Luckily, many people find other ways to incorporate the loves of their life into their wedding, such as engagement photos. This is a perfect way to announce your engagement & it has become insanely popular in the past few years! Our little friend below was more than happy to accompany Blush Events & his bride & groom-to-be at their Central Park engagement shoot. Signage is typically used for the announcement - it adds a fun component and lets your pet communicate their excitement!
Some tips in bringing along your pet for a fun shoot (although many photographers are pros at capturing this at this point) would be to first know your pet. Know if they would feel anxious or uncomfortable in certain locations or situations. Not every animal can stand still very long or does well in crowded places. It may not enjoy being shot at with a flash every 2.5 seconds, so try and ease the situation as best as possible. You may also want to bring a friend, family member, or even your wedding planner for the day (which is what our couples do) to ensure you don't have to worry about your pet running off. You two can take pictures together and not have to worry if little Snowball is running the other way! Another note to make would be the T word. TREATS. Have some on hand to reward your fur-baby during the session and at the end of the day.
For those that opt to bring their pet along for the big wedding day, hire a pet sitter. The pet sitter can bring them to and from pictures/ceremony so no one in your entourage has to leave and deal with those logistics. The pet sitter should also stick around to manage them as they come in and out of pictures. The same rules apply that applied to the engagement shoot (did we mention TREATS?). At our most recent wedding at The Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, we had a set of adorable corgis we were handling during photos and treats definitely came in handy.
Lets not forget the most adorable part...wedding day pet accessories! Accessories aren't a necessity but it most definitely adds a little something to the ceremony and the pictures. Flower collars/leashes, bow-ties, and full out doggy evening wear all add to the fun. Again, keep your pet's personality in mind. Most pets wouldn't handle a flower collar well but a flower leash is a great alternative. Below is a pic of the Blush pups at one (of two!) wedding days for TJ & Austin. They wore red and gold to match traditional Indian attire and the bridal party! The outfits were from Bloomingtails...how adorable is that name?
Courtesy: Anya Foto