Ohio Dog Lovers Wedding: Dana & Cathy
June 4, 2016
Cathy and Dana met through their dogs – Cathy bought a Wheaten terrier and brought him to Dana, a groomer and a Wheaten breeder. Dana was married and Cathy was in a relationship. Cathy and her partner broke up, and the partner took one dog with her. Cathy needed another dog and turned to Dana. They started going to training classes, and when Dana was free, their relationship began.
Dana told Cathy that they needed to be together five years before she would commit to a union ceremony. As five years approached, it started to look as though same-sex marriage would gain legal recognition, so they waited. As soon as it was legal, they began talking about weddings. It was very important to them to marry in a church setting to make it “real” to their families. Cathy had been military and had to stay quiet during her 22 years of service. Dana’s sons and sisters were doubters, but after nine years, they proved them wrong. They chose their reception venue based on their love of gardens and nature.
Even with a church venue, people still asked Dana and Cathy if there would be a cake or if they had to dress for a wedding. It was a little frustrating to keep saying, “Yes, it’s a real wedding. Please dress and act like it!”
The planning was pretty easy and most vendors seemed eager to be part of this “new” venture. Their photographer, Sarah, really helped with advice and thought-provoking questions such as which side each would walk on, and who will walk you down the aisle. The pastor helped customize the wording, and in lieu of being presented “wife and wife” or “happy couple” they chose, “you may go forth in this marriage.” Finding a song for the reception that didn’t reference “man and woman” or “wife and husband” proved to be another challenge.
Both Dana and Cathy had lost parents, so each had photos put on charms, and had them pinned in their suit jackets where they would be close to them. And of course, as a fitting tribute to how they met and what sparked their early relationship, Dana and Cathy had their four dogs with them during the ceremony.
After their own experience, Dana and Cathy recommend trying to “enjoy the planning. Make the decisions together and be open about who you are. If someone acts as though they don’t approve, don’t include or use their services. There are plenty of others who are more then willing to help.”
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Photographer: Sarah Babcock Studio // Ceremony Location: David’s United Church of Christ // Jewelry: Lisa Welch Designs // Caterer: Brock Mastersons // Floral Designer: Floral V Designs // Cake Designer: Love Cakes By DLM // DJ: Party Pleasers // Equipment Rentals: Prime Time Party Rental // Other Location: Cox Arboretum
Submitted via Two Bright Lights