When special ed teacher Kinsey French was planning her wedding, she knew there were a few people who needed to be part of the big day. She and her fiancé, Josh, for instance. They were pretty important. But she wanted all of the students in her class to be there, as well. And the students weren’t just guests at the wedding; they were part of the wedding as ring bearers and flower girls.
According to Kentucky television station WLKY, French provides speech and occupational therapy to a group of students with Down syndrome at Christian Academy’s Rock Creek campus in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the year, French and her students developed a close relationship – so close, in fact, that when she was planning her big day, she knew she wanted them all to be a part of it.
“They were like family to me,” French said. “They were my first class and they’ve been my only class and so I knew I couldn’t have a special day without them.”
For French, having her students with her on this most special day made her wedding complete. The students had been there when Josh proposed, so it was even more fitting that they be there when the two got married.
“It was really special for Josh and myself just to have them a part of the day, and have them come with us and celebrate with us,” French said.