Weddings are joyous occasions, to be sure, but you know what makes them even merrier? Puppies! Duh!
That's the sage wisdom of one canine-loving couple — Matt Crain and Sarah Mallouk Crain from central Pennsylvania — who decided to swap out the usual wedding floral arrangements for an adorable batch of rescue pups. The idea to incorporate the puppies into the celebration came from the bride, who has worked for dog rescue group Pitties Love Peace since 2011 and just knew she had to invite some of the center's rescue pups to participate in her big day.
Needless to say, the resulting cuddle fest made for an excellent post-ceremony photoshoot with the wedding party.
The puppies held by the bridesmaids are an all-female litter of
8-week-old boxer-coonhound pups, named after the nation's first First
Ladies: Martha, Abigail, Dolley, Elizabeth and Louisa. The pudgy little
grey pitbull held by the bride is a nine-week-old pup named Biggie
Smalls that was found on the streets of Brooklyn.
The lucky photographer behind these heartwarming shots is Caroline Logan, who was positively thrilled to be a part of the puppy-themed festivities.
"While photographing six rambunctious puppies definitely brought an added challenge, it also caused the bridal party to be more at ease," Logan tells MNN. "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."
Of course, the bride and the bridesmaids weren't the only ones to have quality time with these puppies — the groom and the groomsmen also got in on some cuddling:
With a gaggle of energetic puppies, you might expect some surprises, but believe it or not, the photoshoot went off without a hitch!
"Thankfully there was no puppy drama, no accidents and no dresses harmed in the making of the photos," Logan explains. "In fact, the puppies caused the photos to be extra natural, candid and carefree — exactly what I strive for in my work! The wedding party was loving all the puppy snuggles."
Feeling positively enamored by these charismatic puppies? You'll be thrilled to learn that they're actually up for adoption, alongside the 40 to 50 total dogs living under the care of Pitties Love Peace. Follow the organization on Facebook for up-to-date information and images of the dogs that are currently available for adoption.