By Jasmine Kazlauskas
A beaming bride turned heads at her wedding ceremony after appointing her PET GOAT to be the ring bearer.
Rose Strong-Ramsey grew up around goats on her family’s farm in the remote town of Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia.
The 37-year-old farmer proudly kept her passion for the animals alive by taking on her family’s goat dairy business – and is now the ‘proud mother’ of 80 goats which live on her property.
So when it came to finally tying the knot with the love of her life Dale Ramsey, 41, Rose knew eight-year-old white goat Lilly, who she has a special relationship with, would be the perfect ring bearer on her special day.
Rose said: “I had my very first goat was when I was just three years old. I fell in love and I haven’t looked back since.
“I get very attached to them, they are like my children.
“I had Lilly ever since she was born. I bottle fed her, so I think that’s when our bond started.
“Lilly is very affectionate. When I call her, she will answer back with a little bleat.
“She will come up and rub her head on me asking for a pat and a scratch. I’ve also taught her to shake hands on command.
“It’s funny as we do have pet dogs which I love, but I actually spend more time with the Lilly.
“She is more of a pet to me than the dogs and I feel closer to her.
“I was over the moon when Dale proposed and got to planning straight away.
“All my friends asked me whether it would be goat-themed, because they all know my love for them.
“But I knew I didn’t want goat invitations or decorations. That just felt tacky to me.
“Then I saw this video online about a dog ring-bearer, it was the cutest thing, and suddenly I realised maybe Lilly could be my ring bearer.
“I knew that would be unique and special to me. She is just an important part of my life it just made sense.”
Rose pulled out all the stops to ensure Lilly looked the part on her wedding day by dressing her up in an elegant bridal outfit with a dainty white sash to hold the rings.
But the piece-de-resistance of Lilly’s regal ensemble was a dazzling tiara which completed her regal look – which Rose said turned a lot of heads as she trotted up the aisle.
Rose said: “She looked so beautiful that she nearly upstaged me.
“I made her a lovely sash that tied under her belly with some diamonte gems to glam in up, so the rings would be tied on the side.
“Then I made a tiara for her, with some elastic around her little head to keep it in place. She had no issues with it at all.
“She looked so elegant and regal. You can see she was very pleased with herself.
“I had one of my bridesmaids walk her up the aisle. I didn’t tell anyone as I wanted to keep it a surprise.
“Everyone started laughing. They absolutely loved it.
“I am so incredibly proud of her. She did everything perfectly.”
The hilarious footage was shot on Rose and hospital worker Dale’s wedding day back in August 2018 but has just been shared publicly for the first time this month.
Talented goat Lilly is no stranger to the spotlight and first rose to fame in 2016 after being cast in the Australian television drama series ‘Doctor, Doctor’ where she played a goat named Dora for three seasons.
And while some brides might have their doubts about appointing a goat to play such an important role in their wedding, Rose said Lilly performed beautifully and added that her presence made her special day even more memorable.
She said: “Having Lilly as my ring bearer was really the icing on top of the cake. It was so perfect.
“The top two compliments I got on my wedding day was how much they loved my dress and how much they loved Lilly the goat.
“Lilly has been so lovely and so good to me over the years, I wanted to show her how much she means to me by having her in my wedding.
“I couldn’t stop laughing and smiling all day. I wouldn’t do anything differently.
“My entire wedding was magical, and I’ll never forget it.”