Should you bring your pet to your wedding? How will your dog react to all the guests?
Hmmm, well here goes. Being an animal lover it’s easy for me to answer “yes - I do!” and I know without question we would have had both of our now Social Media famous rescue Pugs at our wedding if we had them at that time. However, I think we would need to be careful about over committing with Spanky who is blind and 14 years old, but very active and adventurous. Bodie the the other rescue Pug, loves to get dressed up with his bowties and waist coats and will sit and pose for me. Spanky does really well too, as long as there’s a “snackie" for his modeling fees!
That said, I think that if you and your spouse to be have a pet that you absolutely adore you should have them in the wedding ceremony - after all aren’t our pets like family? As Martin Clunes (Doc Martin fame) says “They love us so much, we are entangled in this centuries old relationship with our dogs, the least we can do is feed them and look after them”.
I’ve not had the pleasure of shooting a wedding with dogs in the ceremony, but I think some of the cutest, emotion filled wedding photographs I’ve seen have the Bride and Groom interacting with their dogs. I say, if the venues right go for it!
Bodie and Spanky can be found on Instagram @bodiespanky
Chris Cottrell is a British Wedding and Portrait Photographer based near Atlanta, Georgia USA