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.

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