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Couple's Cat Was A Groomsman In Their Wedding And Stole The Show

You're about to fall in love with a new star -- Prince Michael! The newlyweds first adopted Prince Michael, a British short-hair, 5 years ago and knew from the start they were going to involve the furriest little member of the family in the celebration in a huge way -- as one of the groomsmen. 

Prince Michael's adopted dad, Aaron Benitez, revealed on Good Morning America, "He's been a huge part of our lives ever since we started dating. Even as a kitten, Michael would ride the subway with me, go to Central Park, Joshua Tree, and the beach. Our first Valentine's Day, we brought him along for the day and have made it a tradition ever since to include him."

They dressed Prince Michael in a tuxedo for the occasion and the wedding photographers, Jonnie and Garrett Burks, were taken back, stating they've both never seen anything quite like a cat as a groomsman. 

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    "We have photographed plenty of pups with their parents, but this was the first cat we've had the pleasure of photographing," Burk said. "Even more important, a cat in a tuxedo! He is a huge part of the bride and groom's life, and their day wouldn't have been complete without him."


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    "Prince Michael is calm and loyal -- just the kind of man you want standing next to you on your biggest day of your life. He knows how to have fun, and he kept the party going on the dance floor," said Nychelle Hernandez, a wedding guest.

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    "Michael's a huge part of our lives and really important to us, it would have almost been weird to not have him on our wedding day," said Michelle Benitez.

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    Prince Michael has become a viral sensation since Benitez first adopted him. Benitez has built a media empire through social media platforms Vine and YouTube, where most of his videos are dedicated to the exuberant cat.

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    "He's incredible on set. We've worked with movie directors who have told us he's better behaved than any trained movie cat they've worked with," Benitez said.

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