Crashing a wedding is one of the many things an engaged couple has to worry about on their special day. But when an unusual visitor arrived at this wedding, the response was not what anyone expected...
The Big Day
For many people, their wedding day is one of the most special moments of their lives. It’s a day when two people come together to celebrate their love with the people who matter the most to them.
And typically, the guest list for a wedding is non-negotiable - it’s a day for the couple, their friends, and their family to share. So when someone decides to crash a wedding party, it usually results in them being kicked out. But on this couple's big day, people were shocked at their response to an uninvited guest.
Meet the Happy Couple
Like most engaged couples, Tamiris Muzini and Douglas Vieira Robert had been anticipating their wedding day for months. Both were ecstatic to finally exchange vows (and rings) with the love of their life, which made up for the stress of planning everything in detail.
The Brazilian pair hired a woman named "Huandra Cerimonialista" to help them plan their wedding and make sure everything was on track for the big day. In their eyes, with Huandra by their side, everything would happen as expected. But as we’re about to discover, that wasn’t the case.
An Uninvited Guest
Fast-forward to the day of their wedding, and Muzini and Robert were both separately preparing to meet each other and exchange vows in front of their loved ones. It was Huandra’s job to lead the guests to their appointed seats, and everyone was waiting with bated breath for the couple to appear.
So far, so good. Everything was running smoothly, and it looked like it was set to be like any other wedding day. As the wedding planner began arranging the groomsmen in a line, there was a sudden commotion at the front of the church, right outside the door.
Blocking the Door
A dog had appeared right at the door of the church, blocking the entrance for many guests who were still streaming in to take their seats. He was downright adorable, but it was also a wedding ceremony. Would Tamiris and Douglas be ok with this unexpected furry “intruder”?
Huandra discussed the matter with other guests and eventually came to the conclusion that the dog needed to be removed. Despite resisting attempts to move it at first, the dog eventually allowed her and another groomsman to usher it out of the building.
The flustered wedding planner made sure that the dog had wandered out onto the street before returning to the front of the church. She wasn’t annoyed by the dog - in fact, she spent time as a volunteer for an NGO that promoted animal welfare, so sending him away was heartbreaking.
But to her utter shock, the dog reappeared in a very unexpected place. After being shunned out of the wedding ceremony, the dog found its way out into the church parking lot - where Tamiris was waiting to walk from her car to the entrance! The bride was stunned when the dog insisted on walking with her from the car to the church.
The friendly dog escorted Tamiris indoors. And though he paused by the entrance, he eventually made his way to the beginning of the aisle, and lay down to watch the ceremony. To the guest's relief, the bride smiled at the sight of the gatecrashing pup and kept walking to meet the groom.
Tamiris and Douglas went ahead with their ceremony as normal, and as they exchanged vows, their wedding planner desperately tried to move the dog for the second time that day. While the couple seemed happy and undisturbed, she couldn’t risk the dog doing anything unexpected that might disrupt things further.
But no matter how hard she tried, the unexpected guest refused to leave quietly. So she gave up, allowing the stray dog to his place in the middle of the aisle. He even seemed to be watching and appreciating the ceremony as if he understood what was happening.
Finally, Tamiris and Douglas kissed each other, and their marriage was sealed! It was time to walk back down the aisle and out of the church. But as they turned to walk to the doors, they realized that their new canine guest was still there, watching them.
Part of the Celebration
Instead of feeling annoyed by the dog's surprise presence, the couple was happy to welcome him into the wedding celebrations. Their new guest was beyond unexpected, but they were touched by the idea that he had chosen their special day to make an appearance.
As the wedding guests and bride and groom began talking and celebrating, the dog wandered around the party, mingling with the human guests. It was soon apparent that this stray dog was unusually calm, friendly, and well-behaved. Why not let him join the fun?
A Touching Moment
The happy couple was standing side-by-side, basking in the glow of such an important day, when their canine crasher gave them another surprise. "He did something he hadn't done with anyone before," Huandra mentioned to Bored Panda. "He got to his feet and tried to greet the bride and groom."
The peaceful dog had stood on his hind legs to greet them in what felt like a hug. As Tamiris greeted the pup, she felt that the special moment was a sign that they needed to take action. "When he greeted us at the end, he asked: 'Take me home. Take me,'" she said in an interview with The Dodo.
An "Aha Moment"
While they stood there hugging the friendly pup, Tamiris realized what they had to do. "That's when the bride said to me, 'I want to adopt him, he's amazing,'" Huandra shared. At that moment, she knew she wanted him to be a part of their lives.
After all, she and Douglas had already discussed adopting a pet once they settled into family life. It all seemed too perfect - this lovely dog showing up on such an important day and attaching himself to them. In their eyes, the universe was sending them a message. It was meant to be.
