I love this article by brilliant Somerset wedding photographer Simon Biffen Photography
Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life and of course you want to have your nearest and dearest there to celebrate it with. However, if you’re an animal lover you may well be closer to your pet than some of your relatives! The opportunity therefore to include these four legged friends in some aspect of the wedding day has been managed by those keen (or mad) enough to bring them along!
Dogs are a favourite at weddings and seem to sense that something big is happening, hence the fear of missing out is strong and they most definitely want to be a part of the action! They can often be found during the morning preparations where they can be relied on to provide a reassuring cuddle. Later on, if they are deemed responsible enough, they may have some part in the actual wedding ceremony, perhaps as your ring bearer or honorary usher. Often they’ll make a cameo appearance at the wedding reception where havoc generally ensues. Cats are definitely more inclined to take themselves off for a bit of peace and quiet during all this!
It’s not just about pets either, I have photographed weddings on family farms where livestock are part and parcel of the surroundings, but you might choose a venue such as Huntstile Organic Farm or Maunsel House if you want to have encounters with animals already on site such as peacocks, pigs or ponies! Venues like Bristol Zoo go full native and allow for one to one experiences for the newlyweds. You can also find specialist suppliers who can provide birds of prey to provide flying displays or how about an owl to fly in with the rings at the perfect time?! A horse drawn carriage is a timeless way to arrive at your wedding and gives another chance for guests to get their animal fix.
All in all animals at weddings are definitely a big thumbs up from me, they provide comfort, entertainment and can be source of wonderful moments!
#Tip: Hire a pet sitter who can care for your animal during the day and overnight so you can really relax. Here are some of my fave moments I have captured of animals at weddings.