Children tie the knot at school
PUBLISHED: 19:47 22 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010
IT was the big day five-year-old Georgia had dreamt about since her pre-school liaison with short, dark and handsome Stefan Matthews - but the wedding ceremony came much sooner than the parents had expected.
IT was the big day five-year-old Georgia had dreamt about since her pre-school liaison with short, dark and handsome Stefan Matthews – but the wedding ceremony came much sooner than the parents had expected.
For the youngsters from Mendlesham Primary School, near Stowmarket, tied the knot in front of almost 100 guests – a wedding date which might be seen as premature by anyone's standards.
But thankfully, for the parents, the Christian marriage was just an educational re-enactment, inspired by reception teacher Claire Hurren's own fast approaching nuptials. However the attention to detail rivalled that of any real wedding and the service came complete with hymns, readings, bridesmaids, a best man, a makeshift vicar and the obligatory proud mum wearing a hat.
The four-year-old groom pulled up to the ceremony in a toy car, decorated with 'Just Married' messages, followed by the bride who arrived on a bike. As the blushing bride walked down the aisle to Wagner's Bridal March, Stefan, looking every inch the anxious groom, gripped his waistcoat.
The love-struck youngsters exchanged vows, hovering a little around the less familiar words, while best man James Wythe, five, presented them with the rings. A celebration party was then thrown to honour the happy couple who stand a better chance of reaching their Diamond Wedding Anniversary than most.
Georgia's proud mum Rebecca Ritches, from Mendlesham, said: "It was lovely, I think she did really well. She was only too willing to marry Stefan. She loves all the dressing up and is rather fond of him."
Bride-to-be Miss Hurren, 25, who organised the event, said: "I think it is important for children to learn about real life. It is something happening to me, and they are part of my life, so I want them to be part of the experience. The feedback from them has been great, I think they have really enjoyed it."
It wasn't hard to single out two pupils from her class to take centre stage, according to Miss Hurren.
"All the way through pre-school Stefan and Georgia have wanted to get married to each other.
They told me that they were actually going to get married – so they were the natural choice," she said.