If you're anything like me, you love your pets. I might be slightly obsessed with our two rescued Pit Bulls, Piggy and Frankie. We affectionately call them fur babies at our house and they are considered members of the family. I know I'm not alone as in the last few years we've had multiple couples opt to have their four legged (and sometimes two legged) friends be a part of their wedding! Not only do I love this for cute factor, but I also selfishly get puppy kisses at those weddings. A few years back we did a styled shoot in the heart of Minneapolis with Studio Laguna Photography and Girl Friday at the Nicollet Island Inn. Marley, the 9 month old Great Dane, was our resident pup for the day and I was IN LOVE with her absolute cuteness and silly disposition. It was such a good reminder of why I think pets make a great addition to your wedding ceremony. If you are considering having your pet involved in your wedding ceremony make sure you are considering the following:
1.) Does your venue allow animals on premises? Do they have any specific guidelines if you are bringing a pet to the venue, like dogs being on leash, etc.? Be sure to discuss this with the venue coordinator and gain permission before your wedding day.
2.) Is your pet well behaved and not bashful? Consider this especially if you would like them involved in the wedding ceremony. Be purposeful in who will be handling your pet and keeping them calm and occupied during the ceremony. Have a plan "B" in case they get a bit rambunctious and need to be taken to a second location.
3.) Where will your pets stay after the wedding ceremony? Are they allowed to be a part of the reception or will they have to be kenneled? You want to ensure they have an area to use the restroom and also have ample air conditioning or warmth. I usually request assigning a "pal" or caregiver for the evening so the Bride and Groom don't have to worry about this.
4.) Consider adorning them with a flower "collar" or corsage or something special that fits your theme. Animals in pearls and flowers make everyone smile! Have you ever seen a dog in a flower crown? If not, you're missing out!
5.) Make sure to discuss the fact that you are having pets involved with your photographer ahead of time. Let them know you would like photos of you together with your pets and they can ensure that they are ready to capture them during the ceremony as it isn't the "usual" subject.
Happy planning lovelies!
Photography - Studio Laguna Photography