Even though Vito, a 35-pound cat, wasn’t able to attend his owners’ July 8 nuptials, Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin made sure that their tubby tabby had a memorable part in the day: via their wedding photos.
“We wished that we could’ve included him in our wedding because everybody loves him and would’ve thought it was hilarious, but we got married two hours away,” Berkeley told ABC News. The bride and groom live in Washington, D.C., and married in Ridge, Maryland.
“We love the pictures,” she continued. “As soon as we get the raw images back from [the photographer], we are going to blow a bunch up and hang them on the wall.”
In the photos, taken one week after their wedding, Berkeley and Sorkin both look enraptured as they snuggle up to Vito (formerly known as Symba) while decked out in their wedding garb: Berkeley in a white lace wedding gown and Sorkin in dapper gray slacks and a matching vest. One particularly funny image shows Vito looking deadpan at the camera as his happy owners shower him with kisses.
“It was actually Kristi’s idea,” Berkeley said of their wedding photographer, Kristi Odom. “We said she knew we had a fantastically, fat cat and she thought it’d be a great idea to get some pictures with him.”
The newlyweds first heard about Vito, then Symba, when the cat made national headlines for his eye-popping weight. The feline’s previous owner was unable to bring the cat with him after he moved into a retirement home, and released him to the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., just 10 minutes from where the couple live.
Vito’s fame is far from fleeting, however. The cat has his own Facebook page dedicated to chronicles of his weight loss journey under his old moniker, Symba. Berkeley told ABC that Vito is currently on a new diet and has lost “quite a few pounds” already.