Scruffy Rubin (left) a mixed Jack Russell and chihuahua dog owned by Ernie Rubin, is the bride and Snickers Carter, a Lhasa Apso owned by Ann Carter, is the groom, are seen before "Father" Harry Farber as he presides over the dog wedding at Palm Desert Resort Country Club Sunday April 22, 2012 (image credit Wade Byars/The Desert Sun)
Palm Desert, CA (by Tamara H. Sone/The Desert Sun) -- What began as an innocent summer fling, turned into happily ever after Sunday for two love-struck canines.
Despite the hot weather, more than 100 friends and family members met at the clubhouse at the Palm Desert Resort Country Club to watch the bride, Scruffy Rubin, walk down a faux grass carpet aisle to her groom, Snickers Carter, who waited anxiously under a flower decorated trellis.
Instead of the wedding march, entertainer Jeri Lynne, accompanied by a live band, sang "You Light Up My Life."
The first-class wedding -- thrown by the mother of the bride, Ernie Rubin, and the groom's mother, Ann Carter, both of Palm Desert -- was complete with a wedding cake, open bar, reception and "priest" performing the vows.
The shindig cost more than $5,000, Rubin said.
In lieu of gifts, Rubin and Carter asked for donations to benefit the Orphan Pet Oasis Humane Society of the Desert in North Palm Springs.
"In planning this event Ernie and Ann wanted to make sure that a charity was involved and they felt strongly about what we do at the society," said society representative and guest Jennifer Hamilton.
"I'm not losing a son, I'm gaining a daughter-in-law," laughed Carter.
The four-legged wedding party consisted of a ring bearer, flower boy, groomsman and usher/security.
Harry Farber, wearing a black collar decorated with white dog bones, officiated at the ceremony.
Of course, every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day -- Scruffy included. Rubin dressed Scruffy in a custom couture dress, leash and veil made by Jan Farber.
Snickers donned a doggie tuxedo designed by Spoiled Dog Design.
June Berke's "son" Max, a Pug, was honored with the task of groomsman.
"When I heard about the event I was ecstatic. I thought what a brilliant way to raise money for a charity," Berke said.
"I hope this will enlighten people who take on a pet to realize that they are more than just an animal, they are a lifetime toddler."
Originally the two canines wanted just an small, intimate wedding, but once word of the upcoming pup-nuptials got out, Rubin and Carter were flooded with requests to attend.
"The whole thing just took on a life of its own and kept growing and growing," Rubin said.
"But that was OK because the donations we collected for the shelter were just amazing."
After the ceremony the happy husband and wife spent the afternoon chasing each other, and snacking on dog treats while their owners and two legged guests danced and mingled.
Putting faith in their union, the two canines decided to forgo a pup-prenup.