Shortly after The Observer wrote about Wendy Diamond’s plans to have her pooch Lucky get married in the most expensive doggie wedding in history, her terminally ill Maltese died and left the Animal Fair founder without a bride or groom for the alter. Making the best out of a bad situation, Ms. Diamond quickly adopted another doggie to wed off for charity, and the summer nuptials still made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Not only did the wedding bring in its fair share of human VIPs like Bette Middler, but as it turns out, the ceremony was presided over by none other than Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, who appeared on Conan last week to review his footage from the event.
All dogs go to heaven
Poor puppy: Our story on Wendy Diamond and her terminally ill Maltese Lucky took a sad turn this morning, when we were texted by animal rights activist and television personality.
“Lucky has passed,” read the text. And yet the wedding bells are still ringing…
On a Wednesday last week, The Observer scooted into a back booth of the Jumeirah Essex House’s dining room for a wedding menu tasting with the perpetually perky Wendy Diamond, founder of Animal Fair magazine. She was in the middle of planning what is expected to be the most expensive dog wedding in history.
It’s a surprisingly competitive category these days. Last year in the U.K., registrar Ann Clark officiated at a $32,000 dog wedding … one that included a chocolate fountain that could have literally killed the newlyweds. How’s that for lavish?
Surrounding Ms. Diamond at the table was what looked like half of the hotel’s PR and dining staff, Gourmet Advisory Services founder Harriette Rose Katz, and two assistants to Ms. Diamond, who were documenting the entire lunch on digital video. Also in attendance was the radiant bride-to-be, Lucky, a Maltese Ms. Diamond adopted in 1999. In July, according to Ms. Diamond, Lucky will be in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most expensive pet wedding, an event valued at $140,000.