'Butchelor' meets Bella
The mother-of-the-bride couldn't be more proudJO MOIR
Diamonds, a wedding reception and even a honeymoon - nothing was spared at Taranaki's first dog wedding on Saturday.
The canine nuptials were held at Puke Ariki landing as part of a North Taranaki SPCA and radio station competition.
The "Doggy Style Wedding" was the first in the country and mother-of-the-bride, Lois Goodman, couldn't have been more proud.
"It was my first time as mother-of-the-bride but my oldest daughter gets married next year, so it was good practise," she said.
The Shih Tzu Tibetan spaniel bride, Bella, and her Maremma husband, Mebo, tied the knot at an 11am ceremony officiated by celebrant Lorrie Neville.
Bella beat 50 other entrants to marry "butchelor" Mebo - belonging to Paula Harvey - and the couple also received a year's supply of dog food and new kennels, not to mention hours of pampering.
"Mebo basically chose Bella when it came down to the last two brides," Mrs Goodman said.
"He went straight to her and they just hit it off and they have this little thing going on between them."
After the ceremony the newly-weds, including their bridesmaid, best man and respective family and friends, headed to the pub for a wedding reception.
"There were cupcakes for us and the dogs as well as sparkling wine," she said.
The happy couple finished the day off with a honeymoon at the Kaponga Hotel.
Mebo and Bella were exhausted after their busy day and crashed side-by-side on sheepskin rugs.
The doggy couple have their own diamond-studded collars with an engraved pendant of their names and wedding date to remind them of their special day.
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