When it comes to our special wedding day, most of us hope for no unwanted visitors. But when this bride and groom noticed their canine wedding crasher, their response stunned everyone…
The wedding day is a chance for couples to publicly declare their love in front of their friends and family. For one day only, those near and dear gather together to take part in a day to remember.
On occasion, a guest might steal the show with an outrageous outfit or bold behavior. In the worst cases, someone might show up uninvited, causing a scene as they're asked to leave. But when an unexpected guest stole this couple's thunder, their response left the guests in awe.
The Bride & Groom
Brazilian couple Tamiris Muzini and Douglas Vieira Robert could not wait for their big day to arrive. For months they had been excited to exchange their vows publicly and officially start their family. It had been a stressful planning period, but they knew it would all be worth it in the end.
Thanks to their wedding planner, Huandra Cerimonialista, everything was in order and ready to go. They were confident they had prepared for everything and anything that could go wrong. Ultimately, they could have never imagined or prepared for what would happen on the big day.
While Muzini and Robert got themselves ready for their big moment, Huandra led all of the arrivals to their seats. All of the guests sat excitedly, waiting to see their friends get married. As far as they were concerned, it would be a wedding ceremony like any other.
With everyone sitting in their places, the wedding planner knew it was time for her to get the groomsmen in line for the ceremony. As she was about to do so, she was disrupted by the surprising appearance of a mysterious dog sitting by the church's front doors.
Weighing Their Options
Although they found the dog to be an adorable addition to the wedding ceremony, they couldn't be sure that Tamiris and Douglas would agree. There was also the fact that the dog was blocking the entrance to the church aisle. They debated what they should do about the intruder.
As much as it broke their heart to do so, they knew they needed to send the dog away. Although the canine resisted at first, adamant about keeping its front-row spot to the wedding action, the wedding planner and groomsmen were eventually able to lead the dog outside.
Ambushing the Bride
Huandra kept an eye on the dog as it left the church, ensuring it found its way safely onto the streets. She volunteered for an animal-protection NGO in her spare time, so she had much room in her heart for stray animals. When she saw what the dog did next, she could not believe her eyes.
The stray dog had found its way to the bride, patiently waiting outside the car in which she was sitting outside the church. To Tamiris' surprise, the adorable dog walked by her side the entire way from the car to the church - he was the ultimate escort.
Not Backing Down
Upon arrival at the church, the dog sat down yet again by the door. Within minutes, he was lying down comfortably at the start of the green carpet aisle. The bride didn't mind, though; she smiled when she saw him there and continued to walk down towards her groom.
While Tamiris and Douglas exchanged their vows, Huandra tried her hardest to get the dog to leave. Yes, she knew the couple was unbothered by its presence, but she worried the dog would start acting up and interrupt the wedding. However, no matter how hard she tried to move him out of the church, the dog was set on staying.
After numerous attempts, the team gave up, allowing the stray dog to live out his dream of being a wedding guest. The homeless canine lay quietly on the carpet, watching the ceremony intently. It was almost like he understood exactly what was going on.
The beautiful pup waited patiently while the couple exchanged vows and kissed. Finally, Tamiris and Douglas walked back down the aisle, hand in hand, blissfully happy. The moment they reached the end of the hall, they couldn't help but smile when they saw it: the dog was still there.
Joining the Celebration
As far as the couple was concerned, the dog was a happy addition to the wedding party. Although they hadn't imagined a dog would crash their special day and upstage them, they were pleased it had chosen their wedding to attend. The dog was more than welcome to join in on the fun.
The stray dog quietly mingled with the guests and had proven to be a soft-tempered, well-behaved animal. He clearly did not want to return to the streets, and the couple had no problem with him taking temporary shelter in the church with their wedding party. They would let him be. For now, at least.
The Ultimate Plea
Just when the newlyweds thought their hearts couldn't be any more full of love, they cried with laughter when the dog showed them his special greeting. "He did something he hadn't done with anyone before, he got to his feet and tried to greet the bride and groom," Huandra told Bored Panda.
Standing there, practically hugging the couple like they were his long-lost parents, Muzini felt the canine was sending them a message. "When he greeted us at the end, he asked: 'Take me home. Take me,'" he told The Dodo. She and her husband knew exactly what they needed to do...
At that moment, the couple decided they wanted to adopt the little guy, making him a permanent member of their new family. "That's when the bride said to me, 'I want to adopt him, he's amazing,'" Huandra told Bored Panda. From the minute they met the furry visitor, they felt a special connection with him.
The couple had always talked about adopting a pet at some point in their future, but they had not planned to do so immediately after marrying. That being said, when this dog jumped up at them and showered them with love, they felt it was destiny. The animal had chosen them.
