Sebastian the Ibis walks bride down the aisle

Jennifer Urs Sullivan with Sebastian the Ibis.

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Usually the bride makes the grand entrance. And Jennifer Urs Sullivan did, walking down a staircase as family and friends watched.

But then came laughter and applause: the University of Miami (Fla.) mascot, Sebastian the Ibis, entered and walked Sullivan down the aisle.

”When my dad passed away, I dreaded walking down the aisle without him and wasn’t sure how I’d make it through the moment,” Sullivan wrote on her Facebook page, via LostLettermen.com. ”And yet it ended up being one of the most amazing/memorable moments of the day.”

Sullivan thanked the Miami athletics deparment, including Harry Rothwell, for making a custom jersey with the nickname of Sullivan’s father on it for Ibis to wear.