This fifth-grade teacher wanted to make her wedding day extra special, so she invited her students to be her junior bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Getting invited to your teacher's wedding is something that doesn't happen often. But a fifth-grade teacher named Alexandra Stamps (@alexandrastamps on TikTok) made sure her beloved students were part of her big day. Stamps' video on the platform went viral for the first time in 2021 when she shared a 55-second long clip of her preparing to ask her students to become her bridesmaid and groomsmen at the wedding with her then-fiance Mason Mcdowell.
"I am about to ask my students to be a part of my wedding so here is the part that you asked for," she tells her viewers at the beginning of the video then the clip cuts to Stamp standing in front of her classroom, all ready to break the news to her students. "Okay, so I have a really important question to ask you guys. First, I want to ask the girls, will you be my junior bridesmaids at my wedding?" Stamps can be seen asking the female students while listing their names.
In response to her request, the girls barely took a second to enthusiastically say "yes" in unison. Then Stamps turns to the boys in her fifth-grade classroom asking if they would be interested in acting as the groomsmen at her wedding. The boys are equally enthusiastic to be a part of their teacher's wedding as everyone starts cheering and crying with joy after getting their special invites.
The special moments from the wedding were captured by Inside Edition on YouTube as Stamps' story received a lot of popularity. But turns out it wasn't just Stamps who decided to include her students at the wedding. According to Apost, McDowell, who is also an elementary teacher at Kansas' McLean Elementary School, invited all the students he teaches in third grade to become junior bridesmaids and groomsmen at the wedding.
“I wanted to give them something to look forward to this summer since this past school year was really difficult with COVID,” Stamps told the outlet. The kids were filmed by the media outlet, all dressed up in beautiful gowns and suits, dancing with the bride and groom and having a wonderful time at the wedding party. “The best part was just their genuine smiles. I know they’re all excited to be here, so it’s just really sweet and it just means a lot to me,” Stamps said.
According to The Wichita Eagle, Stamps and McDowell met while they were trying out for the same teaching position in March 2021. They quickly hit it off with one another and soon the wedding bells were ringing for them. “I just want to give them this special part of my life. I want them to be part of it because I’m so proud of the hard work that they’ve done this year and the fact that they’ve not only survived the pandemic — but thrived in it — and watching them grow as people in this school year, they deserve to be up there with me," Stamps added.
The viewers were full of joy and enthusiasm to see the kids participating in their teacher's wedding day and noted how this would become a core memory for them. @adrianahrz1 wrote, "This is so sweet and I hope they all are able to make it. You’ll be a teacher they will always remember and hopefully keep in touch with." @chrissybabiie9 commented, "The photographer for this wedding will be crying but this is so damn cute." @mattriley1995 added, "Imagine having a teacher like this in school growing up. This is rare and teachers like these will be remembered by students forever."