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Animals at weddings: Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Jamaica…

Animals at weddings: Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Jamaica… they make appearances at so many destinations that I shoot at. Every year I see more and more animals at weddings both at ceremonies and receptions. You might remember Annie and Pete’s Martha’s Vineyard wedding at the Allen Farm Sheep and Wool Company, where we learned that having a wedding on a farm has its perks and quirks! Well over a dozen roosters chased Annie down a path. For a moment, I wasn’t sure if she was going to get attacked or surrounded. When we realized they wouldn’t tear up her gown, we paused for a quick photo. I guess the cowgirl boots come in handy.

Martha's Vineyard wedding photographer Heather Parker at Allen FarmWe had full access to the grounds of the Allen Farm Sheep and Wool Company, and saw the roosters, a donkey, plenty of sheep, and horses.

Martha's Vineyard wedding venues Allen Farm Sheep and Wool CompanyAt Indian weddings, its fairly common to hire a horse for the baraat. If you happen to be lucky enough to host a wedding in a city with lenient restrictions, its not unheard of to be able to rent an elephant for this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Chicago Indian wedding photography baraat horseIf you don’t have access to a farm or a need to rent a horse, man’s best friend can sometimes make his or her way into the wedding day schedule.

Gallery 1028 Chicago wedding photography by Heather ParkerYou never know what sort of uninvited guests show up at a wedding. I was hired as the destination wedding photographer in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and this resident peacock made an appearance.

Jamaica wedding photographer Heather Parker at Ocho Rios CoyabaGoats and sheep made more than one appearance this year at weddings. This photo below was from Alexandra and Tim’s wedding at the Bradley Estate just outside Boston.

Farm wedding by Heather ParkerThe Brookfield Zoo is a popular location for weddings near Chicago. Often, couples are offered private tours and can see all the animals. Check out the dolphins!

Dolphin at weddingI shot a wedding at a private residence where the groom brought out some barn kittens.

barn kitten at wedding Chicago IllinoisSome folks enjoy animals more than others. In this photo, the groom really wasn’t into checking out the polar bear.

polar bear weddingOn your wedding day, its your day and you can do whatever you want. In addition to being able to stop traffic for a quick photo, sometimes you can even bring your cat or dog down the aisle for your ceremony.

cat ready to go down the aisle at a weddingAt this Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum wedding, this butterfly made a surprise landing.

peggy notebaert nature museum weddingIf you know the schedule ahead of time, often times an animal’s arrival is a welcomed guest.

wedding beagleOn occasion, you get an unwelcome wedding guest as well:

sheep farm wedding on an islandI saved the best for last. In just a few days we welcome Chinese New Year. 2012 is the Dragon, more specifically the Water Dragon. The White Elephant Hotel on Nantucket couldn’t have been a more perfect location to showcase these dragons with the ocean just steps away.

Chinese dragons Nantucket wedding photographerThere you have it – animals at weddings from yours truly.

Nantucket Wedding Photography featured on Destination Weddings

Nantucket Wedding Photography by photographer Heather Parker has been featured in Destination Weddings. I am thrilled to share with you Vickie and Ted’s island wedding. The big surprise was having Gund Kwok, Boston’s all-female Chinese Dragon Dace Troupe perform at the reception at the White Elephant Hotel on Nantucket. Another highlight on the wedding day was photographing the newlyweds making a pit stop at the top of Main St to share a cone of blueberry ice cream!

Nantucket wedding photographer White elephant hotel

Below are some resources for your Nantucket wedding. These could be especially useful if your wedding is a destination wedding!

Ceremony Venues and Nantucket beach information

First Congregational Church‎ 62 Center Street (508) 228-0950‎
St Paul’s Episcopal Church 20 Fair Street (508) 228-0916‎ (stone church famed for its Tiffany & Co. stained glass windows, somewhat strict rules for marriage)
South Chruch / Unitarian Universalist Church‎ 11 Orange Street (508) 228-7597‎
Shirat Ha Yam Jewish services at the Unitarian Church
United Methodist Church ‎ 3 Liberty Street (508) 228-1882‎
St Mary’s Our Lady of the Isle‎ 3 Federal Street (508) 228-0100‎ (i believe you have to be a member)
First Baptist Church 1 Summer Street (508) 228-4930‎
Union Chapel 18 New Street (508) 257-6616‎ (over in ‘Sconset) The Sconset Chapel
Beach Wedding Ceremonies – while beaches are public property you still need to contact the Board Of Selectmen, i love Jetties Beach
Brant Point light is a very popular location for wedding ceremonies as well
Altar Rock is the second highest point on the island and also a favorite location
Catherine Stover is the Town Clerk and a Justice of the Peace
Wedding venues and rehearsal dinner locations
Jared Coffin House
The Summer House
Nantucket Whaling Museum check out the rooftop observation deck!
White Elephant Hotel Residences
Great Harbor Yacht Club
Brotherhood of Theves about 50 seated or 100 for passed h’orderves
Nantucket Tents / Sperry Tents for tents
Nantucket Party Rentals for tents
Catering
A Taste of Nantucket Kimberly Reed (offers planning services as well)
Wedding Cakes and Bakeries
Flowers on Chestnut (508-228-6007) Michael Molinar
Soiree Floral Dawn Kelly
Wedding Photographer
Heather Parker Photography
Wedding Planners, Consultant and misc. resources

Nantucket Island Events

Unique Nantucket Nicole Whelden
Dress Pressing/Ironing on ACK Roni Roberts Pressed for Time
Music: Bands, DJ’s, soloists:
 Sultans of Swing
Jeffrey Ross & The Atlantics (508-228-2825)
Ceremony Musicians
Ceremony Music : Harp by Harpist Mary Keller
Wedding Transportation:
Vintage cars: Highland Drivers
Cranberry Transportation
Gifts, Favors, and Decor
Blue Beetle Nantucket on Main for monogrammed bags and other personalized goodies
Beach Glass on straight wharf, lots of glass and jewelry
Nantucket Gift Basket Company
Aunt Leah’s Fudge opens back up in april i think
Salons on Nantucket for Bridal Hair and Makeup
R.J. Miller Salons 508-228-4672
Andrea Marie Salon for bridal styling 508-228-0042
Tresses & The Day Spa 508-228-0024 (hair, makeup, spray tanning)
The Calming Room (makeup and spray tanning) 508-325-8920
Darya Salon & Spa 508-228-0550

All of the above photography is by Nantucket Wedding Photography by photographer Heather Parker. Please drop me a line if you have any questions or need any info!

