Bridesmaids ditch the flowers for a good cause and it's so adorable!

Bridemaids with the bride dog-happy
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A bride from Iowa decided that her bridesmaids should hold stray dogs instead of flowers. Read on to discover her reason for choosing the most unusual (and cheapest) wedding accessories ever!

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 21/08/2019, 16:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:24

Samantha Clark was due to be married in late 2017 just a few months after “Harvey”, a category 4 hurricane swept the southern United States. Harvey turned out to be the wettest storm ever recorded, and the floods it caused displaced more than 30,000 poeople.

Humans weren’t the only casualties though. According to, hundreds of cats, dogs and other animals were also affected, and were forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath.

Thus it made perfect sense to Clark to try to include some sort of humanitarian gesture within her Big Day, she turned to animal rescue organisation AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport for help. AHeinz57 had already rescued an estimated 100 dogs from the surrounding area, many of which were puppies.

Clark took six of the puppies and handed them to her bridesmaids.

A huge hit

Writes, “The wedding guests were in awe as well and the pups were a huge hit!

Not only were those puppies at the wedding, but AHeinz57 Pet Rescue also had a booth set up at the venue to show the guests all of the other adoptable dogs they had back at the shelter."

As a result of her efforts, Clark received several adoption applications for the group of pups. Of the six she brought to her wedding it is not known how many were finally adopted. Nevertheless, Clark’s gesture drew attention to the plight of the many animals that were caught up in the 2017 hurricane.


AHeinz57 is a shelter charity based in De Soto, Iowa. Its mission is one of humane rescue and relocation of animals in the Mid-West and Canada.

The website mission states: “We are committed to saving homeless companion animals, assisting other shelters/rescues through rescue transports, offering in-home training to keep dogs in their current homes, and educating the public on the issues of pet over-population, responsible pet ownership and puppy mills.”