Club Lake Plantation Wedding with Ace & Dakota - Orlando, FL

We were lucky enough to spend lots of time getting to know Ace & Dakota & their parents. We spent the day together, helping to include them in the engagement photos.

There is no doubt that they are a big part of the family & we could see why! They each had so much personality & absolutely loved being around Mom & Dad & being a part of all the fun!


Here is what the Bride had to say about including Ace & Dakota in the wedding day!

Why did you include your dogs in your wedding?

We wanted to include Ace and Dakota in our wedding because they are part of our family. Our big day would not have felt complete without them there!


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

Chris and I are big animal lovers, but neither of us had any pets when we started dating. We had always talked about getting a dog, and about 3 years into our relationship Chris surprised me by stopping at an animal shelter on the way to my parents house for Christmas. We immediately fell in love with Ace and his permanent wink, and knew we had to take him home!

About 6 months later we went to the store to get some dog food and there happened to be an animal rescue there trying to get dogs from a high kill shelter adopted before they were put down. Before we knew it Chris had scooped up Dakota and she did not get put back down until we got home! We had already talked about Ace needing a buddy and Dakota was the perfect fit for our little family.


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

We tried to incorporate our pups into as much as we could! We had them at our engagement photo shoot and they were on our invitations. We also had them added to our cake topper and in the photos that were used for the guest book and venue decor. 


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

There is so much that makes these two special but I will try to keep it brief!

Ace of course has his signature one-eyed wink. He is the most loving dog ever - he literally sneaks into bed in the morning and crawls between us so he can maximize his snuggles. He was found in the woods in Georgia and lived a rough life before we found him, so if he does not absolutely have to go outside, the couch in the AC is where he will stay.

Dakota has the cutest little baby ears - they stopped growing when she was just a few months old and they are absolutely adorable. She loves belly rubs and will give you a huge grin if you scratch the right spot on top of her head! Unlike her brother, Dakota LOVES dirt - her favorite thing to do at the dog park is roll around in it until she’s completely covered.


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

Our pups are such a huge part of our lives, we could not imagine it any other way. We are so grateful that FairyTail Pets was there to not only help us incorporate them into our wedding day, but to make sure they were comfortable and had tons of love and attention! 


Venue: Club Lake Plantation

Photographer: Rad Red Creative

Planner: Bella Sposa Events

10% of this FairyTail Wedding was donated to Save-A-Life Pet Rescue

Sirata Beach Resort Wedding with Shae & Cooper - St Pete Beach, FL

Besides possibly the rings, the only truly important thing shining bright and golden for their parent’s wedding day was Shae and Cooper.


These two beautiful retrievers brought smiles to everyone’s face as we explored the grounds of The Sirata Beach Resort.


Before it was time for the ceremony, Shae and Cooper stopped in to visit with, and say hello to mom and dad. They took this opportunity to help calm any anxiety or nerves of the bride and groom, and gave them both all the love.


After a couple of potty breaks and greeting some hotel patrons, it was time for the first look in the courtyard. Almost unable to contain all their excitement, the two gushed as they sat next to Liz and Dave to pose for some pictures.


They took their roles as Best Dog & Dog Of Honor very seriously!


Before long, all the wedding guests were in their seats and ready for the nuptials to begin! The ocean danced lightly in the background, and it wasn’t long before dad made his way down with both Shae and Cooper by his side. Of course they couldn’t help but sneak in some sniffs and kisses for the friends and family members they passed on their way to the altar. They watched in eagerness as their parents became official, and were happy to accept wedding gifts in the form of pets and scratches soon thereafter.


After a long day, the goldens were delighted to get back for dinner and a nap while their family danced the night away. It’s a ruff job having such a crucial part on such a special occasion! Especially when it’s for the ones you love unconditionally! We were so glad we could help Shae and Cooper join in on the fun and bring so much light and laughter to Liz and Dave’s wedding day!


We asked Shea & Cooper’s parents to share a little more about why they included their pets in their special day:

1. Why did you include your dogs in your wedding?

Our dogs are involved in every aspect of our lives. So we thought, how could they not be included in our big day?

