Three Dogs IN The Wedding Party!
It’s not every day that we sit down in our Ottawa appartment to Skype with beloved friends living all the way in Washington, DC. And what happened next? We never saw it coming. Not in a million years. We were completely floored when they surprised us by uttering the words:
“Would you three do us the honour of being in our wedding party?”
Instantly Mom squealed (she did. I promise. I was there. She did. My ears are still buzzing!) and Dad got a bit quiet from feeling so honoured before managing an emphatic nod. Then Mom said “Wait … Montecristo too? You said three…?”
And THAT Dear Reader is how I ended up flying to Prague not just for travel and not “just” so mom could pull off her proposal to dad (you read that post right?) No. I took a cross Atlantic flight from Ottawa Canada, to Prague in the Czech Republic (where the bride is from) so that I could be IN the wedding party. How could I not? It was way too huge an honor to pass up. I mean I am not their dog! I have seen pets in weddings … but it is always THEIR humans. This? This was unheard of! Plus if I am honest, we were going even if not in the wedding party! Heck we would have crashed this wedding!
We knew this wedding was going to go down in our history as the most fancy pants one we would ever attend. Not only were the locations breathtaking and the outfits “Old Hollywood Glamour” but on top of all that I was going to get to hang out with two of my favourite traveling Chihuahua’s: Oliver and Chloe. It was their bipeds Michaela and Jeremy that were getting married after all and they too were in the wedding party. Three dogs in the wedding party! Because of course!
(All photos by Hanna Connor)
If you think that the logistics of adding three dogs to a wedding wasn’t enough (like promising that our paws would not touch the ancient Mirror Chapel floor even though high heels were ok *eye roll*), we had our own wedding party attire to organize! Uhu! Yes Sir! The men were in timeless pale grey suits and thus Oliver and I as males, had our own mini replica suits made. Complete with purple bow-tie, pocket squares and cufflinks for our shirts. Chloe got to be a perfect little diva in an exquisite grey feather tutu dress.
If it wasn’t enough for you that we dogs were in the wedding party; we were also a part of the preparations. We attended the rehearsal dinner, the rehearsal proper and just like the humans, we dogs got split up according to gender on the day of the wedding!
I hung out with the men as we all got ready. Meanwhile Mom and Chloe got to bond all morning since Mom had been given the precious responsibility of holding Chloe during the ceremony. As mom said later “way better than a bouquet of flowers!”
When I arrived at the location for the ceremony I was silly happy to see Mom. I had not seen her since we had left our studio apartment that morning around 8:00am. Although at first I did not recognize her in her fancy sequin dress and professional makeup and hair; I knew her scent right away. I wiggled out of dad’s arms for snuggles. Dad was also happy to see Mom… just so you don’t think I was being a “mama’s boy” or anything.
As I mentioned, we had rehearsed the night before so everyone knew what to do. It went off like clockwork. I was very excited when it was our turn to walk down the aisle ahead of the bride. It was Dad on one side with me, then the ladies in the centre (Mom and Chloe), and the groom’s brother with Oliver on the other side. I think we made quite and entrance and caused quite a stir! I think even though people knew we dogs would be there no one expected we would look this good. Oh yeah … three dogs IN the wedding party rocks!
During the ceremony we three dogs behaved perfectly. Not a peep out of any of us. Chloe hung out with Mom ignoring her happy tears … Mom cried so much that it threatened to lift her false eyelashes. Go ahead and laugh at that. She certainly did.
On the men’s side, us boys behaved like perfect little gentleman. Oliver looking adoringly at his mom most of the time like a good boy. Me? I was just pleased to be a part of it all and enjoyed my quality time with Dad. I must say, I did enjoy the live quartet behind me. The music was lovely.
And the Mirror Chapel? Holy Crap Batman … AMAZING! All of a sudden the rose gold sequin bridesmaid dresses made perfect sense. They were in perfect harmony with the spectacular venue.
Then, the beautiful ceremony was done (kudos to Jeremy for saying his vows in CZECH!) and the time had come for us to have our photos taken with the wedding party. Yes us dogs too!
Then it was off to get some super fancy photos taken in the most beautiful library in the world! But first … a quick pee break for all!
The Klementinum Library in Prague is hands down the most amazing place I have ever seen. I don’t hesitate in saying that it really is the most beautiful library in the world. Sadly, I could only see it from the open doorway as pets are not allowed inside. In all fairness, most humans are not allowed inside either. The library is NOT normally open to the public to visit and can only be viewed from behind a glass door. It’s carefully monitored for light and humidity to protect the ancient books. Alarms go off if any of that isn’t ideal for preservation.
The bride and groom had paid for special permission to not only allow the wedding party to go inside for a quick visit, but to also have portraits taken there. BEST thank you present EVER! So, in order to not spoil it for anyone, all three of us dogs just sat down on the cool floors of the hallway; or hung out in the arms of someone not being photographed until it was all done. I would say it was absolutely worth it.
As you can see, the romantic wedding ceremony and the magical library caused a lot of kissing.
And now? Off we went for the dinner and after party! Yes it was indoors and yes; us dogs were in attendance for that too!
We first hung out in the lobby as we waited for the bride and groom to finish their wedding photos around the city. This down time allowed me to be with mom and to work my magic with the ladies. I even went for a little walk around the block to stretch my legs.
Finally it was time for us to make our entrance into the dinner hall. Dancing all out; we entered in the same order as the wedding ceremony.
With tummies grumbling, we took our seats at the huge head table. I sat on Mom’s lap. We listened to speeches and watched the fun games the bride and groom would play. I enjoyed the meal and mingled with some of the dogs in attendance as guests (they had not been at the church so I had to go say hello and introduce myself!)
A good time was being had by all. At one point I was handed over to Dad on the “men’s” side of the head table and I got to see the space from another angle.
And then the dancing started. At this point the music was a little louder. Thoughtfully, I was invited along with Oliver, Chloe and the other local dogs to spend some time in the honeymoon suite of the hotel.
The problem? THAT was when we all decided to misbehave.
Now with six of us in one room and no humans present we just got into a pack mentality and started barking at every. single. tiny. noise. Other hotel guests complained and I saw how stunned both my bipeds and the newlyweds were. As traveling dogs experts this was something they had never dealt with before. Oliver, Chloe and I blame the local dogs for the out of character noise.
The only way to solve the problem was to return us to the party! YAY!
But at this point I admit it had been a long day. Luckily (as planned) our studio apartment wasn’t far and dad just put me in my carrier and snuck me out to take me home. There I happily curled up on the bed not caring one bit that dad was leaving me behind so he could return to the dancing, to kissing mom who looked so lovely and having a great time with the newlyweds.
And so ends my “Three Dogs IN The Wedding Party! ” tale. I still can’t believe I got to wear a suit, got to be in the wedding party and participate in ALL of the wedding related events other than the bachelor/ette party. I am honoured beyond belief. For those of you who love weddings, here is a short video of Michaela and Jeremy’s beautiful day. It’s got some amazing shots of Prague and I dare you to count how many times you can spot me (hint: more than 5 times) !
(Videographer: Jan Brzák from Whitelife.cz)