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This Couple Chose Their Dogs As Maid Of Honour And Best Man

Three cheers for Niko and Phil 🙌

09/08/2017 13:20 BST
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Emma-Leigh and Shane Matthews included their canine maid of honour and best man in “every part” of their wedding day.

There are many ways to include dogs in a wedding, but this couple dished out the ultimate honour by choosing their two pets as maid of honour and best man.

Emma-Leigh and Shane Matthews got married at a historic mansion in Cumbria, England last month. Alongside their human bridesmaids and groomsmen stood their two fluffy malamutes, Niko and Phil. 

“Most venues we tried frowned upon dogs as soon as they saw the size of them or had too many rules about where the dogs could and couldn’t go,” Emma-Leigh said. But in the end, they were able to work it out.

“The dogs were part of every part of the wedding and didn’t really leave our side,” she said. 

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Niko wore a flowered collar, and Phil wore a bowtie.
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The couple chose Abbey House Hotel because it allowed their furry friends to attend.
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“I’m a crazy pet mum,” Emma-Leigh told HuffPost.

The best man and maid of honour arrived at the venue the day before the wedding with their parents.

On the big day, they walked down the aisle to plenty of awws and chuckles, and Phil filmed the whole thing on a GoPro attached to his collar. 

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Phil’s collar camera caught every part of the nuptials on film.
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A bridesmaid and groomsman walked the dogs into the ceremony.

After, the pups hung out with guests and hit the dance floor. They even appeared in decoration-form on the couple’s wedding cake. 

What a fur-bulous day.

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Emma-Leigh’s friend made custom cake decorations that also featured the couple’s cat, who wasn’t present at the wedding.
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Niko and Phil were the stars of the reception, clearly.