Yesterday (October 15, 2011), the wedding between Fifi and Scruffy, GPL literacy slobberdogs, took place in Community Rooms A & B at Greenwood (Indiana) Public Library. Over 100 patrons attended, most of whom were young children and their caregivers.
Fifi in Her Wedding Dress
Fifi's wedding dress and headpiece included seed pearls and lace edging reminiscent of Princess Catherine's wedding dress. Since Fifi is from London (and a mail-order bride to boot), she wanted to have a wedding dress fit for royalty. She looked stunning and elegant.
Approximately 30 young flower girls in Fifi's bridal procession accompanied the bride as she walked down the aisle, as a gifted young pianist played Mendelssohn's Wedding March in C Major (1842). The flower girls dropped daisy petals as they entered.
The Best Slobberdog, Groom, Minister, and Bride
(Along With Their "Handlers")
Begin the Wedding Ceremony
Scruffy and his best man --er-- slobberdog stood stage left as Fifi took stage right. Scruffy looked quite dashing in his custom-made suit and tie, while the best slobberdog was dressed in red tennis shoes and possibly short pants. He wore a tie, so that's suitably dressed up. A tie makes every guy look classy.
The ceremony began with Miss Rachel and a choir of youngsters in attendance singing "L-O-V-E" (lyrics by Milt Gabler; music by Bert Kaempfert), which was perhaps most famously recorded by Nat King Cole in 1964.
Scruffy and Fifi Exchange Vows
John, the minister, lead the couple in reciting their vows, which were both touching and clever. Scruffy promised to share treats and never growl, even if Fifi ate them all, while Fifi vowed to help at storytime and encourage children to read and especially to love the letter D. (D for dogs, I'm guessing?) Fifi also vowed to love Scruffy even when he growled at the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, a point Scruffy strongly denied, but he had been seen doing it, so he was "found out" and had to own up.
The minister pronounced the couple husband and wife, and Scruffy and Fifi exchanged slobberdog smooches. To seal the deal, the wedding party and guests danced the "Chicken Dance."
Instead of throwing rice, the children blew bubbles to wish the happy couple a lifetime of blessings. Next, Fifi and Scruffy posed for photographs, and then the really important activities began. It was time to cut the cake and have some punch.
Wedding Cake (Donated by Sam's Club)
Decorated With Lillies-of-the-Valley
to Match the Bridal Bouquet
Hey, Slobberdogs, Please Don't Eat the Daisies
(Apologies to Jean Kerr)
The happy couple will be honeymooning at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We wish them well and hope they bring us back some seashells.
The Happy Couple
Many thanks to Greenwood Public Library for inviting moi to a most wonderful wedding. It was, quite plainly, the Slobberdog Wedding of the Century! Fit for royalty, to be sure. That's why I was invited.
Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
P.S. Here's "The Chicken Dance" as demonstrated by several long-time performers from The Lawrence Welk Show. The video description lists the performers.
P.P.S. Here's Nat King Cole singing "L-O-V-E" (1964).