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Christina and Dan - Both Elementary School Teachers - Have a Happy Wedding in Mebane and Share Their Students’ Words About Why They Should Marry

Christina and Dan met four years ago when both were teaching at the same elementary school. Dan says they were “like magnetic forces that couldn’t be pulled apart” and as I have gotten to know them, I can see how this must have been true. They are still magnets for each other and love is truly at the core of their lives.

This fun-loving couple, who were so happy to be married they literally danced out the aisle at the end of the ceremony, had a great idea for something special to include in their wedding. They wanted to use the answers their students (3rd and 4th graders) gave to two writing assignments;

1. You should get married because...

2. You should marry Ms. Burton / Mr. Gross because...

Here, in the words and spelling of their students, are the astute and fun responses to the assignment. Out of the mouths of babes...

Dan started it this way;  Obviously the best part about our jobs is the children. Sometimes they have a way of looking at things that is so simple it makes everything clear and puts everything in perspective. We asked them to complete two statements about marriage, and despite their young age, their thoughts on love and marriage were surprising, heartwarming, caring, and sometimes just downright hilarious.

You should get married because….

… you will never be lonely and you will always have someone by your side.

…your life will be better and you will be happy.

…you love that person.

… you can live a happy life with the person you love.

… you make a good couple.

… you could live a happy life with your prince charming and you’ll have someone to yell at when you do something wrong.

…you will not be lonely and you don’t have to pay all the bills on your own.

…you are old, and you just need to.


Dan continued;  Sometimes kids can see things that adults would miss on a day to day basis. Here are the things that we love about each other in the words of our students.

You should marry Ms. Burton or Mr. Gross because… (read, alternating, by Dan and Christina

I should marry Ms. Burton because…she is funny, pretty, smart, amazing, awesome, cool and she is pretty good for me.

I should marry Mr. Gross because…he is nice, hansom, he loves mountain dew and Twinkies, he likes dogs, he wants kids, that’s all.

I should marry Ms. Burton because… she is very beautiful, smart, and she is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

I should marry Mr. Gross because… he is entertaining, and HOT!

I should marry Ms. Burton because… Why would I not!?, she is awesome, smart, funny and always happy.

I should marry Mr. Gross because… He can rock out on Guitar Hero!

I should marry Ms. Burton because… she is a wonderful person, she loves kids, she is down to earth and a heart warming person.

I should marry Mr. Gross because… He is FRICKIN AWESOME!

Christina’s closing words;  We hope that we can always see each other as clearly and lovingly as a child sees someone that they care about and that we can always find things that we adore about each other that others may not see.

This charming addition to their ceremony speaks volumes about the heart of this couple. Not only were they laughing as they read, but so were all their guests. It was great fun. All through the wedding, Christina and Dan were laughing and giggling and their guests were right there with them. Weddings should be happy celebrations and this one certainly was.

The ceremony and reception were held at the serenely beautiful Pine Lake Pavilion in Mebane. This is a wonderful wedding location for large or small weddings and I always enjoy being there. It is simply beautiful, with a a great, positive energy.

On hand to make sure this fun-loving couple and their guests had a great time and a great celebration was Jennifer Ball, the Events Manager of the Pavilion. Her fun energy was pitch-perfect for this happy group and she certainly added to the success of this event.

Also on hand was their DJ, Chris May, of Big Boy Productions. He was a lot of fun, too, very professional and, with a twinkle in his eye, you could tell he was going to be an asset for this event as well. Here he is with his tech assistant, whose name I did not get, unfortunately, but he was a great help for Chris to be sure.

The photographers were McDorman Photography. Comprised of the husband and wife team of Rob and Aimee McDorman, they were all over the place taking photos from every angle and not missing any of the special moments. I can’t wait to see their photos when they are online - they are sure to be spectacular!

Despite the sunshine, the day was very cold, but it had rained all the day before and into the wedding day morning, so none of us were complaining. Obviously Mother Nature was on board and contributing her part.

Christina and Dan, to paraphrase the reading your friend did from Dr. Seuss, “You’re off to great places, you’re off on your way. And will you succeed? Yes you will - 98 and ¾ percent guaranteed! Kids, you’ll move mountains, today is your day, your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”

Your students are mighty lucky to have teachers like you.

Update 10/30/11 - Just got an email from Christina and Dan with a link to a video of their first dance as husband and wife. They are one fun couple and their surprise first dance certainly reflects their personalities. Here is the link.  Enjoy!

Update 12-22-13 - This fall Christina and Dan became the proud parents of one adorable little girl. Here she is at 3 months, all dressed up in her Christmas finery. What a cutie-pie! Congratulations, Christina and Dan, you are going to be amazing parents!


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