Harmick Nazarians, from Sunland, California, surprised his new bride with a puppy on their wedding day. Angela, who was getting ready to toss the bouquet with her back to her single friends, turned around to discover her husband holding a precious Goldendoodle in his arms.
Angela suddenly hurled the bouquet and ran to take her new puppy from Harmick’s arms. The groom had bought the dog, who has since been named Waffle, two days before and kept him at a friend's house before surprising his bride on their wedding day.
Harmick had known Angela loved dogs since the day they met. She would regularly send him pictures of dogs she saw while walking or shopping. The bride’s reaction at the wedding was just what Harmick had anticipated. After taking Waffle in her arms, she sunk to the floor with her new bundle of joy as her friends gathered around.
“Angela had been wanting a puppy since the day we met, she has always had a love for all animals and had a poodle when she was younger,” Harmick said. “She always would send me pictures of dogs that she would see while shopping, working, carrying out daily activities and always goes out of her way to pet a dog that she sees.”
The groom said he snuck the dog into the Glenoaks Ballroom in Glendale 45 minutes before the bouquet toss. The puppy stayed in the manager's office until it was time for the big reveal. He said Angela didn’t suspect anything since they had discussed getting a dog, though they wanted to wait until things settled down after the wedding.
“She was in shock and was speechless - she said that it was the best gift she ever received,” Harmick said. For many reasons, Angela’s wedding day will be without a doubt remembered as one the happiest days of her life.
The Goldendoodle is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Though they first became immensely popular in the 1990s as so-called designer dogs, their appeal has not faded. The Goldendoodle is not yet officially recognized by the American Kennel Club but they are registered with the association.
As a hybrid, Goldendoodles have a richer genetic variation and an average life expectancy of 10 to 14 years. The mixed breed tends to be either more like a Golden Retriever or a Poodle in terms of temperament, coat, size, shedding propensity and hypo-allergenicity. They also have what is known as hybrid vigor, which makes them usually healthier than either of their parents or other purebred dogs of either ancestral breed.