“Baby Hope, do you take this pooch to love, not spend the night with, and advocate for animal welfare as long as you both shall live?”
It was these words heard by more than 250 celebrity guests at a New York pet wedding last week which sealed forever pooches Baby Hope and Chilly Pasternak in holy matrimony.
Well, perhaps charity matrimony would be a better way of putting it. The money raised by ticket sales (a stomach-churning $250 a pop) went to the dog-bride’s owner Wendy Diamond and her pet charity Animal Fair.
Or maybe it should be memorial matrimony. Diamond’s loved dog Lucky, charity partner and winner of the Guinness World Record for “pet most photographed with celebrities,” passed away last month, and at Baby Hope's wedding much ado was made about Lucky’s life and achievements.
No penny was skimped on Baby Hope's $6,000 dog wedding dress or the $15,000 orchestra. When tallied up alongside expenses such as wedding planner Harriette Rose Katz, who also planned Billy Baldwin’s wedding, and cake baker Buddy Valastro of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” the wedding put Diamond back a whopping $158,000. That’s enough to finance five weddings for the average American human.
But the event was an extravagant success, celebrating the till-death-do-us-parts of two canines thrust unwittingly into the throes of an arranged marriage. That’s right, Baby Hope and Chilly Pasternak’s love was not of the at-first-sight variety, or the matured-from-friendship variety. Baby Hope’s fiancé was selected for her via a contest on Diamond’s website.
So guests must pay for entry, the bride and groom aren’t in love, and they have to share their wedding day spotlight with a dead dog. At what point is a wedding no longer a wedding?
Well, not at that point, if you ask the Guinness Book of World Records. The event won the Guinness World Record for the “most expensive pet wedding."