Salem Design serves corporate and personal customers with a variety of unique and customized products. However, we also take time out for original projects that just strike our fancy. We have done a “Manhole Covers of New England” poster, and spent some time creating and showing the “Salem Haunted Doll House.”
Salem has inspired us again, this time to do a fanciful and upscale dog wedding. The couple in question are Schipperkes and reside in our household at Salem Design. Cricket, the bride, has been with us since she was a puppy, and is extremely bright and perceptive – if a little willful. Cricket easily passed her CGC (Canine Good Citizen), received a special award from the American Kennel Club for her outstanding behavior, and is a registered therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International.
The groom, Black Magic, arrived as a rescue at the age of about 9 months. Magic required months of physical and social rehabilitation before he was able to handle almost any situation without a meltdown. We spent the months of last winter frequently huddling for warmth in Salem business establishments; most are exceptionally dog friendly, and besides getting warmed up, Black Magic warmed up too, so that his naturally sweet nature began to shine. To thank Salem, and to let people know what a terrific, fun & fanciful, tolerant, and dog friendly city this is, we decided to treat everyone to a party – The Wedding of Cricket & Black Magic, on Salem Willows Beach. Many of the businesses in Salem and others we met pitched in to make this a truly wonderful event – we couldn’t have done it without their help. We thought it would be a nice idea to use the metaphor of a ceremony of commitment to show our commitment to our animal friends, our families, our neighbors, and our community of Salem.
The wedding was two months in the planning and the documenting of its planning started on our Salem Design Wedding Blog
Photo Albums of Wedding preparations are at our Facebook Wedding Invitations page. See Photos for the photo albums, and also see “Notes” for a Dog Wedding Ceremony Program, and a list of credits for all those who helped us with this production.
And now for the really good stuff – The Wedding:
Cricket & Black Magic – the Salem Dog Wedding
(Production by Salem Design, with Videographer Jim Merchant of Pirates Lane Video)
And the honeymoon
Cricket & Black Magic – Honeymoon at the Dog Friendly Hawthorne Hotel
Video by Sharon Shea of Salem Design
We will continue to follow the adventures of Cricket & Black Magic on this blog, and we will soon have a Cricket & Black Magic page on Facebook.