Jessica and Will Northrop included their dogs, Calvin and Kiwi, in their wedding party.
Calvin served as the ring bearer, complete with a tuxedo that matched the groomsmen.
Their wedding photos went viral after dog news website Woof Woof shared them on Facebook.
Jessica and Will Northrop's wedding party contained two very special members: their dogs Calvin and Kiwi.
The Hampton Roads, Virginia, couple tied the knot in November 2020 with the help of their beloved pets. Calvin served as ring bearer, matching the groomsmen in a navy tuxedo and red bow tie. Kiwi, a pup with special needs, walked down the aisle in a flower collar with the help of a bridesmaid.
Keep scrolling to see their adorable wedding photos.
Jessica Northrop has had her dog Calvin since 2017, and the two share a close bond.
Northrop is active in the world of dog sports, where Calvin competes at the Master level in agility competitions. He's also a certified therapy dog who visited the oncology floor of her local children's hospital pre-COVID-19.
Just as he brightens hospital patients' days, Calvin helped Northrop through a difficult period in her life.
"He is a once in a lifetime dog," she told Insider. "He is more than a dog or a pet, but he is my friend and my teammate. I tell everyone that he is a part of my soul that I didn't know I was missing. I will forever be grateful to Calvin for saving me, and for giving me the confidence to eventually find my true soulmate, Will."
Northrop met her husband, Will, in 2019. Together, they adopted a puppy from one of Calvin's litters and named her Kiwi.
Kiwi was born with neurological delays, and the breeder recommended that they were best suited to care for her since they understood her needs.
"She cannot do any of the dog sports that Calvin does because of her condition, but she has made a wonderful pet and has completely stolen Will's heart," Northrop said.
When Will proposed, Northrop knew she wanted Calvin and Kiwi to be part of their special day.
Northrop posed for wedding pictures with Calvin, who wore a sign that read, "I loved her first."
"The sign 'I loved her first' was perfect because I felt like it really captured our whole story," she said. "Calvin and I have a bond that I can't put into words. It is really special, and I hope it is something everyone gets to experience in their lifetime."
A family friend gifted Northrop a dog tuxedo from Etsy so that Calvin could match the groomsmen.
Northrop also made Kiwi a flower collar to match the bridesmaids.
Calvin served as the ring bearer in the outdoor ceremony, trotting down the aisle with a basket in his mouth.
"I knew that I wanted Calvin to be able to carry a basket down the aisle with the rings, so we practiced it every night before dinner for all of 2020," she said. "That trick was bulletproof!"
The couple took safety precautions to protect their guests amid COVID-19, including limiting the number of attendees and holding the ceremony outside, where chairs were set apart from each other.
Kiwi also walked down the aisle with the help of a bridesmaid.
"We worked a ton on confidence building with her working up to the wedding day and she did amazing," Northrop said of Kiwi, who has social anxiety. "I was so proud of her!"
Their wedding photos went viral when the dog news website Woof Woof shared them on its Facebook page.
"I love that our pictures are bringing other people as much joy as they bring us," Northrop said. "They are photos that we will cherish forever."
Northrop told Insider that the day was "absolutely perfect."
"Having the dogs be a part of it really put the icing on the cake, and made the day even better than I could have imagined," she said.
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