Doggone it. Look who's getting married now

IT WAS the wedding of the year - at least for the residents of Kookaburra Village, Caloundra.

The happy couple has been shamelessly flaunting their love for one another for more than 12 months now.

As neighbours in the retirement village, they'd run to each other's houses, sneak in and even steal each other's food.

And after seven months of planning, they finally tied the knot in front of about 30 loving friends and family on Saturday.

Mintie the Maltese Chihuahua and Skipper the Jack Russell will have to wait until the Christmas holidays to have their honeymoon, but Mintie's owner has promised they will be taken on evening walks together in the meantime.

Ms Richards organised the wedding for her niece and nephew, who were visiting from New Zealand.

"They had previously been in a wedding party over where they live and they wanted to wear their wedding outfits again," she said.

"It was an opportunity to create memories.

"Everyone in the village has a dog and it just became a thing for everyone to get excited about."

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT: A wedding was helded for two dogs, Skipper a seven year old Jack Russell and Minty a four year old Shitu at Kookaburra Village, Caloundra.
WHO LET THE DOGS OUT: A wedding was helded for two dogs, Skipper a seven year old Jack Russell and Minty a four year old Shitu at Kookaburra Village, Caloundra. Patrick Woods

Mintie walked down the aisle to the Bridal March and after the vows, which were written by Ms Richards, were read, they swapped dog tags, and Ms Richards' dad Eddie pronounced the pair husband and wife, the congregation sang a rendition of "How Much is That Doggie in the Window."

"I promise to play ball nicely with you as our owners throw the ball up and down the road, and I won't even complain that you slobber all over it," Ms Richard's said on behalf of Mintie.

On the wedding invites guests were told "no hat, no entry" and the day's festivities kicked off with a breakfast barbecue.

Skipper's mum and dad Liz and Lee Deller gave their blessings for the big day too.

Ms Richards said she wanted to thank resident and retired florist Judy Casimir, who created a wedding arch for the occasion.

Of course, it wouldn't be a wedding without a brawl and Ms Richards said neighbouring dog Shelley must have indulged in one too may treats before she tried to take a bite out of the groom. Watch the video to see all the action.

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