11:56AM, Monday 28 May 2012
Two hounds of love scrubbed up well as they exchanged vows at an unlikely wedding.
Rescue dogs Harley and Lola promised to be chums for life in a ceremony at Summerleaze Veterinary Hospital in Maidenhead on Saturday.
It was standing room only as a packed crowd watched groom Harley, donning a top hat, and bride Lola, wearing a white veil, tie the knot in a wedding officiated by the Royal Borough deputy mayor Cllr Andrew Jenner.
The loved-up lurchers were centre of attention as pet-lover Cllr Jenner asked guests to 'bark now or forever hold their peace' should they know of any reason why the canines should not be joined in matrimony.
And there were howls of laughter when he delivered his well-rehearsed line: "Harley, you may now lick the bride."
The light-hearted charity event was the highlight of a family open day at the hospital, organised by the dogs' owner Kelly Berg and vet practice manager Caroline Linton.
Kelly, who lives in Bray, said: "Harley had a great time and enjoyed posing for all the photographs while Lola was at home before the wedding having a nice relaxing morning."
They raised £1,000 for Rain Rescue and Maidenhead Cats Protection League.
"I never thought my first official engagement as deputy mayor would be quite like this," said Cllr Jenner, who was appointed to the position on Tuesday.
"I do love animals. My two chocolate labradors passed away a year ago and I now have an English bull terrier, so it was nice to be able to do something close to my heart."
The dogs were joined by groomsmen Basil and Woody and bridesmaid Rumer.
Harley and Lola left for a romantic honeymoon in Paris yesterday, conveniently arranged to tie in with a business trip for Kelly's husband Sean.
They will return as newlyweds with a new leash on life.
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