Animal rights activist to throw most expensive pup wedding.
A 6,000 dollars custom wedding dress for the tiny Coton de Tulear, sushi spread worth 5,000 dollars, and a 15,000 dollars seven-piece orchestra are just a few paraphernalia set for the Thursday night puppy nuptials valued at 250,000 dollars.
"I know, how goofy is this?" the New York Daily News quoted Wendy Diamond, the pet expert and TV personality throwing the wedding for Baby Hope, her adopted rescue dog, as saying.
"But it's for an amazing cause," she said.
The vendors are donating their services to the black tie gala, which would benefit the Humane Society of New York.
Diamond, the daughter of wedding caterers in Ohio who made herself the upper West Side's canine queen, has raised thousands for the charity since 1999.
That's when she adopted Lucky, a Maltese that inspired her to launch her Animal Fair Media Empire.
Diamond photographed Lucky with hundreds of celebs, including Betty White, Kanye West and Barbara Walters, in one of her many campaigns to prevent shelters from euthanizing pets.
She was devastated when Lucky was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and decided to give the pooch one last hurrah: an elaborate wedding to celebrate her life. But unfortunately Lucky died in June.
Diamond had been fostering Baby Hope, and knew that the lovable pup was fit to pick up Lucky's veil.
"She is the funniest dog. I am so blessed," she said.
"And Baby is really getting into this wedding!" she said.
Baby Hope is marrying Chilly Pasternak, a Virginia poodle chosen in an online vote.
Some 250 humans (including socialites LuAnn de Lesseps and Dylan Lauren) are expected to attend. As are 50 dogs, including Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.
"It's going to be the sweetest wedding - and just one of the funniest evenings ever," said Diamond.
"I never need to get married, now, because this wedding has everything," she said.
Kleinfeld couture bridal designers Michelle and Henry Roth tailored a two-toned, white French lace-encrusted dress with Swarovski crystals and a silk train for the pint-sized bride.
Floralia Decorators (the Waldorf-Astoria's florist) has crafted a 5,300 dollars huppah, a canopy, for the mixed-faith service.
"Baby Hope is a Jewish dog," explained Diamond. And TLC's "Cake Boss" based in Hoboken is unveiling a top-secret wedding cake. ( ANI )
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|Date:||Jul 12, 2012|
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