(CNN) A wedding is always a special event. But for Kinsey French, it was truly extraordinary.
French, of Louisville, Kentucky, has been teaching children with Down syndrome for the past three years at the Christian Academy’s Providence School.
She’s deeply fond of her students. French’s now-husband, Josh, even proposed to her in front of her class, knowing how much they meant to her.
So when it came to her big day, she invited all of them to be in her bridal party.
“When you’re working with students in that close a level you develop a special relationship, and I wanted them to be part of this special day,” French said.
After receiving the consent of the school and the kids’ parents — who were excited and tearful, according to French — she gave out invitations to her special ed students, ages 7 to 11. “There was never a doubt” the children would be part of the celebration, French said.
The girls wore white dresses, while the boys wore suspenders and bow ties.
French’s students also had wedding responsibilities, walking down the aisle as flower girls and ringbearers.