Better Late Than Never
Unfortunately, with the guests around and the wedding schedule to follow, it was not the best time to formalize an adoption process. "At that moment, there was nothing I could do because I had a contract to follow, and everyone went to celebrate the wedding. Our hearts were in love with the puppy," Huandra explained.
To their disappointment, Tamiris and Douglas agreed to postpone their adoption plans until after the wedding. They understood that they could not give the dog the care and attention it needed that night. Huandra agreed to help them find him in the following days.
Where Was He?
"The first thing the couple told me, right after the wedding, was that they couldn't get the puppy out of their minds, that they really wanted to adopt him," Huandra told Bored Panda. Clearly, the couple had not forgotten about their plan to adopt their wedding crasher.
The day after the wedding, the newlyweds set out to find the stray dog who had greatly enhanced their special day. They walked the streets around the church, hoping he would be waiting for them, but they had no luck finding him. Where had he gone overnight?
Back on the Streets
Huandra wanted to do everything she could to help the couple with their final wedding wish. She decided to utilize her database at the animal rescue NGO she was involved in. "Knowing this demand, I decided to help through the NGO's page," she told Bored Panda.
She posted videos and photos of the dog, asking the people if they knew anything about its whereabouts. Soon, the post went viral, and many commented that they had seen the dog living on the streets. There was no doubt that the dog was a stray orphan and needed an owner. But how could they find him?
Reunited, At Last
Just when they were starting to lose hope of locating the dog, a tip came in from a woman named Joyce. She sent a message to Huandra saying she believed she had found the dog they had been looking for. She attached photos for her to confirm it was the same animal.
As soon as Huandra and the couple looked at the images, they knew it was the one. Joyce happily agreed to hold onto the dog until Tamiris and Douglas could reach the far-away coffee shop where he had been found. Hours later, the couple cried tears of joy as they came face to face with their wedding crasher.
Healing Old Scars
After spending time with the dog up close, they noticed he had many scars on his furry body. Tamiris and Douglas' hearts broke at the thought of what the dog had been through in the years leading up to their wedding. They wanted to ensure the poor animal suffered no more.
First and foremost, they took their new pet to the vet, where he could be nursed back to good health and start his new lease on life. The animal doctor healed the dog's broken paw and started him on a round of medicine. Within weeks, the dog was good as new.
With the most important stuff out the way, it was now time to give their furry pal a name. After much back and forth, they settled on Braiá Caramelo de Jesus. The moment they named him, they made a commitment to themselves and Caramelo to look after him forever.
"He's so loving. Despite everything he's been through, he still believes in the goodness of people," Muzini told The Dodo. "He gives us hope." Their union had been enhanced by an animal they didn't know they needed in their lives. They felt that fate had brought them all together in this unexpected way.
In Good Hands
Even though Caramelo was now an official part of the family and was a vital part of the wedding day, he was not invited to join his new parents on their honeymoon. It broke their hearts to leave their new pet behind, but they knew it was important they enjoy this time on their own.
Thankfully, Caramelo was left in the caring hands of Tamiris' mother while the newlyweds enjoyed their honeymoon. After all the stray dog had been through, he was just happy and grateful to be in a warm, loving home where he was fed and cared for. When the couple returned, the dog jumped into their arms.
Happily Ever After
It wasn't just the dog who had got his happy ending; the newlyweds also gained so much happiness and love from their new family member. An Instagram page dedicated to the pup includes many smiley photos of the gang, where it's clear Caramelo has settled easily and quickly in his new home.
"He is very content, very energetic, and full of life," Muzini told The Dodo about their new pet dog. "Really, he adopted us." This heartwarming story brings a tear to the eye as the bond between man and animal is brought to new heights. It's almost as if Caramelo knew he needed to enter the church that fateful day.
Not the First Time
While this story may sound like a remarkable twist of fate, Tamiris and Douglas are actually not the first couple to adopt a canine wedding crasher. Incredibly, the same chain of events happened to another couple who got married in Brazil years earlier.
A surprising chain of coincidences resulted in another stray animal being adopted by newlyweds, bringing unexpected happiness into the lives of the married couple and new pet. Though, this remarkable story takes us all the way back to 2017...
Marília and Matheus
Marília Pieroni and Matheus Gomes Martins were due to wed on September 30 2017 in Laranjal Paulista, Brazil. Like Tamiris and Douglas, they prayed everything on the wedding day would go exactly to plan with no surprises. Unknown to them, they, too, would have an uninvited furry guest.
They had chosen this specific venue because of the beautiful outdoor settings, which would serve as the perfect backdrop for the photos they would treasure forever. Although unforeseen circumstances would mean they did not get the images they dreamed of, there was something else in store.
