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Always the Flower Girl …
How three couples creatively incorporated kids into their weddings.


For the November 2011 nuptials of her two dads—menswear designer Peter Manning and André Bishop, artistic director of the Lincoln Center Theater—Katie Bishop-Manning, then 13, played host at the ceremony and reception at the Standard Hotel. In a Nili Lotan dress, she greeted the 70 guests as they arrived and later, during a toast to her fathers, thanked them for coming.


For her 2010 wedding to College Board director Jeffrey Cuff in Westport, Connecticut, photographer Melani Lust asked her three children—9-year-old twins Melanie and Preston and 11-year-old Terry—to write their own “vows” for the ceremony. Reading from an iPad, they shared how excited they were for Jeff to be their new father.


For a client who wanted to include three young relatives in her August 2012 wedding at Tribeca Rooftop, wedding planner Lauren Sozmen commissioned designer Michelle Edgemont to create signs calligraphied with the word toast. At key points during dinner, the three girls brandished them on the dance floor. “It was a fun way to get everyone’s attention for toasts,” says Sozmen. “Guests just loved it—and it worked.”

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