed the adoption ceremony for Gavin and Chris

The couple promised themselves to bond as father and son forever

The couple promised themselves to bond as father and son forever

Officiant John, left, gave a speech at the ceremony where Gavin and Chris swore to bond themselves as father and son forever and there was the symbolic handfasting

An emotional Gavin hugged his mother, furniture upcycler Lyndsey, during the special day, pictured

An emotional Gavin hugged his mother, furniture upcycler Lyndsey, during the special day, pictured

An emotional Gavin hugged his mother, furniture upcycler Lyndsey, during the special day, pictured

Gavin is extremely close to Chris and the pair even go to a concert and enjoy drinks together since Gavin turned 18, pictured

Gavin is extremely close to Chris and the pair even go to a concert and enjoy drinks together since Gavin turned 18, pictured

Gavin is extremely close to Chris and the pair even go to a concert and enjoy drinks together since Gavin turned 18, pictured

Pictured: Chris took Gavin on a bike ride when he was younger.  The couple has always been close

Pictured: Chris took Gavin on a bike ride when he was younger.  The couple has always been close

Pictured: Chris took Gavin on a bike ride when he was younger. The couple has always been close

With the help of his mother, they contacted celebrant John Scott, who had presided over their marriage years earlier.

They convinced Chris to meet them at a local restaurant for dinner – and he was shocked to arrive to see their entire family waiting there.

Chris had no idea why, until John started a speech.

Lyndsey said that Gavin has “never seen Chris different from his father” and that they have never used the term “stepfather” in their house.

Gavin wanted to surprise Chris with adoption papers on his 43rd birthday, but soon realized that the law in Scotland limits the adoption age to under 18.

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