Baby Hope, a white Coton de Tulear with black-gray markings, is a rescue dog adopted by television celebrity and animal rights activist Wendy Diamond. She was led down the aisle by a dapper poodle named Chilly Pasternak from Richmond, Virginia, who didn’t seem too excited about the whole affair but, nevertheless, went along with the ceremony.
They were united by online voters, who chose Chilly in a competition set up by Diamond.
Their glittering affair, which included a $6,000 wedding dress (more than Mark Zuckerberg’s wife’s dress), a $5,000 sushi spread, and a $15,000 orchestra, held at the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York City, won the Guinness World Record for the most expensive pet wedding ever.
The luxury goods and services that went into the wedding were all donated. Guests bought tickets for the Manhattan fundraiser.
The two will serve as spokespooches for animal activist Wendy Diamond’s charity, Animal Fair, which she founded in honor of her first rescue dog, Lucky. The Maltese, which had her own Guinness Record for the animal most photographed with celebrities, died of cancer last month.
Event planner Harriette Rose Katz, who has designed parties for Billy Baldwin and Cheyenne Phillips, organized the luxurious affair. Florists who once worked for Bill Clinton created flowering decorations. Triumph the Insult Comic Dog emceed. Buddy Valastro of TLC’s reality show “Cake Boss” made the cake.
Wedding vendors donated their services so that the $250-per-ticket proceeds could all go to the Lucky Diamond Critical Care Ward at the Humane Society of New York.
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