4 Fun Ways To Include Your Pet In Your Elopement

Aug 23, 2021

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Ways To Include Your Pet In Your Elopement

One of my favorite parts of being an elopement photographer, and something that brings me SO much joy, is seeing my couples sprinkle their own personal touches all throughout their elopement day. Over the years, I’ve seen many of my brides and grooms incorporate their pets in their elopement ceremony, photos, and activities throughout the day – and I think it is the cutest detail that makes for such sweet memories! Wondering about each of the many ways you can include your darling pets in your elopement? Well perfect, cause I’ve got some ideas for you!


  1. Dress Up Your Pup

Can we agree there’s nothing cuter than animals in adorable outfits? Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t NOT smile at a dog in a bowtie, flower crown, custom bandana with your wedding date, or any wedding accessory for that matter. It’s just so endearing and makes for the best little photo ops! It’s true that our pets really are just like family members, so we love the idea of giving them their own wedding attire to show off!

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bride and groom with their dog who is wearing a custom bandana with their wedding date

2. Include Your Pet in Your Ceremony

I’ve had couples share vows with their beloved pet by their side, and it’s the most heartfelt thing. When your animal is a meaningful part of you and your partner’s relationship and your life together, it makes sense to involve them in one of the most significant moments you’ll experience. A true testament to “through thick and thin”! Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of having your sweet pets included in a few of your elopement day portraits? So special!

bride and groom exchanging vows with their dog by their side


3. Have Your Pet Tag Along For Your Elopement Day Activities

Many of my couples plan an epic adventure the day before, after, or on their elopement day. Whether it’s a hike, swim in the lake, a scenic picnic or a ski adventure, bring your furry friend along for the ride! I guarantee they’ll love you for it, and it’ll create memories you’ll look back on fondly for so many years to come. 

bride and groom hiking with their dog after their elopement


4. Share a Snack With Your Pup

One of the best ways to celebrate your elopement is sharing in some treats! I’ve had couples bring along hot chocolate, champagne, cupcakes, and more to enjoy before or after their elopement adventure. While you’re packing, sneak in a few puppy-approved treats for your pet to eat up and join in the indulging. They’ll love it!

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There are so many unique pet wedding ideas to consider, and lots of ways to include your pets in your elopement. A few more of my favorites that I’ve seen are having your dog walk you down the aisle, wearing fun custom socks or accessories with your pets name or face, a bar menu with signature drinks named after your pet, including them in your engagement photos, pet-inspired cake toppers, and so much more!

Pets are SO much fun to photograph. I have such a special place in my heart for furry companions, and it makes me giddy when my couples bring theirs along for their elopement experience.

There you have it, plenty of fun ways to include your pet in your elopement! With so many adorable ideas to choose from, you may just end up choosing all of them – and I’m totally here for it!

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Ruthanne is an Elopement Photographer & Expert based in Lake Tahoe, California. She specializes in elopements inspired by the beautify and elegance of the High Sierra mountains, but you can find her all over the west at any time. She lives in Truckee, California where she was born & raised, with her husband Demetri & Australian Shepherd, Sasha. 


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