As anybody who has ever been around on the morning of a wedding will agree, it’s a time of high emotions and nervous energy.
It’s a feeling that Kristen Dupree of Alabama knew all too well on the morning of her own wedding, when she started feeling a bit jittery before the ceremony.
To calm her down, she asked one of her bridesmaids to get her 2-year-old black Labrador, Zeke, who was hanging out with the groom and groomsmen before the vows.
What transpired was a heartwarming set of “first look” photographs of Dupree with her beloved pet.
Photographer Perri Farlow, decided to do a “first look” shoot, which is a set of photographs capturing the raw emotions on (usually) the groom’s face he sees the bride for the first time.
Zeke was pictured wearing foliage around his neck while the beautiful bride posed alongside him.
The photos have gained international attention after thousands of people shared the images on Facebook.
“I love when couples incorporate their pets into portrait sessions and weddings,” Farlow told Bored Panda. “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.
“Kristen and Duncan [Dupree’s new husband] 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 went on to explain that dogs are a real calming influence over people on their wedding day, which is typically a time of high emotions.
Dupree’s not the first person to see the benefit in having her dog around on her wedding day. Earlier this year, Samantha Kelly in Ireland walked down the aisle with her eight rescue dogs in tow.