“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”
For Briana Schaefer, including her beloved dog Norah in her wedding was a no-brainer. The Bride said her golden retriever, Norah, is “part of the fabric of your family,” so not including her was never an option.
Schaefer and her now-husband Kevin, 30, wed on Nov. 4 at Stan Mansion in Chicago surrounded by friends and family. Norah, a 4-year-old golden retriever, walked down the aisle with another little flower girl. The pooch wore a necklace of flowers around her neck.
“Norah is just part of the family. A lot of people include their kids or their relatives and, to me, it’s the same thing,” Schaefer, 30, tells People. “She’s my family and if I was lucky enough to find a venue that allowed animals, I was going to find a way to include her.”
Many of the wedding guests expected Norah to make an appearance at the wedding, as she and Schaefer are inseparable. The newlywed says she’s had Norah since she was just a puppy.
She adds: “And for those that didn’t know, it was just a cute surprise.”
As for her husband, Schaefer says Kevin expected nothing less from his dog-loving wife and was happy to include Norah in their nuptials.
it’s a deep friendship.