I know it will have been blogged many times before, but we surely can’t see too many images of dogs at weddings now can we!? As most of you will already know, I’m a big dog lover so I had to share some of my favourite dog images I have had the pleasure of capturing over the years as a wedding photographer and tell you why I think you should consider taking yours with you too.
When a couple tell me that their four legged friend is included in the wedding I’ve got to admit that I get a little bit excited! For many couples, their furry companion is an important member of the family and they want them to be a part of their big day. Dogs have so much unconditional love and loyalty, so having them by your side is often a no brainer. Fortunately these days a lot of the venues in and around Sheffield, the Peak District and beyond allow dogs both inside and out. Your dog can play a starring role, whether it’s simply looking the part with a flower collar or bowtie, or having them walk you down the aisle or being the ring bearer. I really think dogs can add a touch of fun and playfulness to the formalities of the day. Plus, they of course make for some adorable photo opportunities for you to treasure forever!
One of my favourite dog moments at a wedding has to be the most recent wedding I photographed. On this wedding day Charlie the Labrador Retriever was very much part of the day spending the morning with the bride getting ready, arriving with the bride in the car and then proudly walking her down the aisle. Charlie used to belong to the brides Dad before he sadly passed away, so this was such a touching and emotional moment and I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. I know that Catherine would not have had the wedding day without Charlie by her side and she would never regret the decision to include both him and fur brother Monty.
I’d therefore say that in my years of photographing dogs at weddings that they can be a wonderful addition and add an extra layer of happiness to your special day. It’s obviously important to consider how your dog will react in large crowds and potentially noisy environments, so it’s always good to have a dedicated person to help with doggy duties. Sometimes dogs just come along for part of the day and we can get some lovely photographs with them whilst they are there. Generally though I’d say, if including your dog in your day would make you & your dog feel happier and you are able to include them then do so.