- Matt McCarthy is an actor and videocassette tape collector.
- On his TikTok, he shares images from videos from decades ago.
- He said the weirdest one he’d found was a dog wedding that included a cake and an Elvis impersonator.
Whenever videotape collector Matt McCarthy is asked about the strangest historical footage he’s ever found, he always answers: “the dog wedding.”
McCarthy, who is also an actor, collects old tapes and shares their content on his TikTok, where he has 149,000 followers. The strangest video he has ever come across, she said, showed a wedding of two beagles, complete with party guests, wedding cake and an Elvis impersonator.
The side of the tape was labeled “Gigi and Barney’s Wedding” and was filmed on June 5, 1994.
“Can you believe that this summer will be their 29th wedding anniversary?” McCarthy said. “I wonder what they’re doing now.”
McCarthy then played the tape, which starts out very grainy at first. Two beagles appear, one in a veil and the other in a tuxedo.
The man leading the service then lays down some rules for the ceremony: No tears, only barking.
“And now for the votes, we need you to put your paws together, please,” he tells the owners standing behind the dog couple.
The officiant then reads the vows and declares that Barney and Gigi are dogs and dogs, for better or worse, or “for fleas or shedding, and all their howls too.”
“By the power vested in me by the Puppy Law Foundation, I now declare you a canine couple,” he said. “You can lick your girlfriend, Barney.”
The camera then pans to an Elvis impersonator performing on a small stage.
Some of the guests are then interviewed about how happy they are to be a part of the couple’s special day, and there is a shot of Barney and Gigi cutting and eating the cake.
“VHS tapes,” McCarthy says at the end of the clip. “The possibilities are endless.”
In the comments, people discussed the strange video. “This is a sign that these people had no worries in their lives at the moment,” one person said.
Another said: “I wasn’t expecting Elvis, but I wasn’t surprised.”
People also pondered the whereabouts of the dogs now.
“I heard they pulled out,” reads one comment. “She moved to a farm upstate.”