This Animal-Loving Bride Swapped Bouquets for Adorable, Adoptable Puppies

updated May 3, 2019
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Making decisions for your big day can be ruff — unless it involves puppies.

When Meghan Butler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and her bridesmaids were celebrating her bachelorette party, the women knew there had to be a way they could incorporate puppies into Meghan’s big day.

So Meghan, an attorney, and her crew of pals opted to trade their traditional bridesmaid bouquets for puppies.

“We’re all animal lovers, so it felt right and we could not get enough of them,” Meghan recently told People.

Before she said “I do,” her bridal party (who wore an array of shades of purple) posed in the lush Symphony Park with eight adorable puppies from the Greater Charlotte SPCA.

Photographer Brittany Boland, a childhood friend of the bride, was on-hand to capture all the cuddles and laughs the puppies provided.

“You put puppies and women together, and it was just a lot of squawking and squealing and smiling,” Boland explained.

Meghan, 30, used the photo opp to get the word out about adoption. In the images, she holds a sign that reads “All you need is love & dogs” with the hashtag “#adoptdontshop”.

It’s no surprise Meghan chose to make a statement on her big day. She and her husband, Brett, are the proud owners of two cats and two dogs.

“On our first date, he asked me how many cats I had and I think he was afraid I was the crazy cat lady,” Meghan confessed.

Instead of wedding favors for their guests, the couple chose to make donations to the Greater Charlotte SPCA.

According to People, since the photos were taken, all but one of the puppies featured have been adopted.

“It was a really special. This is near and dear to my heart and to be able to bring awareness to the need for adoptions — that was the best part of my wedding. Besides marrying Brett of course!” Meghan explained.

Meghan wasn’t the first bride to incorporate dogs into her big day.

Last September, Matt and Sarah Cain, their bridesmaids and groomsmen posed with an eight-week-old litter of boxer-coonhound puppies and a 9-week-old pit bull from Pitties Love Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to animal rescue and rehabilitation where the bride works.