Holly & Arthur | The Plant at Kyle Wedding

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“This is the best ever marketing for OK Cupid,” Holly told me. “I got on the app, went on a date with Arthur… and never used it again.” The two had been together for seven years before tying the knot at The Plant at Kyle. This was my first time at this venue and it was a treat: perfect weather, perfect light, perfect couple. After getting ready with her eight bridesmaids and two flower girls, Holly met Arthur under a giant tree draped with fabric and they said their I-dos. They served Tex-Mex outdoors while the sun set, and held raucous toasts after dark, lit by torches. After some heartfelt dances and a ceremonial cutting of the cake, everybody boogied down and smacked a heart-shaped piñata to the ground.

This was such a lovely wedding. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the vendors who made the day possible!

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The Plant at Kyle; Candice at Sweet Events; Blackbird Floral; Hill Country DJ; Baked by Amy’s; Double Knot Pictures; Rae Cosmetics; Trudy’sSilvercloud Trailer Events (photo trailer)

Shayna & Alaina | Surprise Wedding at the Oasis

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This was a total first for me: a surprise wedding! Shayna knew that her fiancée Alaina loved surprises, so although the two brides were planning a courthouse wedding for the following week, Shayna took it upon herself to plan an entirely different wedding at The Oasis on Lake Travis. She brought Alaina’s gown, jewelry, shoes, everything she needed (and thought she needed for the courthouse wedding) with them on a “date,” with Alaina not knowing that she was going to see her family and friends waiting in anticipation. As soon as the double doors opened, Alaina saw everyone and burst into happy tears. The rest of the day rolled out beautifully: the couple was married by a longtime friend, they feasted on steak and cake, and the sunset over Lake Travis was spectacular.

This might not have worked for many people, but for Shayna and Alaina, this wedding was perfect.

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Including Your Dogs in Your Wedding Photos

One of my favorite things is when a couple and I are chatting at our consult, and they say, “Oh, we’re thinking of including our dogs in some of our photos. What do you think about that?” Usually I have to mentally hold myself back from making big grabbing motions with my hands and instead say, “I love that idea!”

love when y’all include your pups. I honestly wish my couples could bring along their cats, too, but I know cats don’t do so well in crowds and with obeying instruction. (If your cat is trained, please tell me and we can figure out a way to include a kitty ring bearer! haha.)

So here are some tips for including your pup in your wedding…

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One: Don’t give your pup too big of a role in the wedding.

Keep it limited to best dog (aka an attendant who is with you in photos looking dapper af in a bowtie) or ring bearer (aka an attendant walks your dog down the aisle to you). If your pup is holding your rings, be sure to have those firmly attached. I was a guest at a wedding where the ring bearer did one of those after-puddle drying-off shakes, and the rings flew into the grass. The ceremony had to be paused while people hunted for the rings. So, velcro it down.

I’ve seen pups with GoPros on their backs too (which is adorable) but I wouldn’t count on that footage. Also, be aware that if your dog is shin-height and a jumper, you might get some unflattering footage of your guests in skirts… ahem.

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Two: Include your pup in your engagement session

Now, an engagement session is a far different event than a wedding… so I’m not suggesting this for the dog’s benefit; it’s for mine! I want to see how your pet responds to stimuli and how well they obey you when they’re distracted. It’s also a good test to see if you really have the energy to keep tabs on your dogs for the time we’re including them in photos. If you realize that it’s just not going to work, at least you’ll have professional photos of them with you in your engagement session.

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This also works if your venue doesn’t allow for pets, but you really want your dogs included in your wedding in some way. Have them share your wedding date for your save-the-date cards.

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Three: Assign a designated pet handler

Trust, you are not going to want to deal with the mental energy of keeping tabs on your pups — during your engagement session and certainly not your wedding. Hire someone or designate a trustworthy friend to hold onto your dogs during both, and give them the means to take them home when photos with them are over.

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For the most part, my couples bring their dogs to the wedding during the getting-ready, include them in the ceremony, take photos with them after the couple’s portraits (important: because dogs jump and often have muddy paws), and then return them to their home around dinnertime, so that no one has to worry about them during the reception. I have had some couples who keep their dogs around all day, but they hired a designated petsitter who did not drink or dance during the reception, to maximize the safety of the dogs. I think it’s up to you how you’d like to go about it.

Reminder that photos will take longer with pups, because they tend to look ev. ery. where., so we’ll need to designate extra time for our photos with them! Especially if you’re posing with more than one!

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And it should probably go without saying, but obviously keep your pups’ comfort in mind as well. If it’s a really hot day, they get anxious around big crowds after a while, are scared of loud noises but you hired a hoppin’ DJ, I hope you’ll think of having your dogs taken home before they have a freakout.

Here are a few more photos of dogs at weddings and sessions, because I can’t get enough.

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And a cat! hehe

Are you planning to include your furry friend in your wedding? I’d love to chat with you ❤