There's no better way to make your wedding memorable than by inviting those closest to you to stand up at the altar — and when you're a teacher, those people are usually your students.
Elementary school teacher Marielle Slagel Keller wanted her students from IPS Butler Lab School in Indianapolis, Indiana, to play a special part in her wedding day, so she asked 20 of her kindergarten and first grade students to be the flower girls and ring bearers at her wedding. The littlest wedding guests wore white outfits and walked down the aisle together with a garland before their teacher's grand entrance, all captured in beautiful photos by Cory & Jackie Wedding Photographers.
“They’re the kids that mean the most to me. They’re a part of who I am,” Marielle Keller told ABC News in an interview.
While the bride was more than excited about her students having a big part in her big day, her now-husband admitted that at first, he was little hesitant about 20 six-year-olds joining them down the aisle.
"I said, ‘This is lovely,’ but in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, 'There’s a 25 percent chance this will go according to plan," said groom Mike Keller in an interview with ABC News. "I thought, ‘This is going to be interesting: a herd of 6-year-olds coming down the aisle in this very important moment.'"
But luckily the ceremony went smoothly, and Mike recalled that "It ended up being perfect."
The bride said that it was the first wedding a lot of the kids had ever been to.
“There were a couple that shielded their eyes when we kissed,” she said.
Marielle also added, "To have those kids walk down the aisle for me was really special. There were a lot of tears."