Baby Hope—whose last name happens to be Diamond—has tied the knot in a wedding that most women could only imagine in their wildest dreams. In fact, her wedding broke a world record—the one for the most expensive animal wedding ever. Baby Hope’s nuptials ran up quite a tab: $250,000 to be exact.
Before you blow your top imagining such an extravagant event being wasted on someone who’s idea of a good time involves chasing a tennis ball however, there are a few key points you should know. Baby Hope’s “mom,” Wendy Diamond is an animal rights activist. She also acknowledges that the event is “ridiculous,” but the cause it’s for isn’t. Diamond staged the expensive gala not (only) out of a desire to treat her pooch like a princess, but to raise money for charity. The high society event served as a very lucrative fundraiser for the Humane Society.
Diamond has a long history of animal activism. She’s the founder of Animal Fair media, a media group that has been dedicated to educating pet owners and working to save the lives of the millions of animals euthanized each year in the United States. Diamond’s focuses are on promoting healthy pet lifestyles, animal rescue and welfare, and responsible breeding practices. Her magazine, Animal Fair, which launched in 1999, brought glamor to her causes by showcasing celebrities. She’s hosted many different fundraising events in the past, including Yappy Hour cocktail events and celebrity pet fashion shows like Paws For Style.
Impressive though those events were, however, Wendy took her activism—and her knack for presenting her cause in a star-studded manner—to new heights with Baby Hope’s wedding when she enlisted Harriette Rose Katz as the wedding planner. Aside from being aptly named to plan a wedding for a four-footed bride, Ms. Katz has also planned many other (human) celebrity weddings. Her usual fee, $25,500, was waived for Baby Hope, to help support the Humane Society’s cause.
Baby Hope’s wedding wasn’t just precisely planned by one of the top wedding planners in the country. It also featured a $15,000 seven-piece orchestra, $5,000 of sushi, a $5,300 floral canopy, and a designer $6,000 wedding dress for Baby Hope.
So who was Hope’s lucky beau? Chilly Pasternak, a Virginia poodle that was chosen through an online vote for the charitably arranged marriage. Diamond told the Daily News that “Baby Hope is a Jewish dog,” so she and Chilly had an inter-faith ceremony.
Of course, at $250,000, how much could the wedding really net for the Humane Society? Quite a bit, actually: 250 guests, including numerous celebrities and socialites, paid up to $10,000 each to be seen at the wedding of the season—or century.
As for Wendy, she also told the Daily News that Baby Hope’s incredible ceremony has scratched her own wedding itch. “I never need to get married now,” she said, “because this wedding has everything!”