Couple Incorporates Rescue Puppies Into Their Wedding

A couple, passionate for rescue dogs, managed to incorporate some adorable, (and adoptable!) rescue puppies, into their wedding in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, earlier this month. Sarah (Mallouk Crain), the beautiful bride, works for the non-profit dog rescue organization Pitties.Love.Peace, and she came up with a somewhat unconventional (albeit perfectly adorable) idea for wedding photos.


Photographer Caroline Logan told Shelter Me about the bride’s ingenious idea to include a litter of Boxer-Coonhound puppies (all sisters) on her special day, “When the bride, Sarah, first came to me with this idea I was thrilled! Being a puppy lover myself (Who doesn’t love a litter of sweet rescue pups?!) I was extra excited for Matt & Sarah’s day to arrive.”

Logan commented on the special “challenges” that she faced during the unique shoot:

While photographing six rambunctious puppies definitely brought an added challenge, it also caused the bridal party to be more at ease. Having something to divert attention from that uncomfortable “Oh my goodness, I’m getting my picture taken… what do I do with my hands?!” feeling to pure puppy bliss made for relaxed photos where the bridal party was able to focus on interacting with the fun-loving puppies as I documented it all unfold.

Obviously, the boxer-mix puppies (all named for the original five First Ladies: Martha, Abigail, Dolley, Elizabeth, and Louisa) were a hit. Logan told Shelter Me, “the puppies caused the photos to be extra natural, candid, and carefree – exactly what I strive for in my work! The wedding party was loving all the puppy snuggles.”


One of these pups is not like the others…the bride posed with a nine-week-old rescued pit bull, lovingly referred to as “Biggie Smalls,” who was rescued from the streets of Brooklyn.


The couple’s decision to photograph puppies, in lieu of flowers, on their special day resulted in a viral sensation. Logan told Shelter Me, “This has been an unbelievably exciting few days, when I photographed my first wedding at age fourteen I NEVER imagined that my photos would someday go viral! It is surreal and so rewarding to see people connecting with the photos as much as they are!”


Sarah and Matt are now happily married, and their adorable wedding-day sidekicks are available for adoption. Click here to find Pitties.Love.Peace, the non-profit organization which is caring for the pups.

Find Caroline Logan Photography here.




(Photos by Caroline Logan Photography)

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.