Bride Jodie getting her wedding dress fitted with her groom Ozzie ahead of their impending nuptials at the Ballincollig Regional Park next month

Wedding Talk

One of the most unusual weddings is set to take place in Cork this summer

What started off as an office romance rapidly turned into a full-on courtship and is now set to go the final step with possibly one of the cutest, and certainly one of the most unusual, weddings set to take place in Cork this year.

The bride and groom, Jodie and Ozzie, are both ambassador dogs for Cork-based Irish Guide Dogs and will 'tie the knot' in a spectacular outdoor ceremony in the Ballincollig Regional Park at 11.30am on Sunday, May 13. 

The nuptials will also mark the regional launch of the Irish Guide Dogs national dog walk series 'Dogs Unite', with similar events set to take place at locations across the country during the year. 

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Irish Guide Dogs event organiser Lynda Foley said that romance blossomed after Ozzie joined the fundraising team earlier this year. 

"A whirlwind romance ensued before Ozzie finally got down on four knees and asked Jodie for her paws in marriage," grinned Lynda. She issued an open invitation to the public to come along on the day to witness the wedding.

"In lieu of a wedding gift, people are asked to sign up for the Cork 'Dogs Unite' event on the same day by following the link at www.guidedogs.ie. The initiative will see participants take part in a 5km walk with the aim of both uniting people and raising much needed funds for Irish Guide Dogs," said Lynda.

Registration for the walk will cost €10 per person or €20 per family. 

Meanwhile, preparations are going ahead full steam for Jodie and Ozzie's big day, with the couple set to be kitted out in fine style by Diamond Bridal and Saville Menswear, with Charlie's Dog Bakery making an exclusively designed 'doggie cake' for the occasion. 

While the event will be a fun day out, it will also have a serious purpose in helping to raise the estimated €5.4million needed each year to fund the associations work. 

With just 15 per cent of that money coming from statutory sources, the majority of it comes from fundraising events such as the one next month.

"We are delighted that the Hayfield Manor Collection is supporting this worthwhile cause and will be adding a touch of class to proceedings," said Lynda. 

"Dogs Unite is a chance to support the next generation of guide and assistance dogs and help us raise much-needed funds. "We look forward to welcoming everyone to this exclusive event," she added.