Perri Farlow has been working as a photographer since 2008, so she thought she’d captured it all seeing as a big portion of her work involves weddings. As she was about to start taking pictures for 24-year-old Kristen Dupree’s ceremony, the bride got a little nervous and in order to calm down, asked for her dog. The matron of honor went to get her dog, Zeke. The 2-year-old AKC black Labrador retriever had been hanging out with the groom and groomsmen for most of the day.
However, when Zeke and Dupree were together, the moment came together perfectly for a “first look” photoshoot. Farlow managed to capture the bond between Zeke and Dupree, and the results were stunning!
Farlow said to Bored Panda, “While it’s not uncommon for couples to bring their pets to engagement sessions, seeing them (pets) there on the wedding day doesn’t happen often. [When] Kristen requested doing the ‘first look’ with Zeke, I very excitedly agreed that it was such a cute idea!”
Farlow added, “I love when couples incorporate their pets into portrait sessions and weddings. Pets bring out such honest, authentic emotion from their owners, making it so easy to capture the genuine joy they feel when they’re with their beloved pets.”
And as it turns out, Zeke is just the right balance between playful and well-behaved, making his an easy dog to photograph.
“Kristen and Duncan brought Zeke to their engagement session as well. He loved playing around but when it was time to pose for photos, he was obedient and did a perfect job. He really is the best boy,” Farlow said.
The photographer revealed, “Zeke was such a calming presence for both Kristen and Duncan. They obviously love Zeke and he loves them back just as much.”
She stated, “I think incorporating Zeke into their wedding was one of the most important things to Kristen and Duncan. Zeke even had a signature cocktail named after him served during the reception!”
And it is easy to see why Zeke was such an important part of the big day. Zeke and Dupree have been inseparable since day one. And we have no doubt that Zeke will continue to be a big part of many other momentous days to come for the couple.