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Groom Wanted for Most Expensive Dog Wedding Ever

By Mary Johnson | June 19, 2012 5:11pm
Baby Hope is the bride for the most expensive dog wedding ever, which will be held at the Jumeriah Essex House on Central Park South. Now, she just needs a groom.
Baby Hope is the bride for the most expensive dog wedding ever, which will be held at the Jumeriah Essex House on Central Park South. Now, she just needs a groom.
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MIDTOWN — In less than a month, organizers are expecting to break records with the most expensive wedding vows ever said — by dogs.

A designer dress has been selected for the bride,  8-year-old Coton de Tulear Baby Hope. A seven-piece orchestra has been booked. And enough sushi for 300 guests has been ordered.

Now, the only detail left to be ironed out before the July 12 canine nuptials is the groom.

So far, 20 dogs have been volunteered for the opportunity to walk Baby Hope down the aisle, and their owners have outlined each pup’s extensive qualifications in lengthy postings on a Facebook page set up for the event.

Mr. Wilson, a 12- to 14-year-old Weimaraner, claims to resemble actors Sean Connery and George Clooney.

Mumbai, a golden sable Havanese, recently won a kissing competition.

And the owner of Shea, a 14-month-old terrier/schnauzer/Yorkie mix, said he is attracted to older women.

Now, it’s up to the Internet to choose who will walk Baby Hope down the aisle. The pooch with the most online votes wins.

"It’s going to be one of the most beautiful events any human or dog or any animal could ever attend," said Wendy Diamond, an animal rescue advocate and founder of Animal Fair, the organization that is putting on the wedding.

"[But] don’t worry," she added with a laugh. "The dogs don’t have to live together or sleep together, so it will be a wonderful relationship for the rest of their lives."

The event has been in the works for months now as a creative way to raise funds for the Humane Society, Diamond said.

But Baby Hope, Diamond’s foster dog, was not always the intended bride. That coveted role had been reserved for Diamond’s first pooch, Lucky, a 15-year-old Maltese, before the dog died on June 5.

"This was going to be her celebration, last party of her life," Diamond said. "I never thought Lucky was going to pass away before this happened."

Rather than cancel the wedding, Diamond decided to continue and will dedicate the festivities to celebrating Lucky’s life and raising awareness for canine cancer.

"The show will go on in Lucky’s honor," the Upper West Side resident said.

Diamond has secured the swanky and pet-friendly Jumeriah Essex House hotel on Central Park South near Seventh Avenue as the venue for the July 12 wedding.

The Hank Lane Orchestra will perform during the event. Chef James Chung will provide the sushi. Brother-sister design duo Henry and Michelle Roth have provided the bridal gown. The flowers will come courtesy of Floralia Decorators, whose clients include Kathy Hilton, Sony Music and former President Bill Clinton.

And the winning groom will be treated to a wedding gift valued at $2,000.

All the goods and services were donated for the wedding, Diamond added, and proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of New York.

The cost to attend is $250 per guest or up to $10,000 for a table of 10.

As of Tuesday, online voting for the dog groom had placed Gucci, an 8-year-old toy poodle, at the head of the pack. But a few other pooches were trailing close behind.

And Diamond said there was still time to nominate more potential spouses. She encouraged rescue organizations to nominate some eligible hounds and added that, since the wedding was taking place in New York, same-sex submissions are welcome as well.