Planning a Nantucket wedding: resources and vendors

So many people have heard of the tourist destination of Martha’s Vineyard, but I’m going to tell you all about one of my favorite places: Nantucket Island for weddings. a short ferry trip and an even shorter cessna ride from the continent lies a sand bar called Nantucket. Long ago, the little island was the world’s leading whaling port but when that industry came to a halt, many left the island. Local historic district commission ensures architectural preservation and development is done with the strictest care to preserve the history and character of the island. What makes they “grey lady” extra special is that most of the homes and buildings on island date back from before the civil war. Total time warp! Cobblestone streets and dirt roads dotted with white cedar shingle cottages… A picturesque harbor, shell-paved walks, lighthouses and expansive nature preserves and golf courses…. Oh I almost forgot: dolphins in the sunset at Madaket Beach…  All this makes “ACK” one of the most desirable places to live, vacation, and have a destination wedding.

nantucket wedding photographers

As with many island towns, nantucket’s population soars in the summertime and has become a very popular location for destination weddings.

Nantucket isn’t as hectic as Martha’s Vineyard is in the summer, and is far less saturated with tourists. There’s no traffic lights on island and year round, its quite peaceful. If you get seasick from ferries and you can’t stomach the idea of hopping on a 10 passenger prop plane (and telling them your weight), you might be out of luck. If you do happen to make it on island, you can rent a car or bicycle easily. If you rent a scooter (not really a moped) do be careful because inexperienced riders on winding dirt roads not only annoy the locals but can be an unsafe combo.

As far as resources for Nantucket weddings, there are quite a lot, whether you choose to use island resources or bring your own from the mainland. As far as theme and decorating goes, there are blogs and wedding planners to help. Some popular elements Nantucket lightship baskets, sailor knots, star fish and seashells, hydrangeas, and a nautical / navy color theme are all very popular design ideas to add to a Nantucket event. When planning your island wedding, give yourself extra time and book far in advance since warm months on the island give way to wedding venues and accommodations, inns, and hotels booking up fast for your out of town guests. Since weather is unpredictable on Nantucket, always have a backup plan in store in case of inclement weather. One thing to note though is that so many mornings on Nantucket start out very grey just due to the fog rolling over the island and the clouds often pass for a sunny day.

On island there are a few popular areas for weddings including looking right in town and east over in Siasconset (also known simply as ‘Sconset). below you will find my not so big list of resources for Nantucket weddings

Ceremony Venues and Nantucket beach information

First Congregational Church 62 Center Street (508) 228-0950
St Paul’s Episcopal Church 20 Fair Street (508) 228-0916‎ (stone church famed for its Tiffany & Co. stained glass windows, somewhat strict rules for marriage)
South Church / Unitarian Universalist Church11 Orange Street (508) 228-7597
Shirat Ha Yam Jewish services at the Unitarian Church
United Methodist Church 3 Liberty Street (508) 228-1882
St Mary’s Our Lady of the Isle3 Federal Street (508) 228-0100‎ (i believe you have to be a member)
First Baptist Church 1 Summer Street (508) 228-4930
Union Chapel 18 New Street (508) 257-6616‎ (over in ‘Sconset) The Sconset Chapel
Beach Wedding Ceremonies – while beaches are public property you still need to contact the Board Of Selectmen, I love Jetties Beach
Brant Point light is a very popular location for wedding ceremonies as well
Altar Rock is the second highest point on the island and also a favorite location
Catherine Stover is the Town Clerk and a Justice of the Peace
Wedding venues and rehearsal dinner locations
Nantucket Whaling Museum check out the rooftop observation deck!
Brotherhood of Thieves about 50 seated or 100 for passed h’orderves
Catering
A Taste of Nantucket Kimberly Reed (offers planning services as well)
Wedding Cakes and Bakeries
Flowers
Flowers on Chestnut (508-228-6007) Michael Molinar
Soiree Floral Dawn Kelly
Wedding Photographer
Wedding Planners, Consultant and misc. resources
Unique Nantucket Nicole Whelden
Dress Pressing/Ironing on ACK Roni Roberts Pressed for Time
Music: Bands, DJ’s, soloists:
Jeffrey Ross & The Atlantics (508-228-2825)
Ceremony Musicians
Ceremony Music : Harp by Harpist Mary Keller
Wedding Transportation:
Vintage cars: Highland Drivers
Cranberry Transportation
Gifts, Favors, and Decor
Blue Beetle Nantucket on Main for monogrammed bags and other personalized goodies
Beach Glass on straight wharf, lots of glass and jewelry
Nantucket Gift Basket Company
Aunt Leah’s Fudge opens back up in april i think
Salons on Nantucket for Bridal Hair and Makeup
R.J. Miller Salons 508-228-4672
Andrea Marie Salon for bridal styling 508-228-0042
Tresses & The Day Spa 508-228-0024 (hair, makeup, spray tanning)
The Calming Room (makeup and spray tanning) 508-325-8920
Darya Salon & Spa 508-228-0550