Planning a wedding can be tough, especially picking who stands by your side. Alexandra Stamps, a fifth-grade teacher from Wichita, Kansas, found a cool solution. She asked her own students to be her bridesmaids and groomsmen when she married Mason McDowell, after dating him for about a year.
Mason, a third-grade teacher, felt the same as Alexandra about having students in their wedding. Both wanted their students to play a big part, so they invited them to be bridesmaids and groomsmen. Alexandra said to the Wichita Eagle,“I love them and they’re part of my life. I want them to be up there with me because they’re my biggest fans.”
@alexandrastamps This was such a sweet & touching moment — several of us cried! 🤍 #teachersoftiktok #engagement #bridalparty #5thgradesquad ♬ Can’t Help Falling In Love (From Crazy Rich Asians) [Single Version] – Kina Grannis
Alexandra captured the special moment when she asked her students to be in her wedding and shared the video on TikTok. The video blew up and got over 19 million views! In the clip, she starts off by saying, “I’m about to ask my students to be part of my wedding.”
In the TikTok video, Alexandra asks her students one by one, “Khloe, Mary, Reagan, Angelina, Esmeralda, Lucy, Lily, Bella, Harley – will you guys be my junior bridesmaids in my wedding?” The girls excitedly say, “Yes!” Then she turns to the boys and asks, “Bryland, Max, Eric, Emilio, Kayden, Will, Conner, Jessie, Jose, and Sebastian – will you guys be my junior groomsmen?” The boys quickly answer with a big “Yes!” too.
@alexandrastamps Announcing my engagement in front of my 5th graders 💍 #teachersoftiktok #engagement #5thgradesquad ♬ Wildest Dreams – Duomo
When Alexandra asked her students to be part of her wedding, many of them were super excited. In fact, six or seven even started crying from happiness. Alexandra explained, “We spend over forty hours a week with them, and we both really love our students so much.” She felt it would be more special to have them join the celebration directly, rather than just watching from the audience.
Alexandra wanted her students to have a role in her wedding as a way to share a special moment with them. She said, “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 this school year, they deserve to be up there with me.”
@alexandrastamps Today was so fun at the Zoo with 8/9 of my 5th grade girls!! 🤍 Like for pt. 3 👀 #weddingtok #bacheloretteparty ♬ London’s Song – Matt Hartke
Before asking the students, she talked to their parents to get permission. After they said “yes” to being part of her big day, Alexandra gave the girls faux pearl necklaces and the boys cool sunglasses. And as a fun touch, every student got a rainbow-striped lollipop.
It’s truly heartwarming to see a teacher involve her students in such a meaningful way. These kids must have felt so special and cherished. Kudos to this loving pair of teachers! Share this touching story to spread joy and send this couple all the best wishes for a happy life together.