Maybe the happy couple couldn't find a babysitter for their big day, or perhaps they were trying to get included in the Guiness Book of Records for world's youngest flowergirl.
Whatever the reason, bride Shona Carter-Brooks has been lambasted after she dragged one-month-old daughter Aubrey down the aisle on the train of her dress at her wedding last month.
The bizarre image of the baby being dragged along the ground of the Elam Baptist Church in Ripley, Tennessee, has been seen around the world, and has been labelled as "classless" and "dangerous". Others have said Ms Carter-Brooks and new husband Johnathan Brooks should be reported to child welfare services.
But the mother of two has hit back at critics, saying the baby was "awake and well-secured" during the aisle drag, and that she was "covered by Christ".
"People questioning what we do, commenting all negative," she wrote on her Facebook page. "We good though we covered by the Blood which never loose its power (sic)."
A second post read: "Our 1 month old was awake and well secured on my train. Most important while yall got ya feelings in us we had our hearts in Christ which covers all!! (sic)
"So keep ya mouths running for it was just that Exclusive and Epic enough we made top blog way from small town Ripley, TN and the social media doing what they do, TALK!!!!" (sic)
The wedding dress is believed to be a gown from the Vera Wang diffusion line, costing between $430 to $1500, and appears to have been altered to allow for baby Aubrey to be attached.
Friends have come out in support of the couple, describing the decision to attach their baby to the dress as "unique" and "different".
"Shona and Johnathan Brooks your wedding was super perfect. The princess tagging behind you - it brought tears to my eyes," one friend wrote on her Facebook wall.