Black Sheep Bride photography vendor, Brandilynn Aines Photography, recently shared one of her couples amazing love stories and we couldn’t refuse to share.
Christine and Tim adore their pups, just as much as they adore each other. Emma, their Alaskan Malamute rescue, was so important to their love story, they used their Big Day as a way to advocate for the Dog Rescue they got her from.
Read Christine’s story and take a peak at their gorgeous Bayside wedding on the water.
‘In the summer of 2011, I had asked Tim to get me a dog for my birthday coming up. I didn’t care what breed as long as we could adopt. Tim and I both grew up with dogs, all of which were rescued. He knew he wanted an Alaskan Malamute. He has always loved the breed for various reasons. Mals are “pack” animals and want to be with their family. They are charming, intelligent, and loving. They are also a large and physically powerful breed. After researching online, Tim found the non-profit organization, Chesapeake Area Alaskan Malamute Protection (CHAAMP) working to rescue Alaskan Malamutes and connect them with a new owner.
On August 29, 2011, we took a trip to Shepherdstown, WV to visit CHAAMP. The staff was incredibly nice and welcoming. We were able to tour the facility, which was surprisingly very clean. We were introduced to two Mals before meeting our sweet girl Emma. I knew instantly she was the one. We share the same birthday, August 8th, and she was the 8th dog in the litter. She was friendly, the right size, and not aggressive towards our other dog Jack. A perfect fit! Before we could officially adopt her, the rescue includes an application process and a home visit. We appreciated this as Alaskan Malamutes are not for every owner. They require training and a lot of exercise. The dog should be a right fit for the owner and vice versa. This is just one example how genuine and hardworking CHAAMP is with adoptions. Emma has been an incredible addition to our family ever since and we couldn’t imagine life without her.
When Tim and I were planning our wedding, we knew from the beginning we wanted to donate to an organization as opposed to giving traditional favors. It’s important to us to give back to those in need. We also figured our guest would appreciate a donation as opposed to a box of matches with our initials on it that they would probably throw away afterwards J We decided to donate to CHAAMP in their honor. CHAAMP solely relies on donations and their work has helped hundreds of Mals find their forever home. We considered it a simple act with a big impact. It was also a way to incorporate our love for animals into the wedding. We would have had our two dogs there if they were allowed!’
Photographer: Brandilynn Aines Photography | Venue: Harbourtowne Golf Resort and Conference Center | Invitations & Stationery: Belle Hannah Paperie | Bridal Salon: Brides and Groom | DJ: EventPro | Hair & Make Up Artist: Jordan Thomas Salon | Groom’s Attire: Jos A Bank | Invitations & Stationery: Swell & Grand
Second Shooter: Norman Photo and Paperie