When Oklahoma couple Bobby Villegas and Kait Villegas-Payne planned their Seattle elopement, they included Villegas-Payne's daughter, Scarlet, in the best way: as ring bearer.
"She was the ring bearer because that’s what I had a literal need for," Villegas-Payne told A Practical Wedding. "We didn’t even have a real aisle for anybody to throw petals down on. We did need somebody to hold our rings."
"Why is it more socially acceptable for a dog to be a ring bearer than a human girl? That I don't know," Villegas-Payne said.
Villegas-Payne said it was important to her and her husband to include Scarlet in their ceremony.
"I gave her a gold pin with the word 'constant' and talked to her a little about how much her presence means to me."
"I love the show Lost, I love the idea of 'constants,' and I mostly love that Scarlet has always been mine," she said.
"Bobby gave her a ring and a promise to always be there if she ever needs him for anything."
Seven-year-old Scarlet looked very fancy on the big day.
"The question isn't really why did she wear a suit, it's when was the last time you saw a ring bearer in a dress?" Villegas-Payne said.
"She also walked me down the aisle — or sidewalk? She walked me to the ceremony. I won't say she 'gave me away,' because I'll always be hers."
"We've been through a lot together. She's my ride or die."
You can see more of the wedding and read the ceremony — which included quotes from both Harry Potter and bell hooks! — on A Practical Wedding, and keep up with Villegas-Payne and company on Tumblr.