It could have been a real wedding. The bride wore a crème-colored dress and veil. The groom had a bow tie and tuxedo jacket with tails.
Guest snapped photos and ate cupcakes, and the bride and groom drove off in their getaway car.
But this wedding was a classroom lesson brought to life. Kindergarten students at The Brook Hill School in Bullard study two letters from the alphabet each week.
Last week, they studied the letters “q” and “u” and learned about how the q is almost always paired with u.
To drive the point home, all 32 kindergarten students from Leanne Newman’s and Jennifer Haugh’s classes participated in the wedding of Q and U on Friday.
The program has been going on for several years. Mrs. Haugh said she has researched what others have done and incorporated bits and pieces from what she liked.
She said the involvement of school parents has helped to make the wedding a huge deal. This year, they even had a cake.
With two kindergarten classes, one teacher selects the bride from her class and the other the groom.
Mrs. Haugh said choosing the groom, or Mr. Q, is usually easy because most boys don’t want to walk down the aisle with a girl because she has “cooties.”
Picking the bride, or Miss U, is usually about picking a child who is not afraid of the spotlight or standing in front of a large group of people, she said.
There also was a maid of honor, best man, two flower girls and a ring bearer.
In addition to the wedding party, all kindergarten students had a job whether it was to take pictures, serve refreshments or pass out bubbles at the end.
“I don’t want it just to be about two kids,” Mrs. Haugh said. “I want it to be about the letters and for every kid to feel important.”
Q and U Wedding Vowels
Written by Jennifer Haugh
The Rev. Read-A-Lot: Dearly beloved we are gathered here together to join this couple in phonemic unity.
Like other married couples, Q and U may have quarrels, but even so, they must stick together like quicksand.
If any person can show just cause why they may not be joined together — let them speak now or forever hold their peace and quiet.
Do you, Mr. Q take Miss U to be your partner and form words like: quiet, queen and questions?
Groom: I do
The Rev. Read-A-Lot: Do you, Miss U, promise to stand by Mr. Q and be his vowel for life, helping him to form words like quiz, quilt and quarter?
Bride: I do
The Rev. Read-A-Lot: Mr. Q, do you promise to be understanding when Miss U is needed by other alphabet letters to help form other words.
Groom: I do
The Rev. Read-A-Lot: May I please have the rings. You may exchange rings. Ladies and Gentleman I would like to present to you Mr. and Mrs. QU, you may now make the “qu” sound.
The couple has plans to take a quick quest to Quebec before settling down in Quitman, a quaint town in Texas, where they will raise ducks that quack.
Please join the couple and enjoy some quality cupcakes and to quench your thirst with punch.