Mark & I, along with most Coloradans, are serious dog lovers. Before moving to Colorado years ago, I’d only known dogs as pets, not companions. I’ll never forget the first time I walked in to Alpine Bank when I first moved to Colorado and saw that not only were dogs more than welcome inside the bank but there was a bowl of biscuits next to every bowl of mints at each bank teller’s station. Us humans can learn a lot from dogs and I believe the more time we spend with them, the better people we are for it. A dog’s ability to love unconditionally, live in the moment and enjoy the simplest of things is profound. Dogs serve many purposes to many different types of people and it’s the three traits I listed above that are how my dogs have taught me to be a better person. Our love for our dogs is a common trait we share with many of our clients, so it’s to my shear delight when they include their dogs in their weddings and engagement portraits.
Lauren & Mike’s dog Lucy joined in for their first look:
Evan and his dog Annabelle moments before walking down the aisle:
Engagement Portrait Sessions are more like a fun day at the park for dogs:
Katie & Evan with each of their family dogs before heading to the ceremony:
I adore when a couple’s dog waits patiently throughout the ceremony then walks side by side with them down the aisle without being told. It’s like they know exactly what’s going on.
Last but not least, our two crazy and adorable mutts, Cozmo & Kaia:
A few tips for including your dog in your wedding:
- Absolutely bring them along to your engagement portrait session. They’re a fun distraction that will ease some of the nerves of having your photo taken. If your dog isn’t highly trained, don’t worry about. We just let them do whatever they’re going to do and get some great shots.
- If your dog is going to be in your wedding, designate someone to oversee them, preferably someone that will enjoy the task. We’ve seen dogs running loose and nearly get lost in the woods because no one was looking after them. There is so much going on at a wedding that your dog could easily wander off without anyone knowing if there isn’t someone whose job it is to look after them.
- If you would really like your dog to be a part of your wedding but don’t want to worry about them the entire day, have someone bring them up for the ceremony and then take them back to your place or a kennel for the evening. This a great compromise and we see couples do it all the time. Trust me when I say, if your dog sticks around for your reception, he/she will consume more food given to them by guests then they every should in one day or ever for that matter. We’ve seen it happen and I can only assume that the aftermath isn’t good. Our mountain communities are so dog-oriented that you shouldn’t have a problem finding a dog handler/sitter to bring them to and from your wedding.
- If your dogs aren’t present you can still incorporate them in your wedding. Mackenzie & David named their signature cocktails after their dogs Judge & Cooper and included adorable photos attached to each straw.
Also, if you’re looking for a great gift for the dog-lover in your family, this coffee table book is guaranteed to make them smile:
Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel