A special education teacher in Kentucky invited some of her students to take part in her big day, saying her wedding would have been incomplete without them.

WLKY reported that Kinsey French, of Louisville, teaches at Christian Academy’s Providence School, which has a curriculum designed for children with Down syndrome. Speech and occupational therapy comprises the majority of their school day.

“They were like family to me,” French told WLKY of the six students she asked to be in her wedding. “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.”

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The students, who, WLKY did not identify by name, told the news station that dancing was their favorite part of French’s wedding.

“It was so exciting,” French told WLKY of the event. “It was really special for [husband] Josh and myself just to have them a part of the day, and have them come with us and celebrate with us.”