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  • Writer's pictureAshley Chapman

Equine Wedding Photography: Capturing Love and Elegance

The bond between a bride and her horse is a tale as old as time. It’s a relationship filled with trust, affection, and mutual respect. For many brides, their horse is not just a pet; it’s a companion that has been part of their life’s journey. So, it’s only natural to want to include such a significant friend in one of the most important days of your life – your wedding day.

As a photographer who has worked extensively with horses, I understand the nuances of equine photography. When it comes to weddings, incorporating your horse into your photos can add a touch of magic and uniqueness to your album. Here are some insights on how to make these moments shine:

Location Matters: Choose a location that is comfortable for your horse and safe for all. A familiar environment will ensure your horse is at ease and ready for the camera.

Timing is Key: Schedule the shoot during the golden hour for that soft, ethereal light which complements the natural elegance of horses.

Dress Rehearsal: If possible, let your horse get accustomed to your dress before the shoot. A flowing gown can be startling if it’s a new sight for your equine friend.

Safety First: Always have a handler present who knows your horse well and can assist in getting their attention while ensuring everyone’s safety.

When Your Horse Can’t Attend Your Wedding

Sometimes, it’s not feasible to have your horse at your wedding venue. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be part of your wedding memories. Why not have a post-wedding photoshoot? It’s a beautiful way to honor the role they play in your life.

The ‘Trash the Dress’ Shoot with a Twist

The ‘Trash the Dress’ concept has been a trend for adventurous brides who want to create striking, unconventional wedding photos. But instead of ruining the dress, why not transform it into a symbol of the unbridled joy you share with your horse?

Capture the Contrast: The elegance of a wedding dress juxtaposed with the rustic charm of a stable or pasture creates visually stunning imagery.

Embrace the Movement: Encourage your horse to move naturally. Capturing the flow of the dress and the horse’s mane in motion can result in breathtaking photos.

Create a Narrative: Use props like your bridal bouquet or a custom-made floral garland for your horse to tell a story of companionship and celebration.

Remember, it’s not about ‘trashing’ the dress; it’s about celebrating a love that’s as free-spirited as the wind.

Equine wedding photography is more than just a trend; it’s a heartfelt tribute to the relationships that shape our lives. As a photographer, I strive to capture these connections in their most authentic form, creating memories that are not just seen but felt. So, if your heart beats in rhythm with the hooves of a horse, let’s create something extraordinary together.

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