Midstate wedding party holds rescue puppies instead of bouquets for photos gone viral

(Photographer Caroline Logan)
(Photographer Caroline Logan)

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A Midstate couple is getting international attention after holding puppies instead of bouquets in their wedding photos.

The Middletown couple and their party posed with pups from a local rescue.

Six puppies are making Matt Crain and Sarah Mallouk Crain’s wedding at Moonstone Manor memorable and bringing attention to homeless animals.

This bridal photo with rescue dogs has gone viral.
This bridal photo with rescue dogs has gone viral. (Photographer Caroline Logan)

“There are so many that need homes like just little Martha here,” Sarah said.

Martha is a coonhound-boxer mix and getting known around the world from viral photos shared on photographer Caroline Logan’s Facebook page.

“It’s shocking. I don’t think I ever expected the phone call from Caroline, our photographer, that it had gone viral,” Sarah said.

(Photographer Caroline Logan)
(Photographer Caroline Logan)

“Within minutes, it was just blowing up,” Caroline said.

The photos are blowing up all over national media and social media. The pictures are of some pups from Lancaster County-based Pitties.Love.Peace. The bride works for the non-profit and wanted to bring attention to adopting rescue dogs.

Martha and her four sisters are all named after the first five U.S. first ladies. Sarah held “Biggie Smalls,” a pit bull puppy, in some of her photos.

(Photographer Caroline Logan)
(Photographer Caroline Logan)

“I never thought that the photos would spread how far they have, so I’m so happy that not just pit bulls, but rescue dogs in general are getting the exposure that they deserve,” Sarah said.

“I had told both the bridesmaids and the groomsmen just to interact with them and not worry about getting their puppy smiling at the camera because that’s just unrealistic,” Caroline said.

The dog theme didn’t end there. The couple had their three dogs drawn on their invitations, a dog cake topper, and dog place cards.

The couple had dog place cards at their wedding.
The couple had dog place cards at their wedding. (Photographer Caroline Logan)

“To have these photos that we can show our kids and our grandkids and the story that’s behind it will be something that I never forget,” Sarah said.

Four of the five coonhound-boxer sisters and “Biggie Smalls” are available for adoption. For more information, visit the Facebook page of Pitties.Love.Peace.

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