Our dog filmed our wed­ding

Sam’s four-legged friends played a spe­cial part in her big day

that's life (Australia) - - Contents - Sam Blanch, 26, Bris­bane, Qld

When I first set eyes on Reece, my heart skipped a beat. His golden blond hair and deep brown eyes left me breath­less.

It was def­i­nitely love at first swipe!

Try­ing out a dat­ing app last year, it was just meant to be a bit of fun. But I could tell Reece, 26, was some­thing spe­cial.

‘You look even bet­ter in per­son,’ he flirted when we met for a drink.

‘You’re not too bad your­self,’ I grinned back.

Af­ter that, we fell in love hard and fast.

It turned out we were both ve­gan and adored an­i­mals.

‘I’ve al­ways dreamed of open­ing my own an­i­mal shel­ter,’ Reece con­fessed one even­ing.

‘That’s been my dream since I was a lit­tle girl!’

I said, ex­cited.

Then, just three months af­ter we met, Reece asked me to marry him.

‘Of course I will!’ I beamed.

Our house soon be­came a home when we be­gan adopt­ing an­i­mals.

Ev­ery time we vis­ited the pound, we came back with a res­cue pet.

‘We can’t just leave him here!’ I’d plead, af­ter an­other gor­geous pooch sucked me in with their sad eyes.

Even­tu­ally, we ended up with four dogs and eight cats!

Hap­pier than ever, we were so ex­cited about get­ting mar­ried.

We didn’t want an ex­trav­a­gant wed­ding. We wanted it to match our style – sim­ple, down-to-earth and fun. And what was the point of shelling out thou­sands of dollars for one day?

We wanted to save our money and use it for our big dream of open­ing an an­i­mal shel­ter. So, we bud­geted ev­ery­where we could.

By the time we mar­ried in Fe­bru­ary this year, we’d or­gan­ised the whole spe­cial day for just $3000. My $100 wed­ding dress was sim­ple but el­e­gant, and our 50 guests were de­lighted with the $300 worth of booze and piz­zas.

But the best way we kept our costs down was by en­list­ing the help of our four gor­geous dogs!

Our nine-year-old Great Dane cross Kiara joined my step­dad, Paul, in walk­ing me down the aisle. Rema, a husky, was our brides­maid and Rocket, a bor­der col­lie, made a proud grooms­man.

Rema the husky was my brides­maid

The re­ally ex­cit­ing part was our 11-year-old bor­der col­lie Ge­orge, who acted as our chief videog­ra­pher!

‘Are you ready, baby?’ I asked, strap­ping a GoPro to a har­ness on his back and hit­ting record.

His dog-eye view of our wed­ding melted our hearts.

Even though he’s deaf, Ge­orge did a won­der­ful job cap­tur­ing the essence of our spe­cial day. There were shots of us all laugh­ing and our guests coo­ing over him.

‘This will be some­thing to trea­sure for the rest of our lives,’ I grinned to Reece.

In­stead of gifts, guests do­nated to our shel­ter.

It meant ev­ery­thing to us that our dogs were a part of our day. They also joined us on our hon­ey­moon, trav­el­ling along Aus­tralia’s east coast. We wouldn’t have it any other way!

Ge­orge, our spe­cial wed­ding videog­ra­pher

A still from Ge­orge’s video!

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