This dapper fellow is Kojo, whom my husband and I adopted about a year into our relationship. Thanks to the help of a friend, he made an appearance at our wedding last spring.
Kojo is a (snoring, farting) part of our little family, and we wanted to incorporate him at least in a photo. Our ceremony and reception were on a farm, and we knew it'd be tricky to bring him along for the whole day.
A month or so before the wedding, I realized my best chance was to ask for help from a childhood friend and neighbor who likes dogs and knew the area. (To keep from dipping out for an extended period after the ceremony, we did the bulk of our photos before the ceremony.) Having a pet-friendly point person made the whole thing possible. She drove Kojo to the farm for photos and drove him back to my parents' house — before driving the 20 minutes back for the ceremony. (Thanks again, Mary Kate!) During the photo session, my sister-in-law also helped lead him from one spot to the next.
I also couldn't resist the chance to dress Kojo for the occasion. With duct tape, a pin, and some of the same fabric I had used for napkin rings at the reception, I made him a little coordinating no-sew bow tie. American gentleman indeed.
(Image: Stephanie Albanese)