The Icing On The Cake For This Teacher Was Having Her Students In Her Wedding

“They are a huge part of who I am and it would not have felt right to not have them there.”

This teacher looked forward to her dream wedding, but wanted to add something extra special to her ceremony.

Before Marielle Slagel Keller walked down the aisle to marry Mike Keller on June 24, she asked her elementary school students to join the special day as flower girls and ring bearers. What happened next sparked news coverage of the adorable moment — and now their story has gone viral. 

"When it came time to choose the flower girls and ring bearer, they were the only kids that came to mind," the educator, who teaches a combined kindergarten and first grade class at Indianapolis Public School (IPS) Butler Lab, told A Plus in an email. "They are the kids that mean the most, so it wouldn't have felt right not having them there."

Keller's sister, who does calligraphy, made personal invitations for each child and Keller put the invitations in thier school mailbox and told them to open the envelope with their families when they got home. 


On the big day, the Kellers had 20 excited children participate in their nuptials.

"It was incredibly special," Keller told A Plus. "I couldn't wait to see them after the ceremony. The kids and their families supported me so much throughout the entire crazy wedding planning process. I was so glad they could be there with me and see it all come together."

And the feeling was obviously mutual as the children couldn't wait to embrace the newly wedded bride after the ceremony.

"They are a huge part of who I am, and it would not have felt right to not have them there," she told IPS.

To celebrate the sweet occasion, the newlyweds presented a special cupcake reception for the students and their parents.

"We wanted a time to celebrate with just us, the kids, and their families," Mrs. Keller told IPS. "Right after we signed the marriage license, we rushed to go see them. It was a moment I had been looking forward to for quite a while. There was a huge group hug and a lot of tears."

It was evident that the children felt honored to be a part of such a joyous occasion in their teacher's life, even to the groom, who told ABC News how "you could tell they really love her. They were so excited."

The heartwarming exchange between this teacher and her students has gotten national attention and proves that an impactful relationship can span beyond the classroom.

Update: This post has been updated to include comments from Keller. 

(H/T: HuffPost)


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