A dog loving couple said ‘I woof’ after tying the knot in front of a church full on canines.
Rachael Stevenson and John Purvis from Parkside Crescent, Seaham, were brought together through their love of dogs, so decided their precious pooches should play a big part on their special day.
Four of the pair’s seven dogs – Kiera, Noodle, Mishka and Diesel – acted as ‘bridesmaids’ and a ring bearer as they were married at St John’s Church in Blandford Pace, Seaham, on Saturday.
While many of their friends and family members also brought along their pets to celebrate the big day.
John, 35, a self-employed landscaper, had the chance to greet his doggy guests, who all came wearing ribbons bow ties, and even a shirts, outside of the church before his beautiful bride arrived.
He said: “I’m really looking forward for it to begin, I’m pleased so many dogs have came along, as they feature so heavily in our lives, and I’m quite confident they’re all going to behave inside the church.”
That was absolutely brilliant it couldn’t have went better.Rachael Purvis
The pair decided on a dog-themed wedding as Rachael, 30, who runs her own mobile dog grooming business, worked at the Pemberton Arms pub, in Cold Hesledon, in Seaham, almost seven years ago when John, came in for a drink with his two dogs and they began chatting.
As the venue was instrumental in their meeting, they decided to hold their wedding reception there, and all of the dogs were invited too.
After Father Peter Twisleton declared the couple legally wed, everyone headed outside for the difficult task of posing for the wedding pictures with all of the pooches sitting still.
Rachael said: “That was absolutely brilliant, it couldn’t have went better.
“All of the dogs were wonderful. They’ll all be coming with us to the Pemberton arms and even more dogs are due to arrive later on.
“We’ve got a dog-themed wedding cake and there will be lots of games and prizes for the best dressed.”
They newlyweds are now planning a honeymoon in Scotland – with their dogs.