Sacred Lands Wedding With Willow - St Pete, Florida

Willow the rescue made her mom & dad’s wedding day absolutely perfect!

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This adorable pit mix entered our annual #AdoptDontShop Rescue contest for her humans’ wedding at Sacred Lands!

Willow’s story is quite a special one. She even had her own “First Look” with mom & dad before the ceremony!

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She walked down the aisle like a pro in her fresh flower collar, and posed for photos after with the whole family!

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We asked Willow’s humans to share a little bit about why they chose to include her in their special day.

Why did you include your dog in your wedding?

Our furbabies are a part of our family, it wouldn’t feel right if they couldn’t be a part of the celebration!

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What is the story of how your dog became a part of the family?

I wanted a dog for as long as I could remember but my parents knew the responsibility that comes along with owning a dog so they wouldn’t allow it. Then one day, we were at The Florida Aquarium with our family and my father gave us a bag with dog treats in it - he finally gave us his blessing and support to get a dog! (My parents are our landlords). We saw Willow’s ad on Craigslist and almost didn’t go meet her since it said she was part Pitbull, boy are we glad we did! We met her at a gas station, she was covered in feces and flees and so scared. My [now] husband said even if we don’t keep her, we are not leaving this dog in this situation. She is truly one of the best things that have ever happened to us! Pits get a bad rep but she truly is one of the sweetest dogs we have ever met and we have learned not to judge a dog by its breed.

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Did you incorporate your dog into any other details on your wedding day?

Yes, we had a treat table for our guest’s fur babies who couldn’t make it to the “paw-ty” from our cat and dog. We also had a cut out of our cat’s face as a prop in our photobooth.

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All dogs are the best dogs, but tell us something that makes your dog special?

She is the sweetest dog we have ever met! She loves to cuddle and she follows me everywhere. She always makes sure to bring whoever walks into our house gifts (whatever is near her that can fit in her mouth- usually it’s a toy, article of clothing from doing laundry, a remote control, etc.).

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about your dog?

She has the best smelling Frito paws!

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Thanks so much for sharing your sweet girl’s story with us, Ivana & Mike! & Trust us, you don’t want to miss Willow’s adorable video below:

10% Of This Wedding Was Donated To // New Life Dog Rescue

Planner // Blue Skies Weddings & Events

Photographer // Concept Photography

Venue // Sacred Lands

Postcard Inn Wedding with Jody Girl & LIzzie Bear - St Pete Beach, Florida

Katy and Mark love our Florida beaches, so they made it their spot to tie the knot!

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That’s why the Postcard Inn on St.Pete Beach was the perfect venue for their big day. Jody (Jody girl) and Lizzie (Lizzie Bear) were important members of the family, and Katy and Mark couldn’t imagine a special time such as this without them present.

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While Jody and Lizzie weren’t actually in the ceremony, they spent a good part of their day exploring the property and staying with mom as she got ready. Hanging with the bridesmaids, trying on their flower collars, and getting excited for their parents to see one another was so exciting!  They were both pros at stealing kisses in between hair and make up. It was clear the pair loved being able to be present leading up to the big moment!

After witnessing their mom and dad during the first look, both Jody and Lizzie were happy to pose for their family photos. While the ceremony took place, they grabbed a quick snack to re energize so they could head back down to visit with some family and friends! Katy and Mark gave some extra chin scratches and snuggles to them before they headed off to the room for a nap. It was evident they had a successful adventure and won over the hearts of not only our FairyTail crew, but all those they saw that day as well!

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10% Of This Wedding Was Donated To // Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Group

:Photographer // Stephanie A Smith Photography

Venue // Postcard Inn On The Beach

Planner // Days Remembered by ND

Cross Creek Ranch Wedding with Gracie - Dover, FL

Nicole and Dennon are from Orlando, but planned their special day at the beautiful Cross Creek Ranch.

 
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The property offered so much space to explore with their sweet lab, Gracie, who they couldn’t imagine their wedding without.

Gracie loved greeting both new and old friends before the ceremony, and she took her role very seriously when she walked down the aisle with her dad. The outside chapel presented an airy and earthy feel coupled with tradition. Gracie’s excitement was hard for her to contain, so she watched the ceremony from a distance with her FairyTail friends.

 
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She was happy to join in for pictures after her parents made things official! A huge smile remained on her face as she posed proudly with her flower collar and soaked up all the love from the bridal party.

 
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She gave lots of kisses before heading out, and made sure to check on friends and family to ensure they were enjoying themselves as much as she did.

 
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We are so glad we could help include such a special girl in Dennon and Nicole’s wedding day!

To see more of this beautiful wedding from Gracie’s perspective,

check out her GoPro Video!

Photographer // Sunglow Photography

Venue & Coordination // Cross Creek Ranch