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Sunday, April 4, 2010


MAXDOG here...

Hello there everybody!
We would like to wish you all a very...
on this my
57th day of Grace


This was a really special and unusual Easter Weekend for the peeps!

They were invited to share a very special day in celebration of a very special couple!

Although I, the MAXDOG didn't get to go along, MAXMOM said that I could share the pictures with you all...

There is a beautiful place,about an hours drive from Johannesburg and set in the tranquil midst of the Magaliesberg mountains.

It is an exquisite wedding venue called Green Leaves Country Lodge.

This beautiful venue overlooks the Hartebeespoort Dam...and the view is incredible...

The pretty patio setting of the Lodge's main reception area...

The Tuscan type gardens...

The accommodation...

The gorgeous Tuscan venue for the Wedding reception...

The organisers were busy setting up for the reception while Maxmom was taking these photos.
Isn't the reception area beautiful!?

The view from the reception area of the Magaliesberg mountain range and the little wedding chapel...

(mmmm...Who can believe this is indeed South Africa!?!)
A closer look at the little wedding chapel...

It was an afternoon wedding and a flautist (outside the chapel) welcomed all the guests..
(What sweet music...drifting across the valley...!)

The arrival of the beautiful bride..."Roxy"...

The happy couple...

"JOSEPH and ROXY"...

Her bouquet...simple white roses...

Her exquisite dress was made by a special family friend.
Here is a look at the beadwork at the back of her dress...

A lovely touch...
A 'heart' of roses on the dance floor...

Another glimpse of the beautiful bride...

The happy couple...

"JO and ROXY"

We wish you both a wonderful, happy life together!
Thank you for allowing us to share this special day with you!
With love!

...as for me, THE MAXDOG...
I'm happy to have my peeps home!
Sending all my love to all my furry-friends across the globe!
Enjoy your Easter weekend and your families!


Jacqueline said...

Lovely pictures of the wedding venue; the gardens and overall locale were absolutely gorgeous, as was the bride and her dress...Happy Easter to you all, with extra hugs to Max!

dewdana said...

What a beautiful wedding and couple! Glad your peeps are home again and you are well on this Easter day!

mayziegal said...

I luved looking at all those Most Pretty pictures. I would luvs to run around in a place like that! It looks like it smells good! My mom said that's one of the most beautifulest wedding dresses she's ever seen and couldn't believe it was made by a friend!

Happy 57th day of grace to you, dear Maxdog. I hopes the rest of your day is a special as you are!

Wiggles & Wags,

Samantha said...

What a beautiful place, wedding, bride and who could believe that it isn't Italy?!!! Lovely touches and that dress and bride are gorgeous! Happy Easter to you all and big pats and loves to Max and all the dogs! And thank you for your nice email - we have been so far behind due to probs and other things, but so glad to be back to check in and say hi! Have a peaceful day!
Big Hugs and Love xoxoxoxox,
Sammie and Mom

Stella said...

Happy 57th Day of Grace, Maxdog!

That looks like a most lovely wedding although I certainly think it wouldn't hurt to invite a few well behaved pups (CAKE!)


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a beaWOOOtiful day fur a beaWOOOtiful bride!

Thanks fur sharing all of those pawesome pikhs!

We'll admit those most pawesome/pawesomest were the ones with MAXDOG!


Angus said...

Hi - Read the latest stories in this mornings UK papers with disbelief. We're praying that the coming week will bring common sense and maturity. You and your family are always in our thoughts.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh what fantastic beauty that you have shared.
The scenrey was unimaginable.
What a beautiful bride and groom.

And then of course we loved looking at Max

~Kim~ said...

Every bride hopes her wedding day will be the most beautiful day of her life, and I think this was just what this was--What a gorgeous wedding gown, stunning bride, handsome groom and an incredible setting!! I wish them all the best!!

sprinkles said...

Your country is so beautiful and I love when you post pictures of it.

That wedding dress is simply gorgeous!!! I can't imagine that I ever will but if I ever do get married, I want a dress almost exactly like that. The only change I'd make is that it would go over both shoulders rather than just the one.

The rose petal heart is amazing. I'd want that too!

I hope you and your family are having a wonderfully Happy Easter!!!

My word verification: prose

The OP Pack said...

What a beautiful wedding site, and such a lovely bride! We loved that heart of roses - how appropriate for the new couple.

Happy Easter.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Sallie said...

Happy Easter!

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Simply beautiful!

Happy Easter Maxdog and Maxfamily!

Shannon and the Gang

Petey said...

What a beautiful wedding! We love the bride's dress, it's so unusual and such a lovely departure from a strapless dress. You must feel as if you've been on a vacation.

We had some friends over for Easter brunch and then they went up to the roofdeck to eat so I didn't even get to sample a bite of the French toast casserole. Mom's very jealous because one friend is getting to go to South Africa (!!!) for business in October. She thinks she's going to be in Johannesburg!

Happy Easter to all!

Your pal,


JC said...

What a nice place to have a wedding and that dress, WOW, so glad Max is doing ok.

Mrs. JP said...

