Wedding Photos with Dogs
You may be wondering, should I bring my dogs along to my wedding? ABSOLUTELY. Assuming your vendors let you yes- and if you have an intimate wedding, better yet, let's go on a hike with your four-legged friends. I get it, I'm a dog lover too, and my fur baby is a meaningful part of my family. Here are some tips for how to handle your dogs on your wedding day:
Bring a kong with peanut butter to entertain them. It may not last long, but it will help your pups get through the ceremony if they're talkative.
Have a friend/relative who's responsible for them. It might be a big ask, but whether it's an elopement or wedding designate someone to assist with your dogs. Have this person take them for a walk to calm their nerves and release their excitement.
Get them a special color or bandana that's wedding-themed too! (Okay, now I might start sounding like that crazy dog lady).
Are the wild or tamed? Either way, you can still figure out a way to get a great photo with them. If you know they're going to be wild ahead of time; pack treats to have someone hold behind the photographer.
Capture candid moments with them, especially if you have an adventure elopement!
Ask your vendor if they're allowed in, most outdoor Colorado venues will let them attend the ceremony.
Please, never leave your dog in your car. I have clients who suggest we take a few pictures with the dogs, and they'll be okay in the car "for just a few minutes," if you can't find a safe place or person to look after your pets best it's to leave them at home.