A Pennsylvania couple's nuptials are going viral, thanks to the unusual "bouquets" the wedding party carried.
When Matt Crain and Sarah Mallouck Crain wed earlier this month in Lancaster County, their attendants held puppies in need of homes, not flowers.
A photo posted by CAROLINE LOGAN (@carolineloganphoto) on Sep 16, 2016 at 3:07pm PDT
The pups included five boxer-coonhound puppies – named Martha, Abigail, Dolley, Elizabeth, and Louisa (after the country's first five first ladies) – and a pitbull named Biggie Smalls, according to photographer Caroline Logan. The dogs are available at Pitties Love Peace, the central Pennsylvania rescue organization where the bride is a board member.
The couple chose to feature the rescue pups in their wedding photos "because we could hold them and spread awareness about them," Sarah Crain told the Centre Daily Times. "It was perfect timing to have those little puppies in the rescue and at an age where we could have them out in public.”
"While photographing six rambunctious puppies definitely brought an added challenge, it also caused the bridal party to be more at ease," Logan wrote in an email.
The photographer said she never imagined her images would go viral. But the puppies were a hit at the Sept. 10 ceremony, and the wedding photos have sparked thousands of stories online, garnering coverage from local news organizations to national and international outlets like ABC News, the Huffington Post, People and the Telegraph.
For Sarah Crain, posing with puppies on her big day was a natural choice.
"All my pictures growing up, my parents have me off in the corner playing with an animal," she told Inside Edition.
According to Logan, the festivities concluded with no accidents or damaged dresses, but plenty of snuggles.
Pitties Love Peace Facebook post.