Dogs marry at pet wedding on Sydney’s harbourside

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Two Sydney dogs donned their best to say ‘I do’ at a harbourside wedding ceremony yesterday.

Sherlock, an 18-month old Yorkshire terrier, ‘married’ Tinkerbell, a two-and-a-half-year-old rescue Maltese mix, alongside family and friends at Mary Booth Park in Kirribilli.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Sherlock’s owner Lill said the ‘wedding’ between the dogs was planned as a community event about a month ago.

Yorkshire terrier Sherlock (left) married his bride Maltese Tinkerbell (left of the cake) in a park overlooking Sydney Harbour

Blushing bride Tinkerbell (pictured) in a $12 wedding dress from eBay can barely contain her joy

The wedding party was made up of around 30 (human) guests from the local community and about 20 dogs.

‘Milo the Cavoodle came as the Pope and witnessed the wedding, and Pickles the Pug was the bridesmaid,’ she said.

The wedding was attended by 30 human guests and 20 dog guests, some who donned their best for the day

Pickles the Pug (pictured) was in attendance at the event as bridesmaid

There were also two cakes on offer – a three-tier raw meat and carrot cake by Woof Gateaux and a chocolate fudge layer cake by Masterchef baker Andy Bowdy.

Tinkerbell’s owner, Monica told FEMAIL she bought the dress on eBay for $12, and while it was a little tight around the neck and arms, the rest ‘fitted perfectly’.

Lill said those invited to the wedding weren’t expected to bring gifts, and were asked to bring cash instead. She explained the event doubled as a fundraiser for animal welfare charity, RSPCA.

The dogs celebrated the event with a raw meat and carrot cake created by Woof gateaux

Human guests enjoyed a layered chocolate fudge cake by Masterchef caker Andy Bowdy

‘The local dog owners are always getting together,’ she said. ‘We thought something like this would be a bit of fun and a nice way to raise money.’

The wedding raised $200 which will be donated to the animal welfare charity.

Monica said the wedding was a lot of fun and she loved every minute of it.

The dogs’ owners both said they thought the day went well and everyone, including those with four-legs, enjoyed themselves 

‘It was just a great way to get together with everyone and have a bit of a laugh and enjoy some champagne and cake.’ 

The dogs met each other a year ago and it was clear from the beginning it was love, said Lill.

‘He met Tinkerbell at the park at the end of our street and they just hit it off,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Their body language is great and they are just best friends.’

The happy couple met a year ago and dated before their owners decided it was the right time to tie the knot

Lill said over the past year the dogs have ‘dated’ and outings have included plenty of park walks and the odd gelato.

Though there hadn’t been any talk of the dogs marrying, between the owners, it was decided about a month ago that Sherlock would propose.

‘We got really lucky, because we had been talking about how to stage photos for this, and we happened to walk past a company who was doing a promotional shoot at Lavender Bay.

‘They had chairs set up, and a ‘Will you marry me’ sign – Sherlock seized the moment and proposed.’

Clear blue skies and still water made a stunning backdrop for the four-legged friends’ ‘wedding proposal’ 

Both dogs held engagement parties – Sherlock’s was a bow tie bucks’ poker night – while Tinkerbell had a hens’ high tea.

The dogs won’t be living together post-wedding. Lill jokingly said their marriage will be a ‘modern arrangement,’ and both will live separately.

‘They will probably see each other a couple of times a week,’ she concluded.