A determined groom, Eldridge Buchanan, made vows to both his wife Asia Green Buchanan and stepson Kayden in a magnificent marriage which won the hearts of people all over the world.
In an emotional video recorded by the couple’s videographer, A Love Experience, Buchanan told the 7-year-old, “I want you to know, Kayden, that we’re going [to] have fun. We’re definitely going to do homework. But I want you to know that with everything in my body, Kayden, I’m going to pour into you to make sure that you grow up to be a young Black king that you are.”
“I’m gonna teach you how to be a leader. I’m gonna teach you how to be a man of integrity, a man of respect, a man that values himself. And most importantly, I’ma show you every single day what it looks like for a man to love a woman and to love his family and to lead his family so that when you grow up, you will know exactly what that looks like and you’ll know exactly what that feels like. So I vow to you from this day forward that I’m going to love you, I’m gonna teach you, I’m gonna guide you and I’m gonna pour into you because you are a king. And you’re my king. I love you, man.”
Since then, the video has received more than 49,000 likes. Though he decided to exchange vows with Kayden only five minutes before walking down the aisle, Buchanan told “Good Morning America” that he felt strongly about the message he wanted to deliver to the 7-year-old, whom he refers to as his son.
Although Kayden has a close relationship with his biological father, Buchanan claimed that over the past five years, he has also developed a great bond with the young child.
“It’s funny; I always joke with Asia that I fell in love with Kayden first and then her,” he remarked. Asia Green Buchanan told the network that she did not know of her husband’s plan to make a vow to her son.
She expressed, “It feels very special, just being able to find someone, a good partner to be able to share these responsibilities with and to rely on and to have such a good role model for Kayden.”
The couple expressed surprise when the video went viral. Buchanan, on the other hand, stated that such experiences should be encouraged, stating, “I think it’s very important for men in general, but especially Black men, to be able to vocalize their love to their kids.”
“I know sometimes there can be a stigma about men crying and being too emotional and you have to raise boys to be tough and things of that nature. So, I viewed it as it’s OK to show emotion and show love to your kids,” he continued.