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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Sarah Mallouk Crain wanted to do something special on her wedding day so she ditched the flowers for her bridesmaids and chose something softer.

In a photo session by photographer Caroline Logan, Sarah Crain asked her bridesmaids to hold puppies, according to Lancaster Online.

Sarah Crain, who works for two different rescue organizations, had the idea to have her wedding party hold the puppies for the photos because of her passion for helping dogs.

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“Dogs truly have been the biggest part of my life. As a little kid, you’d always find me hanging out with animals instead of people. It only seemed fitting to try and include them in some small way,” Crain told Lancaster Online.

The boxer-coonhound puppies carried by the bridal party were all from the same litter and were born eight weeks earlier. All named after the original five First Ladies: Martha, Abigail, Dolley, Elizabeth and Louisa. The bride carried “Biggie Smalls,” who is a 9-week-old pit bull rescued from New York City.

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Crain was pleased with how the photos turned out.

“It was phenomenal, honestly. I feel more comfortable in front of a camera if I have a puppy in my hands. Caroline didn’t have to tell us to laugh or smile. It was all natural. We just went with the flow and had fun,” Crain said in her interview with Lancaster Online.

Lancaster photographer Caroline Logan was also pleased.

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“From the minute the puppies came bounding around the corner exploring their new surroundings, the bridesmaids were gushing about how cute they were. It was a dream for everyone,” Logan said.

Crain hopes that the photos will encourage people to get involved with shelters and rescue groups.

The puppies featured in the photo shoot will be available for adoption soon.

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