Catarina and Josh’s Lord of The Rings Themed wedding in Temecula California was so incredibly sweet for so many reasons. For example, they had one of the most romantic first dances I have ever shot – it was in the rain! (Wait till you see those photos!)
Tragically, Catarina’s father passed away prior to their wedding day. They added the most touching details to make sure he was present during the day! She and her mother wore the most beautiful necklaces made of his ashes. Ozzy, the pup Catarina and Josh adopted in honor of her father, was also there to help them celebrate! Keep reading, for a note from Catarina about Ozzy’s significance.
Here is a note from Catarina:
“My dad (William Emerson) was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic at age 11. In his 30s he lost his eyesight as a result of the diabetes. He still wanted to feel/be independent and be able to work, so he decided to get a guide dog from Guide Dogs For The Blind from San Francisco.
His first guide dog was a golden retriever named Desi! Desi was the Einstein of dogs. Desi sadly died of bone cancer at the age of 8. My dad decided to get another Guide Dog and went on to have 3 other Golden Retrievers after Desi died. Smart dogs, but none of them as brilliant as Desi.
My dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in February 2016. After Josh and my engagement in January 2017, I asked my dad what he would think about Josh and I raising a Guide Dog puppy (fully preparing for him to reject the idea) but he agreed and said he thought it would be a great idea. After meeting with the school I requested a golden retriever male in honor of Desi. We were on the waitlist for a golden for 10 months – we brought Ozzy home on December 1st, 2017. My dad spent 23 days with Ozzy before passing away.
He said Ozzy was a very smart, curious dog and his behavior reminded him so much of Desi. Ozzy is expected to go to college next year where he will continue his training for another 6 months to a year. Should he pass, he will be a partner with a blind/visually-impaired man or woman and change their life, the same way Desi (and all my other dad’s dogs) did. My dad always said Desi gave him his life back.”