Do you love animals? We sure do! But do you REALLY love them? As in, do love them enough to make them a part of your wedding celebrations? If so, then you are not alone! In our time as DC and destination wedding photographers, we have had the pleasure of capturing on film many nuptial events that included animals. Mostly, we have produced wedding photos with dogs. Not a big surprise, right? Dogs are adorable, of course. And even better, they can be trained to participate in critical parts of your wedding! Maybe, though, you are looking for something else. Perhaps you are not a dog person. Or maybe you want something that stands out a little more. If so, then an alpaca wedding might be right for you. We can tell you that that kind of wedding experience (and photos) will be unlike anything you have seen before!
Why an alpaca wedding? Well, for starters, they are pretty darn cute! Their “smiling” faces will certainly bring joy to your wedding celebrations and positive energy to your wedding photography. Alpacas are also very trainable, which means they can actually play a role in your marriage celebrations. A lot of alpaca farms have taught their animals to accompany couples down the aisle and to act as “best men” and “maids of honor” during a ceremony.
There are a couple of different ways in which you can make alpacas a part of your marriage celebrations. The first is to rent one or more for a portion of your wedding day. From what we have seen in our time as DC wedding photographers, this is the only way to have alpacas in a marriage celebration in the Nation’s Capital. (It is possible we are mistaken, though. There could be farms that will host an alpaca wedding on their premises. But we have not seen any thus far.)
The nice thing about this option is that you have a lot of freedom of choice as far as your wedding venue is concerned. Not an unlimited choice, of course. Your venue needs to be ok with having animals on the premises. Indoor wedding venues are obviously out. But for the most part, you can pick your location, and the alpacas will come to you. And that means that the alpacas can be a part of your wedding without being the entire theme of it.
But maybe you want a wedding with an alpaca theme. In that case, you might choose to have your entire wedding ceremony and portraits done at an actual alpaca farm. Then you will have these lovely animals in the background of almost all your wedding photos. Which means you REALLY have an alpaca wedding!
As we mentioned above, we are not aware of any alpaca farms that double as DC wedding venues. However, we do know some great ones overseas. So if you are already thinking about a destination wedding and like the idea of making it an alpaca wedding, then we have some good recommendations.
One of our favorite alpaca farm wedding venues sits just outside of Hannover, Germany. (The latter is Anji’s hometown, so we have photographed a bunch of weddings there.) Alpakahof Kananohe is a working alpaca farm in a lovely rural setting in the middle of the German forest. It gives you the possibility of tying the knot with a bunch of furry wedding guests cheering you on. The venue’s main ceremony space is a small lawn area tucked next to one of the alpaca paddocks. The “altar” area is just feet from the fence, meaning curious alpacas regularly wander by to check out the proceedings.
That is exactly what happened during this lovely couple’s alpaca wedding. And the timing could not have been better! As the couple was tying the knot, two alpacas came over to see what was going on. And just when the new husband and wife exchanged a sweet and tender kiss, the two “wedding guests” decided to exchange one of their own!
It was the kind of moment that documentary wedding photographers like us dream of capturing. Why? Because we are always striving to tell the story of your wedding day with our pictures. We want to capture the spirit and vibe of the day. So when it is fun (like it pretty much has to be with alpacas involved), we want to give you pictures that show that. Just like this one does!alpaca weddings, Destination wedding (14), destination wedding photographers (3), Destination Weddings (10), Indianbride.
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