Dogs in the wedding

We took a weekend trip, with both pups in tow, to attend a friend’s wedding. It was a lovely outdoor affair, and the couple are a happy, athletic, dog-loving pair. They have a pair of Brittany spaniels, named Eolus and Maple, who are their heart and joy.

At the rehearsal dinner, each table had a paper silhouette of one of the family dogs on it, which naturally warmed my heart. During his toast at the rehearsal dinner, the bride’s father said he knew that she was in it for life when Matt, her groom, bought her a dog (little Maple). And then, after the ceremony, both dogs were brought in to get family photos with the bride and groom. Here is a poor photo I snapped of Maple, the younger spaniel, giving her mama a kiss:

Maple gives her mom a happy wedding kiss #cheers2thechisholms

Although the dogs didn’t participate in the ceremony itself, they were certainly important members of the family. And I think this was rather an ideal way to involve pups in a wedding. I don’t know many dogs who would actually enjoy being in a wedding, but I’m sure they wanted to be around for at least part of the fun. Maple and Eolus had a handler assigned to them during the reception, and so they got to hang out for a bit and mingle with guests.

Did you/would you have your dogs in your wedding? We didn’t have dogs when we got married, but I imagine we’d certainly want them around to be included in the photos, as our friends did.

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Meanwhile, our dogs had a nice vacation with my parents. They both get tons of exercise when my dad is in charge of them, and so they are always very happy and content. As you can see, they are both very devoted to him:

Ever devoted to grandfather Jak #germanshepherds

We got some more off-leash practice, including some romping at the shores of a lake, in the afternoons. They both did quite well, although they seemed especially excited to be FREE and were a little less attentive to us than they were on our recent hike.

Hanging out in Davidson #germanshepherd #babygurrrrl

How were your weekends?

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4 thoughts on “Dogs in the wedding

  1. We didn’t have Silas when we got married, but we also didn’t have a wedding.

    It looks like your friends had a lovely party, and their dogs do look a lot happier than the ones I’ve seen formally posed through the ceremony.

  2. I would absolutely want Rufus in my wedding – unfortunately, I don’t think he’d feel the same way. The crowd and action would probably make him uneasy, so maybe just for the photos…yeah, he could handle that.

  3. Sounds like your friends gave a lot of thought to including their dogs in a way that made both of them comfortable and happy. Good for them. And glad to hear you and the dogs had such a nice weekend.

    Our weekend, like most weekends, is spent sailing. But I can hardly wait until Honey gets to sail with us every time. It’s hard leaving her behind for an afternoon sail.

  4. My brother-in-law got married last weekend and they were planning to have their dogs in the wedding, but changed their minds at the end because of several members of the bride’s family. If my husband and I got married now, I’m sure the dogs would be in the wedding somehow, but we lived in an apartment the first few years of our married life and had to settle for being cat owners until we got our house. lol

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