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Doylestown woman's dog wedding gown get national fame

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: May 02 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2013 10:16:21 PM CDT

Two business owners from Allentown will be in the national spotlight this weekend.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -

Two business owners from Allentown will be in the national spotlight this weekend.

Maribel Nieves and her daughter Jana designed a wedding dress for a very special and spoiled pooch from Doylestown to be featured on a Nat Geo Wild episode, the bride, Fiona and groom Chico were both rescue dogs.

Maribel said the opportunity arose while attending the doggie bachelorette party a week earlier when she realized the bride-to-be had no gown to wear to the ceremony.

"It had to be a wedding gown, it could not be a costume we didn't want that, that's not our style...it has to be luxury" said Maribel.

However designing wedding gowns isn't where the duo got started, their first project was to design a rain coat for their own dog Athos, a Labrador retriever.

"When it came to designing a coat for Athos my dog, he needed it, he didn't have a rain coat so that set us on the path" said Maribel.

Jana said she jumped on board with her mom soon after graduating college, "She'd been doing it for about a year and I'd see some of the stuff that she'd done and it's a lot of fun, I love being around the dogs so it really wasn't a stretch or hard to get my mind around at all" she said.

Now, the duo is hard at work creating looks for their Bel Bijoux line, and in less than a year they've already made it on national television.

The episode titled "Barking Bride" will air this Saturday evening on Nat Geo Wild at 9:30pm.