We take them out to dinner with us, to the stores with us (if they are pet friendly), downtown to the
breweries, etc. We plan vacations around them and all of our families and friends know them as being a huge part of our life.

Our wedding pictures and our wedding day would have felt empty without them.

2. What is the story of how your dogs became a part of the family?

Dave and I got Shae when I was a junior and he was a senior in college at
UCF ( GO KNIGHTS!). Thinking back, we don't know what we were thinking
being that young getting a dog, but we wouldn't change anything now!

My college roommate actually got Shae from a random store in Ocoee, Fl and the very first night she had her, I ended up "babysitting" her while they all went out to the bars. After about day 2 or 3 my friend realized there was just no way she was ready for a dog, especially one that would get quite big in a college apartment.

Dave lived in a townhouse at the time and since we both LOVED dogs and LOVED Shae, we decided we would buy her from my friend. Shae's name was something different for the first few days, but I can't even remember what it was.

Cooper came along 5 years later. We were about to buy our first home together in St. Pete with a backyard, we were already engaged, and planning our wedding. We love golden retrievers and got really lucky with Shae being (relatively) well behaved. We started looking online for dogs and put our name on a breeders list. We were number 16 or something and thinking there was no shot with that litter so we would keep looking around. The breeder called us when the puppies were born and said we were next on the list
after other families backed out.

We went to "look" at the puppies to see which one got along best with Shae or if she bonded with any of them. Cooper was the only puppy following her around and not phased by her kind of pushing him around, so that was it! We picked out "green collar" and named him Cooper.

3. Did you incorporate your dogs into any other details on your wedding day?

Throughout the weekend we had pictures of special moments displayed, which obviously had a lot of their faces involved, but other than pictures and them walking down during the ceremony, that was it.

4. All dogs are the best dogs, but tell us something that makes your dogs

We love that our dogs have 2 very different personalities for being the same breed. Cooper is very independent and happy go-lucky. Whereas Shae is reserved, anxious, and needy/our cuddler. Even though their personalities are different and they are different dogs, the 4 of us are a very tight knit group.

As much as we take care of them, we like to say they take care of us more. They keep us healthy by going for walks, they make us laugh by being their curious selves, and they pick up on our moods to comfort us when we need them.

5. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about your dogs?

I really can't stress enough how much it meant to have them in our wedding and have pictures with them and a video from their perspective. Leaving your dog with anyone unfamiliar can be stressful in itself, let alone on your wedding day.

Knowing they had their very own handlers who had met them and loved dogs, and they had their very own video, like it was their day and time to show off, made us stress free and so happy.

& Make sure to check out their GoPro video from their big day below!

Venue: Sirata Beach Resort

Photographer: Kera Photography

Planner: Days Remembered by ND

10% of this FairyTail Wedding was donated to Suncoast Animal League

Wishing Well Barn with Boston - Plant City, FL

Boston was a very handsome Doberman, who had a heart bigger than he was (If you can even imagine that)!


We were thrilled to be a part of incorporating Boston in his pawrent’s big day at the wonderful Wishing Well Barn! When we arrived, Boston could barely contain his excitement. He could sense that mom and dad were close by and was bouncing with joy! He was all smiles when he saw how beautiful Stephanie looked.


Leading up to the ceremony, we made a stop in to visit with the boys. Boston couldn’t wait to say hello and give Brian some extra love. He was especially proud to match with his fancy bow tie.


Walking down the aisle he took his part very serious, and was so proud to escort his fellow bridesmaid.


After the ceremony Boston said hello to friends and family. We explored around the open field and followed around to a picturesque pond so he could join in for a special moment with his mom and dad. It was clear he was a big part of Stephanie and Brian’s life, and it was important for him to be involved in this moment.

Boston felt like his day was more than accomplished on our way home. Another wonderful FairyTail wedding, and we can’t thank Stephanie and Brian enough for trusting us with their happy, sweet boy!


& You don’t want to miss his adorable GoPro Video below!

10% Of This Wedding Was Donated To // Suncoast Animal League

Photographer // Cami Zi Photography

Venue // Wishing Well Barn