‘Who needs bouquets when you can have puppies?!’: Bride and groom have rescue puppy ‘cuteness overload’ at their wedding

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“Becky and John were in the middle of planning for their wedding when their local rescue The Little Guild had a post on their Facebook about a litter of 1-day-old puppies needing a foster home. The puppies were found in a neighbor’s yard and seemed to have been rejected by their mother. Becky and John saw the post and said to each other, ‘We’ve raised baby piglets and cows before, so this can’t be much different!’

Bride and groom sit on wooden bench with rescue puppies on their laps and at their feet
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They first started fostering two puppies from the litter named Penny and Patch. The puppies were so young that they couldn’t stay home alone. Becky and John had to make a day trip to Cabela’s to get some supplies for their honeymoon so the puppies joined along on their trip, snuggled up inside of a diaper bag in the shopping cart and having bottles in the car ride.

Bride and groom hold up rescue puppies so they are head to head
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Soon after, they started fostering three more puppies from the litter, Roley, Lucky and Freckles.

Groomsman holds up rescue puppy in the air so they are eye to eye
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Groomsmen laugh as they both hold rescue puppies
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When Becky and John were switching the pups from milk to dog food, they got so covered in the food they would have to give them all baths every time they ate, multiple times a day.

‘It was mayhem,’ Becky told me.

Bride and bridesmaids stand side by side all holding rescue puppies
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Including the rescue puppies in their big day was a no-brainer. Who needs bouquets when you can have puppies?! They knew the exposure of having the puppies be part of their wedding would help in their adoption.

Bride and groom stand with members of their bridal party holding rescue puppies
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The puppies traveled with the wedding party to the location for the photographs. When it was time to take them out of their carriers it was total cuteness overload. All of the puppies were licking and yapping. They nibbled on Becky’s dress and hair. There wasn’t any concern about the possibility of the puppies peeing on their wedding clothes; no one seemed to mind one bit. After photographs with the pups were done, a family friend watched over them and took care of them at the pet-friendly wedding venue, The Litchfield Inn, in one of the suites.

five groomsmen stand side by side while holding rescue puppies
Rebecca Lynne Photography

Becky and John were able to foster all of the puppies right up until they found their forever homes. Families who were interested in adopting the puppies submitted applications and references including a reference from their veterinarian. All of the puppies went to great homes shortly after Becky and John’s wedding day. Patch, who is now named Mo, found a home with John’s aunt, so they are still able to visit with him.

Two groomsmen hold up rescue puppies so that they are kissing while three others hold them to their chests
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Becky believes all of the incessant puppy cuddling they did while fostering them turned them all into great dogs.”

Bride and bridesmaids hold up rescue puppies to look them in the eye
Rebecca Lynne Photography
Bride holds rescue puppy to her chest while groom holds another puppy over her shoulder
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Bride and groom stare down at rescue puppy that bride is holding
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This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Rebecca Lynne of Rebecca Lynne Photography in Middletown, Connecticut. Submit your story here.

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