It is most surely the bravest of souls who chances having twenty rambunctious children at their wedding but kindergarten teachers are made of stern stuff, with a heart of gold to boot.
When Indiana teacher Marielle Slagel Keller, 25, married Mike Keller, 26, in June, she knew the experience may not be quite as smooth-sailing as a regular wedding. The reason? She had invited her entire kindergarten and Year 1 class to be flower girls and page boys for the biggest day of her life.
Her then fiance Mike had the reaction most of us might have when presented with the idea. He shared his initial fears with ABC News explaining, "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. I thought, 'This is going to be interesting: a herd of 6-year-olds coming down the aisle in this very important moment.'"
For Marielle, their inclusion was non-negotiable. "They're the kids that mean the most to me. They're a part of who I am," she said. And of course Mike agreed and the rest is history. "She really had a passion for it on this special day, and I'm glad she went with it. It ended up being perfect," he said.
While some of the kids had their hands over their eyes as the couple kissed, it was more than made up for by the cupcake ceremony, which was cleverly scheduled right after the formalities.
"The first thing we did right afterward was to go to the cupcake ceremony. I'm immediately sidelined by the entire pack of children running to give her a huge hug," Mike said. "You could tell they really love her. They were so excited."
The stunning event, punctuated with soft pink tones and the children all decked out in white, was expertly captured by Cory & Jackie Wedding Photographers, who shared the gorgeous images with Essential Kids.