The wedding was thrown by the "mother of the bride," Ernie Rubin of Palm Desert and the groom's "mother," Ann Carter of Palm Desert. The wedding, described by My Desert
as a "first-class wedding," had a wedding cake, open bar, reception, security and a "priest" performing vows and cost more than $5,000.
The groom's "mother" Carter, said: "I'm not losing a son, I'm gaining a daughter-in-law."
The ceremony was officiated by Harry Farber who wore a black collar decorated with white dog bones.
reports that the bride and groom, dressed in custom couture dress and tuxedo, walked down a faux grass carpet aisle accompanied by a ring bearer, flower boy, groomsman and usher. June Berke's "son," Max, a Pug, was the groomsman.
Entertainer Jeri Lynne, accompanied by a live band, serenaded the bride and groom with a rendition of "You Light Up My Life."
reports the "bride's mother" and the "groom's mother" asked the guests to donate generously to the Orphan Pet Oasis Humane Society of the Desert in North Palm Springs in lieu of gifts.
Jennifer Hamilton, representative of the society, said: "In planning this event Ernie and Ann wanted to make sure that a charity was involved and they felt strongly about what we do at the society."
According to the Rubin and Carter, they had originally planned for a small wedding, but once word of the "nuptials" got out, people began sending in requests to attend.
Rubin, in a self-conscious attempt to justify a "wedding" bash many would consider over-the-top, said the donations to charity justified it. She said: "The whole thing just took on a life of its own and kept growing and growing. But that was OK because the donations we collected for the shelter were just amazing."
Berke, the groomsman's "mother," also attempted to imply that the donations to charity justified the expenses, saying, "When I heard about the event I was ecstatic. I thought what a brilliant way to raise money for a charity. I hope this will enlighten people who take on a pet to realize that they are more than just an animal, they are a lifetime toddler."
But an angry SgtRock935
commented on AZCentral.com
: "A tongue-in-cheek wedding is one thing, but a FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR tongue-in-cheek? I don't care if it donations were made a charity or not, these people have real issues. THEY are WACKO."
Lori9320, commenting on AZCentral.com
, made an insightful comment on the idea of a "wedding" for dogs: "Dogs are not monogamous, just so ya know ! You're setting them up for failure from the start."