Mother Nature Steps In
To the couple's disappointment, the weather on the day had not been favorable for an outdoor wedding as planned. After waiting patiently for the rain to stop, Marília and Matheus eventually gave up hope and agreed to move the ceremony inside the backup tent.
The couple was devastated they wouldn't get the beautiful outdoor wedding they dreamed of but had chosen to remain positive and focus on the important meaning of the day. They had no idea that their nuptials would soon be enhanced by something better than the sun.
The guests were led to their seats, and there was much excitement for the couple to arrive. While they waited patiently, guests suddenly noticed a stray dog, covered in mud, making its way through the tent and down the aisle. Guests by the entrance began escorting the dog outside the tent, fearing it would ruin the big day.
But the canine was as persistent and seemed firmly set on attending the wedding. "As the ceremony started, to everyone's surprise, it was the dog who came in when the bridal chorus began to play," Marília told The Dodo. Once again, the dog was taken outside while the ceremony continued.
While Marília and Matheus exchanged their vows, they were stunned to find the dog walking into the tent yet again. This time, it had walked down the aisle to the front of the church and taken a seat on the bride's veil, ensuring it was right in the center of the action.
Making itself comfortable and at home on the veil, the dog proceeded to take a nap there. The moment was not only entertaining to the guests and couple, but it also proved to be a picture-perfect situation. "I was really surprised and thought the little guy was really cute," Marília told HuffPost.
Joining the Party
While many couples would freak out over a stray animal interrupting their wedding ceremony, Marília and Matheus's reaction shocked all their guests. Unfazed and amused by the whole event, they invited the wedding crasher to join in the celebrations.
As Marília told HuffPost, the dog stuck around for the reception, interacting happily with many of the guests. He even enjoyed a range of foods from the buffet, but it's believed he left the church before the festivities ended. Sadly for the couple, no one had seen where the dog had gone to.
Reeling from the excitement of their special day, the couple couldn't forget the dog that had contributed to their happiness. They felt the dog's attendance had been a part of a larger life plan, and they knew in their hearts that they needed to adopt him formally. But where was he?
Taking to their social media accounts, the couple pleaded with their followers to help them locate the stray animal. After posting some pictures of the dog from the wedding, they received a call from a woman who had seen the animal near her home. And on October 10, they reunited with their fateful companion.
After getting all the dog's official medical records in order, the couple sat down excitedly to brainstorm a name for their new pet. Eventually, they decided on Snoop. Marília was soon uploading heartwarming pictures of her, Matheus, and Snoop to her Instagram account, showing followers how content he was in his new home.
"[Snoop] is adapting very well to his new routine," the bride told HuffPost at the time. "He is very playful, needy, and caring. We are so happy with him." Now five years later, Snoop is still a key feature of Marília's Instagram page, as he can be seen enjoying the great outdoors and hanging out with his cat brothers.
A National Issue
Considering the number of homeless animals on the streets of Brazil, it's perhaps unsurprising that so many stray dogs are taking desperate measures to secure their forever homes. According to The World Organization for Animal Health, there are around 200 million stray dogs worldwide.
Shockingly, they found that 30 million of these street dogs can be found in Brazil. Although the government has been working hard to relocate these dogs into shelters, they have quickly become overcrowded. This has resulted in even more dangerous living conditions for the animals.
Adopt Don't Shop
Matheus and Marília told HuffPost they hope people will hear their story and be inspired to follow in their ways. Yes, they are aware that not every couple will be graced by the presence of a stray dog at their wedding, but they encourage the adoption of street animals.
"Here in Brazil, we have so many abandoned animals living in the street," the bride told HuffPost. "We want to make an appeal to people to not buy animals and to adopt them instead." Who knows where Snoop would be had he not stumbled into the wedding hall on that fateful day...
There is much to be learned from these two stories. Both couples had not foreseen the events that would occur at their weddings, yet they chose to make the best of the situation and embrace their visitor with open arms. They were able to understand that their furry friend was in need of love and attention.
Matheus, Marília, Tamiris, and Douglas believed the dogs had entered their lives for a reason, and they chose to turn their intruders into a permanent member of their families. The happiness that the dogs brought to their wedding days was carried over into their futures.
Coming Full Circle
Perhaps we can all learn a thing or two from these encounters. When things do not go according to plan, we should strive to find the silver lining in the situation. Maybe there is a greater plan at play, and everything is working out just as it was meant to.
Snoop and Caramelo are a reminder to open our hearts and minds to the unexpected and look out for those in need of extra love and care. Most importantly, if an unexpected visitor turns up on our big day, we know exactly what we're going to do.