OAKLAND — Two teachers tied the knot Thursday morning at the place where they fell in love: Hillcrest Elementary School in Oakland.
It was a complete surprise to the 325 children who had gathered outside on the last day of school in their daily "morning circle," Principal Beverly Rothenberg said.
A wedding processional played from a portable music player as Candace Chang, a first-grade teacher, descended an outdoor staircase in a knee-length wedding dress. Jesse Inclan, a physical education teacher rarely seen in long pants, appeared in an ivory-colored suit.
That's when the children knew it was real, Rothenberg said.
The couple had known each other for years, but they started to date after they reconnected at Hillcrest.
"They came to my office one day and said, 'Beverly, will you marry us?' " Rothenberg said. "And I said, 'Sure!' "
At the end of the ceremony, Rothenberg declared, "By the power vested in me as principal of Hillcrest School, I now pronounce you husband and wife."
Chang and Inclan kissed, and the children "oohed" and blew bubbles for the happy couple.
The bride and groom then changed out of their wedding clothes and became teachers again for the rest of the day.