While the newly-married couple knew they wanted him to be a part of their lives, it wasn't the best time to arrange an adoption. They still had a wedding party to finish, with guests still waiting to spend time with the pair. Huandra recalled the moments following the couple's decision.
"At that moment, there was nothing I could do because I had a contract to follow," she explained. "And everyone went to celebrate the wedding." There was nowhere to put the dog while they finished their celebrations, and sadly, as the hours passed, he disappeared from the party.
Tracking Him Down
But once the wedding was over and Tamiris and Douglas returned to normal life, they hadn't forgotten their mysterious guest. "The first thing the couple told me, right after the wedding, was that they couldn't get the puppy out of their minds, that they really wanted to adopt him," Huandra elaborated.
The couple was insistent on finding him, and Huandra agreed to help. Just one day after the ceremony, they went out into the streets, searching for the dog that had stolen their hearts. They looked everywhere surrounding the church but to no avail. Where could he have gone?
As an animal lover who had formed a good relationship with her clients, Huandra felt compelled to help them as much as she could. So she gained access to the animal rescue NGO's database in hopes that it might help. "Knowing this demand, I decided to help through the NGO's page," she said.
Since they had taken multiple photos of the dog at the wedding, she was able to share them with local people via the database. Eventually, the post had been shared so much that it went viral! And what’s more, people reported sightings of the dog on the street. They confirmed that it was indeed a homeless stray.
As the days passed, Douglas and Tamiris began to fear that they would never be reunited with their special wedding guest. Then suddenly, they received a tip-off from a stranger named Joyce, who believed she had found the dog. She even sent them photos, and they were overjoyed to see that it was him.
They immediately reached out to Joyce to arrange a meeting at a coffee shop near where she had found him. She kept the dog with him in the meantime. A few hours later, the couple arrived and were ecstatic to see the happy dog waiting for them with the kind stranger.
A Long Road Ahead
But as they greeted the dog and spent more time with him, they noticed something heartbreaking. He had scars all over his body. Tamiris and Douglas were devastated at the sight. But they knew that his struggles were behind him, and his suffering was finally over.
So they set off - with their new canine companion in the backseat of their car. Their first stop was the veterinarian's office, where he was checked over by professionals. He also had a broken paw that needed treatment and medication. He was then sent home to heal with his new family.
The newlyweds and their new pet were finally home. It was time to relax and help him adjust to his new life. And, of course, they had to choose a name for him. Eventually, they agreed on the name Braiá Caramelo de Jesus and made a solemn vow to love and look after him from then on.
As time went on, it became clear that they had made the right decision to adopt him. "He's so loving," they explained to The Dodo. "Despite everything he's been through, he still believes in the goodness of people. He gives us hope." In their eyes, it was fate that brought Caramelo into their lives.
Safe & Sound
But soon after, there was another obstacle facing the little family. Caramelo’s new mom and dad still had to go on their honeymoon, which required them to leave their pup for a while. Though it was hard to say goodbye so soon, they couldn’t cancel all of their holiday plans.
But of course, Caramelo would not be left alone. Instead, Tamiris’ mother agreed to look after the dog while they were gone, ensuring that he had a safe and loving environment the entire time. And no doubt, the happy dog was grateful for warmth, shelter, and food after the hard life he had lived on the streets.
Their Happy Ending
Things were certainly looking up for Caramelo, but Tamiris and Douglas were also feeling deeply optimistic about the future. Not only were they newly married, but they were going into married life with a new pet dog by their side. They even set up an Instagram documenting their pup and his new life.
In their interview with The Dodo, Tamiris went on to explain what life was like with their new family member. "He is very content, very energetic, and full of life," she said. "Really, he adopted us." There is no doubt that Caramelo and his new parents have a special connection.
As amazing as this story seems, it isn’t the first time it has happened. That’s right, another couple in the same country was about to get married when a stray dog unexpectedly crashed their wedding ceremony. Sounds too good to be true? It's not!
Several years before Tamiris and Douglas were married, and Caramelo came into their lives, another couple was preparing to exchange vows at their own ceremony. An uninvited dog turned up. And just like our original couple, the bride and groom chose to adopt the furry guest! Let’s rewind back to 2017.
Enter Marília & Matheus
Back in September 2017, engaged couple Marília Pieroni and Matheus Gomes Martins were preparing for their wedding ceremony in Laranjal Paulista, Brazil. Just like Mr. and Mrs. Robert, they had planned their wedding to a tee and were hopeful that everything would go off without a hitch.
Everything was going perfectly at first. They had even rented the wedding venue of their dreams, with a gorgeous outdoor area where they planned to take their wedding photos. Unfortunately, things didn’t exactly go to plan for the couple - in more ways than one!
