Bulldogs exchange ‘bow vows’ at their wedding
This is the moment two loved-up bulldogs walked down the aisle and exchanged 'bow vows' at their wedding.
Puppies Lola and Bear made their relationship official earlier this month after nine months of doggy dating.
Proud owner Andrea Crawford, 48, spent six weeks organising the big day - complete with a wedding cake and even a doggy stag do.
She ordered a bespoke wedding dress for 15-month-old Lola for the 20 minute ceremony - which needed SIX fittings - and a top hat and suit for Bear.
The 50 assembled human guests watched the happy couple take their vows - including to "play tug of war everyday" - before exchanging doggie biscuits instead of rings.
They then walked back down the aisle at Doggie Diner, Durham, before signing their wedding certificate by dipping their paws in black ink.
The newlyweds tucked into their 'Mr and Mrs Crawford' wedding cake made out of peanut butter, while dog guests tucked into an afternoon tea of chicken, sausages, treats and bones.
Guests were also handed a 'doggy bag' full of treats and a slice of cake before being asked to join the happy couple at the local boozer for the reception.
Andrea, a travel agent from Sacriston, County Durham, staged the £500 wedding ahead of Lola being in season later this summer.
She said: "As soon as they met each other they got on so well.
"They just warmed to each other and seemed like the perfect fit.
"They're always nuzzling up to one another and don't go to bed without cuddling.
"We're keen to breed them and thought this would be a way of doing things traditionally.
"I'd always be joking with Stuart about how they should get married.
"But the whole thing got rolling when I took Lola to the diner for her birthday back in March.
"I asked if it was possible to hire the whole diner out for an event and told the owner about putting on a wedding for them.
"And we just took it from there really." Fifteen-month-old Lola met ten-month-old Bear last year when Andrea adopted them both, and she said they fell in love the moment they met.
She put a £40 deposit down at the venue, a few months ago, before going home that evening to research outfits.
The next day she sent out wedding invitations via Facebook and even asked Bonnie - a dog from the same litter as Lola - to be the bridesmaid.
Andrea said: "Altogether it took six weeks to plan as I wanted to make sure everything just right.
"Lola even ended up having six fittings for her wedding dress.
"The only thing they didn't have was a bouquet.
I'm not too sure how we'd gone about that." Andrea spent an hour before the ceremony decorating the venue before greeting bride Lola at the entrance and doing a couple of laps so she was "fashionably late".
Groom Bear was kitted out in a top hat, waistcoat and bow tie and waited at the make-shift alter alongside best-man Daniel the spaniel and bridesmaid Bonnie in a pink tutu.
Dressed in a white veil and bespoke wedding dress Lola was chaperoned down the aisle to Kodaline's 'The One' - the same song owners' Andrea and Stuart got hitched to in Mexico two years ago.
Human officiator and friend Elsa Cleasby read out the personalised 'Bow Vows' where Lola promised to "always leave the water bowl full" and "play tug-of-war everyday".
Andrea said: "I admit when I heard the song I got a bit emotional.
"To be honest I was the driving force behind the whole thing.
"Stuart didn't really want to be involved but I forced him along so he could document the day.
"He refused to walk her down the aisle but I stepped up and felt like a proud mum.
"We decided the actual ceremony should take place in the play pen just so they didn't walk off.
Guests showered the happy couple with new toys, balls and treats as wedding gifts.
Travel agent Andrea is now booking the happy couple's honeymoon at a log cabin retreat in Woodland Lake.
She said: "We're actually looking into booking them the doggy equivalent of a honeymoon.
"We took them there for Christmas.
"The whole thing was money well spent.
"We don't have any children.
Lola and Bear are our babies.
"We can't wait to be grandparents when Lola is in season and they have puppies.
"I'm sure it'll be fun and games with those two as they'll be at it all day." * THE BOW VOWS IN FULL: We are gathered here today to witness the pawsome woof wedding of Lola and Bear The following 'Bow Vows' are from Lola; "Dear Bear, I promise to always make sure I never leave your side, I will always leave your water bowl full as I know you're a big drinker just like daddy.
I will play tug of war with your favourite toy everyday, I promise I will give you a treat every night before bed and leave plenty of room for you to snuggle next to mammy, I will love you forever and look forward to making baby Bears." The following 'Bow Vows' are from Bear; "Dear Lola, I promise I will be the best dog husband ever, I promise to stop running in the bushes with your sister Bonnie who I think makes a wonderful bridesmaid today, but Lola I only have eyes for you!
I will always protect you and keep you safe.
I promise to stop trying to hump you every minute of every day but I can't wait for your next season !
I love you always." Does anybody here know of any reason why Lola and bear should not be married, speak now or furever hold your tongue or we will bite it off... Bear do you take this biscuit and promise to be faithful to Lola as long as you both shall live (gives bear a biscuit) Lola do you take this biscuit and promise to be faithful to bear as long as you both shall live (gives Lola a biscuit) I now pronounce you husband and wife and you may kiss the bride.