Dogs in Weddings
I have no idea how I’ve been blogging for this long without writing a devotional to the snuggliest little teddy bear that lives in my house: Mae.
As you can clearly see, Mae is a stuffed animal who came to life. Benjamin and I adopted her three and a half years ago from a rescue organization (#adoptdontshop). She had been dropped off at a pound in Chicago, apparently accompanied by the explanation “too expensive.” That’s pretty much the extent of our knowledge about her past—judging from her behavior, we don’t think she was abused, but she may have been neglected. She has some funny quirks, like creeping around the bedroom doorway and silently staring at us until we call her over (so cute, but also heartbreaking if she learned to do that after being scolded away).
When we got her, she was heartworm-positive, and the treatment required that we carry her up and down the stairs every single time she went out. For six months. We had to spay her (she reacted so badly to the anesthesia that we feared she might die for a full week after), she used to scream bloody murder when we left her alone (much to the chagrin of our neighbors), and after several “accidents” on the BED we finally figured out that she needed to be grain free (PRINCESS). Now, she’s happy and healthy, and we’re so obsessed with her that we gladly hand our wallets to the vet every time. She’s the sweetest, most affectionate, funniest little mutt, and I honestly don’t remember what life was like before her.
She’s a cartoon.
Naturally, we wanted to somehow incorporate Mae into our wedding, but not into the wedding, because I am not about that life (and I think my parish would excommunicate me if I even suggested a dog in our ceremony). So I designed a little logo for us to use here and there,
plagiarized from inspired by Mrs. Squid! We put it on our website, as well as on some of our stationery (post coming soon!).
Original cocker spaniel image via The Graphics Fairy, modified by yours truly in Paint. Ha.
Finally, while we politely declined to invite Mae to the wedding itself, we wanted some photos with her on the actual day. She is an important part of our family…so we are planning to incorporate her into our first look pictures and make her wear this torturous device while we do it:
She’ll wear this in white—just like the logo! | Image via Pecan Pie Puppies
The delightful, extremely-overpriced-but-I-don’t-care bow tie came from Etsy, and we’re using a white leather leash as well. One of my dearest friends has volunteered to be the dog-wrangler, and Mae will be chauffeured to the nearest PetsHotel after her photo shoot. I just hope it’s not muddy out!
I made this a couple of years ago and it still kills me.
Are you incorporating your beloved fur-child into your wedding? And any advice for not getting hair/mud/slobber all over your wedding dress?