Thirty minutes before the ceremony, the bride hid under a cabinet and no amount of coaxing could lure her out. Not to be deterred, the wedding planner switched brides, and the ceremony took place on schedule.
It was a goofy event, dreamed up by the Baltimore County Humane Society to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and they did it in high style with roses and violins and salmon mousse. Comfrey, the original bride, had enjoyed a bridal shower earlier that morning at the Owings Mills Petsmart. But when bridal jitters got the best of her, Luna took her place at the altar. Both are silky black cats with green eyes. The cermony had even the most jaded in the crowd reaching for their kerchiefs:
Winslow, the 10-month-old groom, was first to the altar. His eyes said it all: He was afraid, very afraid. Then his whiskers began to twitch. Luna was carried in next. Her contented expression suggested she somehow understood that her day had suddenly grown more interesting. She sniffed Winslow’s face (the two had never met) and then curled up on the altar as if preparing for a nap.
The minister, Roy List, not in on the switcheroo, said the crowd was gathered to witness the “meowly catrimony” of Comfrey and Winslow. Rather than deal with cumbersome rings, he had the two exchange collars, placing pink charm-filled bands around their necks and declaring them mates. The crowd cheered and rose to its feet.
The cats didn’t stay; they were escorted back to their cages.
At the reception, guests remarked that this bride and groom were better behaved than the cats from last year’s wedding, who swatted at each other. The three-tier wedding cake by local foodie and animal lover, Diane Feffer Neas, went fast. And wedding gifts piled up: a 12-pack of Bounty paper towels, two bottles of bleach, a 40-pound bag of cat litter.
Luna and Winslow had one more treat ahead. They were going to spend the night in the Humane Society’s honeymoon suites, separate but larger cages.
“We’ll see what the future brings,” the minister said after the ceremony. “Like most brides and grooms, they behave themselves on their wedding day, and it goes downhill from there.”
Here’s the wedding video:
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Good luck Comfrey and Winslow!