I decided it is appropriate to do a post on How to Include your Dog on your Wedding Day, seeing as how there have been a lot of sightings of 4 legged friends invited to the weddings featured this week.

When two people enter into a relationship, sometimes a 3rd party gets involved too.  The third party is loyal, a good listener, obedient, and down right adorable. Therefor, whether they came before the fiance or after, the third party ought to be the guest of honor during your wedding day.

How to include your dog on your wedding day

Consider Personality: 

When it comes to man’s (or woman’s) best friend, most people know the personality of their pet fairly well. For example:

  • How they are in crowds?
  • Do they get along with children?
  • Does your dog listen and obey no matter the distractions?

When considering making your dog part of the wedding ceremony, consider personality first.  It may add some comic relief if Fido goes and licks grandmas foot, but if he starts barking during the ceremony or jumping on aunt Lucy’s new gown, he may not be as popular.  Animals can get over whelmed in crowds no matter how outgoing you think they might be.

Make sure that somebody they are familiar with leads them and to keeps them from wandering off or visiting guests for affection. Be sure to keep dogs on a short leash during the ceremony. For smaller dogs, consider the flower girl or ring bearer pulling the animal in a wagon down the aisle.  Keep in mind the dog’s abilities and temperaments. If Fido is learning how to follow his master with no leash (like the photo below), he isn’t going to be perfect the day of the wedding – don’t set high expectations.

Ring Bearer

dog walks behind groom
Garden Flower Wedding Captured by  Fete Photography 

bride carrying dog dressed in tuxedo and black top hatdog leading ring bearer down the aisle

Romantic California Wedding captured by Melissa Vossler – Outdoor Wedding Celebration captured by Laura Ashbrook Photography

bride, groom, and their dog at an outdoor wedding ceremony
Wedding at Marriott Ranch Captured by Jodi Miller

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Although this is not a true engagement it is definitely a fun shoot with great inspiration for couples who have a love of horses.  This also serves as a reminder: only 16 more sleeps until the first day of spring!

Let’s hope we don’t need to feature anymore ‘baby it’s cold outside’  signs until next year!

Rustic Horse Stable Engagement

Photographer’s Comments: “Lisa and Kornell have been together for 7 years. They adopted a horse Maverick, which they board at Turnout stables in Kemptville, ON. Lisa has an event planning business and is excellent with decor and providing just the right atmosphere for any type of function. She staged her own shoot at the stable to highlight the bond between her, her husband, and their newly adopted beauty.”

Horse stables with horse riding gear hanging on the wall Horse riding stable with horse saddle hanging on wall with a riding helmet
Horse riding gear hanging on the wall 2 orange and white kittens sleeping on a saddle
man wearing blue and black plaid standing beside a black horse girl wearing a blue sweater and white scarf looking up at a black horse Click to see more great photos!

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