Sadly for Marília and Matheus, the weather for September 30th was not in their favor. It rained so much that they couldn’t hold their wedding ceremony outdoors, and the wedding party had to pitch a large marquee for the bride, groom, and all of their guests to gather under.
While they were disheartened by the weather forecast and the unusable outdoor area, they knew they couldn’t let it ruin their big day. They had no idea that, in the end, the bad weather would be the very thing that bought a special someone into their lives.
Another Wedding Crasher
As the wedding guests took their seats under cover, the couple prepared to enter and exchange vows. But before they appeared, several people began to notice a stray dog that was trying to take shelter from the rain. The dog was covered in mud, and guests tried in vain to shoo it away.
While it left for a short period, just like Caramelo, the dog returned in an unexpected way. In an interview with The Dodo, Marília explained how "As the ceremony started, to everyone's surprise, it was the dog who came in when the bridal chorus began to play."
A Seat at the Front
Again the dog was escorted out, and the happy couple took to the front of the aisle to commit themselves to one another. But to their shock, the dog had returned, walked back down the aisle… and sat right at the front of the marquee, on top of Marília’s bridal veil!
The persistent pup was more than happy to make himself comfortable on her veil, and he even fell asleep! While it could have been disastrous, both the guests and the couple found it hilarious and adorable. The bride even told HuffPost, "I was really surprised and thought the little guy was really cute."
Once the ceremony was over, some guests wondered if the newly married couple would have the dog taken away. But to their surprise, Marília and Matheus were completely unbothered by the canine wedding crasher and were more than happy for him to join the party.
According to her interview with HuffPost, the dog was a celebrated guest at the reception, making friends with many guests and being fed snacks directly from the wedding buffet. Despite his good manners and popularity, he soon disappeared, leaving the couple sad and concerned.
Even as their wedding came to an end and life returned to normal, the newlyweds still wondered what had happened to the curious pup who had shown up unannounced. His appearance had been such a special part of their wedding day. And just like Douglas and Tamiris, they felt the urge to adopt their unexpected guest.
Unable to forget about him, they took to social media to ask for help. They even shared some of their wedding photos where the dog was present, hopeful that someone might recognize him. And sure enough, someone did - a woman who had seen him in her neighborhood reached out!
Snoop’s New Beginning
On October 10, 2017, over a week after their wedding day, Marília and Matheus invited their new pet into their home. They took him to the vet and got his medical records, and officially adopted him. They gave him the name Snoop and quickly began sharing the good news with people in their lives.
Their story caught wider attention too, and they shared more with HuffPost. "[Snoop] is adapting very well to his new routine," Snoop's new mom explained. "He is very playful, needy, and caring. We are so happy with him." It's been 5 years, and Snoop is still a key member of the family, along with their pet cats.
The Bigger Picture
While these two similar stories may sound unbelievable, it’s not a coincidence that they both took place in Brazil. Tragically, there are approximately 30 million stray dogs roaming the streets of Brazil. Even animal shelters around the country are seriously overcrowded.
These stories shed light not only on the plight of homeless animals in Brazil but around the world, as the World Organization for Animal Health has reported that there are around 200 million stray dogs globally. So perhaps it’s not surprising that several dogs are desperately trying to find homes of their own volition.
A Public Appeal
In fact, couples like Matheus and Marília are eager to share their stories because they know the reality of life for stray dogs in Brazil, and they want to bring it to public attention. But rather than waiting for a stray dog to turn up at a wedding, they are encouraging animal adoption.
Marília elaborated on this further in her interview, saying that "Here in Brazil, we have so many abandoned animals living in the street. We want to make an appeal to people to not buy animals and to adopt them instead." There are millions of Snoops and Caramelos out there who need a loving family.
Both the wedding crashers and their owners have come out of these stories happier, and there is plenty for us to learn. Rather than being upset when things don’t go exactly to plan, we can embrace these changes and adapt, just as they adapted to their uninvited guests.
What’s more, all 4 were able to supply love and care to these 2 special dogs. Matheus, Marília, Tamiris, and Douglas have since come out of the situation believing that their dogs appeared in their lives for a reason. They became a symbol of love and fate.
Embrace the Unknown
It may not be obvious to us at first, but there is often something good that can be taken from an unexpected situation. Sometimes, there will be something great. And other times, it may even change our lives, just as Snoop and Caramelo changed the lives of their owners.
Not only are these precious pups a reminder to look for the silver lining in any situation - they are a reminder that there are millions of beings out there that need love, care, shelter, and affection. And while our wedding days may not be as eventful as these ones, we know we’re going to be open to the unexpected.