Marília and Matheus, who live in São Paulo, Brazil, had been hoping for an outdoor wedding last month, but the weather that day had other plans. With a storm rolling through, bringing with it heavy rains, the couple decided to move the ceremony under a tent. However, Marília and Matheus, and their numerous guests, weren't the only ones hoping to stay dry.
While those in attendance settled into their seats, a random stray dog strolled in too seeking shelter and attention. Being a closed event, however, people tried to evict the muddy-pawed pup — though he didn't stay out for long.
The dog was coaxed back outside by guests, and with order now restored, the ceremony went forward with the actual bride in place. But as the couple read their vows, the furry wedding crasher returned.
"The dog entered and laid down to sleep on my veil," Marília said.
"As the ceremony started, to everyone's surprise, it was the dog who came in when the bridal chorus began to play," Marília told The Dodo. But the biggest surprise was yet to come.
This time, no one had the heart to turn the dog back out into the storm — certainly not Marília. She was more than happy to share the spotlight, and a bit of her gown, with the sweet pup.
"It was a very pleasant surprise for me, because I love animals," she said. "I liked it very much."
The dog was allowed to stay for the rest of the evening, and the newlyweds' friends and family followed the couple's example by offering him a warmer reception. Marília and her now-husband looked for their surprise wedding guest as their big day came to a close. As the rain relented, though, the dog apparently slipped away unnoticed back into the night, as mysteriously as he'd come.
But this isn't the end of their story.
That night, Marília and Matheus had decided to make the dog their pet — if only they could track him down. More than a week passed, but he never left the couple's mind.
"We decided to adopt him because he is a street dog," Marília said. "It took us a long time to find him again, but yesterday, we were contacted and told his whereabouts."
Before long, the couple reencountered the dog, whom they've named Snoop: "He came home, and I showered him," Marília said. "He played a lot, ate, drank water. He is very happy and slept super good the first night."
With that, what began as two people getting married ended with three souls forming a family. Now it's hard to imagine things working out any better, says Marília:
"We're all very happy."