Love comes in all shapes and sizes and can be expressed in meaningful ways, particularly when the bride and groom are animal advocates. Most recently, when two couples planned their weddings, they similarly thought of a creative way to shake things up a bit. In place of the traditional bouquets and boutonnieres, both couples chose rescue pups instead for themselves, bridesmaids and groomsmen.
When Kathryn and Brad Ziemer celebrated their nuptials at the Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Minnesota, the couple felt it would be meaningful to mark their day by supporting the Secondhand Hounds in Eden Prairie, which is an organization that helps rescue dogs from high kill shelters. So, instead of colorful flowers they decided to use rescue puppies for their professional photos.
In September — one month earlier than the Ziemers — newlyweds Sarah and Matt Crain, from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania celebrated their big day alongside an eight-week-old litter of rescue pups from Pitties.Love.Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescue and rehabilitation.
Wedding photographer Caroline Logan was ‘thrilled’ when bride Sarah asked her to capture the special day with the lovable litter, adding it helped the wedding
“While photographing six rambunctious puppies definitely brought an added challenge, it also caused the bridal party to be more at ease,” she explained.
“Having something to divert attention from that uncomfortable ‘Oh my goodness, I'm getting my picture taken... what do I do with my hands?!’ feeling to pure puppy bliss made for relaxed photos where the bridal party was able to focus on interacting with the fun-loving puppies as I documented it all unfold.
“And of course, the bridal party loved it! From the minute the puppies came bounding around the corner exploring their new surroundings, the bridesmaids were gushing about how cute they were. It was a dream for everyone!”
Don’t know if the Ziemers learned from the Crains that puppies could add a heartfelt accent to one’s wedding festivities — or whether they both arrived at this innovative approach on their own. In either event, you can’t help but love the nostalgia of it all, as we’re reminded of Donny Osmond first singing those fun-filled lyrics over fifty years ago of “how a young heart really feels, and why we love (puppies) so!” ♪ ♫ ♬