Poignant moments were captured earlier this month at a beautiful wedding in Buena Vista, Colorado. Photographer Jen Dziuvenis, a friend of the bride’s family, was behind her camera on September 1, and her images tell a beautiful story of love…
Love between a bride and groom, as well as the love of a beloved, senior dog who was present for the nuptials. Charlie Bear, a 15-year-old black Labrador retriever, was at the wedding; his person, Kelly O’Connell, was the beautiful bride. Charlie had been with O’Connell since the day that she adopted him back in 2002, when she was just 19-years-old, reported ABC News.
It only made sense that Charlie would be included in one of the most important days in O’Connell’s life. Sadly, in April, Charlie was diagnosed a brain tumor and on the day of the wedding, he was too weak to make his way all the way up the aisle.
Despite the dog’s considerable size, the maid of honor, O’Connell’s sister Katie Lloyd, managed to scoop Charlie up into her arms, carrying him.
The photographer later recounted to Facebook followers the touching way that Charlie was brought to his appointed place, “When your beloved dog who is at the end of his life can’t make it back up the aisle and your sister scoops him up and carries him …. THAT is love.”
On Facebook, the wedding photographer stated, “She’s 5’3″. He’s 80 pounds. There isn’t enough mascara in the world for these moments. Dog people are the best people.” Dziuvenis told ABC News, “I have to keep shooting even though I’m in a puddle of tears behind the camera.”
Charlie was where he needed to be on that special day…just over a week later, on September 9, he passed away.
(Photos via jendz photography)