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Here’s another one of my “just for fun” projects…this challenge was to photograph an image that is predominately one single color. I’m loving all of this orange! PS. Go Tigers :) Sorry, couldn’t help it!
It’s Valentines Day! So to celebrate, I pulled together some of my favorite images from 2013 that included red and pink. I threw in a few random photos here and there just for fun, but for the most part, these are wedding pictures :) Enjoy!
The below images were all shot as a second shooter for Paige Winn Photo. Her couples were loving some soft pink this year :)
I’ve lived here since June of 2011 and one of the things I miss the most is snow. I think if I was back home in Maryland, having the kind of winter they’ve had, I would think I was crazy for saying that. But a good snow every now and then is nice…it’s an excuse to cozy up inside for part of the day, explore, admire, and play other parts of the day, and as a kid I always loved the excitement and anticipation of snow’s arrival. But as anyone who knows snow knows (how’s that for a tongue twister?), it leaves such a big mess and can also make for some pretty dangerous conditions.
About two weeks ago we had just the perfect amount of snow (okay, I could have taken just a bit more), and it even stuck around for almost 2 days before melting. Dustin, the dogs and I all snuggled up and watched tv, ate good food, and were all around super lazy. It was really nice for a change, and so neat to see the farm covered in such a pretty white blanket for the first time since I’ve lived here. I had fun exploring and taking pictures with the dogs and think it’s so cool to see how different the farm looks throughout the seasons each year. I have to admit that these snowy pictures are some of my favorites because who knows how long until we will see snow again? Check below to see some of my past farm blog posts.
One of my favorite things about not being exclusively a wedding photographer or having two separate websites for my work, is that SO many couples who inquire about wedding photography mention that they loved seeing pets on my website. I always LOVE hearing that because if we have a love of animals in common, it’s no doubt we will get along really well :)
Being one of “those people” who included their pets at their wedding inspired me to write this post about the several different ways to include your four-legged kids in your wedding festivities. When I dreamt of my wedding day, it was really crazy for me to picture the day without Riley and Lexi, our two yellow labs. They are like children to my husband and I, and have played a huge role in our relationship and feeling of being a family even before we were married. I know that all venues have different rules about animals at their location, so of course always ensure you’re adhering to the policies you agreed to when you signed their contract. But if you’re interested in including your four-legged kids, here’s some tips and ideas of how to do so, as well as all of my awesome 2013 couples who included their pets in their wedding events.
1. Dustin and I personally included our dogs in our engagement session as well as at the actual wedding. We did not include them in the ceremony as we did not want to have to designate certain friends to walk them down the aisle, and we did not want them to be a distraction for us or our guests. So instead we were fortunate enough to keep them in a separate location on-site (where my bridesmaids and I got ready) so that they could be there while I got dressed, be in a handful of portraits after the First Look, and then could come to the reception for just a little while. We know that our dogs are great off leash and our wedding venue was tucked back in a private development, so we had no worries about them wandering off or being in danger. When I look back, it’s one of the decisions I was most happiest about my wedding and I’m so glad we went with our gut and included them. It’s also important to note that our venue had no rules about pets in the contract that we signed, and we also took great consideration in our dogs behavior when having them in an unfamiliar building alone for several hours. We knew it was something they would be okay with, but if for any reason your dog does not like this kind of thing, that’s probably one of the quickest ways to lose your security deposit…haha.
2. Going back to the engagement session – if including your dogs in your actual wedding is not logistically possible or is just simply unreasonable, by all means ask to include them in your engagement session! This is the time for more fun, relaxed portraits anyways, so why not? I always suggest either having a friend come to do doggy duty for half of the session (so you have portraits alone with no distractions), or allowing enough time to shoot at two locations, for example starting at your home with your pets, doing a quick outfit change, then heading to a second location. This is also a great idea because even if you can include your dogs at your wedding, often times the wedding day timeline is not going to allot a ton of time for hanging out with them alone or trying to get them to cooperate for pictures. I’m so glad Erin and Danny included their four dogs in their engagement session, because on the day of the wedding we had very little time for portraits and were able to snap just a handful of photos of them both together with two of their dogs who attended.
3. Similar to including your dogs in your engagement session is including them in your bridal session. I even shot a bridal session this year that included horses – I loved that!
4. A few of my couples this year included their dogs during the getting ready portion of the day. Three of my brides had their dogs with them as they got dressed, which worked perfectly for including them in some group pictures, portraits, and more candid images. This is great if you’re getting ready at home or at a rented residence for the weekend. And if possible, you could even have a friend sneak your pup out for just a few bride and groom portraits later in the evening as well.
5. As you’ll see – one of my couples even had their dog, Teddy, as a groomsman! He was even listed in the ceremony program – haha! He is the cute little chihuahua looking pup escorting the adorable little girl in purple. This bride and groom was married in her childhood church, so the church had no problem allowing the dog to walk down the aisle. This is probably not allowed at many churches, but it’s a fun option and I loved that Teddy even had an adorable outfit, too!
6. And finally, an easy and much simpler way to include your pets in your wedding festivities is by honoring them through decor. Some of the sweetest things I’ve seen is when a couple opts to donate to a rescue or shelter in lieu of favors for their guests, using their pets images as table numbers, or even having “mini” versions of them for the cake topper!
Hi! I’m Brittani, and I’m a South Carolina and Georgia wedding and portrait photographer. I’m also a wife, bonus mom, animal lover, and passionate about creating real, timeless, and romantic images that tell a story and are full of life. I’m inspired by light, love, the outdoors, and adventures with my family. Feel free to browse the blog to see more of my work, learn a bit about my life, and don’t hesitate to send me a note if you’d like to chat!