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More Couples Say 'I Do' To Having Dogs In Weddings
(content courtesy of postandcourier.com )
"New trends constantly emerge in the world of weddings - dress styles, floral arrangements and party favors are ever evolving. But the latest trend to hit weddings has four legs and fur. More and more couples are opting to share their special day with their special dog.

Sara Senst and her husband, Bill, married in Charleston in May 2016, and Senst didn't think twice about including their 5-year-old yellow English Labrador, Bonzo, in their wedding ceremony. The couple got Bonzo when he was 7 weeks old and he's their child. "He had to be in the wedding," Senst said.

The couple married at The Boathouse at Poplar Grove in Ravenel. They enlisted the best man to walk Bonzo down the aisle and another friend was tasked with keeping an eye on Bonzo during the cocktail hour before the reception. But Rantowles Creek was just too tempting for a Labrador Retriever, and Bonzo jumped in to take a swim."

Let a pet sitter help

The idea of couples including dogs in their weddings is becoming so popular Gray Moore has built an entire business around it. Dog Tired on Johns Island offers a wedding nanny service. Moore started the business 10 years ago and it has grown along with Charleston's popularity as a destination wedding city and with people's increasing love for their pets.

By using a pet service no one in the wedding party has the added stress of handling the dog, Moore said. She suggests working with a company that has experience with dogs and is licensed and insured. Moore requires dogs be leashed at all times during the photo shoot and ceremony, so brides should think about getting a nice leash for the day along with whatever else the dog might wear. Moore has seen pups in bow ties and veils and even in pearls and dog-sized cuff links.

Dogs in the wedding party

Jordan Proffitt also couldn't imagine not including her mini-Beagle, Cortana, in her Aug. 31 wedding at Boone Hall Plantation. Cortana was the "flower puppy," decked out in a little dress and flower collar.

The best man walked Cortana down the aisle and she sat quietly throughout the ceremony. Even though Proffitt didn't hire a professional dog nanny, she recommends having at least one person in charge of the dog so the bride and groom aren't worried about their pet.

Picture this: Dogs in wedding photos

Local wedding planners are seeing this trend increase as couples continue to make Charleston one of the top spots for weddings. And as couples wait longer to get married, live together first and get joint pets, it's likely this trend will be sticking around.

Dana Cubbage photographs a lot of weddings and actually got her start in weddings through pet photography.

"I love it when clients want to include their fur-babies in their engagement session, bridal portrait session or wedding day photos," she said. "Photographing pets comes with its own set of challenges, so if including their pets is super important to them, they should really look for a photographer who has experience with pets. It can make all the difference."

She recommends hiring someone to help with the dog on the wedding day, including during the photo session. And maximizing the photo time is key to getting great pictures.

"Dogs are family and I can totally see why so many people choose to include them on their wedding day," she said

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