Beautiful venue. WOW, the bride and her dress are so beautiful. I think that's the most beautiful dress I've ever seen.
Hi MAX and Happy Easter to you and yours.

kks said...

what a beautiful wedding venue, and couple!
hugs to you maxdog and the rest of the pack...

Emma Rose said...

Happy Easter Max Dog and family. That was a beautiful place and a beautiful couple! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

Emma Rose

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Max, give your momma a great, big smoochie from all of us over here in Michigan! Sharing the wedding and the lovely surroundings was absolutely wonderful! My momma couldn't stop looking at the bride's dress - hard to imagine anything more lovely - other than the bride, of course.

We are so very happy to see you, darling Max, and to know that you are celebrating another day of life. You are a furry good teacher of 'living each day as it comes'.

Sending many licks and tail wags your way with many prayers for a comfortable week ahead.

Ginger Jasper said...

Oh wow the venue was stunning, the flowers and decor beautiful. The dress has got to be one of the most beautiful.. I loved it.. What a beautiful day was had. Smiley faces all round.. Thanks for sharing with us.. Hugs GJ xx

KB said...

Beautiful photos! Your country is a gorgeous place.

And, as always, MaxDog is a highlight. What a handsome guy. May his days of grace continue.

Benny and Lily said...

What beautiful pictures Max. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Happy Easter eggs
Benny & Lily

houndstooth said...

What a lovely wedding and place to visit! Thank you for sharing with us!

Happy Easter!


Tessa the Maltese said...

OMD MaxDog what a georgous wedding and couple! I bet your happy that your hoomans are home again.

You keep those Grace days going there bud!

Have a Hoppy Easter day!

Hugs, Tessa

Sheila and Bob said...

Such beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing.

Hamish & Sophie's Mom & Dad

Pibble said...

Spectacular setting for such a beautiful wedding! The bride looked absolutely beautiful. Okay, the groom looked handsome, too!

Happy Easter!

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Max!
Thanks for sharing them beautiful pictures!


Joy said...

That dress is to die for! What a dream of a dress--like Cinderella!

BRUTUS said...

What a perfect-looking day! A beautiful bride and what a lovely venue! Only thing that might have made it better is if they would have invited MAX to be the ring-bearer!!

Brutus the Frenchie

Harry Spotter said...

What beautiful pictures. The bride is gorgeous, the dress exquisite, what a lovely couple. Thank you so much for sharing wedding photos with us.

Deborah said...

Happy Easter!
The wedding must have been even more beautiful in person. The pictures are awesome and thank you for sharing them with us! The bride is gorgeous and her dress....WOW!

Twinkietinydog said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful wedding photos. happy Easter!

Lorenza said...

Congratulations to JO and Roxy!
Thanks for sharing the pictures of their beautiful wedding!
Happy Easter to all of you too!
Kisses and hugs

meowmeowmans said...

Such beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing, Max! Happy Easter. We love you!

Andrea said...

WOW...beautiful pictures..and beautiful wedding. Hugs,

Olive said...

Beautiful wedding...

Happy Easter!!

Licks and Tail wags!!


Sally said...

How beautiful - that location is stunning! What a lovely wedding - Paddy wants to know what the food was like? He always thinks about food.... Hope you enjoyed yourselves and had a very happy Easter

Sally and Paddy

Mr Koda MD said...

Hello Maxdog! There was a lovely plush looking white bed you could have schnoozlenapped on!!!

Great pictures!!!

And day 57?! The time is flying by!

Koda MD

Mochi and Mommy said...

What a beautiful wedding! :)

Love that sweet picture of you! :) Happy Easter!


Maggie and Mitch said...

What a gorgeous wedding and such a beautiful bride! Happy Easter to all of you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

The Thundering Herd said...

What a beautiful wedding. Thanks so much for sharing.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

What a beautiful wedding ~ we really enjoyed the pics and wish the happy couple a lifetime of happiness together.

Happy Easter Max, to yoo and yoor entire family.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

A beautiful venue and a very special moment!

We're sure your family were happy to be back with you too, Max!

Dean Grey said...

What gorgeous views!!


Sam said...

What a beautiful wedding!


YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Can we tell you how many times mom said the word "WOW"? Like a gazillion times!!! What a lovely place and beautiful couple and gorgeous gown! Mom loves wedding gowns.

Samantha & June

Gail in Aberdeen said...

Nice to hear some good news out of your country this weekend. What a beautiful venue and a beautiful dress. That must have been a memorable occasion for everyone. Thanks for showing us the pictures.
(I don't think I mentioned yet that Bertie's mum is called Roxy!)

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

My mom is swooning over the beautiful scenery and the brides gorgeous gown!!!

Cloud and his mom

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Max,
Mom really enjoyed looking at the wedding pictures; dad said "yeah, whatever." He did think it pretty amazing that someone imported a boit of Tuscany to South Africa and even granted that ot was a spectacular setting for a wedding. Us guy dogs decided that we're all glad we didn't get married. The girl dogs can be such bitches. Sophie acts like she's married to all of us; always barking orders at us.
We are glad that you got your peeps back where they belong, tending to your every need and fanciful whim; as it should be. We are always thinking of your welfare and comfort during your period of Grace. Holding you in our hearts and prayers so that your Grace will continue.