A vicar brought a couple's wedding rehearsal spluttering to a halt because he had to give the kiss of life - to his choking pet dog.
Animal lover Rev Ian Blay, 44, was helping the pair run through their vows when his wife ran down the aisle with their lifeless Cairn terrier Izzy in her arms.
As the newlyweds-to-be looked on in shock, Rev Blay pulled out a piece of cheddar cheese which had lodged in the dog's throat, then gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Eight-year-old Izzy then came round, rolled over and ran out of the church. She is now recovering at the vicarage at St Wilfred's church in Mobberley, near Knutsford, Cheshire.
Rev Blay's wife Suzanne, 43, said: 'Ian's intervention was incredible and saved Izzy's life. Bizarrely his kiss of life happened just as the couple were about to rehearse the bit where the groom has to kiss the bride.'
The newlyweds, solicitors Toby Wilbraham, 36 and Caroline McGoun, 35, tied the knot for real the following week.