How The Weird World Of Instagram Pets Became A $500 Million Industry

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Big name brands from Jimmy Choo to Dyson to Petsmart are now marketing their products on Instagram via animal influencers.

The bride wore a custom-designed Marchesa veil and tulle gown and a $130,000 diamond necklace from London Jewelers. The groom was in a top hat and tux. Because it was a celebrity wedding, the lobby of the High Line Hotel in Chelsea was packed with reporters, photographers and even two Real Housewives of New York.

The officiant, New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams, made sure the vows would be meaningful to this special couple.

“Finn,” she said, “will you have Toast as your wife and cherish every piece of cheese, steak and treat with your beloved?”

“Toast, will you forever promise to share the couch with Finn when reruns of “Lassie” are on?

“Before I make the final announcement,” said Adams, who was wearing a red sweater embroidered with Dalmatians, “I want you to bark now or forever hold your pee.”

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WATCH: The Upper West Side’s Favorite Christmas Tree Guy

Meet Francois, the Upper West Side’s Christmas celebrity.

Francois the tree man has traveled from Quebec to New York City to sell Christmas trees on Broadway and W. 102nd St. for the last decade. Every year, he leaves his family in Canada and spends a month — from Thanksgiving to around Christmas Eve — living out of his van named Elvis, which is parked on the sidewalk behind his tree stand. Through time, Francois has become a holiday fixture in the neighborhood and a part of the Upper West Side’s community. He defines his business, The Green Stop, by strong customer relationships, and he strives to establish meaningful connections with each and every person who comes to buy a tree from him. For some clients, buying a tree from Francois has become a yearly tradition. Customers often bring Francois and his co-workers — Jason, Nelson and Angel — coffee and hot meals on cold days. Two local film makers, who started as a couple of Francois’s clients, even made a documentary about Francois titled, Tree Man, which was recently profiled in The New York Times. The film was directed and written by Jon Reiner and Brad Rothschild. It will be screened at Symphony Space in Manhattan on December 27, 2015, and on January 3, 2016.

Read the full story about Francois and his business on DNAinfo.

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