Forever linked in phonetic unity

It was a double ring ceremony for the letters Q and U. The bride, Emma Herrick, and the groom, Ian Thomas, exchange rings under the watchful eye of teacher Bill MacKenty. Photo by Ralph Stewart

It was a double ring ceremony for the letters Q and U. The bride, Emma Herrick, and the groom, Ian Thomas, exchange rings under the watchful eye of teacher Bill MacKenty.
Photo by Ralph Stewart

By Anna Marie D'Addarie - March 16, 2006

Island wedding photographer Debbie Grant surveyed the room looking for the best locations to take her pictures. The wedding guests were filing in and, taking the arm of an usher, were shown to their seats. Some guests preferred to stand rather than sit on the tiny chairs.

Soon the room, now full to overflowing, hushed as the processional music began to play. To the song "Someday My Prince Will Come," the wedding of the letters Q and U began.

Last Friday Edgartown School kindergarten teacher Connie Leuenberger hosted an elaborate wedding ceremony with her class. The event had all the elements of a real wedding. From signing the guest book to toasting the new couple, Ms. Leuenberger made sure all the details were just right.

"This union will require quite a quest to relieve a quandary of spellers everywhere," said Bill MacKenty, fellow Edgartown teacher and wedding official. Dressed in a frock coat, lace cravat, and swashbuckling hat, the six- foot, seven-inch tall teacher was a large presence in the kindergarten classroom. His soft voice and easy manner were just what this miniature nuptial required. With all the solemnity of the occasion he said, "Now, here's the quintessential question. Do you Miss Q request Mr. U to be your following vowel?" A tiny "I do" was heard.

"I now pronounce you qu," said Mr. MacKenty. The guests applauded, the wedding party smiled and relaxed just a little, and the cameras flashed.

After the ceremony, it was time for the wedding reception, which included dancing to the Carpenters, "Close to You," and Frank Sinatra. The cake was an elaborate concoction made and decorated by Ms. Leuenberger's students. Anna Markwica, a junior at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, is in the mentorship program assigned to Ms. Leuenberger's class. Ms. Markwica snapped pictures during the ceremony and served the cake at the reception. She was a former student at the Edgartown School, but this was her first Q and U wedding. Ms. Markwica was very excited to be part of the festivities.

The wedding of Q and U was just another wonderful day in Ms. Leuenberger's classroom and a day that each student will always remember.

Connie Leuenberger is assisted in the classroom by Cathy Lewis, Debbie Grant, and Liz Stobart as well as student Anna Markwica. The wedding flowers were donated by Donaroma's of Edgartown.