'I chew': Dogs exchange bow wows at Shropshire wedding - with pictures

By Amy Downward | Market Drayton | Entertainment | Published:

Charlie the dog felt like the cat that got the cream when he collared the love of his life at a special wedding in Shropshire.

Charlie ‘married’ Maisie after the pair of love birds won a competition run by Dorothy Clive Gardens in Market Drayton.

The happy couple - Charlie and Maisie at Dorothy Clive Garden
The happy couple with sisters Fay Simms and Grace Simms from Telford, with Julia Roberts carry out the service

The wedding, attended by other dogs and their owners, took place as part the garden’s annual Canine Capers Event. Owner of Maisie and Charlie, Jan Simms of Telford, said: “We are so excited to have won the competition and the opportunity for Charlie and Maisie to get married at such a stunning outdoor wedding venue.

“We are so delighted and thankful to the Dorothy Clive Garden for making our dreams come true.

“My daughters Fay and Grace were also bridesmaids and lead Maisie and Charlie up the aisle ahead of their big day celebrations.”

The bride walking towards her doggy husband to be
A guest arriving in style


Dog owners were encouraged to bring their dogs along to the event which featured a dog show, agility course and treasure trail as well as dog related stalls, talks and demos.

Now in its third year, the event is to be held in association with the Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association.

Two Lhasa Apsos, Maisie and Charlie, married at Dorothy Clive Gardens near Market Drayton at the weekend.

The wedding took place as part of the garden’s annual Canine Capers Event.


Maisie and Charlie , who won the competition run via Facebook, were chosen in a competition because of their unique love story.

Runners-up, Elsa and Rosie were bridesmaids while Piglet, the French bull dog, was the page boy.

The event’s main sponsor was Quintessential Quarters Ltd, a Staffordshire based boarding kennels and cattery.

Owner of the business, Jackie Smith, said: ‘We were delighted to be main sponsors of the event and we hope that everyone had a fabulous day.

“We were also pleased to be judging the dog show with the Pug Dog Welfare Rescue Association.”

The Dorothy Clive Garden welcomes dogs all year round.

Amy Downward

By Amy Downward

Based at the head office in Ketley covering the north Shropshire area.


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